University of Technology Sydney

42080 Fundamentals of Information Systems

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

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

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


Appropriate use of information is the key to organisational sustainability and growth in today’s world. This introductory subject imparts students with the fundamental knowledge of key concepts in information systems. It introduces students to the functional dynamics in an organisation and how information system supports them. The subject highlights the key technology, business systems available in current practices. It helps them to understand how to acquire and develop solutions to business challenges using technology and systems. The subject also introduces the concepts of socially responsible use of information encompassing privacy, security, and social impacts of information.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Assess alignment between business strategies and IS/IT strategies in organisations.
2. Demonstrate ability to achieve and maintain competitive advantage for organisations utilising new technology trends.
3. Design solutions to IS/IT related challenges (technological, social, safety, ethical etc.) for organisations.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be delivered in collaborative learning space over a 3-hour duration weekly for 12 weeks. During the 3 hours, the lecturer will first introduce the concepts related to the weekly topic. Then a group-based exercise will be conducted with the aim of solving specific IS challenges relevant to the topic.

Recorded session of the concept introduction will be made available online along with related contents such as presentations, videos etc.

Further weekly discussion topic will be made available through forums where students will contribute and critique via forum discussions.

Quizzes will be conducted online to ensure students have good understanding of the weekly concepts. This will provide regular feedback on student learning.

Content (topics)

  1. Information Systems in Business & Society
  2. ICT infrastructure
  3. Business Information Systems


Assessment task 1: Module Quiz (4)


To test the knowledge of fundamental concepts covered each week. This provides regular checks as to where students are behind and provide them guidance to appropriate contents for each module taught.


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

1, 2 and 3

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Maximum 30 minutes with approximately 20 questions in each quiz

Assessment task 2: Online discussion


Students demonstrate their ability to apply the concepts learnt to a problem presented.


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

1, 2 and 3

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 10%

Assessment task 3: Assignment


This assessment is to test students’ ability to characterise a real-life business IS/IT challenge, research the current practices, and to devise an appropriate solution for the challenge.


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

1, 2 and 3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%

4000 words maximum

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject, students must achieve an overall mark of 50% or greater.

Required texts

Principles of Information Systems (13 ed)

Ralph Stair, George Reynolds.

Recommended texts

Essentials of MIS, Global Edition, 13th Edition

Kenneth C. Laudon, Jane P. Laudon.