Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 8 units in the Diploma of Business. This unit introduces students to the organisational context of Information Technology. It also introduces students to human-centred system development. Students will work in a studio-based learning environment to investigate and understand the application of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in business environments and build simulations of common business information systems in projects using current office automations systems such as documentation, presentation, and spread sheet software tools. 

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Overview of the organisational context of ICT.
  2. Introduction to organisational structures and management.
  3. Introduction to business processes.
  4. Introduction to problem analysis.
  5. Overview of business information needs.
  6. Designing solutions to business information problems with tools.
  7. Introduction to office automation technology.
  8. Overview of decision support in business through the application of ICT.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of organisations, including business organisational structures, and the roles of individuals and groups in organisations.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of ICT as they are used in organisations and society, including the evolution of the role of ICT in business organisations and society.
  3. Describe the information technology and communications technology infrastructures employed by business organisations.
  4. Describe the business and information management processes and functions for which ICT is used in organisations, and in which ICT professionals are involved.
  5. Describe the processes of acquiring, developing and managing ICT in business organisations.
  6. Understand the basic concepts of human-centred development and how it can be applied to IT and network systems.
  7. Appreciate the importance of individual and organisational stakeholders in the specification and development of ICT systems.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours
Face to Face

Assessment

Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Weighting
Contribution in class a-g* 10%
Midterm Test (Individual) a-c* 10%
Assignment 1: Excel spread sheet (Individual) c,g* 15%
Assignment 2 : Research Report (Group) b-d,g* 20%
Final Examination (2 hours) a-g* 50%
Total   100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.

Textbook

  • B.K. Williams and S.C. Sawyer, Using Information Technology: a practical introduction to computers and communications, 10Th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2013.
  • S. Zimmerman and B. B. Zimmerman, New Perpsectives on microsoft Office 2013, Stamford: Cengage Learning, 2014.

Reference Reading

  • J. J. Parsons & D. Oja, New Perspectives on Computer Concepts. 16th Ed. Cengage Learning, 2013
  • Rainer, R.K., Turban, E. & Potter, R.E, Introduction to Information Systems: Supporting and Transforming Business, 5th Ed. Wiley, 2013
  • Fry, C.D., Microsoft Excel 2016: Step by Step, 1st Ed. Microsoft press, 21016..

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study
             

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  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard