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Campus Lecturer


Mr Daniel Waghorn


Associate Professor Vincent Lee


Dr. Madhu Chetty



Ms Nergiz Ilhan

Contact hours: TBA

Mr Adel Moslehi

Contact hours: TBA

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the strategic contexts of IT management, including: the strategic value and impacts of IT; the strategy process; the need to effectively align business strategy and IT strategy; the value of a portfolio approach to managing IT investments and mitigating risk; the critical importance of a customer-centric approach to IT strategy; and key management roles and relationships (eg CEO-CIO);
  • the more common business processes, and the role that IT can play in managing these processes and in providing information systems that are appropriate for an organistions operational needs;
  • the technical processes of a generic SDLC model, contract development, outsourcing and package purchase as alternative approaches to providing information systems;
  • the project management processes related to in-house and contract software development, software outsourcing, package acquisition and implementation;
  • the requirements for ongoing management of the IT infrastructure of an organisation that takes appropriate advantage of technological innovation to address the short-term and long-term objectives of the business;
  • IT professional ethics, and ethical issues in the management and use of IT within organisations.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • have a systematic approach to IT provisioning in a business whilst maintaining a pragmatic approach to business needs;
  • critically assess the worth of technological innovations for their contribution towards meeting business objectives in both the short-term and the longer term;
  • recognise the management of IT infrastructure as a corporate resource, and business information as critical to meeting business objectives;
  • develop a project management approach to developing information systems that are appropriate to the organisations needs;
  • maintain ethical principles and practices in IT management.
Developed the skills to:
  • apply selected systems development techniques associated with SDLC-based system developments;
  • model business processes using industry standard modelling conventions and a standard commercial business process modelling software package;
  • determine requirements and specifying development or acquisition projects, using both traditional and innovative techniques and methods;
  • apply project management techniques and using project management software.
Demonstrated the communication and teamwork skills necessary to:
  • acquire understanding of the IT management and project management processes not only in terms of objective criteria like budgets, resources and software tools, but also as social activities and relationships involving individual, group and corporate-wide objectives and imperatives.

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
Assignment 1: Analysing IT Strategy of SMEs: A Critical Analysis 20% September 2, 2011, Friday (Week 6)
Business Process Modeling and Business Process Improvement: A Case Study 20% October 14, 2011, Friday (Week 11)
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
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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:

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Required Resources

To access weekly lecture and tutorial materials, students will need access to an Adobe Acrobat reader, and Microsoft Office software.

Microsoft Project will be the project management software used, and Microsoft Visio will be used for preparing charts and diagrams for tutorials and assignments. Students may also use other relevant drawing or other software they have access to, eg SmartDraw.

This software is available in the University computer labs.OCL students can submit requests (via the online service desk) to get a copy of the software sent to them as outlined on the link below. 

Refer to: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/itsupport/msdnaa.html for more software information.  

Alternatively, software may be purchased at academic price at good software retailers on provision of evidence of enrollment (your current student card).

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit overview & Strategic contexts of IT management Tutorial 1 begins from Week 1
2 IT strategy and business strategy  
3 Business process modelling  
4 IT systems sucess and failure  
5 Systems concepts and types of IT-enabled information systems  
6 IT project management overview Assignment 1 due on September 2 (Friday) 2011
7 IT provisioning  
8 IT outsourcing  
9 Ethics for IT/IS professionals  
10 Legal issues for IT/IS professionals  
11 Managing IT in organisations Assignment 2 due on October 14 (Friday), 2011
12 IT project teams and managing international IT projects Sample exam review during tutorial 12
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

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
    Assignment 1: Analysing IT Strategy of SMEs: A Critical Analysis
    This assignment is designed to test student understanding about the significance of IT strategy in organisations in general and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in particular. The assignment requires students to consult relevant IT related journals, text books, electronic sources and FIT9006 lecture notes on IT/IS strategy.  Please note that the terms IT and IS are used in their broad sense and hence they are considered to refer to the same concept.
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assignment will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

    • completeness (content related factors systematically addressing the key areas)
    • correctness (demonstrating research skills by identifying and using relevant sources)
    • presence of relevant information (showing cognitive skills: analysis, evaluation)
    • and clarity of expression (showing writing skills: structure, expression, presentation).
    Due date:
    September 2, 2011, Friday (Week 6)
  • Assessment task 2
    Business Process Modeling and Business Process Improvement: A Case Study
    This assignment is designed to test student understanding about the significance of modeling business processes in organisations. The assignment also focuses on the business analysis and business change aspects of IT/IS. Students are required to carefully read the case description included in the Assignment document and perform a number of tasks.
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assignment will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

    • completeness (demonstrating understanding of the basics of process modelling)
    • correctness (demonstrating process modelling skills by using such software as Visio, SmartDraw etc)
    • presence of relevant information (showing cognitive skills: analysis, evaluation of the process concepts)
    • and clarity of expression (showing writing skills: structure, expression, presentation).
    Due date:
    October 14, 2011, Friday (Week 11)


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Examination paper includes 3 sections: MCQ, Mini-cases and Discussion questions

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


Student services

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There is no single presecribed textbook for this unit. Each week, a list of useful references will be cited. However, parts of the following textbooks are useful.

a) Applegate, Lynda M., Austin, Robert D. & McFarlan, F. Warren. (2009). Corporate information strategy and management: Text and cases. (8th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN 9780073402932; 0073402931.

b) Frenzel, Caroll W. & Frenzel, John C. (2004). Management of information technology. (4th ed.).Boston, MA : Thomson, Course Technology. ISBN 0-619-03417-3. 

c) Brown, Carol V. et al. (2009). Managing information technology. (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson-Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780131789548; 0131789546.

d) Pearlson, Keri & Saunders, Carol S. (2010). Managing and using information systems: A strategic approach. (4th ed.).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN 9780470343814; 0470343818.

e) Reynolds, George W.  (2007). Ethics in information technology. (2nd ed.). Australia; UK; Thomson, Course Technology.  ISBN 1418836311.

f) Turban, Efraim & Volonino, Linda. (2010). Information technology for management: Improving performance in the digital economy. (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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