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