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CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Professional Skills for IS
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020399 - Information Systems not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


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


Information Technology impacts people and processes within and beyond organisational boundaries. Information Systems is concerned with the effective use of IT by people and organisations. Students in business, commerce and information technology Information need to develop an understanding of the core concepts of information systems as critical knowledge for employment in business 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 information systems enables organisations and individuals to perform more effectively and efficiently. Students need to be skilled in analysis and solving business problems using 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 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 theoretical and real-world practical knowledge of core information systems concepts. This course provides students with a foundation that is further built on in other information systems subjects.


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

  1. explain the core information systems concepts that drive business success, provide business intelligence, streamline business operations, and lead to business innovation;
  2. analyse core information systems concepts to develop appropriate professional and ethical approaches for legal, security and privacy issues typically encountered by IT professionals.
  3. apply information systems skills to develop practical solutions to real-world business problems using database management and decision support systems;
  4. communicate practical solutions to issues dealing with implementation of appropriate information systems to both technical and non-technical audiences within a business context.


Description Weighting(%)
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 30.00

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 2020, Business Driven Technology, International Student Edition 8 edn, McGraw Hill, North Ryde, New South Wales.
(ISBN: 9781260548105.)
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 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 - 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.
Baltzan, P & Phillips, A 2016, Business Driven Information Systems, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill, USA.
Kroenke, D, Bunker, D & Wilson, D 2020, Experiencing MIS, 8th edn, Pearson, Australia.
Rainer, RK & Cegielski, CG 2016, Introduction to information systems, 6th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Shelly, GB, Vermaat, ME, 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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 36.00
Independent Study 129.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 20 5 17 Mar 2021 1,2
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 25 05 May 2021 3,4 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 26 May 2021 3,4 (see note 2)
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 100 40 End S1 1,2,3,4 (see note 3)

  3. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 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, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 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, 2021:
    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:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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

Date printed 18 June 2021