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PDC5611 The Networked Enterprise

Full Year, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 0.33
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems

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Examiner: Aileen Cater-Steel
Moderator: Wui-Gee Tan


Pre-requisite: For FBSC Group Students Only

Other requisites

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 <//>.


Managers need to understand the vital role played by information systems in supporting decision making and adding business value in the networked economy. The growth of Internet use, accompanied by increasing globalisation of trade have raised the importance of information technologies and systems in business and government. Effective information systems are now essential to create successful organisations, to manage global operations, and to provide useful products and services to customers in an increasingly complex business environment. Managers need to understand how information technology is transforming the business world.


This course enables students to understand how to optimise the return on investment in information and communication technology and systems, and the vital role of information systems in supporting the organisation's business processes and managers, locally and internationally. The strategic and ethical implications of information systems are analysed.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the organisational and managerial foundations of systems; the strategic role of information systems; and how information systems support the organisation, management and business processes
  2. evaluate the ethical and social issues associated with the implementation and use of IT; and be cognizant of issues associated with the management of international information systems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Organizations, management, and the networked enterprise 50.00
2. Ethics and management of international information systems 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Laudon, KC & Laudon 2010, Management information systems: managing the digital firm, 11th edn, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Not applicable.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Not applicable.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Not applicable.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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