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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dora Constantinidis (Caulfield); Dr Saadat Al-Hashmi (Malaysia)


This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of key topics in information systems strategy and management, and with the skills and capacity to critically analyse IS management issues. Topics include management of IT directions including outsourcing, systems provisioning, etc.; management and planning of IT support for business strategies; IT strategic planning; and IT risk management and failures.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

  • basic concepts of strategy and management relevant to the use of IT in organisations;
  • the nature and role of the IT/IS infrastructure within organisations;
  • the various roles played by different types of IS within organisations;
  • the types of management and organisational risks commonly faced by IT managers;
  • the potential for failure inherent in applying IT to the solution of organisational problems;
  • issues in the management of IS/IT economics, information resources, information systems development, information security and the planning of IT-enabled strategies;
  • issues in the management of risk in IT projects and line activities.
Developed attitudes which enable them to:
  • behave in an ethical and professional manner during the planning, implementation and management of information systems;
  • appreciate the role and importance of management skills in the IS/IT domain;
  • appreciate the role and importance of planning in the management of the IS/IT function in organisations.
Developed the skills to:
  • participate in organisational discussions on IT/IS management and planning issues in organisations;
  • contribute constructive suggestions of relevance to the solution of IT/IS management and planning issues in organisations;
  • identify and communicate issues of concern relative to the planning and management of the IT/IS function in organisations.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of IT/IS managers within the broader management framework in organisations;
  • appreciate the contribution that a well-managed IT/IS function can make to an organisation.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Saadat Alhashmi

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk


One of FIT1003, FIT2027, CSE1205, IMS1002, IMS2805 or equivalent


IMS3002, GCO3816

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: