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COMP1750 – Introduction to Business Information Systems

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 Convenor, Lecturer, Tutor
Frances Louise
Available on iLearn
Lecturer
Guanfeng Liu
Available on iLearn
Tutor
Hijab Alavi
Tutor
Barak Alkhaldi
Tutor
Zawar Hussain
Tutor
Kristi Ovsthus
Tutor
Jason Saba
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
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. These 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, or 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 your learning process
  • ULO2: Describe how information systems can be used to improve business performance
  • ULO3: Use basic information technology applications, including basic computer management, e-mail, web browsers, web-page creators and productivity software
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an understanding of how such applications work, to a level where you can learn new material without requiring formal training
  • ULO5: Use a 4th-generation programming environment to script IT applications.

General Assessment Information

Details for each assessment will be available via iLearn.

You are encouraged to:

  • set your personal deadline earlier than the actual one
  • keep backups of all your important files
  • seek for assistance in the early stages rather than closer to the due date

Quizzes

Submission Method: via timed iLearn quiz and TurnItIn outside of class time.

Late Submission(s) of Assessment: No late submission will be accepted.

Assignments and Video Presentation

Submission Method: via iLearn submission links

Late Submission(s) of Assessment: There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission incurs a 20% penalty). Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available. This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved.

If you cannot submit on time because of illness or other circumstances, please apply for special consideration as soon as possible through https://ask.mq.edu.au/.Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Quiz 60% No Week 4, 7, 10, 13
Assignment One 10% No Week 5
Assignment Two 15% No Week 11
Video Presentation 15% No Week 9

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 4, 7, 10, 13
Weighting: 60%

 

There will be four short quizzes in the semester. These quizzes will cover important parts of the unit material and, as well as assessing your current level of mastery of it, give you and your tutor an opportunity to address any problem areas. The quizzes will also include a short test based on practical components.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe how information systems can be used to improve business performance
  • Use basic information technology applications, including basic computer management, e-mail, web browsers, web-page creators and productivity software
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how such applications work, to a level where you can learn new material without requiring formal training

Assignment One

Assessment Type 1: Design Implementation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 10%

 

Advanced Excel (spreadsheets). Apply spreadsheet functions to present data according to the business requirements by using various formulas, charts, filtering, sorting, data grouping, pivot table/chart, etc.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational learning skills including active engagement in your learning process
  • Describe how information systems can be used to improve business performance
  • Use basic information technology applications, including basic computer management, e-mail, web browsers, web-page creators and productivity software
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how such applications work, to a level where you can learn new material without requiring formal training

Assignment Two

Assessment Type 1: Design Implementation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 18 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 15%

 

Advanced Access (Databases) - Create and modify relational database according to the business requirements. Manipulate data for analysis and reporting purposes.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational learning skills including active engagement in your learning process
  • Describe how information systems can be used to improve business performance
  • Use basic information technology applications, including basic computer management, e-mail, web browsers, web-page creators and productivity software
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how such applications work, to a level where you can learn new material without requiring formal training
  • Use a 4th-generation programming environment to script IT applications.

Video Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 16 hours
Due: Week 9
Weighting: 15%

 

Applying concepts into business practice. Students will need to use visual aid and record a short video presentation proposing IS for a particular business.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational learning skills including active engagement in your learning process
  • Describe how information systems can be used to improve business performance
  • Use basic information technology applications, including basic computer management, e-mail, web browsers, web-page creators and productivity software

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

Teaching and Learning Strategy

COMP1750 is taught via lectures and practical classes. The feedback that you receive plays a crucial role in your learning.

Lectures are used to introduce new material, give examples of the advances in business information systems and technologies and put them in a wider context.

Practical/SGTA classes are small group classes which give you the opportunity to interact with your peers and with a tutor who has a sound knowledge of the subject. This also gives you a chance to practice your technical skills.

You have many opportunities to seek and to receive feedback. During lectures, you are encouraged to ask the lecturer questions to clarify anything you might not be sure of. Assignments have been specially designed to deliver continuous feedback on your work.

Each week you should:

  • Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions
  • Attend your practical class and seek feedback from your tutor on your work
  • Read assigned reading material, add to your notes and prepare questions for your lecturer or tutor
  • Start working on any assignments immediately after they have been released.

Lecture notes are made available each week but these notes are intended as an outline of the lecture only and are not a substitute for your own notes or reading additional material.

Classes

Each week you should attend two hours of lecture and an hour of practical class. 

Note that practicals run for 12 weeks and commence in week 1.

Please note that you are required to submit a certain number of assignments and participate in a certain number of workshop class. Failure to do so may result in you failing the unit.

Textbook

  • Recommended textbook:
  • Alternative textbook:
    • Experiencing MIS, Global Edition (7th edition) by Kroenke and Boyle (without MyLab) (ISBN: 9781292163574 for hardcopy or ISBN: 9781292163581 for eBook)

Technology used and required

iLecture/echo

Digital recordings of lectures are available.

Software

Microsoft Excel and Access in the lab and for the assignments. Alternative access to software via AppStream.

Any video recording and editing software for the video presentation.

Website

The web page for this unit can be found at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au.

Staff-Student Liaison Committee

Liaison meetings will be organized in week 7. If you have any issues to be addressed you can bring them to the meetings. You can also consult the Acting Director of Teaching (Dr Malcolm Ryan) or the Head of Department (Dr Michael Sheng). You are entitled to have your concerns raised, discussed and resolved.

Student Support Services

Macquarie University provides a range of Academic Student Support Services. Details of these services can be accessed at https://students.mq.edu.au/.

Assumed knowledge

Basic computer skills.

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecture Topics/Events

Practical Class Events

Assessments

Textbook Chapter Reference

1

The Importance of MIS

Introduction to the unit, iLearn, and the lab.

Introduction to Assignment 1.

MS Excel exercises.

 

Chapter 1

2

Business Processes, Information Systems, and Information

MS Excel exercises.

 

Chapter 2

3

Organizational Strategy, Information Systems, and Competitive Advantage

Review for Quiz 1.

 

Chapter 3

4

Hardware and Software

MS Access exercises.

 

Quiz 1

Chapter 4

5

Database Processing

MS Access exercises.

Last chance to ask questions related to Assignment 1.

Assignment 1

Chapter 5

6

The Cloud

Introduction to Assignment 2.

Review for Quiz 2.

 

Chapter 6

7

Processes, Organisations, and Information Systems

MS Access exercises.

Quiz 2

Chapter 7

8

Social Media Information Systems 

MS Access exercises.

 

Chapter 8

9

Business Intelligence Systems 

Review for Quiz 3.

Last chance to ask questions related to the video presentation assessment.

 

Video Presentation

Chapter 9

10

Information Systems Security

MS Access exercises.

Quiz 3

Chapter 10

11

Information Systems Management

Last chance to ask questions related to Assignment 2.

Assignment 2

Chapter 11

12

Information Systems Development

Review for Quiz 4.

 

Chapter 12

13

Recap of week 1-12

No Practical Classes

Quiz 4  

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/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

Change of assessments and weightings.

Removal of hurdle assessments and the final exam due to special circumstances.

Change of textbook to a newer edition.