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FIT1028 Business information technology and systems - Semester 2, 2014

This unit introduces students to the value of information within today's society and the critical role played by information technology to gather, generate, store, process and distribute information. The unit will familiarise students with hardware, operating systems, business-oriented software such as spreadsheets and databases, systems development, decision making, networks, communication, the Internet, e-commerce and recent developments in the World Wide Web. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their own information systems using common tools such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Mashup editor tools.

Mode of Delivery

Berwick (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory
  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

BUS1010, CSE1200, CSE1720, COT1130, COT1720, IMS1000.
This unit is prohibited to all students enrolled in any degree of the Faculty of Information Technology, including double degrees in which this Faculty is a partner.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Berwick

Lindsay Smith

Consultation hours: To be advised

Tutors

Berwick

Michael Lim

William Lay

Peter Hoghton

Rebecca Fleming

Jason Haasz

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Response to student feedback with respect to the demands of tutorial participation assessment has resulted in a new Assignment 1 - Information Technology Research Topic.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will have -Knowledge and understanding of:
  • the value of information within today's society and the critical role played by information technology to gather, generate, store, process, store and distribute information;
  • technology, software and hardware of computing and of the uses of computing in the business environment;
  • the dimensions and scope of information technology;
  • the change from an industrial to a knowledge driven society;
  • the nature, role, technology and functions of various types of hardware and software which form a computer system including simple software tools to more advanced integrated systems such as CRM or Supply Chain Management.
Developed skills in:
  • development of spreadsheet modelling.
  • development of small database models.
  • development of an information rich web application such as a mashup.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate the wide variety of skills required in analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and management of computer systems. A professional attitude to aspects of ethics and standards.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction  
2 Computer Hardware  
3 Software: Application Software  
4 Software: Operating Systems Thursday 21st August 2014: Assignment 1 due at 5:00pm
5 Introduction to Systems Development  
6 Project Management  
7 Data Management  
8 Communications and Networks Thursday 18th September 2014: Assignment 2 due at 5:00pm; Assignment 2 interviews/demonstrations in tutorials
9 eBusiness and the Internet  
10 WWW and Web 2.0  
11 Security  
12 Ethics and Future Directions Monday 20th October 2014: Assignment 3 due at 10:00am; Assignment 3 interviews/demonstrations in tutorials
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*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 helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 50%; Assignments: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Information Technology Research Topic 20% Thursday 21st August 2014 at 5:00PM
Assignment 2 - Developing an Information System 15% Thursday 18th September 2014 at 5:00PM
Assignment 3 - Developing a Data Management System 15% Monday 20th October 2014 at 10:00AM
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1 - Information Technology Research Topic
    Description:
    This is a written research paper on a specified topic. Details of the topic(s) will be available on release of assignment specification.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Completeness of the research (adequate coverage of the topic, findings and opinions expressed).

    Quality of the research, including literature (references) used, critically and appropriately applied.

    Written expression, style and appropriate overall structure (there should be a sound and logical flow and use of sub-headings where applicable).

    Correct citation of references.

    Further detailed information will be available in the task specification.

    Due date:
    Thursday 21st August 2014 at 5:00PM
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2 - Developing an Information System
    Description:
    This assignment will require students to develop an information system using Microsoft Excel 2010. Details of the scenario, tasks and deliverables will be made available in the assignment specification.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment will involve a compulsory interview with your tutor in the tutorial in which you are officially enrolled on the same date as the assignment's submission deadline.

    The actual awarding of marks is dependent on your performance at the interview. At the interview you will be asked to demonstrate your submitted assignment. You can also expect to be asked to explain various aspects of your assignment.

    Marks will not be awarded for any section of the assignment or its functionality that a student cannot explain or modify satisfactorily.

    Students who do not attend an interview will receive zero marks for the assignment.

    Further details will be outlined and discussed in the lecture and tutorials.

    Due date:
    Thursday 18th September 2014 at 5:00PM
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 3 - Developing a Data Management System
    Description:
    This assignment is based on the development of a small database using Microsoft Access 2010 or latest available in the tutorial/labs. Details of the scenario, tasks and deliverables will be made available in the assignment specification.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment will involve a compulsory interview with your tutor in the tutorial in which you are officially enrolled on the same date as the assignment's submission deadline.

    The actual awarding of marks is dependent on your performance at the interview. At the interview you will be asked to demonstrate your submitted assignment. You can also expect to be asked to explain various aspects of your assignment.

    Marks will not be awarded for any section of the assignment or its functionality that a student cannot explain or modify satisfactorily.

    Students who do not attend an interview will receive zero marks for the assignment.

    Further details will be outlined and discussed in the lecture and tutorials.

    Due date:
    Monday 20th October 2014 at 10:00AM

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

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
  • Interviews

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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.

You will need access to:

Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft Acess 2010. These applications are installed in the student labs.

Recommended text(s)

Morely, Deborah & Parker, Charles S. (2015). Understanding Computers Today and Tomorrow: Comprehensive Edition. (15th Edition 2015) Course Technology, Cengage Learning (ISBN: 9781285767277).

Other Information

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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

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Disability Liaison Unit

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