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CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy

Semester 2, 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: Jeffrey Soar
Moderator: Aileen Cater-Steel

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 focuses on the vital role of information systems in supporting the organisation's business processes, achieving an edge over its competitors, and enhancing the decision-making of its managers and staff. The strategic implications of information systems will be analysed, and students will be introduced to the development, implementation, and maintenance of various types of information systems, with particular emphasis on systems relating to enterprise applications, customer relationship and supply chain management, executive support and knowledge management, and global systems. Students will further gain a foundational understanding of the underlying information technologies from the perspective of management, and topics such as wireless, data storage, telecommunication services and Internet technologies will be included. In addition, the strategy and policies to ensure that investments in these information technologies will deliver real value for the organisation will be addressed. Prevailing issues in information systems, such as those concerning sustainability and green initiatives, ethical and social challenges, change management and information security, will also be examined.


This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how information systems are used to support the organisation's business processes, provide an edge over its competitors, and facilitate the decision-making of its managers and staff. The strategic implications of information systems will be considered along with the development and implementation of various types of information systems, and their underlying technologies. In addition, the strategy, responsibilities and policies concerning investments in information systems will be addressed. Prevailing issues in information systems, such as green IT, ethical and social challenges, change management and information security, will also be examined. Formerly CIS5001.


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

  1. demonstrate applied knowledge of people, technology and management skills in practice across global contexts of change and apply these to organisational systems and processes
  2. solve complex organisational problems theoretically and practically and critically reflect on the effectiveness of management processes to real-world problems
  3. communicate professionally and effectively in written and oral communication to various audiences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Organisations, management and the networked enterprise 30.00
2. Information technology infrastructure 30.00
3. Key system applications for the digital age 20.00
4. Building and managing systems 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Laudon, KC & Laudon, JP 2011, Management information systems: managing the digital firm, 12th edn, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
    (global edition.)
  • 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.
  • Applegate, L, Austin, RD & McFarlan, FW 2007, Corporate information strategy and management: texts and cases, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Dalkir, K 2011, Knowledge management in theory and practice, 2nd edn, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Pearlson, KE & Saunders, CS 2010, Managing and using information systems: a strategic approach, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Ward, J & Peppard, J 2002, Strategic planning for information systems, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.
  • Ward, J and Danie, E 2006, Benefit management: delivering value from IS and IT investments, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.
  • Weill, P & Ross, JW 2004, IT governance: how top performers manage IT decision rights for superior results, HBR Press, Boston, Massachusetts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 105.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 - ONLINE TEST 20 5 12 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 - MIS PROJECT 100 35 09 Sep 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 3 - ONLINE TEST 20 5 23 Sep 2013
ASSIGNMENT 4 - WRITTEN REPORT 100 50 14 Oct 2013 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 5 - ONLINE TEST 20 5 21 Oct 2013

  1. Students will complete the assessment individually. The IS project will require students to use an application software, such as Microsoft Excel and Access, to solve typical management decision problems.
  2. Students will work in teams to complete the assessment.

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. Unless otherwise directed by the examiner, students should submit the electronic copy only of the assignments through UConnect. It is the student's responsibility to make sure appropriate attachments are uploaded and submitted (send) for marking, and that the files are appropriately named. Hard copy or e-mail submission is NOT acceptable.

  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:
    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. Assignments must be uploaded electronically through UConnect by 11:55pm AEST on the due date.
    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. The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been typed and submitted on a single file with appropriate document name.
    5. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in Australia, 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 assessment.

  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 at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The 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