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Monash University

FIT1036 Enterprises and information - Semester 1, 2014

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 organisational 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)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships



Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Martin Atchison

Consultation hours: Building H room 7.62 Tuesday and Wednesday 11-1; Other days and times by appointment martin.atchison@monash.edu



Martin Atchison

Consultation hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11-1; Other days and times by appointment

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Basic concepts: Organizations and their information needs; introduction to case studies Note: There will be Tutorial classes in Week 1
2 Case Study 1 - Issues in supporting organizational information needs Assignment 2: Tutorial participation exercises - commences
3 Case Study 2 - Issues in supporting organizational information needs Assignment 1: Case Study in organisational use of information and IT - made available
4 Case Study 3 - Issues in supporting organizational information needs  
5 IT and the changing roles of IT professionals in supporting organizational information needs Assignment 1 presentations begin
6 Organisations - problems of organisational structures and organizational change Assignment 1 completed; Assignment 3: Major issues in IT usage - made available
7 Information - Impact of its characteristics on its management and use  
8 Information technology - standards, specialisation and commodification  
9 Systems - components, interactions and complexity  
10 System development and acquisition - how do we make it happen?  
11 Dreams, realities, and nightmares in organisational information and IT usage Assignment 3 due
12 Current issues and future concerns; unit review Last week of assessment for Assignment 2
  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 learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Organisational use of information and IT 10% Weeks 5 & 6 of semester
Tutorial participation exercises 10% Weeks 2 to 12 of semester
Major issues in IT usage 20% Week 11 of semester
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Organisational use of information and IT
    Students will be required to analyse and report on an example of the use of IT to support an organisation's information needs, and to critically evaluate the issues associated with it and their impact on the organisation.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the key basic concepts relating to:

    • organisational needs for information
    • the nature of data and information
    • the uses of computer-based technology to meet data/information needs

    Demonstrated ability to apply the academic theory in these areas to its practice in an organisational setting

    Demonstrated ability to carry out an investigation and report on its findings in written and verbal form

    Due date:
    Weeks 5 & 6 of semester
  • Assessment task 2
    Tutorial participation exercises
    Tutorial participation exercises will be based around the weekly tutorial activities.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Criteria for assessment will depend on the nature of the work being carried during the tutorial. In general, students will be expected to prepare adequately for the tutorial by reading the material provided in advance, and participating actively in the discussions and other tasks which they are asked to perform. Detailed criteria will be provided to students as appropriate before the tutorial work is done.
    Due date:
    Weeks 2 to 12 of semester
  • Assessment task 3
    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:

    Demonstrated level of knowledge and understanding of the key issues involved in the topic

    Demonstrated level of knowledge and understanding of the impact of these issues on organizations in practice

    Quality of research and clarity of expression of ideas  

    Due date:
    Week 11 of semester


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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

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

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Students may not resubmit assignments.

Referencing requirements

Follow the Monash Library Guides for Citing and Referencing at http://guides.lib.monash.edu/content.php?pid=88267&sid=656564

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

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

Additional subject costs

There will be no significant additional costs.

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