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Monash University

FIT5123 Introduction to business information systems - Semester 1, 2014

The unit provides a basic introduction to fundamental information systems concepts including basic business concepts, information technology strategy and governance, sourcing, the different kinds of IT systems at both enterprise and desktop scales, introduction to architectures and professional practice and introductory project management.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Off-campus)
  • Caulfield (Evening)
  • Malaysia (Evening)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour studio

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and studio sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) 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


Caddie Gao


Chew Esyin

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • describe key considerations of strategic business contexts relevant to managing IT resources in an organisation;
  • describe common business processes and the role IT can play in managing these processes;
  • use a generic model of the systems development lifecycle to plan and manage deliverables and milestones during information systems design and development;
  • discuss contract development and select an appropriate sourcing strategy for provisioning information systems;
  • explain factors relevant to managing small to medium-sized projects for in-house or contract software development, software outsourcing, package acquisition and implementation;
  • identify the requirements for ongoing management of IT infrastructure in an organisation;
  • discuss key considerations in strategically planning for technological innovation to meet the short and long-term business objectives of an organisation;
  • discuss ethical and professional issues relevant to members of the IT profession;
  • discuss ethical issues related to the management and use of IT in organisations.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Fundamentals of Business Information Systems  
2 Business Driven Information Systems  
3 Enterprise Information Systems  
4 IT Strategy and Business Strategy  
5 IT Strategy Alignment  
6 IT Governance Assignment 1 - Part 1: Covering Weeks 1-5 due in Week 6 Tutorial
7 IT Project Success and Failure  
8 IT Budgeting  
9 IT Outsourcing  
10 IT Provisioning  
11 Legal and Ethical Issues for IT Professionals Assignment 1 - Part 2: Covering Weeks 6-10 due in Week 11 Tutorial
12 Future Issues and Trends Assignment 2: Research Paper due in Week 12 Tutorial
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during 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.

Lectures will present the concepts and include examples of each concept. Tutorials will concentrate on case studies or scenario/problem-based learning.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1: Tutorial Portfolio and Weekly Reflections 15% (each part worths 7.5%) Part 1: due in Week 6 Tutorial; and Part 2: due in Week 11 Tutorial
Assignment 2: Research Paper 25% Week 12 Tutorial
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1: Tutorial Portfolio and Weekly Reflections
    Students are to present a written portfolio of selected tutorial questions from various tutorials, and reflections related to the week's tutorial topic.

    Assignment 1 is to be submitted in two parts (with equal weighting): 
    • Part 1 covers Weeks 1-5, and
    • Part 2 covers Weeks 6-10.
    15% (each part worths 7.5%)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Level of analysis and further research/reading will be assessed.

    Detailed assessment criteria will be included in the assignment specification, which will be given out in lectures and will also be available on the Moodle-based unit website.

    Due date:
    Part 1: due in Week 6 Tutorial; and Part 2: due in Week 11 Tutorial
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2: Research Paper
    In this assignment, students are required to study in-depth one topic of interest within the field of BIS, and to present the findings as a research paper/research essay.

    The assignment specification will be given out in lectures and will also be available on the Moodle-based unit website.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Level of analysis, further research and quality of writing will be assessed.

    Detailed assessment criteria will be included in the assignment specification, which will be given out in lectures and will also be available on the Moodle-based unit website.

    Due date:
    Week 12 Tutorial


  • 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

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

All assignments should use APA style.

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.

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Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

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