Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Introduction to business application tools and introduction to basic computing concepts. Principles of spreadsheets and relational databases, covering their use for the generation of business plans, reports, financial statements, etc. Both the spreadsheet and database components incorporate an introduction to programming with visual basic for applications (VBA). The database component covers principles of database design. The business application software packages used in the unit are Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. use spreadsheets to report, analyse and model organisational data;
  2. use relational databases to report and analyse organisational information;
  3. construct applications using VBA as the language for enhancing the appearance and usability of spreadsheet and database systems.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • Two hours laboratories

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BUS1010, CSE1720, GCO1851, MMS1401

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