- Class Number 4253
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sigi Goode
- Dr Sigi Goode
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
This course aims to provide students from all business disciplines with a general background of BIS. An understanding of BIS is important to the work of business professionals because BIS serves as a bridge between management and operation. For instance, accountants use information systems for business reporting; financial managers use information systems for market forecast; sales managers and marketers use information systems to track customer purchases and to promote new products; information systems designers build and deliver new information services; and executive managers use strategic information systems to determine the company’s strategic position. Mastering both business and technology skills and knowledge builds job opportunities, because they can better contribute to shaping their company's strategy and operation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of information systems, and explain the reasons for the current design and use of information systems
- Demonstrate an understanding of and interpret the personal, social and business implications of using information systems
- Observe and explain the real-world use of information systems, citing practical examples
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of modelling information systems processes and outcomes
- Evaluate and critically analyse problems
Students undertaking this course will be introduced to some of the fundamental principles and phenomena that underpin many theories of information systems practice and research. Students will learn how these principles and phenomena manifest themselves in real world activities, behaviours and interactions. Where feasible, students will be introduced to relevant academic and industry literature.
No field trips
Additional Course Costs
No additional course costs
Examination Material or equipment
The Mid-Semester and Final Examination will be held during the mid-semester and final examination periods respectively. Modality of examinations will depend on public health situation and may be carried out online/Wattle.
Specific details of the exam date will be available closer to the commencement of the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/. Please refer to Wattle site for more information to be provided in Week 4 and Week 12 respectively.
Reading material will come from a variety of sources. We will use textbooks for core foundation and background material, and research and practitioner literature for grounding in breakthrough topics. The foundation text is:
Stair, R. M., Reynolds G., Principles of Information Systems, Latest Ed., Cengage Learning
A copy of the textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection. Availability of this as an e-book through the library is being investigated.
You may find the following texts useful as support material. Most of these can be found either in Chifley Library, Hancock Library or the campus bookshop. Latest editions are usually the best.
- Applegate, L. M., Austin, R. D., McFarlan, F. W., Corporate Information Strategies and Management: Text and Cases, McGraw-Hill Publishers
- Alter, S., Information Systems: Foundation of E-Business, Addison Wesley
- Benson, S., Standing, C., Information Systems: A Business Approach, John Wiley
- McNurlin, B., Sprague, R., Information Systems Management, Prentice Hall
- Ellyard, S. et al., Communication for IT, Access Series, McGraw-Hill Publishers
- McKenna, B., Thomas, G., Waddell, N., Australian Guide to Corporate Communication: A Practical Handbook on Effective Writing and Speaking, Social Science Press, Australia
- Mohan, T., McGregor, H., Saunders, S., Archee, R., Communicating as Professionals, Thomson
Magazines and Journals
- Communications of the ACM (Hancock Library)
- Wired Magazine (National Institute of the Arts Library)
- The New Scientist (Hancock Library)
Websites and online references
- Association for Information Systems – http://www.aisnet.org
- Bartleby (full text reference books online) – http://www.bartleby.com/
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 - In person: Course Introduction, Overview and Philosophy||Assessment: Challenge Task 1 assigned|
|2||Week 2: Information Systems Concepts||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 1, 3, 4 Assessment: Challenge Task 2 assigned|
|3||Week 3: Knowledge, Data and Information||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 5, 11 Assessment: Challenge Task 3 assigned|
|4||Week 4: Communication||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 6, 7 Assessment: Challenge Task 4 assigned|
|5||Week 5: Decisions and Decision Support||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 10 Assessment: Challenge Task 5 assigned|
|6||Week 6: Electronic Commerce||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 8 Assessment: Assignment due via Turnitin Challenge Task 6 assigned|
|7||Week 7: Mobile commerce||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 8 Assessment: Mid-Semester quiz (Week 6 or 7) Challenge Task 7 assigned|
|8||Week 8: Organisations and Enterprise Systems||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 2, 9 Assessment: Challenge Task 8 assigned|
|9||Week 9: Interaction Design and Building (I)||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 12 Assessment: Challenge Task 9 assigned|
|10||Week 10: Interaction Design and Building (II)||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 13 Assessment: Challenge Task 10 assigned|
|11||Week 11: Security and Ethics||Required readings: Stair and Reynolds, Ch. 14 Assessment: Challenge Task 11 assigned|
|12||Week 12: Conclusions and Summary||Assessment: End of Semester. Examination during examination period following Week 12. Reminder of information about Examination.|
This course has tutorials or tutorial-like teaching activities. Further details about the structure and teaching activities for this course will be available on the course Wattle site at the start of Week 0.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Challenge Tasks (10 x 1%)||10 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Assignment (35%)||35 %||01/04/2022||22/04/2022||2,3,5|
|Mid-semester Exam Quiz (15%)||15 %||*||*||1,2,4,5|
|Final examination||40 %||*||30/06/2022||1,2,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The course will be taught using a hybrid delivery mode, with asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures, and synchronous (live streamed) tutorials with options for F2F or Online attendance. Please note that the course may move 100% Online at short notice depending on public health situation. Participation is expected for all classes and assessments.
The Mid-Semester and Final Examination will be held during the mid-semester and final examination periods respectively. Modality of examinations will depend on the public health situation and may therefore be carried out Online/Wattle.
Specific details of the exam date will be available closer to the commencement of the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/. Please refer to Wattle site for more information to be provided by end of Week 4 and Week 12 respectively.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Challenge Tasks (10 x 1%)
Each topic from Week 1 to 11 (inclusive) will have one challenge task, in which you are required to complete a small task and upload the result to Wattle, as well as comment on the challenge task submissions of your classmates. Challenge tasks are due 3 weeks from release (for example, the first challenge task is released in Week 1, and will be due on the Sunday in Week 4, the second released in Week 2 and due on the Sunday in Week 5, etc).
Each task is worth one mark, up to a maximum of 10 marks, with the 10 best submission marks counting.
Marking criteria: Marks are allocated based on satisfying all of the requirements in each challenge task.
Feedback: Feedback will be provided within 1 week of due date.
Late submission is not permitted for this assessment task
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5
There will be one assignment during the course. The assignment is submitted and graded electronically through Wattle via Turnitin. The assignment will be due by 5pm Friday Week 6. Further details, including word limits and marking rubric, will be released with the assignment document in Week 2 on the course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5
Mid-semester Exam Quiz (15%)
A single, closed book exam quiz will be held Online (via Wattle) during the mid-semester exam period. This quiz will cover all material up to and including Week 6.
Specific details of the exam date will be available closer to the commencement of the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/. Please refer to Wattle site for more information to be provided by end of Week 4.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5
A single, closed book examination, covering all course content, will be held during the end of semester examination period.
The examination will likely be three hours in duration. Depending on the coronavirus restrictions, the examination may be held online.
Specific details of the exam date will be available closer to the commencement of the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/. Please refer to Wattle site for more information to be provided in Week 12.
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission is not permitted for Assessment Tasks 1, 3 & 4.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Please see relevant assessment task details above
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards
Distribution of grades policyAcademic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
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