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WCOM1750 – Introduction to Business Information Systems

2020 – MUIC term 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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Manavjeet Kaur
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Unit description Unit description

This unit provides students with a basic understanding of the content of information systems; the types of information systems; the current roles of information systems in organisations; and the opportunities and business impacts of information systems. The unit also provides an overview of the tools, techniques and frameworks used to build information systems; the range of information technologies used to support information systems; and the ethical responsibilities of both the information system professional and the private user of information. Every business has an information system since this type of systems are a fundamental component of the business and provide the business with the information its people need to operate and manage the business. This unit lays a foundation for students to use information systems in the context of accounting, marketing, and finance, and also to develop business information systems that organisations want and need.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate foundational learning skills including active engagement in the learning process.
  • ULO2: Evaluate the core principles and components of the Information Systems discipline.
  • ULO4: Use basic information technology applications at a level that enables learning new material without requiring formal training.
  • ULO5: Use a 4th-generation programming environment to script IT applications.
  • ULO3: Recognise how information systems can be used to improve business performance.
  • ULO6: Communicate disciplinary knowledge using appropriate academic discourses.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Term Dates & College Calendar

Details of key dates during the term can be found on the Important Dates calendar.

Enrolment and Timetables

General timetable information is available via Macquarie University's Timetable page. 

Students will be able to enrol in units and register for classes via eStudent and also view their personal timetable. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that classes they have registered for do not clash.

Students are only permitted to attend classes in which they have registered via eStudent, unless they have written approval from the Student Services Manager. To seek approval, students must email muic-elc.admin@mq.edu.au or speak to a member of the Student Administration and Services Team at The College Student Desk (Ground floor, 8 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue). Approval will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The last day to enrol, add or change units is Tuesday of Week 1. Changing groups is not possible after the enrolment period has concluded.

Guest Lecturer Presentations and Workshops

One or two Guest Lecturer presentations and/or workshops may be scheduled during the term. These sessions will take place outside of regular class time, usually in a lecture theatre on campus. In the session, a speaker (an expert or well-known academic in the field) will give a presentation on a particular topic related to the unit or field.

While attendance at guest lectures is not compulsory, and content covered is not examinable unless covered in regular classes, students are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions as they will:

  • help them to engage with and broaden their understanding of the discipline;
  • contextualise content covered in class by providing insights into recent research and workplace developments in the field;
  • provide opportunities for networking; and
  • provide an experience of what lectures are like.

Specific details including time and venue for Guest Lecturer presentations and workshops will be posted in iLearn announcements and provided in class.

Recordings of these sessions may also be made available to students via iLearn.

Attendance Requirements – All Students

All students are expected to attend 100% of scheduled class time.

Attendance will be monitored in each lesson & students will be able to see their current attendance percentage to date and potential attendance percentage for each unit they have enrolled in via iLearn.

  • Current Attendance Percentage will reflect the percentage of classes a student has attended so far (based only on the lessons held to date).
  • Potential Attendance Percentage will reflect the percentage of classes a student can potentially attend by the end of the term, taking into consideration lessons attended and assuming the student also attends all future lessons scheduled (based only on the total number of lessons in the Term).

When a student is present for a part of a lesson (for example arrives late, leaves early, leaves the class frequently, particularly for lengthy periods), the teacher reserves the right to mark a student absent for that part of the lesson.

Attendance Requirements for International Standard Foundation Program Students

International students in the Standard Foundation Program are required to maintain at least 80% attendance across all their enrolled units in a Term of study to satisfy the conditions of their visa. Students who do not meet this requirement may be reported to the Department of Home Affairs and excluded from the University. 

Where a student is at risk of not meeting the at least 80% attendance requirement across their enrolled units in a Term, they will be counselled by the teaching and/or student services staff. Once an international student fails to meet the 80% attendance requirement, they may be reported to the Government for non-attendance and their visa may be cancelled. 

Because of the intensive nature of this program, students should be aware that their attendance may fall quite quickly and should carefully monitor their attendance on a regular basis. They may do so by checking their attendance in iLearn and ensuring they attend at least 80% of classes in each of the units they are enrolled in. Students should refer to the Potential Attendance Percentage.

For further information on attendance, please refer to the Attendance and Study Load Policy

Public Holidays and Make-up Lessons

If any scheduled class falls on a public holiday, a make-up lesson will be scheduled, either online or face to face. Please check the iLearn announcements and your emails for details of the make-up lessons.

In Term 1, there will be no public holidays.

Technology Used and Required

  • Access to the Internet (available on Campus using Macquarie OneNet and in designated 8SCO Self-Access Computer Laboratories);
  • iLab - iLab is Macquarie University's personal computer laboratory on the Internet. It enables students to use the Microsoft Windows applications they require to do their university work from anywhere, anytime, on any device;
  • Access to Macquarie University Library catalogue (MultiSearch); and
  • Access to Microsoft Office Suite (available in 8SCO Self-Access Computer Laboratories and via iLab) software downloads page for full instructions.

Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD)

Macquarie University is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) friendly and encourages students to bring their Windows or Mac devices to use on campus and during classes.

In some classes in this unit, you will need to have access to a mobile device, Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and an Internet Browser of your choice. If you do not have your own device and computer access is required in a particular lesson, you may be able to borrow a laptop to use for the duration of the lesson.

As a Macquarie University student, you are entitled to free access to the Microsoft Office Suite, which you can access through iLab. If you have problems with this, please contact OneHelp.

If you do bring your own device, you will need to ensure that it is sufficiently charged as access to power points may not be available in the classrooms.

iLearn

iLearn is Macquarie's online learning management system and a principal teaching and learning resource which will be used throughout the term. Students must log in to iLearn at least 3 times per week to access important information including: 

  • Announcements and News Forums - Teaching staff will communicate to the class using iLearn announcements. Announcements may also be emailed to students’ Macquarie University email address, but students should also check the News Forum regularly;
  • Attendance – current and potential attendance percentage for the Term;
  • Unit Guide and staff contact details;
  • Set unit readings available through MultiSearch (library);
  • Lesson materials and recordings where available;
  • Learning and teaching activities and resources, questions and solutions;
  • Assessment instructions, questions, marking criteria and sample tasks;
  • Assessment submission links such as Turnitin;
  • Links to supporting materials and services available at the University; and
  • Evaluation Surveys for the unit.

For any resource-related iLearn questions contact your teacher. For any technical or support issues using iLearn, please contact the IT helpdesk (Ph. 02 9850 4357) or lodge a ticket using OneHelp

Useful Study Resources

StudyWise is an iLearn resource created by the Learning Skills Unit. This resource is specifically designed to help you to manage your studies, strengthen your study techniques, write effective assignments and improve your English language proficiency. Once you enrol in StudyWise, you can access it from your iLearn course list under the category "Student Support".

InfoWise will help you improve your research skills by teaching you how to use MultiSearch, decode citations, identify key search terms and use advanced search techniques.

Lib Guides provide students with links to electronic sources and websites that are good starting points for research in different fields or disciplines.

MultiSearch will connect you to Macquarie University Library and allow you to search library resources, databases, unit readings and past exam papers.

Macquarie University Library has released a mobile device app called libMQ. The app allows students to easily access MyLibrary (be notified about loans, renewals, holds and fees owing), book a computer, Library floor maps, see new books lists and search MultiSearch.

It can be downloaded from either Google Play or the App Store.

Academic Language and Learning Workshops are designed to help you with Study Skills, Assignment Writing, Referencing and Academic Language.

Research resources provide information about:

Numeracy Support is provided by the Numeracy Centre. Students can attend these support classes on a drop-in basis as required.

Studiosity is a one-to-one personal study support service which may be made available via your iLearn unit. If available, you may use this service to get online study help and/or feedback on your assignment usually within 24 hours. If you are unsure whether this service is available in your unit or how to use this service, please check with your teacher. Please note that this is an external service and feedback provided is generic in nature (for example comments on grammar and cohesion) and may not be specific to the requirements of the task. If you require specific feedback on how your work aligns with the expectations of the unit or marking criteria, you should consult your teacher.

Learning and Teaching Activities

Lessons

Lessons will include a mixture of activities. New content and topics will be presented during lessons, and students will be given problems, practice questions and other interactive activities to apply the knowledge and the skills gained in the lesson. Students will be required to take notes, complete set tasks and engage in discussions and individual and group activities.

In class, specific time may be dedicated to working on assessment tasks and students will be given guidance and feedback to complete these. Certain lessons may be dedicated to independent research and reading related to the unit whether in the classroom or a computer lab.

Active Participation

Students will be required to not only attend but also actively participate in lessons.

Active participation entails:

  • active engagement in-class activities;
  • contribution to class discussions by asking and answering questions;
  • coming to class prepared and having completed required pre-readings and activities;
  • completion of set class and homework activities;
  • collaboration with other students; and
  • adhering to Macquarie University’s Student Code of Conduct.

Unit Schedule

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Week

Lesson

Topic / Content Covered

Required reading (should not be more than 12 pages) per week – provide citation

Associated tasks

Assessment Task (if applicable)

1

1

THE IMPORTANCE OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS)

  • The digital revolution
  • MIS, Information System (IS) and Information Technology (IT)
  • Information System (IS) security
  • Ethics and professional responsibility
  • Collaboration information systems for student projects

Read the Unit Guide

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 1 (The Importance of MIS)

 

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL (BASIC LEVEL)

  • Open and understand spreadsheets
  • Working with Ribbon
  • Managing worksheets
  • Entering data, inserting & deleting rows and columns, and changing their size
  • Formatting data
  • Basic calculations (simple formulas/built-in function, absolute and relative cell references)
  • Working with Charts & Graphs
  • Saving and sharing work (collaboration)

 

  • In-class activities

 

3

BUSINESS PROCESSES, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, AND INFORMATION

  • Business process
  • Process quality
  • Using information systems to improve process quality
  • Information

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 2 (Business Processes, Information Systems, and Information)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

1

ORGANISATIONAL STRATEGY, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

  • Organisational strategy and information systems structure
  • Competitive strategy
  • Value chain and role of value chains in business processes and information systems
  • Information systems and competitive advantages

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 3 (Organizational Strategy, Information Systems, and Competitive Advantage)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

CONTINUE WITH MICROSOFT EXCEL (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)

  • Working with data (sorting data, custom sort, multi-sort, filtering data, creating sub-totals, and conditional formatting)
  • Working with Functions (logical functions-COUNTIF and SUMIF)
  • Working with Pivot tables
  • Review quiz from Wk1-L2
  • Excel case study tasks from Wk1-L2 (if not finished)
  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 EXCEL ACTIVITY (10%)

 

3

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 4 (Hardware and Software)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

3

 

 

 

1

THE CLOUD

  • Introduction to the cloud
  • Different types of clouds
  • Cloud computing services
  • Cloud computing benefits
  • Concerns and risks with cloud computing
  • What does the cloud mean for your future?

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 6 (The Cloud)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT ACCESS (BASIC LEVEL)

  • Purpose of a database, starting Access and creating a new database, DBMS, and development of database applications
  • Creating tables, fields, properties, and primary keys
  • Entering data/records into tables
  • Creating relationships between tables
  • Writing simple queries

 

  • In-class activities

 

3

ORGANISATIONS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

  • Information Systems by scope
  • Information silo
  • Business process reengineering
  • Supply chain
  • How do IS affect supply chain performance?

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 7 (Organizations and Information Systems)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

4

1

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION SYSTEMS (SMIS)

  • Social Media and SMIS
  • SMIS roles and components
  • Role of SMIS to advance organisational strategy
  • Role of SMIS to increase social capital
  • How organisations manage the risks of social media

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 8 (Social Media Information Systems)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

CONTINUE WITH MICROSOFT ACCESS (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)

  • Writing advanced queries using expression builder
  • Forms
  • Reports
  • Review quiz from Wk3-L2
  • Microsoft Access case study tasks from Wk3-L2 (if not finished)
  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

MS ACCESS ACTIVITY (10%)

3

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (BI) SYSTEMS

  • BI systems and uses
  • Activities in BI process
  • Data warehouse vs Data marts
  • BI data processing techniques

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 9 (Business Intelligent Systems)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

5

1

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY

  • Sources of security threats
  • Types of security loss
  • Elements of a security program
  • Security safeguards (technical, data, and human)
  • Disaster preparedness

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 10 (Information Systems Security)

 

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

  • Revision

 

 

CLASS TEST (10%)

3

INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

  • Functions and organisation of the IS department
  • Organisations plan to use IS
  • Outsourcing
  • Users rights and responsibilities

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 11 (Information Systems Management)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

6

1

INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

  • Systems development
  • System development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Problems with the traditional SDLC

Experiencing MIS: Chapter 12 (Information Systems Development)

  • In-class activities
  • Review Quiz

 

2

  • Revision/Final exam preparation

 

 

ASSIGNMENT REPORT DUE AT THE END OF LESSON 2 (15%)

3

  • Group presentations

 

 

ASSIGNMENT GROUP PRESENTATIONS (15%)

7

Final Examination

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Academic Integrity

Using the work or ideas of another person, whether intentionally or not, and presenting them as your own without clear acknowledgement of the source is called Plagiarism

Macquarie University promotes awareness of information ethics through its Academic Integrity Policy. This means that:

  • all academic work claimed as original must be the work of the person making the claim;
  • all academic collaborations of any kind must be acknowledged;
  • academic work must not be falsified in any way; and
  • when the ideas of others are used, these ideas must be acknowledged appropriately.

All breaches of the Academic Integrity Policy are serious and penalties apply. Students should be aware that they may fail an assessment task, a unit or even be excluded from the University for breaching the Academic Integrity Policy.

Assessment Policy

Students should familiarise themselves with their responsibilities under the Assessment Policy, and notably Schedule 4 (Final Examination Requirements).

Final Examination Script Viewings

A student may request to view their final examination script once results have been released but scripts remain the property of Macquarie University.

Students should view their final examination paper prior to submitting a grade appeal, if this is relevant to their case. The viewing will be conducted in a secure location under supervision.

To request a final examination script viewing, please email muic-elc.admin@mq.edu.au and write ‘script viewing’ in the subject heading.

Scripts may be reviewed for up to 6 months following the results release date for the relevant Term.

Grade Appeals

A student who has been awarded a final grade for a unit has the right to appeal that grade as outlined in the Grade Appeal Policy. Grade appeals apply to the final mark and the grade a student receives for a unit of study. They do not apply to results received for individual assessment tasks.

Grade appeals must be submitted via ask.mq.edu.au within 20 working days from the published result date for the relevant unit. Before submitting a Grade Appeal, please ensure that you read the Grade Appeal Policy and note valid grounds for appeals.

Students are expected to seek feedback on individual assessment tasks prior to the award of a final grade. Students also have the right to request generic feedback from the teaching staff on their overall performance in the unit, including in a final examination. This can be done at any time in the six month period starting from the day on which the final grade of the relevant unit is published.

Course Progression

The College closely monitors students' academic progress as per the Progression Policy for Programs delivered by Macquarie University International College.

To maintain satisfactory academic progress, a student must successfully complete (pass) 50% or more of their enrolled units in a Term of study and meet any other requirements to pass listed in the Unit Guide.

Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress will be classified as "at-risk" and will be notified in writing. At-risk students may be required to undergo academic counselling, undertake certain initiatives or have conditions placed upon their enrolment to help them make satisfactory progress.

Students must also pass 50% or more of the units in two or more terms in order to meet the Minimum Rate of Progress (MRP) requirements. A student is deemed not to be making Minimum Rate of Progress if they fail more than 50% of their enrolled units in two consecutive Terms of study, or if they have failed more than 50% of their units after studying two or more terms.

Any domestic student who has been identified as not meeting MRP requirements will be issued with a Notice of Intention to Exclude letter and may subsequently be excluded from the program.

Any international student who has been identified as not meeting MRP will be subject to exclusion from the program and be issued with a Notice of Intention to Report letter and may subsequently be reported to the Department of Home Affairs for not meeting visa requirements. International students must comply with the Progression Policy of the College in order to meet the conditions of their visa.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes from Previous Offering

The number of MS Access activity is reduced to be ONE which worths 10% instead of two activities each worth 5%

Course Contact Hours

Weekly face to face contact for this unit will be 6 hours (36 hours per term).

There will be 3 lessons per week consisting of 2X2-hour classes and 1X2-hour workshop in the MUIC PC laboratory. 

Unit Specific Texts and Materials

The following texts have been prescribed for this unit.

David M. Kroenke, Randall J. Boyle: Experiencing MIS, Global Edition (7th Edition), Upper Saddle River, Pearson Education Limited, 2017

An online edition of this book is available through MQ Library. Go to MQ Uni Library website . Then, follow the link at "Full text available at ProQuest eTextbooks" and login with your OneID and password.

Texts will be available for purchase from the Co-Op Bookshop located in the Campus Hub Building C10A, Level One, Phone: 8986 4000.

All students should ensure that they have access to the prescribed text(s) from the start of the Term as failure to do so could jeopardise their academic progress in this unit.

Other editions or formats of the above resource(s) may be acceptable, but you must students must consult teaching staff prior to purchasing these.