BUS102 Introduction to IT

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

This unit is designed to be an introductory unit in information technology. It focuses on key concepts of modern computer systems and their role in supporting business decision making. Students will understand the fundamentals of hardware, software, database, operating systems, networking, and programming and how these technologies influence and enhance an organisation’s environment and business model. They will gain specific hands-on experience by completing assignments and other in-class activities. This unit will also introduce some new emerging technologies such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things. It will also introduce security aspects of Information Systems and will discuss ethical, legal, and social issues related to Information Systems.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Explain key computers structures and operations. 
ULO2 Describe the operations of communication and networking models. 
ULO3 Demonstrate an understanding of computer networks, the World Wide Web, and information security and its role in managing risk.
ULO4 Outline the main definitions of database, programming languages, cloud computing and virtualisation.
ULO5 Solve ethical concerns associated with IT privacy, accuracy, intellectual property and accessibility

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations
2. Computer components: hardware
3. Computer components: software
4. Database Systems and Big Data
5. Networks and Cloud Computing
6. Electronic Commerce and Enterprise Systems
7. Business Intelligence and Analytics
8. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems
9. System Acquisition and Development
10. Cybercrime and Information System Security
11. Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of Information Systems
12. Challenges of Global Information Systems & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Mid-Semester Exam  30% Mid-semester exam week
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 20% 8
Assessment 4: Final Exam 40% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.