6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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This unit examines the way in which information technology influences the structures and operations of organisations and organisational approaches to the management and use of information. The capabilities and limitations of technologies and the way they have been commoditised and standardised in the marketplace are fundamental determinants of what IT-based applications are capable of achieving. As technologies have evolved and been commoditised, they have shaped and in turn been shaped by what individuals and organisations want and expect from them. This unit applies this perspective as a basis for analysing the main technologies employed by organisations for the use and management of information.
At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- explain how advances in information technologies impacts on organisations, their structures and the way they use and manage information to support their operations;
- describe how the needs of organisations and the marketplace influence the path of technology evolution;
- discuss the key factors which contribute to the success or failure of technology-based innovations in organisations;
- recognise the strengths and weaknesses of information technology for performing a variety of common information tasks;
- evaluate the merits and disadvantages of a technology-based solution to an organisational information need or problem;
- critically analyse an area of technology and assess its likely future impacts on an organisation.
Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- One hour seminar
- One 3-hour tutorial (requiring advance preparation)
- 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, assignment and exam expectations.
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