IMS1001 Information systems , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Helana Scheepers
Caulfield : Helana Scheepers

To provide a general introduction to the fundamental concepts underlying the study of information systems, the process of information systems development including some of the techniques used by systems analysts and the practice of information analysis.


On completion of this unit students will:

have knowledge of:

  •  Systems analysis and the issues related to information gathering
  •  Systems development life cycle

 have an understanding of:

  • the concepts necessary for informed professional practice as a systems analyst.
  • the concept of a system, information as basis for decision making, abstraction as a means of managing complexity
  • the concept of modelling as a comprehension, design and communication device
  • the concept of a life-cycle of system development and
  • the concept of ethical professional practice

have the skills to:

  • Modelling a system through data flow diagramming
  • Techniques for information gathering and information presentation.

have developed attitudes which enable them to:

  • Evaluate and critique a model of a system


Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Unit relationships IMS1001 is a unit in the B Comp degrees. It is a prerequisite for CSE 1205.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Whitten, J.L., Bentley, L.D. And Dittman, K.C. (2001) Systems Analysis and Design Methods, (6th edition)  Irwin/McGraw-HilI, New York, NY.


Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements:

You will be required to complete assignments using a word processing package and a graphics package such as Visio.


Hardware requirements:

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Alter, S. (1996) Information Systems: A Management Perspective (2nd edition) Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company. Menlo Park CA USA.

Andrews, P.H. and Baird, J.E. (1992) Communication for Business and the Professions (5th edition) Wm. C. Brown Publishers, DuBuque, Indiana, USA.

Combs, M.R. (1995) Information Systems for Business Management. Pitman Publishing, London, England.

Curtis, G. (1998) Business Information Systems: Analysis, Design and Practice (3rd edition) Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Company, Harlow, England.

Dwyer, J. (1997) The Business Communication Handbook (4th edition) Prentice-Hall, New York, N.Y.

Eliason, A.L.  (1991) Online Business Computer Applications, (3rd edition) Macmillan, New York, NY.

Gelinas, U.J., Sutton, S.G. and Oram, A.E. (1999) Accounting Information Systems (4th edition) South-Western College Publishing, Cincinnati USA.

Hoffer, J.A., George, J.F. and Valacich, J.S. (1999) Modern Systems Analysis and Design, (2nd edition) Addison-Wesley, Reading MA, USA.

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for IMS1001 are:

Structure and organisation



Study Guide

1 Introduction to the subject; system and systems development concepts
2 Problem solving and information systems development;the systems development lifecycle (SDLC)
3 Overview of some basic business systems
4 Information gathering for information systems development
5 Modelling as communication tool; introduction to process modelling
6 Process modelling using data flow diagrams: building and levelling them
7 Detailed process definitions; the data dictionary
8 Communication and documentation during systems development
9 Overview of systems design
10 Working in teams; SDLC roles
11 Ethics and professional conduct; a quality approach to systems development
12 Types of information systems; introduction to project management
13 Revision: overview and key concepts

The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment for the unit consists of n assignments with a weighting of x% and an examination with a weighting of y%. Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

complete three assignments (40% weighting) and a three hour examination (60% weighting). The 40% rule applies to units and determines the final result for a student where the student's performance in either the examination or assignment component of the unit is unsatisfactory.


Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment 1, Data gathering 3 April 2006 10 %
Assignment 2, System modelling and report writing 15 May 2006 25 %
Assignment 3, System presentation 22 May 2006 5 %

Assignment specifications will be made available . Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

 Students Submit the assignment to the tutor during the tutorial, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% of marks per day (including weekends).

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.



Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Ms Helana Scheepers
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 31066
Fax +61 3 990 44124

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Feb 27, 2006