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PDC5612 Information Technology Infrastructure

Full Year, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 0.33
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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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 a basic technical foundation to understand how information technology is transforming the business world, and how to make better decisions about investment in information systems. Managers must be able to understand this new technology, plan and develop it using an appropriate methodology, and then use it effectively to attain corporate goals.


This course provides the technical foundation for understanding information systems by examining hardware, software, database, and networking technologies along with tools and techniques for security and control. Taking a management perspective, current innovations such as business intelligence, wireless, data storage, telecommunication services and Internet technologies are explored. Various current system development methodologies are compared, including Web services and offshore outsourcing.


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

  1. comprehend contemporary IT infrastructure including hardware and software platforms and services so that informed decisions regarding IT investments can be made
  2. understand issues around applying new technology with appropriate security and control and describe and evaluate the impact of new information systems in the redesign of business processes, the use of Web services for rapid application development and digital integration.


Description Weighting(%)
1. IT infrastructure, business intelligence, and information management 50.00
2. Building and securing information systems 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Laudon, KC & Laudon, JP 2010, Management information systems: managing the digital firm, 11th edn, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
    (Chapters 5 - 8; and 13.)

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