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Monash University

FIT9123 Introduction to business information systems - Semester 2, 2015

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 (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 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.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships


FIT9006, FIT5123

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Yen Cheung

Dr Caddie Gao

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Changes to assignment tasks have been introduced in accordance with student feedback. For example, this semester we are introducing a group assignment for Assignment 2 where students in groups of not more than 3 work on a given case study that covers the learning objectives of this unit.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • discuss key considerations of strategic business contexts relevant to managing IT resources in an organisation;
  • evaluate common business processes and the role IT can play in managing these processes;
  • apply 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;
  • analyse 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 Tutorials start Week 1
2 Business driven information systems Assignment 1 - Tutorial 1 Portfolio (due in Week 2 Tutorial)
3 Enterprise information systems Assignment 1 - Tutorial 2 Portfolio (due in Week 3 Tutorial)
4 IT strategy and business strategy Assignment 1 - Tutorial 3 Portfolio (due in Week 4 Tutorial)
5 IT strategy alignment Assignment 1 - Tutorial 4 Portfolio (due in Week 5 Tutorial)
6 IT governance Assignment 1 - Tutorial 5 Portfolio (due in Week 6 Tutorial)
7 IT systems failure and success Assignment 1 - Tutorial 6 Portfolio (due in Week 7 Tutorial)
8 IT funding Assignment 1 - Tutorial 7 Portfolio (due in Week 8 Tutorial)
9 IT outsourcing Assignment 1 - Tutorial 8 Portfolio (due in Week 9 Tutorial)
10 IT provisioning Assignment 1 - Tutorial 9 Portfolio (due in Week 10 Tutorial)
11 Legal issues of IT Assignment 1 - Tutorial 10 Portfolio (due in Week 11 Tutorial)
12 Future trends and issues Assignment 1 - Tutorial 11 Portfolio (due in Week 12 Tutorial); Assignment 2 - Research paper due 12pm, Friday 23 October 2015
  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 helps students to initially encounter information at formal lectures, and then explore the information further through participation and discussion in tutorials.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 (Individual): Tutorial Portfolio and Weekly Reflections 15% Weekly (starting week 2)
Assignment 2 (Group): Research Report 25% 12pm, Friday 23 October 2015
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 (Individual): Tutorial Portfolio and Weekly Reflections
    Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

    Students are required to submit answers to selected tutorial questions from each tutorial. Each of these tutorial portfolio is to be submitted in the following week's tutorial.
    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 Moodile-based unit website.

    Due date:
    Weekly (starting week 2)
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 (Group): Research Report
    Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

    Student groups are required to study in-depth a given case study, and present the findings as a research report accompanied by an oral presentation.

    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, quality of writing, team work and oral presentation 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.

    Students must indicate their % contribution to the group work. This will be used to adjust individual student marks if necessary.

    Due date:
    12pm, Friday 23 October 2015


  • 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)

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

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 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.

There is no presecribed text book for this unit.

Each week a set of reference materials will be suggested.

Other Information


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Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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