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Fundamentals of Information Systems (ISYS90026)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90026
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Information Technology now impacts on people and processes within and beyond organisational boundaries. The discipline of Information Systems is concerned with the effective use of IT by people and organisations. This subject provides context on Information Systems practice and use viewed through a range of roles that interact with these systems, including those of system developers, users, business managers, IT managers, and vendors. It provides students with a foundation that is further built on in other information systems subjects.

The subject supports course-level objectives by allowing students to understand the complexity of real-world applications of information systems within a range of industries. It challenges students to integrate concepts, theories and frameworks with case studies and examples drawn from industry. The emphasis is on gaining a tool kit for a rich understanding of the practical problem solving rather than learning the theory per se. The subject contributes to the development of independent critical inquiry, case study analysis and problem solving.


Klings’s Social Informatics, Prahalad and Hamel’s Core Competencies, Porter’s Competitive Advantage, Chan and Luftman’s Concepts of Business – IT Alignment, Cullen and Seddon’s Outsourcing Management, Willcock’s Offshoring Challenges, Agarwal and Sambamurthy’s IT Governance issues and various Change Management Models.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Explain the importance of understanding IT in its context to successful IS practice by looking at issues such as IT-supported core competencies, competitive advantage, business-IT alignment, governance and outsourcing, and change management in IT
  2. Apply key areas of research and practice in information systems
  3. Identify interrelationships between concepts in information systems
  4. Critically discuss and analyse information systems issues at an advanced level
  5. Exploit the key knowledge and transferable skills as a basis for further post-graduate level study
  6. Use the learned context to assess the role of IT/IS in organisations
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of ICT service provision and acquisition in the responsibilities of an ICT infrastructure manager.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Analytical and interpretive skills through introduction to and use of case studies
  • Ability to look at cases and business contexts from multiple perspectives
  • Research and critical thinking skills through preparation of discussion materials
  • Team work through group and project work
  • Confidence through online discussion

Last updated: 17 October 2019