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CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts

Semester 1, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020300 - Information Systems

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Examiner: Rohan Genrich

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. Competing in the information age 5.00
2. Connectivity 5.00
3. e-Business and mobile business 5.00
4. Decisions and processes 5.00
5. Technical fundamentals 5.00
6. Systems development and project management 5.00
7. Enterprise architecture 5.00
8. Data and business intelligence 5.00
9. Enterprise information systems 5.00
10. Enterprise resource planning and collaboration systems 5.00
11. Ethics, privacy and information security 5.00
12. Future trends 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. (

  • Baltzan, P, Lynch, K & Fisher, J 2016, Business driven information systems, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde, New South Wales.
  • Beskeen, DW, Duffy, J, Cram, CM, Reding, EE & Wermers, L 2014, Microsoft Office 2013 illustrated for the University of Southern Queensland, 2nd edn, Thomson Course Technology, Melbourne, Victoria.
    (This is a custom publication and only available from the USQ Bookshop.)
  • 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 2013 or 365 - any version of this suite containing: Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel is suitable (note: Microsoft Office 2011 for Macs does not contain Microsoft Access ? alternative arrangements will need to be made if you are using a Mac).
  • Only the editions listed above 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 2014, Succeeding with technology: computer system concepts for real life, 4th edn, Course Technology Cengage Learning, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 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.
  • Stair, R, Moisiadis, F, Genrich, R & Reynolds, G 2011, Principles of information systems, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 10 5 23 Mar 2016 (see note 1)
ASST 1 (DATABASE ACTIVITY) 100 20 04 May 2016 (see note 2)
ASST 2 (SPREADSHEET ACTIVITY) 100 25 01 Jun 2016 (see note 3)
EXAM A (MULTIPLE CHOICE) 40 20 End S1 (see note 4)
EXAM B & C (WRITTEN) 60 30 End S1

  1. Details of the online quiz 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. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A, B and C) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: 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.

    On-campus: 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:
    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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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. 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. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.
    3. a calculator which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use 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. 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 //