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ACCG8022 – Information Systems in Business

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Matthew Mansour
Contact via matthew.mansour@mq.edu.au
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Moderator
Yvette Blount
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(10cp from ACCG or ACST or AFIN or BUS or ECON or MGMT or MKTG units at 6000 level or above) or (admission to GradCertForAccg or GradDipForAccg or MBusAnalytics or MForAccgFinCri or MCybergovMgnt)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit enables students to gain an understanding of the implications and impacts of information and communication technology (ICT) in business. The aim of the unit is for students to understand the concept of the digital economy, the impact business pressures play on the organisation, and their responses and adaptations to these pressures, and the role ICT plays both inside and outside the organisation in the context of globalisation and future trends. The focus is on understanding the creation of business value by enabling business processes using information and communications technologies. Students will analyse contemporary case studies and examples to critically evaluate and recommend specific ICT solutions for each topic. Students develop report writing skills by researching a current topic, such as cybersecurity or digital ethics, analyse the issues and provide recommendations to management.
The unit is offered in two delivery modes. Students can choose between a face-to-face, on campus offering, over the full session, or an external offering comprising six modules, each of one week's duration, with a workshop on campus prior to the start of session.

Important Academic Dates

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Critically evaluate the correlation between business and technology, including how business strategies and processes determine technology decisions.
  • ULO2: Evaluate the significance of information to organisational success by explaining the business benefits of a reliable IS infrastructure, and how to successfully leverage information with an appropriate level of security.
  • ULO3: Explain how enterprise-wide systems support information and how business decisions are made by the users of that information.
  • ULO4: Research and evaluate the issues relating to information ethics and privacy, including the implications for social media use.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Fortnightly Assessment 30% No Weeks 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12
Report 20% No Week 6
Take Home Essay 50% No TBA

Fortnightly Assessment

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Weeks 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12
Weighting: 30%

 

A variety of activities will be assigned fortnightly from weeks 3 to 12, to be completed online. Students are expected to complete readings and research as required prior to the next online class.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the correlation between business and technology, including how business strategies and processes determine technology decisions.
  • Evaluate the significance of information to organisational success by explaining the business benefits of a reliable IS infrastructure, and how to successfully leverage information with an appropriate level of security.
  • Explain how enterprise-wide systems support information and how business decisions are made by the users of that information.

Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 20%

 

The assessment task is to write a 2,500 report with scholarly references that will address a contemporary topic relating to information systems.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the correlation between business and technology, including how business strategies and processes determine technology decisions.
  • Research and evaluate the issues relating to information ethics and privacy, including the implications for social media use.

Take Home Essay

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: TBA
Weighting: 50%

 

A set of questions will be released that could be your final take home essay. Students will need to prepare for each question, and will need to submit a maximum one page summary for the chosen take home essay question advised by the lecturer.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the correlation between business and technology, including how business strategies and processes determine technology decisions.
  • Evaluate the significance of information to organisational success by explaining the business benefits of a reliable IS infrastructure, and how to successfully leverage information with an appropriate level of security.
  • Explain how enterprise-wide systems support information and how business decisions are made by the users of that information.
  • Research and evaluate the issues relating to information ethics and privacy, including the implications for social media use.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

This unit uses a flipped classroom learning approach.  Students will be expected to read the textbook chapter, read lecture notes and complete activities prior to attending class.  The class will involve interactive activities involving case studies, working in groups and other activities.  

Mode of delivery is a Hybrid mode. ACCG8022 is taught via lectures (via Zoom live and recorded for revision purposes) and the tutorial sessions component have two possible streams (pending class enrolment) : On campus(in the classroom) or online via Zoom (NB. If both streams run you can only elect to be in one or the other stream, you cannot decide to come on campus one week and then online the next)

There is one class per week that will consist of three (3) hours. The timetables portal is available here: http://timetables.mq.edu.au

Textbook

Baltzan, P, Paige, A 2021, Business Driven Information Systems, 7e McGraw-Hill North Ryde Australia (ISBN 9781260262483​)

https://www.mheducation.com.au/ise-business-driven-information-systems-9781260570854-aus

 

Technology Used

Course Material is available on the unit website (http://ilearn.mq.edu.au) - please note this includes the use of Turnitin.  Other technology includes access to the internet to utilise the library website, complete Connect activities and the use of applications such as word processing software for assessment tasks.

Expectations and Workload

Students are expected to spend 150 hours working on this unit.  Students must make a serious attempt at each assessment task to successfully meet the unit outcomes.  As a guide a student should spend these approximate amounts of time on each of the following activities:

   

 

Activities

Hours

1                 

Weekly Seminars  

39          

2

Weekly preparation including reading the textbook and lecture notes as well as assigned activities prior to class  (approximately 5 hours per week)                          

65

3

Report

26

4

Revision/preparation for exam

20

 

TOTAL

150

Unit Schedule

 

Week

Chapter 

Topic 

1

1

Business Driven MIS 

2

Value Driven Business

3

3

e-Business

4

MIS Business Concerns

5

5

Sustainable Technologies

6

Business Intelligence 

7

7

Networks: Mobile Business

   

Session Break

8

8

Enterprise Information Systems: ERP and SCM

9

8

Enterprise Information Systems: CRM and Collaboration Systems

10

Reading

Provided

in class

Ethics, Privacy, Social Media and Future Trends

11

Reading

Provided

in class

Research Articles Review/Activities, Presentations

12

Reading

Provided

in class

Future of Technology

13

 

Revision

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/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

 

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 help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

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

Update textbook / Updated material.

Research & Practice, Global & Sustainability

This unit addresses global and sustainability issues as direct areas of study and as necessary implications arising from the materials, assessment and academic discussion and debate in classes/seminars. We promote sustainability by developing the ability of students to research and locate information within the information systems domain. We aim to provide students with an opportunity to obtain skills which will benefit them throughout their career.

The unit materials have a reference list at the end of each chapter with all references cited by the author. These provide some guidance to references that could be used to research in depth particular issues.