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CIS8004 Business Systems Planning and Implementation

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Raj Gururajan
Moderator: Jeffrey Soar

Other requisites

Students undertaking CIS8004 should have a basic understanding of Information Technology and its role in business. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Organisations require ICT in order to manage their businesses. A major concern in managing these ICT is the system aspects concerning business processes, the planning involved in managing these business processes and the implementation of various business systems in an integral fashion so that business continuity can be assured both to internal as well as external stakeholders. This course will cover a range of topics in three basic blocks namely Business systems; Planning aspects; and Implementation aspects. In order to reinforce the theoretical concepts, health systems are used as case studies so that the application of the business processes can be properly understood, leading to hands-on experience.


This course introduces the student to the building blocks of business systems within an Information Technology (IT) domain and provides skills in determining their implementation value to business. This is done using a number of approaches for researching, analysing and synthesising them from sources ranging from learned to trade journals. Students are required to apply these skills to the topic area of Health Informatics.


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

  1. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of concepts involved with business systems and associated information technology issues
  2. demonstrate an up-to-date understanding of the planning aspects associated with business IT Systems and their applications
  3. use health informatics as a case study to demonstrate understanding in a given context
  4. demonstrate an ability to distinguish between issues that are relevant today and those that represent the views of vendors, journalists and would-be prophets in a field which positively encourages such views, often without justification
  5. demonstrate oral and/or written skills in clear, logical and concise argument both for and against material presented to students for that purpose
  6. demonstrate an overall ability to communicate and present effectively, at the appropriate level, by whatever discourse, the knowledge obtained from this course.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of business systems 5.00
2. Health informatics systems 5.00
3. Systems planning processes 10.00
4. Contemporary issues in planning for a health information system 10.00
5. Exploring the applicability in an organisation 10.00
6. Cost benefits 10.00
7. Alignment with business model and processes 10.00
8. Identification of key areas for integration 10.00
9. Adoption issues 10.00
10. ICT governance 10.00
11. Green IT 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • The course is a complete online course and there is no printed material available for the course. Please note that there is no prescribed text for the course and the reference materials are provided in a PDF format or as a web link.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly (relevant articles from these journals).
  • The Australian Newspaper, IT Supplement Tuesday edition.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
JOURNAL 1 100 10 23 Mar 2012 (see note 1)
JOURNAL 2 100 15 30 Mar 2012
REPORT 1 100 20 13 Apr 2012
JOURNAL 3 100 15 04 May 2012
JOURNAL 4 100 10 11 May 2012
REPORT 2 100 30 25 May 2012

  1. The journals will be submitted via an online peer review system, which comes with an automated close-off date. The actual dates will be advised in the Introductory Book.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are (i) Writing materials: non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination; (ii) Translation dictionaries: with the examiner's approval, candidates may, take an appropriate non-electronic translation dictionary into the examination. This will be subject to perusal and, if it is found to contain annotations or markings that could give the candidate an unfair advantage, it may be removed from the candidate's possession until the appropriate disciplinary action is completed.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will normally only accept assignments which are electronically submitted through the USQ Study Desk for this course. Students who are unable to meet this submission requirement should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate alternative arrangements.

  2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper.

  3. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  4. Make-up work: Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  5. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at