Course Outline

BUS108 Information Systems in Organisations

Course Coordinator:Bianka Sabert (bsabert@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

USC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course provides students with advanced digital literacy skills that are essential for managers in an ever-changing digital environment. The course covers a range of technology related concepts based on the use of information systems within organisations including, database systems, business intelligence tools, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. The basic functionalities of these systems are discussed, as well as how businesses use the systems to gain competitive advantage.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activities 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – In-class workshops 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Make connections between the individual topics to gain the big picture view 1hr Week 1 3 times
Information session – Task information session 1hr Week 2 3 times
Online
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activities 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Make connections between the individual topics to gain the big picture view 1hr Week 1 3 times
Information session – Task information session 1hr Week 2 3 times

Course Topics

  • Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • Hardware and Software and Professional Formatting in Microsoft Word
  • Foundations of Information Systems and Data Visualisation and Calculations in Microsoft Excel
  • Database Systems and Data Management
  • Business Intelligence: Big Data and Analytics and Data Visualisation in Microsoft Power BI
  • Networks: An Interconnected World
  • Information Systems Security
  • Corporate and Individual Accountability: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things
  • System Acquisition and Development

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1 Apply digital tools (Word, Excel and Power BI) in a business context. Empowered
PC1.3
2 Discuss information systems and their effects within the context of organisations. Knowledgeable
PC6, PC6.2
3 Use a socially responsible and sustainable approach to business solutions. Sustainability-focussed
PC4
4 Prepare reports that inform the audience about information systems. Engaged
PC1.1
5 Identify solutions to business problems associated with information systems. Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC6, PC6.2

* Competencies by Professional Body

CODE COMPETENCY
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1.1 Written Communication
PC1.3 Digital Literacy
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC4 Community Consciousness
PC6 Career-ready
PC6.2 Discipline Knowledge

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Not applicable

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

ACC108

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative feedback, resulting from the completion of learning activities, will be provided in the workshops which will help students assess their understanding and progress. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Report Individual 50%
2000 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
90 minutes
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1:Data Visualisation Report
Goal:
To apply digital tools (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power BI) as part of a business report that discusses information systems and identifies solutions to information system related business problems in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.
Product: Report
Format:
This is an individual assessment in report format. In this report you will apply the knowledge of information systems, gained in this course, to a business problem. As part of this report, you will demonstrate your knowledge of professionally formatting a report in MS Word and visualising data in MS Excel and MS Power BI to support your arguments. Further details will be provided via Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of digital tools (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power BI) in a business context.
1
2
Discussion of information systems and their effects within the context of organisations.
2
3
Use of a socially responsible and sustainable approach to business solutions.
3
4
Preparation of reports to inform about information systems.
4
5
Identification of solutions to business problems associated with information systems.
5
All - Assessment Task 2:Final Exam
Goal:
To demonstrate and apply your knowledge of information systems and their effects within the context of organisations, in a socially responsible and sustainable manner, and identify solutions to business problems associated with information systems.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Format:
This assessment will be invigilated. The nature of the invigilation will be determined by your mode of delivery and location. Students enrolled in face-to-face classes will attend the university to undertake the assessment, in the presence of an academic/assessor. For students who are enrolled into the course online, the assessment invigilation may be assured through the use of a proctoring service or process, or through attendance at the university or another designated assessment centre. Further details will be provided via Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Discussion of information systems and their effects within the context of organisations.
2
2
Use of a socially responsible and sustainable approach to business solutions.
3
3
Identification of solutions to business problems associated with information systems.
5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Ralph Stair/George Reynolds 2020 Principles of Information Systems 14th edn. Cengage

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent on the following conditions:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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