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CIS8501 Applied Information Systems Research Project

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: App Info Systems Res Project
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: Mustafa Ally


Pre-requisite: CIS8500
Co-requisite: CIS8010

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 knowledge and skills students have acquired from the other courses in the Master of Information Systems. Emphasis is placed on a student's ability to demonstrate the application of project management, teamwork and interpersonal communication knowledge and skills in the development of a business information systems team 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. A project must be completed by a student as a team project. 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. Each student will also demonstrate a capacity to work successfully in a team project and advanced written and verbal communication skills in a team project.


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

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. (

Satzinger, JW, Jackson, RB & Burd, SD 2016, Systems analysis and design in a changing world, 7th edn, Course Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 61.00
Private Study 65.00
Workshops 39.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEAM CODE OF CONDUCT 100 7 06 Aug 2019
FINAL PROJECT REPORT 100 50 23 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: 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.

    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:
    Not applicable.

  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 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:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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