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Required Resources

Software required for this unit is freely available in computer labs

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Activities Assessment
0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 28/02/11 Introduction to Organisations  
2 07/03/11 Information and Information Systems  
3 14/03/11 Introduction to Business Processes  
4 21/03/11 Information Technologies in the Organisation  
5 28/03/11 Supporting Business Functions with IT  
6 04/04/11 Developing Successful IT Systems - Part 1  
7 11/04/11 Developing Successful IT Systems - Part 2 Assignment 1 due 11 April 2011
8 18/04/11 Communication Concepts  
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Working in Teams  
10 09/05/11 Communication in Organisations Assignment 2 due 9 May 2011
11 16/05/11 Managing IT Security Assignment 3 due 19 May 2011
12 23/05/11 Professional Issues  
  30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1: IT & IS in Organisations
    Description:
    The assignment is an individual assignment based on a case study of an organisation. You will present the assignment as a report.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The criteria used to assess submissions are:

    • correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    • completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    • presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    • use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.
    Due date:
    Week 7 - Monday, 11 April 2011
    Remarks:
    The assignment will be made available on the FIT1003 site in Moodle with detailed submission instructions. The title and due date are subject to change.
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2: Systems Development Report and Formal Client Presentation
    Description:
    This assignment is a group assignment.  It will require your team to report on your analysis of a business problem and present a proposed solution to a client using a range communication techniques.  It will address objectives relating to:
    • understanding typical business functions and strategies used by business organisations to achieve their purposes and appreciating the integral nature of information technology in the success of these business strategies;
    • understanding some of the different development methods used to develop IT systems;
    • explaining the key principles that underlie successful systems development;
    • understanding the importance of communicating appropriately to different audiences.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The criteria used to assess submissions are:

    • correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    • completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    • use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.
    • presentation of your report - both written and oral presented using the appropriate communication method. The oral presentation is a hurdle requirement and as such must be completed appropriately and will be assessed using the following:
      •    evidence of preparation
      •    conduct of presentation
      •    quality of visual aids
      •    presentation style

    As a group assignment, assessment will include a peer group review in order to recognize the different contributions of group members.

    Due date:
    Week 10 - Monday, 9 May 2011
    Remarks:
    The assignment will be made available on the FIT1003 site in Moodle with detailed submission instructions. The title and due date are subject to change.
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 3: Communication exercise
    Description:
    This is an individual assignment and will be a report using communication theories to describe and analyse the communication that occurred within the assignment group.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    • completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.
    Due date:
    Week 11 - Thursday, 19 May 2011
    Remarks:
    The assignment will be made available on the FIT1003 site in Moodle with detailed submission instructions. The title and due date are subject to change.

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Assignment submission

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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READING LIST

Curtis, G. and Codham, D. (2005) Business Information Systems Prentice-Hall

Dwyer, J. (2005)  Communication in Business: Strategies and Skills 3rd edition, Perason Education, Australia.

Eunson, B. (2005), Communicating in the 21st Century, John Wiley & Sons, Australia