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CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Global IS Strategy
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


Examiner: KC Chan

Other requisites

Students enrolling in CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy are expected to have an assumed knowledge of fundamental concepts of information systems and their application in organisations such as mainstream software applications, databases, computing hardware, networks, cloud computing, social media and an appreciation of the related issues of information systems project management, security, privacy and ethics.

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


Information Systems are an integral part of any modern organization. The development of such systems require an in-depth understanding of strategies, systems planning and processes, global and local influences, emerging technologies, and socio-technical and workforce issues.

The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts of information systems from a global strategic viewpoint. By understanding salient elements within this domain, students are able to acquire skills and knowledge essential to managing information systems in a global environment.

This course also prepares the student to gain a fundamental knowledge of the principles of information systems that can be applied in other areas of study.


This course focuses on the vital role of information systems in supporting an organisation's business processes and enhancing decision-making capabilities. 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 on emerging technologies and business models technologies are covered. Students will demonstrate their knowledge through projects that simulate real world applications and systems.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and skills in information systems applications across global contexts and apply these to organisational systems and processes
  2. solve problems associated with information systems both theoretically and practically, and critically reflect on their effectiveness on management processes
  3. communicate professionally and effectively in written and oral communication to various audiences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Organisations, management and the global enterprise 25.00
2. Information technology infrastructure 25.00
3. Key system applications for the digital age 25.00
4. Building and managing information systems. 25.00

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. (

Laudon, KC & Laudon, JP 2017, Management information systems: managing the digital firm, 15th edn, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

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 2009, Corporate information strategy and management: texts and cases, 8th edn, McGraw-Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dalkir, K 2017, Knowledge management in theory and practice, 3rd edn, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Pearlson, KE & Saunders, CS 2016, Managing and using information systems: a strategic approach, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 24.00
Independent Study 141.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 PROJECT & REPORT 100 35 26 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 REPORT 100 50 14 Oct 2019
ASSIGNMENT 3 ONLINE TEST 60 15 21 Oct 2019

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:
    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. 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