The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook

Description

This course introduces students to key information technology and information systems concepts from a business perspective. Information technology and systems are crucial in every discipline of business and commerce. Today, information technology and systems are used by business for communicating with, and supporting, customers, an they underpin business functions ranging from marketing, human resource, accounting and finance. Students will learn the role of information technology and systems in business, and how these can be leveraged to create and sustain competitive advantage. Practical skills in online collaboration tools and web site development will also be gained.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EBUS2000. Students who have successfully completed EBUS2000 are not eligible to enrol in INFT1000.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the social impact of information technology, both locally and globally, and the need for security, privacy and ethical implications in information systems usage

2. Demonstrate problem-solving skills by identifying and resolving issues relating to information technology systems and their components

3. Demonstrate the application of online collaboration and website development tools to support productivity and communication in business contexts

4. Describe current information and communication, how they are selected, developed and used by organisations to produce goods and services, and to cooperate and/or compete with other organisations

5. Demonstrate written communication skills by understanding basic information communication and technology (ICT) terminology for effective communication, and applying it within a business environment

6. Collaborate as part of a team, and use online collaboration tools to plan and support their work.


Content

The course will explore fundamental concepts including:

  • ebusiness models and competitive advantage;
  • software, hardware, telecommunications and database usage within businesses;
  • internet technologies, including cloud computing, social media, intranets, extranets and e-commerce;
  • security, privacy and ethical issues; how business information systems are utilised in organisations, including transaction processing systems, enterprise resource planning systems, management information systems and decision support systems;
  • specialised business computing systems, including artificial intelligence, expert systems and virtual reality; and information systems project management.

Additionally, students will learn how to use technology for collaboration in team tasks, and how to use web applications for business communication.


Requisite

This course replaces EBUS2000. if you have successfully completed EBUS2000 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Case Study

Formal Examination: Final Examation *

Quiz: Regular online quiz

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory assessment item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1, 6 and12

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term