IMS9049 ICT Fundamentals for IS/IM Professionals , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Dr Kathy Lynch
Caulfield : Kathy Lynch

This unit aims to provide students with general ICT competencies, through knowledge of the major components of computers systems and skills in using various application packages that are in common use in the workplace. It provides an overview of developments and policies relating to data communication and network technologies, and introduces students to databases, systems development methods and the evaluation of information systems. The particular insights of IM/IS professionals to computer technology, data communications and the effective use and management of information systems are stressed.

ICT trends in the workplace are explored, as are trends in implementing new information systems in a variety of organisational environments and in society in general, and how these trends affect current and future IM/IS professional practice.

Objectives Knowledge and Understanding

C1. Major components of computer systems and software.

C2. Developments and policies relating to data communication systems and products, and network technologies including their use in the workplace.

C3. Databases and DBMS software.

C4. Systems development methods and the principles of evaluating information systems.

C5. Insights of IM/IS professionals to ICT trends and tools, and the effective use of information systems.

C6. Trends in procuring and implementing information systems in a variety of organisational environments and how these trends affect IM/IS professional practice.

Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

A1. Confidence in their ability to evaluate user requirements in relation to procuring a new information system or product for an organisation.

Practical Skills

P1. Provide skills and practice in using various application packages that are in common use in the workplace, including those relating to databases and web page development.

P2. Demonstrate effective information seeking skills via the Internet and the Library's databases.

Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

S1. Learn team work dynamics through the database assignment.

Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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Texts and software

Required text(s)


· Capron, H & Johnson, J. (2004) “Computers: Tools for an Information Age” 8th edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall. [required]

· Purchasing the CD “Learning resources for IT professionals: Microsoft Visio” is required. It is available at the University bookshops for $10 [required]. OCL students will have a copy sent to them, however, if they get to a Monash bookshop, they could buy one and give it to Kathy (they are no facilities for Kathy to directly collect money).

· University computer laboratories have the software installed, however out-of-class access to the following applications is required; word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and database software.

· Other references will be included in the lecture and tutorial notes.


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.

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 3 hours per week (inlcusive of tutorial time) for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading


  • Long, Larry E. (c2005). Computers: Information Technology in Perspective/Larry Long and Nancy Long. (12th edn.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  • Parker, C.S., Morley, D. & Miketta, B. (2002). Understanding computers : today and tomorrow. Fort Worth, TX: Dryden Press.
  • Laudon, K.C. & Laudon, J.P. (2004). Managing the Digital Firm. (8th edn.). New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    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 IMS9049 are:

    found on the unit's web site. 


    Structure and organisation



    Study Guide

    1 Introduction: Trends and tools used in the IS/IM profession
    2 Data communications
    3 Information and communication technologies
    4 Components of a computer system
    5 Information systems development methods
    6 Interface design for computer based systems; usability
    7 Team work
    8 Implementation of information systems Guest speaker (TBC)
    9 Theory quiz (1)
    10 Information systems development
    11 Information systems development
    12 Information systems evaluation
    13 Theory quiz (2). Unit Review

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


    Assessment Policy

    To pass this unit you must:

    gain all of the following:

    · at least 40% of the marks allocated to the assignment component:

    · at least 40% of the marks allocated to the formal assessment component (theory and practical quizzes).

    · at least 50% of the total marks for the unit

    Your score for the unit will be calculated by:


    Assessment Requirements


    Due Date


    ICTs used by IS/IM professionals week 8 (5pm Friday) 20 %
    Information system prototype week 12 (5pm Friday) 30 %
    Practical tests weeks 4,6,7,10,11 30 %
    Theory tests weeks 9,13 20 %

    Assignment specifications will be made available during week 1 seminar and on the unit web site.. Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

    Assignment Submission Methods

    Assignments will be submitted by electronic or paper submission via MUSO or handed to the tutor. Email submissions will not be accepted.

    Extensions and late submissions

    Late submission of assignments

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 10% per day. Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

    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 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:

    Dr Kathy Lynch
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone +61 3 990 32583
    Fax +61 3 990 32005

    Miss Katherine Knight
    Research Support Officer
    Phone +61 3 990 31304

    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