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CIS3011 Information Systems Project

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems

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Examiner: Shelly Grist
Moderator: Kristeen Casey


Pre-requisite: CIS3002

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 //


This course is designed to be a self-directed piece of independent work which brings together the skills students have acquired from the other courses in the information technology management major. Emphasis is placed on student's ability to demonstrate project management, teamwork and interpersonal communication skills in the development of a business information systems project.


Students are given as much freedom as possible in the choice of a project. A student may propose a project or undertake a project nominated by the examiner. All projects will complement the other courses in the information technology management major by practically integrating them into a major project. Each student will demonstrate a higher level of understanding towards project management through development of requirements definition, and involvement in project planning, and control. The course also places an emphasis on teamwork, written and verbal communication skills.


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

  1. apply the appropriate planning and problem-solving skills required for the management of a business information systems project
  2. demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills by preparing and presenting professional documentation that is tailored to a business audience
  3. identify and apply technical processes and skills required for the successful completion of a business information systems project
  4. demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection about the process of planning and implementing the project including their own and/or others? contributions to this process
  5. demonstrate the capacity to work successfully with others as part of a team to plan and deliver a project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Produce a project specification that includes a critical assessment of the project and explains the scope of the project to be undertaken, the problems and proposed solution 15.00
2. Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills tailored to a business audience 40.00
3. Identify and apply the appropriate technical processes, planning and problem-solving skills, and teamwork required for the successful completion of a business information systems project 45.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

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.
  • Students are expected to refer to the relevant textbooks from their information technology management major courses.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 61.00
Private Study 60.00
Workshops 39.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEAM CODE OF CONDUCT 100 7 06 Aug 2013
FINAL PROJECT REPORT 100 50 23 Oct 2013

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:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    A project submitted after the due date by a student who has not received approval for late submission may be subjected to penalties or may be rejected without being marked.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit a completed project which demonstrates a satisfactory level of achievement in all essential objectives.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  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

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 item 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. 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.
    5. 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. Guidelines for assignments:
    Unless otherwise directed by the examiner, all written and oral assignments submitted by students must conform to the guidelines laid out in the 'Communication skills handbook: how to succeed in written and oral communication?. Any work not prepared in accordance with this guideline may be subject to penalty or requirement for resubmission.

  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. Deferred work:
    Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. A temporary grade of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.

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 //