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CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts

Semester 3, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Rohan Genrich
Moderator: Jamie Shield

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


Knowledge of the concepts of information systems is critical for workers in every discipline of business, commerce and information technology. Today, information systems are used for business processes from communications to order processing to customer support and in business functions ranging from marketing to human resources to accounting and finance. Chances are, regardless of the occupation, students will need to have an understanding of what business information systems are able to achieve and they need to be able to suggest new uses for business information systems and participate in the design of solutions to business problems employing business information systems.


The aim of this course is to offer the traditional coverage of information systems concepts, through placing the content within the context of business and information systems, to enable students to effectively apply business information systems as support tools within their study programme and profession. The course will explore fundamental concepts including: software, hardware, telecommunications and database usage within businesses; internet technologies, including cloud computing, social media, intranets, extranets, and e-commerce; security, privacy, and ethical issues; how business information systems are utilised in organisations, including transaction processing systems, enterprise resource planning systems, management information systems and decision support systems; specialised business computing systems, including artificial intelligence, expert systems, and virtual reality; and information systems project management. In addition, students will be exposed to a range of business information systems and tasks including presentation tools, database manipulation and report generation, and business analytical spreadsheet usage.


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

  1. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by understanding the social impact of information technology and the need for security, privacy and ethical implications in information systems usage
  2. demonstrate problem-solving skills by identifying and resolving issues relating to information systems and their components, and proficiently utilise different types of information systems software (especially gaining proficiency in utilising databases, spreadsheets, and presentation applications)
  3. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by understanding the importance of and differences between information and computer literacy; understanding the basic types of software including system software (operating systems and utilities) and applications software (proprietary, off-the-shelf software applications and cloud computing); understanding the basic hardware components of a computer system, including system unit, storage, input and output devices and the way that they interact to form a single computing system; understanding computer-based telecommunications and networking concepts; understanding the basic concepts surrounding databases, database management systems and understanding the need for information management; understanding the concepts surrounding the Internet, e-commerce/e-business and supply chain activities, and business intelligence, knowledge management and other business information system tools (TPSs, ERPs, MISs, DSSs etc) widely used in organisations today; and understanding the processes involved in information system project management
  4. demonstrate written communication skills by understanding basic information communication and technology (ICT) terminology for effective communication and applying it within a business environment
  5. demonstrate comprehension of the implications of information system development and usage from a perspective of both different cultures and globally
  6. demonstrate sustainable practice skills in the information systems discipline by understanding the concepts of e-waste and green IT.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Information systems 5.00
2. Software: systems, application software, and cloud computing 5.00
3. Computer hardware, telecommunications and networks 5.00
4. Organising data and information 5.00
5. The Internet, the world wide web, web 2.0, and social networking 5.00
6. Privacy and ethics 5.00
7. Ergonomics, e-waste, and green computing 5.00
8. Managing information security 5.00
9. Electronic commerce and supply chain systems 5.00
10. Business usage of information systems 5.00
11. Business intelligence, knowledge management, and specialised systems 5.00
12. Information systems project management 5.00
13. Using applications software - databases, spreadsheets, and presentation applications 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Beskeen, DW, Duffy, J, Cram, CM, Reding, EE & Wermers, L 2011, Microsoft Office 2010 illustrated for the University of Southern Queensland, Thomson Course Technology, Melbourne, Victoria.
    (This is a custom publication and only available from the USQ Bookshop.)
  • Stair, R, Moisiadis, F, Genrich, R & Reynolds, G 2011, Principles of information systems, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Computer hardware and access: Access to an IBM compatible computer, printing and Internet facilities are essential for the successful completion of this course. Computer requirements can be found at Note: Access means owning your own computer, using a USQ computer at the Toowoomba, Fraser Coast or Springfield campuses or in one of the study centres, at work or elsewhere.
  • Computer software: Microsoft Office 2010 - any version of this suite containing: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Access 2010, and Microsoft Excel 2010 is suitable (note: Microsoft Office 2011 for Macs does not contain Microsoft Access 2010).
  • Only the editions listed below are recommended. Use of earlier editions may result in materials critical to passing this semester's offering of the course being missed.
  • Storage media to be purchased or accessed: At least 8GB USB 2.0 Drive, preferably 16GB or larger for storage and backup of course work and assessment items.

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.
  • Baldauf, KJ & Stair, RM 2009, Succeeding with technology: computer system concepts for real life, 3rd edn, Course Technology Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Baltzan, P, Phillips, A, Lynch, K & Blakey, P 2010, Business driven information systems: Australian & New Zealand edition, McGraw-Hill, Australia.
  • Kroenke, D, Bunker, D & Wilson, D 2012, Experiencing MIS, 2nd edn, Pearson, Australia.
  • Rainer, RK & Cegielski, CG 2012, Introduction to information systems: supporting and transforming buisness, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Shelly, GB, Vermaat, ME, Quasney, JJ, Sebok, SL & Freund, SM 2011, Discovering computers 2012: your interactive guide to the digital world: complete, Course Technology, Boston, Massachusetts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE ACTIVITIES 100 15 12 Nov 2013 (see note 1)
ASST 1 (DATABASE ACTIVITY) 100 15 18 Dec 2013 (see note 2)
ASST 2 (SPREADSHEET ACTIVITY) 100 20 22 Jan 2014 (see note 3)
EXAM A (MULTI-CHOICE) 40 20 End S3 (see note 4)
EXAM B & C (WRITTEN) 60 30 End S3

  1. Details of online activities will be advised in week 1.
  2. Details of assignment 1 will be advised in week 1.
  3. Details of assignment 2 will be advised in week 1.
  4. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for exam (parts A, B and C) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for exam (parts A, B and C) is 2 hours.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. translation dictionary. 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
    3. calculator which cannot hold textual information. The student must indicate on the examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) used during the examination.

  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:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
    4. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  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