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MGW3381 Management information systems - Semester 1, 2012

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The components of IT; characteristics of hardware, software and telecommunications; types of information systems; networking and the worldwide web; managing 'information' workers; using IT to promote business objectives and gain competitive advantage; systems development methodology; IT-enabled transformation to create adaptive, flexible organisations; social and system issues associated with IT; managerial problems posed by IT. Computer laboratory exposure to a variety of applications software including electronic mail, project management, graphics, and other decision support software.

Mode of Delivery

Sunway (Day)

Workload

This is a six credit point unit with three hours class contact per week over 12 teaching weeks. The total time commitment expected for this unit is 144 hours.  In order to meet the faculty’s expectation, students should plan to spend on average nine hours in self-directed study, in addition to the three hours of class contact, each week.

Students enrolled in Coursework programs in the Faculty of Business and Economics are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled class sessions for each unit.

If you do not attend the required number of classes, your performance could be compromised, and you may not be eligible to join a group for the group assessment requirements if you are not present at class when the groups are assigned.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

MGF3381

Chief Examiner

Dr Teh Pei Lee

Campus Lecturer

Sunway

Dr. Teh Pei Lee
Contact hours: To be advised

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

The learning goals associated with this unit are to:
  1. define MIS in terms of its historical perspective and its role in organisations today
  2. list core principles of MIS and comment critically on their implications in improving the competitive position of businesses
  3. apply principles of management thought and practice in a simulated, competitive business environment
  4. define components of competitive intelligence and practice competitor analysis
  5. develop critical thinking skills and experience business decision-making from a long-term, senior manager's perspective and improve team skills.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Hurdle Requirements

There is a hurdle requirement in this unit.

The learning outcomes in this unit require students to demonstrate in the individual summative assessment task a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered in the unit. This is demonstrated by the requirement that the student must attain a mark of at least 40% in the final summative assessment task.

A student’s final mark is normally the sum of the marks obtained in all of the individual assessment items in the unit. Where a student fails the unit solely because of failure to satisfy the hurdle requirement a mark of 48 will be returned for the unit.

Second marking

Where an assessment task is given a fail grade by an examiner, that piece of work will be marked again by a second examiner who will independently evaluate the work, and consult with the first marker. No student will be awarded a fail grade for an assessment task or unit without a second examiner confirming the result.

Note: Exceptions to this are individual pieces of assessment contributing 10% or less of the final mark, unless the total of such pieces exceeds 30% of the final mark.

Return of final marks

Faculty policy states that 'the final mark that a student receives for a unit will be determined by the Board of Examiners on the recommendation of the Chief Examiner taking into account all aspects of assessment'.

The final mark for this unit will be released by the Board of Examiners on the date nominated in the Faculty Calendar. Student results will be accessible through the my.monash portal.

Exam viewing

Exam sightings for Department of Management units are held no later than 7 days after results have been published. Students are required to complete and submit a Request to Sight Examination Script form to the Department of Management. Students can collect this form from the Department of Management Academic Services Office at their home campus. There is no requirement or obligation that comments will be provided when students view their exam script.

Please see http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/assessment/unit-assessment-procedures.html#FFeedbacktoStudents

Scripts subject to an appeal shall be retained for one month after conclusion of the appeal or six months after notification of results - whichever is the greater.

Assessment criteria

Assessment Criteria Grading Descriptors available at:
http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/esg/agu/policies/assessment.html.

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Case Studies 20% 22 May 2012 (Tuesday, by 12:00pm)
Assignment 2 - Strategic Systems Analysis 30% 3 April 2012 (Tuesday, by 12:00pm)
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Feedback

Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 No activities No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Global eBusiness and Management Information Systems (Chapter 1 of prescribed text)  
2 Information Systems, Organisations, and Strategy and Competitive Advantage (Chapters 2 and 3 of prescribed text)  
3 Ethical, Political and Social Considerations (Chapter 4 of prescribed text)  
4 IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies (Chapter 5 of prescribed text)  
5 Business Intelligence: Database and Information Management (Chapter 6 of prescribed text)  
6 Telecommunications, Internet, and Wireless Technology (Chapter 7 of prescribed text) Assignment 2 due on 3 April 2012
7 Securing Information Systems (Chapter 8 of prescribed text)  
8 Enterprise Applications (Chapter 9 of prescribed text)  
9 E-Commerce (Chapter 10 of prescribed text)  
10 Managing Knowledge and Making Decisions (Chapter 11 of prescribed text)  
11 Managing Projects and Global Systems (Chapter 12 of prescribed text)  
12 Reflection, Revision and Exam Preparation (Prescribed text) Assignment 1 due on 22 May 2012
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Tasks

  • Assessment task 1

    Title:
    Assignment 1 - Case Studies
    Due date:
    22 May 2012 (Tuesday, by 12:00pm)
    Details of task:
    This is a task for an individual student collaborating in a group of four.

    Each group will be assigned two case studies. Individual members of the group are required to write a report of two case studies. 

    The report of Assignment 1 shall cover the following aspects:
    SectionsContent
    Section 1Case Study 1:

    1.1: Summarise the case. (not more than two pages)

    1.2: Identify and describe TWO Management Information Systems issues that are related to the case.

    1.3: Answer ALL the questions at the end of the case.
    Section 2Case Study 2:

    2.1: Summarise the case. (not more than two pages)

    2.2: Identify and describe TWO Management Information Systems issues that are related to the case.

    2.3: Answer ALL the questions at the end of the case.
    Word limit:
    2000 words
    Weighting/Value:
    20%
    Estimated return date:
    Learning objectives assessed:
    The purpose of the research essay is to expose students to an enabling and / or emerging technology topic that is creating a significant impact in business and organisational settings.
    Penalties for late lodgement:
    A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assessment task will be deducted for each day that the assessment is late. Students should note that a weekend is two days and will be treated as such when penalties are calculated. After 10 days late
    assignments will be accepted but will not be given a mark. All extensions of time are required to be supported by a Special Consideration application.
  • Assessment task 2

    Title:
    Assignment 2 - Strategic Systems Analysis
    Due date:
    3 April 2012 (Tuesday, by 12:00pm)
    Details of task:
    This is a task for a group.

    Each group is required to provide a strategic systems analysis of a company. The report of Assignment 2 shall cover the following aspects:

    1.  Critical analysis of the people, organisations and the technology factors of a company.

    2. Improvements to a company by exploiting information and internet technologies and telecommunication innovations.
    Word limit:
    3000 words
    Weighting/Value:
    30%
    Estimated return date:
    Learning objectives assessed:
    1.  Critical analysis of the people, organisations and the technology factors of a company.

    2.  Improvements to a company by exploiting information and internet technologies and telecommunication innovations.
    Penalties for late lodgement:
    A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assessment task will be deducted for each day that the assessment is late. Students should note that a weekend is two days and will be treated as such when penalties are calculated. After 10 days late
    assignments will be accepted but will not be given a mark. All extensions of time are required to be supported by a Special Consideration application.

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None
    Remarks:
    All topics taught in this unit are examinable. Topics covered in the assignments may be included in the exam.

    For details and a sample examination refer to the "Assessment Information" on the unit Blackboard page.

Assignment submission

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

For information regarding extensions of time, please refer to http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/asg/agu/policies/written-assign.html#extoftime

Other Information

Policies

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Key educational policies include:

Student services

The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students

The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information.

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis

Blackboard (MUSO)

All unit and lecture materials, plus other information of importance to students, are available through the MUSO (Monash University Studies Online) site. You can access MUSO via the My.Monash Portal: http://my.monash.edu.au

You can contact MUSO Support by:
Jobdesk: http://jobdesk.monash.edu.au/login/index.cfm?jobdesk_id=14
Email: muso.support@calt.monash.edu.au
Phone: (+61 3) 9903-1268

Further information can be obtained from the following site http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/index.html

Prescribed text(s) and readings

Laudon, K. & Laudon, J. (2012). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm (12th edition). The United States of America: Pearson Education Limited.

Recommended text(s) and readings

Alsop, R. (2008). The Trophy Kids Grow Up. CA, Jossey-Bass.

Fraser, M. & Dutta, S. (2008). Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World. West Sussex, England: John Wiley.

Laudon, K. & Laudon, J. (2011). Essentials of Management Information Systems (9th edition). New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.

Laudon, K. & Traver, C. (2008). E-Commerce: Business, Technology, Society (4th edition). New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Palfrey, J. & Gasser, U. (2008). Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. New York: Basic Books.

Rainer, R. K. & Turban, E. (2009). Introduction to Information Systems: Enabling and Transforming Business (2nd Edition). Singapore: John Wiley & Sons.

Tapscott, D. & Ticoll, D. (2003). The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business. New York: Free Press.

Wallace, P. (2004). The Internet In The Workplace: How New Technology Is Transforming Work. NY: Cambridge University Press.

Zittrain, J. (2008). The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. Yale University Press.

Journals are important sources of up-to-date knowledge on management information systems. You are encouraged to read the following and other information systems journals to familiarise yourself with the latest developments in on management information systems areas. Relevant articles can be found in journals such as:

• ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 
• ACM Transactions on Information and System Security 
• European Journal of Information Systems 
• Human-Computer Interaction 
• Information & Management 
• Information Systems Journal 
• Information Systems Research 
• Journal of Computer Information Systems 
• Journal of Information Technology 
• Journal of Management Information Systems 
• Journal of the Association for Information Systems 
• Management Information Systems Quarterly 
• Management Science 
• MIS Quarterly 
• Communications of the Association of Information Systems 
• Computer Supported Cooperative Work 
• Database for Advances in Information Systems 
• Digital Creativity 
• Electronic Commerce Research 
• IBM Systems Journal 
• IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part B-Cybernetics
• Information and Organisation 
• Information and Software Technology 
• Information Systems Frontiers