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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit, students will:

  • know and understand the impacts of advances in information technologies on organisations, their structures and the way they use and manage information to support their operations;
  • know and understand how the needs of organisations and the marketplace influence the path of technology evolution;
  • know and understand some of the key factors which contribute to the success or failure of technology-based innovations in organisations;
  • recognise the strengths and weaknesses of information technology for performing a variety of common information tasks;
  • be able to evaluate the merits and disadvantages of a technology-based solution to an organisational information need or problem;
  • be able to carry out a critical analysis of an area of technology and make an assessment of its likely future impacts on an organisation.

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
    Tutorial Presentation and Paper 20% Presentation Schedule to be determined in Week 2 tutorial class.
    Information System/Information Technology Report 20% 21 April 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.


    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

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

    Required Resources

    Boddy, D., Boonstra, A., & Kennedy, G. (2009). Managing Information Systems: Strategy and Organisation (Third Edition). Harlow, England: Pearson Education Limited. 

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11 Review the unit site in Moodle and ensure you are registered for a tutorial No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Introduction  
    2 07/03/11 Conceptual Foundations  
    3 14/03/11 Information Technology and Information Infrastructures Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    4 21/03/11 Information Systems in Organisations Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    5 28/03/11 Ethical and Social Issues Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    6 04/04/11 Information Systems Strategies Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    7 11/04/11 Business Process Design Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    8 18/04/11 Cultures, Structures and Politics Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations. Assignment 2: Report due 21 April 2011
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Organising and Positioning Information System Activities Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    10 09/05/11 People and Information Systems Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    11 16/05/11 Implementing Information Systems Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
    12 23/05/11 IS Costs, Benefits and Business Cases Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentations
      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
      Tutorial Presentation and Paper
      Each student is required to present one tutorial paper that critically discusses some of the key ideas raised in an assigned reading. Full details of the assignment will be made available on the Moodle website for the unit.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The criteria used to assess submissions are:

      1. Synthesis - you are able to summarise the key issues and arguments of a tutorial reading.
      2. Critical Analysis - you are able to evaluate the author's arguments with care and balance, demonstrating some knowledge of broader literature in the topic.
      3. Presentation - you are able to present your ideas to your tutorial class and promote their discussion.
      Due date:
      Presentation Schedule to be determined in Week 2 tutorial class.
    • Assessment task 2
      Information System/Information Technology Report
      Each student is required to prepare a report on the current state of play and future prospects for a class of information systems or information technologies.Full details of the assignment will be made available on the Moodle website for the unit.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The criteria used to assess submissions are:

      1. Understanding - you are able to describe a class of information systems or technologies, highlighting salient issues regarding their use in organisations.
      2. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position regarding the current state of play and future prospects by using logical argument drawing on the concepts presented in the unit.
      3. Presentation - that you have presented your work in a suitably formatted report style, with appropriate referencing.
      Due date:
      21 April 2011


    • Examination 1
      60 %
      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: 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

    Resubmission of assignments

    Assignments must be submitted by the due date unless special consideration applies. There is no resubmission of assignments.

    Referencing requirements

    All Faculty of Information Technology masters coursework and undergraduate units should use the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide. For examples see http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/tutorials/citing/infotech.html.


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    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

    The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis


    Laudon, K. C., & Laudon, J. (2007). Essentials of Management Information Systems (Eight Edition.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall. 

    Laudon, K. C., & Laudon, J. (2010). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm (Eleventh Edition.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

    Pearlson, K. E., & Saunders, C. S. (2010). Managing and Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach (Fourth Edition). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

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