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FIT2075 Information strategies and systems development - Semester 2, 2014

This unit provides students with an introduction to the key concepts and principles involved in the management of information assets as a key organisational resource. Information assets and the information systems which create and use them are of critical importance to the operations of most modern organisations. The unit examines two main themes: the development and implementation of organisational approaches to the management of its information assets, and organisational approaches to the acquisition and development of information systems. As well as addressing the separate sets of issues specific to each of these themes, it will focus on the interactions between them and their implications for development of an integrated approach to organisational information management.

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


FIT1036 or FIT1003

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Martin Atchison

Consultation hours: Tuesday 2-4; Wednesday 10-2



Martin Atchison

Consultation hours: Tuesday 2-4; Wednesday 10-2

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Previous feedback has highlighted the main strength in this unit as being its extensive use of readings and tutorial discussion to highlight the significance of theory and its relevance to the way issues arise in practice.  The unit will aim to continue this approach which requires students to read extensively and discuss issues in class.

Student feedback has also informed improvements to this unit including:

  • the posting of materials earlier on the web site to enable students to read and prepare for classes earlier.
  • the development of clearer specifications for assignment work and expectations of the issues which should be addressed by student work.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will:
  • know and understand the business imperatives which drive organisational needs in key areas of information management and information systems acquisition and development;
  • know and understand the key principles and contemporary practices in the development and implementation of information management strategies in organisations;
  • know and understand the key principles and approaches to the development, acquisition and implementation of IT-based systems in organisations;
  • recognise the need and understand the importance of taking an integrated approach to tasks of information management and systems development in organisations;
  • be able to analyse needs and specify solutions for a range of organisational information management and systems development problems;
  • be able to critically evaluate the relative merits and disadvantages of different information management and systems development strategies for a given situation.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Setting the context: Introduction to unit; recap of basic concepts in the theory and practice of systems development and information management; recap of relevant material from earlier units Discussion of requirements for class participation which will be assessed weekly from Weeks 2 to 11
2 System development and information strategies (1): The science/engineering paradigm and the evolution of structured approaches to the development of systems for the provision of information Assignment 1 handed out which will be assessed between Weeks 7 to 10
3 Data and information management (1): understanding data and information management as organizational problems: evolution of structured approaches to data collection and retrieval  
4 Systems development and information strategies (2): Solving the specification problem in system development - iterativity and incrementalism  
5 Data and information management (2): From structured to unstructured data collection and retrieval Assignment 2 handed out
6 System development and information strategies (3): Bringing the user inside - user participation and agile development  
7 Data and information management (3): 'Agile' data collections and information architectures Assignment 1 submissions commence
8 Systems development and information strategies (4): Changing the development paradigm - soft systems Assignment 1 submissions continue
9 Data and information management (4): The problem of semantics Assignment 1 submissions continue
10 System development and information strategies (5): Standardisation and packaged solutions Assignment 1 submissions continue
11 Data and information management (5): 'Big data' - dreams and realities Assignment 2 due
12 Reflection and bringing it all together: The evolving role of information professionals in organizations  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*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
Class participation 10% Weeks 2 to 11
Assignment 1: Systems development in action 15% Weeks 7 to 10
Assignment 2: Systems development and information management issues for organizations 15% Week 11
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


Assessment task 1 - Class participation:  Students will be expected to prepare, participate and present in tutorial discussions throughout the semester.  Student performance will be assessed by the tutor with the aid of peer reviews carried out by the students in each tutorial class.  Student performance will be assessed in selected tutorials throughout the semester (see Unit Schedule), and the student's mark will be based on their best eight results.  Class participation will be worth 10% of the student's mark.

  • Assessment task 1
    Class participation
    Participation in tutorial classes will be assessed on the basis of student contributions and submissions to the weekly class activities.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment will depend on the nature of the work being carried out during the class.  In general, students will be expected to prepare adequately for the class 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 and during the class.

    Due date:
    Weeks 2 to 11
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 1: Systems development in action
    Students will investigate and report on a case study of an aspect of systems development as the basis for understanding the issues associated with the development of large systems to satisfy organizational information needs.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment will be based on the level of understanding which students demonstrate of the nature of the development process, the issues confronting a development team and the adequacy of specific development approaches to the case study.

    A detailed set of assessment criteria and the marking guide will be provided to students with the description of the assignment task.

    Due date:
    Weeks 7 to 10
  • Assessment task 3
    Assignment 2: Systems development and information management issues for organizations
    Students will investigate and report on a topic of importance to contemporary systems development and information management practice.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria for assessment will be based on the level of knowledge and understanding which students demonstrate about development and information management processes, and the issues confronting IT professionals in addresing them.

    A detailed set of assessment criteria and the marking guide will be provided to students with the detailed description of the assignment task.

    Due date:
    Week 11


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

Learning resources

Reading list

Lists of readings on the topics covered in the unit will be provided during the semester.

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

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

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Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

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Returning assignments

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