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Monash University

FIT5101 Enterprise systems - Semester 2, 2015

The unit provides students with an overview of enterprise systems and is designed to describe the role of enterprise systems as part of the larger IT infrastructure within large scale organisations. A case study approach will be adopted which will focus on inherent issues surrounding management and deployment of enterprise systems, together with implementation issues influencing the impact of these systems on the organisation. SAP ECC6 will be the software of choice to introduce students to the complexity of enterprise resource planning systems through tutorial workshops.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Caulfield (Online)

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 laboratory

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

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial 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 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships


(FIT9123 or FIT5123 or FIT9006 or equivalent) or (MGX5962 and three of (ACF5903, BTF5903, ECF5953, ETF5900, MGF5020, MGF5030, MGX5991, MGX5992 or MKX5955))

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Sue Foster



Taiwo Oseni

Consultation hours: TBA

Hamid Pousti

Consultation hours: TBA

Stephen Paull

Shweta Rastogi

Sunil Panda

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Students have found this unit interesting and informative relating to industry standard requirements.   Due to student feedback the assignments have been reduced from three to two and the exam percentage has been increased.   Other changes have included rearranging the assignments to be more in line with the lecture content and ensuring lectures link to tutorials.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
  1. describe the role of enterprise systems in supporting the business strategy, business drivers and business requirements of various organisations;
  2. identify the main suppliers, products and application domains of enterprise wide packages;
  3. explain the scale and complexity of enterprise system packages with specific reference to enterprise resource planning systems in large scale organisations;
  4. describe the integrative role of enterprise systems for information within the organisational context;
  5. describe the role of enterprise systems as part of the larger IT infrastructure of large scale organisations;
  6. identify the implementation variables, individual variables and contextual variables in enterprise system implementations and describe their role in achieving a successful implementation outcome;
  7. use SAP ECC6 to demonstrate the complexity and integrative nature of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in a case organisation.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to enterprise systems Tutorial: introduction to enterprise systems
2 Enterprise system requirements Review the lecture - Assignment 1 (Enterprise System) handed out
3 Business processes Review the lecture: Working on assignment
4 Critical risk factors in enterprise system implementations Review the lecture: Working on assignment
5 Introduction to SAP SAP logins will be provided and students will use an SAP introduction worksheet
6 SAP - Material management Tutorial: SAP Material Management.
7 SAP - Procurement Tutorial: SAP Procurement
8 SAP - Production planning and execution Assignment 1 due in Monday 14 September. Tutorial working on production planning and execution
9 SAP - Sales and Distribution Tutorial: SAP Sales and Distribution
10 SAP - Financials Tutorial: SAP Financials
11 Organisational change management strategies Assignment 2 due Friday 16 October
12 Future issues and trends and review Exam review
  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.
  • Problem-based learning
    In this teaching approach you are introduced to information via lectures and then required to practically apply that information. You are encouraged to take responsibility for organising and directing your learning with support from your supervisor (tutor).

    You will be presented with a case study, and relevant information, and guided on how best to find solutions to the problem.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Enterprise System - Evaluation Report 35% Monday 14 September 2015 at 4.00 pm
Assignment 2 - Sales and distribution and Procurement process lifecycles in SAP: a practical approach 25% Friday 16 October 2015
Examination 1 40% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


Students will be evaluated on the outcome of the total group assignment. Where individual components are offered, students will be marked according to the marking criteria for that individual component. 

The tutor will monitor individual contributions to the group when allocating marks to members of the group.

Students will be given information on how to conduct meetings and setting agendas; how to complete minutes by including meeting minutes template and samples; confidential peer contribution forms are to be completed by each student in each group; and timesheets are to be completed by each team member in each group.

  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Enterprise System - Evaluation Report
    In project teams, produce an evaluation report to successfully assist an organisation in choosing an ERP system..

    Based on the information contained within the case study your project team will evaluate an appropriate ERP system for the case study organisation to implement. You will required to work in project teams throughout the semester; in you project teams you will ensure you have a project manager and appropriate team management structure to ensure the implementation is completed successfully. 

    In your teams you will work together to develop and evealuateion a vendor selection table and based on this table evaluate an appropriate ERP system; to do this you will be required to conduct an ERP assessment of the available ERP systems that suits the case study organisation and make an informed choice as to which system should be implemented.

    Additionally individual components will be completed that link to the requirements:  team members will be required to develop an organisational structure, expected business benefits, and a minor literature review of a chosen technology.


    Learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 5
    Criteria for assessment:

    1.  Students will be evaluated on the clarity of their report and the appropriateness of its style. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of an ERP and the type of ERP system that is appropriate.

    2. Where individual components are offered, students will be marked according to the marking criteria for that individual component. Tutors will monitor individual contributions to the group when allocating marks to members of the group via a thorough marking guide. 

    3. The marking guide will provide a break down of mark allocation for individual and group components where applicable. The marking criteria includes an opportunity for students to demonstrate their grammar and report structure techniques. Students are encouraged to use appropriate referencing style where applicable.

    4.  Team contribution will be assessed by tutors assessing meeting attendance and contribution by team members.  

    5.  Students are required to complete, a set of meeting minutes, project plan in the form of a gantt chart and time sheets for individual evaluation.


    Due date:
    Monday 14 September 2015 at 4.00 pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Sales and distribution and Procurement process lifecycles in SAP: a practical approach
    Students will work in pairs using their SAP skills in Sales and distribution and procurement to demonstrate the processes to pay a vendor and liaise with a customer to purchase goods.

    Students will use the SAP workshop notes as a guide to correctly establish the business process lifecycles via a workflow process chart  to successfully pay the vendor and receive payment from the customer in the SAP system.


    Learning outcomes 2, 3, 5
    Criteria for assessment:

    1.  Students will be evaluated on the clarity and correctness of their business processes and appropriate style. They also need to satisfactorily demonstrate their learnings from the workshop notes to a realworld solution to pay a vendor and receive payment from a customer using appropriate business scenarios.

    2.  Students will also be evaluated on the outcome of the total group assignment.  Tutors will monitor contributions to the group when allocating marks to members of the group via a thorough marking guide. Students will be required to complete confidential peer reviews that will assess a range of criteria for each team member.


    3.  Students will be provided with a confidential peer review which they will be complete and hand to their tutor evaluating each member of their team.  This peer review provides 5% of their contribution to the assignment for individual effort.  


    Due date:
    Friday 16 October 2015


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

Learning resources

Reading list

Recommended reading

Davenport, T. H. (2000a). Mission critical:  Realising the promise of enterprise systems.  Boston:  Harvard Business School Press

Davenport, T. H. (2000b).  The future of enterprise system-enabled organisations.  Information Systems Frontiers (special issue of The future of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Frontiers), 2(2), 163-180

Hasan, M., Trinh, N. T., Chan, F. T. S., Chan, H. K., & Sai Ho, C. (2011). Implementation of ERP of the Australian manufacturing companies. Industrial Management + Data Systems, 111(1), 132-145

Jacobs, F. R., & Weston, Jr, F. C. (2007).  Enterprise Resource planning (ERP) – a brief history.  Journal of Operations Management, 25(2), 357-363.

Karim, J., Somers, T., and Bhattacherjee, A.  (2007). The impact of ERP implementation on Business Process Outcomes:  A Factor Based study.  Volume 254, Issue 1, Journal of Management Information Systems.

Law, C. C. H., & Ngai, E. W. T. (2007). ERP systems adoption: An exploratory study of the organizational factors and impacts of ERP success. Information & Management, 44(4), 418-432

Law, C. C. H., Chen, C. C., & Wu, B. J. P. (2010). Managing the full ERP life-cycle: Considerations of maintenance and support requirements and IT governance practice as integral elements of the formula for successful ERP adoption. Computers in Industry, 61(3), 297-308

Maditinos, D., Chatzoudes, D., & Tsairidis, C. (2012). Factors affecting ERP system implementation effectiveness. [Article]. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 25(1), 60-78

Magal, S. R., & Word, J. (2011). Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems. Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Magal, S. R. & Word, J. (2009).  Essentials of Business Processes and information Systems.  New York: Wiley & Sons.

Monk, Wagner. (2006). Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning. Second Edition. Boston: Thompson Learning.

Sandoe, Corbitt, Boykin. (2001). Enterprise Integration. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Simon, E., & Pierre Noblet, J. (2012). Integrating ERP into the Organization: Organizational Changes and Side-Effects. [Article]. International Business Research, 5(2), 51-58

Uwizeyemungu, S., & Raymond, L. (2012). Impact of an ERP system’s capabilities upon the realisation of its business value: a resource-based perspective. Information Technology and Management, 13(2), 69-90.

Velcu, O. (2010). Strategic alignment of ERP implementation stages: An empirical investigation. Information & Management, 47(3), 158-166.


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

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
  • Interviews
  • Other: We will also provide feedback to each group member or group where appropriate.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Students are not required to resubmit assignments.

Referencing requirements

Students are required to be aware of the referencing requirements when creating assignments. All assignments in this unit require to be referenced where a contribution to the assignment has come from a source other than the student themselves.

The following link will provide you with an appropriate array of referencing requirements.


If you are unsure about the appropriate reference style to use, please discuss this with your tutor.

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 electronic submission). 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.

On-campus students will have access to the software that they require for this unit, which is installed in the computing labs.

This will include SAP EEC6, the latest version of SAP.

 All students, regardless of being on-campus or off-campus, can download the SAP GUI to enable access to SAP ECC6 via their personal laptop or computer for the duration of the unit.

Technological Requirements

Students must check Moodle regularly for announcements.  Students may bring their laptops to tutorials and lectures. 

Field trips

There are no field trips associated with this unit.

Additional subject costs

There are no additional subject costs associated with this unit.

Examination material or equipment

Students are not permitted to take any materials or equipment to their exam.

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Recommended reading – journal and conference articles

ACC (1984). ERP implementations and their issues. Proceedings of the Australian Computer Conference, Sydney, Australian Computer Society, November Edn.

  1. Journal of Computer Information Systems, Spring, 81-90.

Barati, D. Threads of success and failure in business process improvement. Located at  http://www.isixsigma.com/library/content/c070129a.asp

Managing Barriers to business Reengineering success located at:


Roseman, M. (2001). Business process Optimisation:  Making Process Re-engineering Actually work. Coolong Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd

Bingi, P. Sharma M.K. and Godla J.K. (1999). “Critical Issues Affecting an ERP Implementation”, Information Systems Management, Vol. 16, 3, 7-14.

Boyle., T. A., & Strong, S. E. (2006). "Skill requirements of ERP graduates." Journal of Information Systems Education 17(4): 403-412.

Curran, T. A., & Ladd, A. (2000).  SAP R/3: business Blueprint: Understanding Enterprise Supply Chain Management (2nd Edn). Sydney:  Prentice Hall  Australia Pty, Ltd.

Davenport, T. H. (2000a). Mission critical: Realising the promise of enterprise systems. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Davenport, T. H. (2000b). The future of enterprise system-enabled organisations. Information Systems Frontiers (special issue of The future of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Frontiers), 2(2), 163-180.

Davenport (1998).  Putting the enterprise into the enterprise system. Harvard Business Review. July-August 1998.

Davenport, T. H., (1990). The New Industrial Engineering: Information Technology and Business Process Redesign, Sloan Management Review, 31(4), Summer, 11.

Francoise, O., Bourgault., M. & Pellerin, R. (2009).  ERP implementation through critical success factors’ management.  Business Process Management Journal, 15(3), 371-394.

Hammer, M. (2000).  Reengineering work:  Don’t’ Automate Obliterate.  Harvard Business Review. July-August.

Holland, C. and Light, B. (1999). "A Critical Success Factors Model for ERP Implementation." Software, IEEE 16(3), 30-36.

  1. Business Process Management Journal, 11(2), 158-170.

Klause, H. & Rosemann, M. (2000). What is enterprise resource planning? Information Systems Frontiers (special issue of The Future of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems), 2 (2), 141-162.

Lewis, P. J. (1993). Linking Soft Systems Methodology with Data-focused Information Systems Development, Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 3, 169-186.

Markus, M.L., Axline, S., Petrie, D., & Tanis, C. (2000) Learning from adopters’ experiences with ERP: problems encountered and success achieved. Journal of Information Technology , 15, 245-265.

Nolan, & Norton Institute. (2000). SAP Benchmarking Report 2000, KPMG Melbourne.

Queensland Health Corporate Publications: Change management Documents: Located at


Parr., A. & Shanks, G. (2000).  A model of ERP project implementation.  Journal of Information Technology, 15, 289-303.

Ross, J. W. (1999). “The ERP Revolution: Surviving Versus Thriving, Centre for Information System Research, Sloan School of Management, MA, August 1999.

Scott, J. E., & Vessey, I. (2002).  Managing risks in enterprise systems implementations. Communications of the ACM, April, Vol. 45, No 4. Retrieved on 19 March 2010,

Located at: http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/510000/505249/p74-scott.pdf?key1=505249&key2=8269509621&coll=GUIDE&dl=GUIDE&CFID=80880926&CFTOKEN=57269991

Sedera, D., Gable, G., & Chan., T. (2003).  Measuring Enterprise Systems Success:  A Preliminary Model.  Ninth Americas Conference on Information Systems, 476-485.

Shang, S., & Seddon, P. B. (2002).  Assessing and managing the benefits of enterprise systems:  the business manager’s perspective. Information Systems Journal. 12, pp 271-299.

Shang, S. & Seddon, P. B. (2000). “A comprehensive framework for classifying the benefits of ERP systems” in the proceedings of the twenty third Americas Conference on Information Systems. 1229-1698.

Skok, W., & Legge, M. (2001).  Evaluating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems using an Interpretive Approach.  ACM.,  SIGCPR, San Diego. 189-197. (Benefit realisation

Sumner, M. (2000). "Risk factors in enterprise-wide/ERP projects." Journal of Information Technology 15(4): 317 - 327.

Titulair, H. B., Oktamis, S., and Pinsonneault, A. (2005). Dimensions of ERP implementations and their impact on ERP Project outcomes.  Journal of Information Technology Management. XVI, 1. Located at http://jitm.ubalt.edu/XVI-1/article1.pdf

Umble, E. J. Haft, R. R., and Umble, M. M. (2003).  Enterprise resource planning:  Implementation procedures and critical success factors.  European Journal of Operational Research, 146, 241-257.

Yang, S. and Seddon, P. (2004). “Benefits and Key Project Success Factors from Enterprise Systems Implementations: Lessons from Sapphire 2003”. In the proceedings of ACIS 2004, Hobart, UTAS.

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