University of Technology Sydney

20602 Management Information Systems

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject develops an understanding of the nature of managerial information systems (MIS) and their application in organisations. Increasingly, MIS is being used as a tool to implement business strategies and gain competitive advantage, not merely to support business operations. This subject covers the issues associated with the development of these systems and their application in business. The subject takes a management rather than a technical approach to the material presented and, as such, is relevant to business students interested in the application of information technology.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Explain the nature of management information systems and their applications in business
2. Understand the strategic and operational benefits of business models and technology applications, and apply management information systems for business value
3. Explain and apply a management approach to the development and implementation of management information systems in a business context
4. Understand the strengths and limitations of current technologies and apply them intelligently to meet the needs of business applications

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

There are probably no business positions in the contemporary business environment that do not involve at least some exposure to computerized information and communication systems. An understanding of the role of management information systems in modern organisations, along with knowledge of the main issues and techniques in information systems development and management are considered important attributes for undergraduate business students. This subject provides students with this essential knowledge, and addresses important, more specific topics including the role of information systems in organizational strategy and competitive advantage, business process modeling, and security issues.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be taught using a combination of large lectures and smaller tutorials. The lectures provide the structure of the topic area, discussion of the theory and some practical examples. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss ideas, issues and make practical application of the theory, as well as encouraging students to think in a creative manner to solve real world problems. Use is made of the UTS web-based communication tool Canvas, which will be used to share information, provide feedback and encourage interaction between staff and students.

Content (topics)

  • Information Systems in the Life of Business Professionals
  • Business Processes, Information and Information Systems
  • Organizational Strategy, Information Systems and Competitive Advantage
  • Information Systems Development (one or two lectures that cover the current subject 20601 in much less detail)
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Security Management


Assessment task 1: Business modelling and IS applications - report (Group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 2

Weight: 25%

Assessment task 2: Assess and determine MIS development approach report (Group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

3 and 4

Weight: 25%

Assessment task 3: Final Examination (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 50%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

No prescribed textbook for this subject.

Recommended texts

Kroenke, D., Bunker, D. and Wilson, D. N. (2014), “Experiencing MIS”, Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson, 3rd Edition, Chapters 1, 2, 3,10, 11,12


  1. Girdar, J. (2013): “Management Information Systems”, New Delhi: Oxford University Press
  2. O’Brien, J. A. and Marakas, G. M. (2010): “Management Information Systems”, 10th Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
  3. Laudon, K. C. and Laudon, J. P. (2015): “Management Information Systems – Managing the Digital Firm”, 14th Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education
  4. Rainer, R. K., Prince, B. and Watson, H. J. (2013): “Management Information Systems”, 2nd Edition (paperback), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons
  5. UTS Business School Guide to Writing Assignments

Other resources


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