|Semester 1, 2020 Online|
|Short Description:||Professional Skills for IS|
|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: Rohan Genrich
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
Students belonging to 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.
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 a structured report developed for a specified audience and through short answer and case study based critical thinking questions within an examination context.
NOTE: Learners undertaking this course are required to have research skills and an understanding of ethical research practices. Core skills learnt in this course will be assumed as part of subsequent courses in business, commerce and information systems.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- compare and contrast the concepts of information systems;
- critically analyse business requirements from an information systems perspective;
- critique information systems concepts to identify and resolve organisational problems and to develop ethical considerations within a business context;
- research and communicate practical solutions to issues dealing with implementation of appropriate information systems;
- ensure appropriate information systems professional and ethical approaches are adopted within a business context.
- communicate information systems concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences within a business context.
|1.||Information system concepts within a business context||20.00|
|2.||Information system technical concepts||15.00|
|3.||Enterprise information systems||20.00|
|4.||Societal and ethical issues and emerging trends||15.00|
|5.||Information systems development and implementation||15.00|
|6.||Business report writing for information systems professionals.||15.00|
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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=01&subject1=CIS5100)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(This is a custom publication and only available from the USQ Bookshop.)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|ONLINE QUIZ||20||5||18 Mar 2020||1,2|
|ASST 1 (PRACTICAL IS ACTIVITY)||100||20||06 May 2020||2,3|
|ASST 2 (REPORT ACTIVITY)||100||35||27 May 2020||3,4,5|
|TAKE HOME EXAM||100||40||End S1||1,2,3,4,5,6||(see note 1)|
- This will be a take home exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.
Important assessment information
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.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.
Requirements after S1 2020;
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.)
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)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Requirements after S1 2020;
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
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.
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.
Requirements after S1 2020;
This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
- writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
- 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.
- 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).
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.
Requirements after S1 2020;
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
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.
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.