BN110 - Information Systems Fundamentals

Unit Overview

Credit Points:Prerequisite:Co-requisite:Workload:
15.00N/AN/A48 contact hours

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet) and the Bachelor of Business (BBus).

This unit addresses the BNet and BBus course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in ICT in organisations.

This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet and BBus) course.

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 automation systems such as documentation, presentation, and spread sheet software tools.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the organisational context of ICT.
  • Introduction to organisational structures and management.
  • Overview of business information needs.
  • Designing solutions to business information problems with tools.
  • Introduction to office automation technology.
  • 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
  2. individuals and groups in organisations.
  3. Understand the basic concepts of ICT as they are used in organisations and society.
  4. Apply appropriate systems analysis, design tools and techniques in solving business problems.
  5. Understand the impact of social and ethical standards in global business operations.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of sustainability practices in Information Systems context.

Teaching Method

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


Assessment TaskLearning Outcomes Assessed*Weighting
Mid Trimester Testa10%
Assignment 1 ‐ Individualb,c15%
Assignment 2 – Groupc,d20%
Laboratory Participation & submissiona-e10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-e45%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


Note: Students are required to purchase the prescribed text book and have it available each week in class.

Prescribed Text Book:

R. K. Rainer, B. Prince, Introduction to Information Systems, 6th Ed., Wiley, US, 2015

Reference Reading

  • S. M. Freund, M. Z. Last, P.J. Pratt, S. L. Sebok, M. E. Vermaat, J. T. Campbell and M. Frydenberg, Discovering
  • Computers & Microsoft Office 2016, a fundamental combined approach. Cengage Learning, 2017.
  • J. J. Parsons and D. Oja, New Perspectives on Computer Concepts. 16th ed., Cengage Learning, 2013.
  • R. K. Rainer, E. Turban, and R. E. Potter, Introduction to Information Systems: Supporting and Transforming
  • Business, 5th ed., Wiley, 2013,
  • S. Zimmerman and B. B. Zimmerman, New Perspectives on Microsoft Office 2013, Stamford: Cengage Learning, 2014.

Adopted Reference Style: IEEE

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 communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global AwarenessTeam workSpecialist knowledge of a field of study



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 The standard is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 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