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CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts

Semester 1, 2018 Online
Short Description: Information Systems Concepts
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
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Students entering the information systems/information technology profession need to develop an understanding of the core concepts of information systems as critical knowledge for workers in every discipline of business, commerce and information technology in Australia. The student must have a working knowledge of how information systems are used in business processes from communications, to transaction processing, to data analytics and in business functions ranging from marketing to human resources to accounting and finance. Students need to develop the knowledge of how business information systems enables organisations and individuals to perform more effectively and efficiently. Students need to be skilled in order to analyse and solve problems using business information systems In terms of national accreditation, this course is aligned with of the Australian Computer Society’s body of knowledge.

Synopsis

This course provides business, commerce and information technology practitioners with the opportunity to explore core information systems concepts, within the context of business and information technology, to enable effective application of business information systems as support tools within their profession. Participants will explore core concepts of business information systems; and will be able to develop a range of business information systems practical skills. Participants will also be able to communicate the findings from these information systems to appropriate audiences. Participants will apply their knowledge of core information systems concepts through multiple choice, short answer and case study based critical thinking questions within an examination context. NOTE: Learners undertaking this course are required to manage their time well to ensure they complete all requisite work as per their study schedule. Core skills learnt in this course will be assumed as part of subsequent courses in business, commerce and information systems.

Objectives

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

  1. recognise and explain the core concepts of information systems
  2. critically analyse business requirements from an information systems perspective
  3. apply information systems concepts to identify and resolve problems within a business context
  4. apply information systems skills to develop practical solutions within a business context
  5. communicate information systems concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences within a business context.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Information system concepts within a business context 20.00
2. Information system technical concepts 15.00
3. Enterprise information systems 15.00
4. Societal issues and emerging trends 10.00
5. Information systems development and implementation. 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). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/?year=2018&sem=01&subject1=CIS1000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

  • Baltzan, P, Lynch, K & Fisher, J 2015, Business driven information systems, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde, New South Wales.
  • Beskeen, DW, Friedrichsen, L, Reding, EE & Wermers, L 2017, Microsoft Office 365 & 2016 illustrated for the University of Southern Queensland, 1st 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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware. Note: Access means owning your own computer, using a USQ computer at the Toowoomba or Springfield campuses or in one of the study centres, at work or elsewhere.
  • Computer software: Microsoft Office - any version from Office 2007 onwards of this suite containing: Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel is suitable (note: Microsoft Office for Macs does not contain Microsoft Access – alternative arrangements will need to be made if you are using a Mac - contact course team for more details).
  • 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.

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.
  • Kroenke, D, Bunker, D & Wilson, D 2016, Experiencing MIS, 7th edn, Pearson, Australia.
  • Rainer, RK & Cegielski, CG 2016, Introduction to information systems, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Shelly, GB, Vermaat, ME, Quasney, JJ, Sebok, SL & Freund, SM 2017, Discovering computers 2018: digital technology, data, and devices: complete, Course Technology, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Stair, R & Reynolds, G 2017, Principles of information systems, 13th edn, Cengage Learning, USA.
  • 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
Independent Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 10 5 21 Mar 2018 (see note 1)
ASST 1 (DATABASE ACTIVITY) 100 20 02 May 2018 (see note 2)
ASST 2 (SPREADSHEET ACTIVITY) 100 25 30 May 2018 (see note 3)
EXAM A (MULTIPLE CHOICE) 40 20 End S1 (see note 4)
EXAM B & C (WRITTEN) 60 30 End S1

Notes
  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.