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FIT1030 Introduction to business information systems - Semester 1, 2011

This unit is aimed at providing the students with an overall knowledge of business organisations and their structure. The unit will cover all the steps from business strategy to operational planning and financial systems. The internal processes of a business organisation will be described with an emphasis on how they work together to achieve the financial and physical goals of the business.

Accounting information systems and the systems for the processing and recording of business transactions, inventory, sales, purchasing and financial reporting will be described in detail. Tutorial exercises using commercial software will take students through the operational steps of sales, purchasing and deliveries and then produce the main financial statements for the organisation.

A range of new management concepts and tools such as process oriented organisations, control matrices, and systems theory will be described. The unit will also look at how e-commerce and e-business is used in a modern organisation, and give a brief description of contracts and contract law.

Mode of Delivery

  • Clayton (Day)
  • Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk


  • weekly two-hour lecture
  • two-hour (tutorial/laboratory).

Additionally, each student should spend a minimum of 8 to 12 hours for personal study every week and should allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks for use of a computer, including time for newsgroup and discussion.

Chief Examiner

Rod Martin

Campus Lecturer



Contact hours: Wednesday, Friday 3:00PM - 5:00 PM

Caddie GAO








Caddie GAO


Learning Objectives

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • understand the business activities of a typical organisation;
  • perform basic accounting calculations for a business: balance sheet, profit and loss, cash flow, pricing, stock valuation, costing models;
  • understand how to describe and document operations, information and financial flows using different types of representations;
  • describe and analyse accounting information systems in an organisation;
  • understand how web based systems are used by a modern business;
  • have a basic understanding of the legal aspects of a contract;
  • analyse the operations and business systems of an existing business;
  • plan the functions and systems of a new business;
  • use and understand the financial statements of a business;
  • take an active part in the planning activities of a business.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    VISUAL Enterprise 15% 6 May 2011
    EXCEL/Access 20% 20 May 2011
    Oracle XE 5% 27 May 2011
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.  Lectures will present the concepts and include many examples of each concept. We plan to have two guest lecturers to present SAP concepts and practical applications. Tutorials will concentrate on software examples of the concepts taught in lectures and where appropriate, particular topics will be taught in tutorials rather than lectures.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Graded assignments without comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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    Examination material or equipment

    Non programmable calculators, Dictionaries.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 LECTURE: Introduction to Business Systems, NO TUTORIAL  
    2 07/03/11 LECTURE: Accounting Basics, TUTORIAL: Visual Enterprise, Excel Tutorial 1  
    3 14/03/11 LECTURE: Accounting Bookkeeping, TUTORIAL: Excel Tutorial 2  
    4 21/03/11 LECTURE: Process Design Tools, Documenting Business Processes, TUTORIAL: Excel Tutorial 3  
    5 28/03/11 LECTURE: Database and Data Warehouse, TUTORIAL: Excel Tutorial 4  
    6 04/04/11 LECTURE: Strategic Decision Making, Business Intelligence, TUTORIAL: Access Tutorial 1 Tables  
    7 11/04/11 LECTURE: E-Business, TUTORIAL: Access Tutorial 2 Queries  
    8 18/04/11 LECTURE: Enterprise Systems 1, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), TUTORIAL: Access Tutorial 3 Forms  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 LECTURE: Enterprise Systems 2, Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), Guest Lecture by Vincent LEE on SAP, TUTORIAL: Access Tutorial 4 Reports Submit VISUAL Enterprise assignment - 6 May 2011
    10 09/05/11 LECTURE: Contract Law, Quality, guest lecture on SAP applications, TUTORIAL: SAP, Oracle XE  
    11 16/05/11 LECTURE: Business Strategy, TUTORIAL: IBM DB2 Submit Enterprise Systems, Access assignments - 20 May 2011
    12 23/05/11 LECTURE: Revision, TUTORIAL: MS Project, Revision Submit Oracle XE assignment - 27 May 2011
      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


    • Assessment task 1
      VISUAL Enterprise
      Groups of 3.

      Details of the assignment will be given in class.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Details of the assessment will be given in class.

      Due date:
      6 May 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      The assignment will be split into three parts. Details of the assignment will be given in class. Groups of 3.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Details of the assessment will be given in class.

      Due date:
      20 May 2011
    • Assessment task 3
      Oracle XE
      Groups of 3. Details of the assignment will be given in class.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Details of the assessment will be given in class.

      Due date:
      27 May 2011


    • Examination 1
      2 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
      Non programmable calculators

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website:
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

    Referencing requirements

    Referencing internet and electronic sources, Harvard reference style
    IEEE Referencing


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