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FIT1036 Enterprises and information - Semester 1, 2011

This unit examines the nature of the information needs of organisations, groups and individuals, and the ways in which IT-based systems support them. The main focus of the unit will be on organizational needs for IT-based systems and information management, but it will also consider the wider social context for issues relating to information and IT usage. The changing hopes and expectations of what IT and information can offer to assist the enterprise will be a particular focus of attention. This will provide the basis for consideration of the range of roles required of the IT professional in developing and implementing IT-based solutions to information problems.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk; 2 hrs tutorials/wk


Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week  on this unit throughout the semester.

This will include:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials: 2 hours per week

and up to an additional 8 hours per week for reading resources and texts, completing tutorial exercise, working on assignments, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships



Chief Examiner

Martin Atchison

Campus Lecturer


Martin Atchison

Contact hours: Tuesday, 10-12; Wednesday 10-12; Other days and times by appointment

Dora Constantinidis

Contact hours: TBA



Martin Atchison

Contact hours: Tuesday 10-12; Wednesday 10-12; Other days and times by appointment

Dora Constintinidis

Contact hours: TBA

Malini Jayaganesh

Contact hours: TBA

Learning Objectives

On the completion of this unit, students will:

  • know and understand basic concepts of information and information systems relating to their role and importance in organisations and society;
  • know and understand basic concepts of organisations and organisational processes in relation to their information needs and the application of IT-based systems to support them;
  • know and understand basic concepts of IT and IT-based applications as they are used in organisations and society;
  • know the key information technologies and information technology infrastructures employed by organisations;
  • understand the organisational and social issues arising from the use of IT in organisations, including privacy and civil liberties issues;
  • be able to recognise and analyse opportunities, risks and liabilities arising from the usage and application of IT in organisations;
  • be able to apply appropriate techniques and tools to the tasks of identifying, describing and analysing information management processes in organisations.

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 (3 hours): 60%; in-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    A case study in organizational use of information and IT 20% Week 6 of semester
    Major issues in IT usage 20% Week 11 of semester
    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.


    Our feedback to You

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    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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    Required Resources

    Required resources will be included with each topic in the Moodle page for the unit 

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Basic concepts: Organizations and information  
    2 07/03/11 Basic concepts: The nature of information Assignment 1: Case Study in organizational use of information and IT - made available
    3 14/03/11 Basic concepts: Information technology capabilities and limitations  
    4 21/03/11 Basic concepts: Developing and acquiring information and system solutions  
    5 28/03/11 Organizations and information - the problem of organizational change  
    6 04/04/11 Issues in the management of information Assignment 1 due
    7 11/04/11 Information technology - standards, specialisation and commodification Assignment 2: Major issues in IT usage - made available
    8 18/04/11 Issues in development and acquisition and the problem of failure  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Beyond organizations: Basic concepts in individual and societal uses of information and IT  
    10 09/05/11 Key issues in individual uses of infomation and IT  
    11 16/05/11 Key issues in community and societal uses of information and IT Assignment 2 due
    12 23/05/11 Current issues and future concerns; unit review  
      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
      A case study in organizational use of information and IT
      This will be a group assignment in which you will discuss the nature of a case study organization's needs for information, and critically evaluate the scope for the use of IT to help satisfy them   
      Criteria for assessment:

      Criteria for assessment will be included in the assignment handout published on the unit web site

      Due date:
      Week 6 of semester
    • Assessment task 2
      Major issues in IT usage
      Students will be required to conduct research into and report on a significant contemporary issue relating to the application of IT to entrerprise information needs.  Issues will be selected from a list provided by the unit leader
      Criteria for assessment:

      Criteria for assessment will be included in the assignment handout published on the unit web site

      Due date:
      Week 11 of semester


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    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.

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