University of Technology Sydney

31266 Introduction to Information Systems

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UTS: Information Technology: Information, Systems and Modelling
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Anti-requisite(s): 31060 Information Systems Principles AND 31414 Information Systems AND 31472 Introduction to Collaborative Systems AND 31484 Information Systems Foundations AND 32557 Enabling Enterprise Information Systems

Description

This subject describes today's business environment and how technology is integrated into business, government and community systems. It covers the trends towards greater mobility, greater complexity, globalisation and business networking, and ways that technology can deliver services to improve business competitiveness in an increasingly global and networked environment. It describes the role of information systems (IS) for better business management and the formation of business networks. Real-world case studies are presented to understand the role of IS in obtaining and maintaining competitive advantage. This introductory subject explains activities used to develop, implement and maintain IS. Techniques for building effective team collaboration skills and relationship skills are demonstrated in this subject. In addition, ethics, privacy and information security are highlighted. In this subject, students learn to apply theoretical knowledge to solve practical situations, learn to generate new ideas and learn how to work together to develop team skills.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Identify business, organizational and society environment to propose types of IS for obtaining and maintaining competitive advantage.
2. Demonstrate data management approaches for implementing knowledge management systems in organisations.
3. Discuss key concepts relating to telecommunication and networking.
4. Describe the process of acquiring information systems and applications.
5. Identify ethical issues in the IS context to propose recommendations.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements. (B.1)
  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements. (C.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Students will learn through 12 online lectures (1.5 hours) and 11 face-to-face and/or online tutorials (1.5 hours, starting from week 2) over 12 weeks.

Lectures

Lecture notes for each week will be made available on Canvas. Students are expected to download the notes, engage with new content and make use of it in the lectures. The lecturer will explain each topic based on the Canvas materials and encourage students to clarify their interpretations through verbal interaction and feedback.

Tutorials

Tutorials are designed to engage students in learning activities, encourage them to collaborate with other students, learn from each other’s ideas through group discussion and peer review, and to provide opportunities for additional feedback on teaching materials that inform the assessment tasks. Tutorial classes will involve a range of planned activities such as testing students’ understanding using weekly in-class quizzes, problem-solving activities, and group activities and discussions. Students are required to learn concepts covered in the week’s lecture topic before each tutorial.

Weekly tutorial questions (case study questions and discussion questions) and instructions for each class will be made available on Canvas to enable students to engage with the content, draft their answers, then actively and collaboratively complete the questions in the tutorials. Students will form collaborative groups to discuss their answers with their peers, and complete problem-solving activities, analyse case studies and answer discussion questions in teams.

Students are encouraged to come up with ideas and present them to the whole class, and are expected to evaluate each other’s responses; this regular peer feedback will help students learn. Constant feedback as part of the tutorial will be provided by extending the class collaborative discussion with reflective questions from the tutor.

Content (topics)

  1. Introduction to Information Systems
  2. Information systems within the organisation
  3. Organisational Strategy, Competitive Advantage and Information Systems
  4. Data and Knowledge Management
  5. Ethics, privacy
  6. Information security
  7. Telecommunications and Networking
  8. Acquiring information systems and application

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Information Systems in Business, Organization and Society

Intent:

Students apply relevant problem-solving methodologies to propose solutions. The proposed solutions must be communicated effectively to the appropriate audience, such as tutors and the subject coordinator with a real-world context.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and E.1

Type: Case study
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria:

The assignment Answer Sheet should be saved as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) and submitted through Turnitin software (Canvas, Assignment 1, Turnitin).

Assessment task 2: Identify and analyse privacy and information security issues

Intent:

To propose solutions and recommendations in a collaborative approach.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, C.1 and E.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 20%

Assessment task 3: Weekly Tutorial Quiz and Activities

Intent:

To demonstrate technical knowledge of specified concepts covered in the weekly lectures. It also assesses student’s capability in presenting their findings out of course materials and research endeavours to the general audience in the forms of class activities.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1 and C.1

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 35%

Assessment task 4: Reflective Report

Intent:

To reflect on the activities in the form of key lessons learned.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1 and C.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

800 words

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Recommended texts

Management Information Systems, 1st Australian Edition R. Kelly Rainer, Heather Gray, Tomayess Issa, Graeme Pye, Indrit Troshani, Brad Prince, Hugh J. Watson ISBN: 9781118646021

Introduction to Information Systems, 7th Edition, R. Kelly Rainer, Brad Prince, ISBN: 978-1-119-36296-8

Other resources

Online resources for this subject including lecture slides, tutorial exercises, assignment instructions, and announcements will be available via UTSOnline at https://online.uts.edu.au/

U:PASS

UTS Peer Assisted Study Success is a voluntary “study session” where you will be studying the subject with other students in a group. It is led by a student who has previously achieved a distinction or high distinction in the subject area, and who has a good WAM. Leaders will prepare activities for you to work on in groups based on the content you are learning in lectures and tutorials. It’s really relaxed, friendly, and informal. Because the leader is a student just like you, they understand what it’s like to study the subject and how to do well, and they can pass those tips along to you. Students also say it’s a great way to meet new people and a “guaranteed study hour”.

You can sign up for U:PASS sessions via U:PASS website http://tinyurl.com/upass2017 Note that sign up is not open until week 2, as it’s voluntary and only students who want to go should sign up.

If you have any questions or concerns about U:PASS, please contact Georgina at upass@uts.edu.au, or check out the website.