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Foundations of Information Systems (ISYS10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeISYS10001
Semester 2
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Information Systems is the study of the interaction between people, organisations and information technology. This discipline uses hardware and software as tools to solve business and organisational problems. Information Systems combines principles from business (such as accounting and management) and social sciences with the study of computing. Topics covered include: conceptual aspects of information systems including: systems thinking; the culture and competitiveness of organisations; the management of information technology outsourcing; strategic and operational business processes; and legal, ethical and security issues in information systems.


Organisational Strategy; Using IS to add value to an organisation; Key concepts of IS management; Types of information systems; The Internet and E-Commerce; Supply chain systems; Knowledge

Management/Business Intelligence; Business processes and modelling; IS and organisational structure; IS and organisational culture; Integrated systems; Current issues and new technologies in Information Systems; Current Issues and New Technologies in IS; Ethical, social and legal Issues of IS Use; Change management and systems implementation.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Explain what organizations are and how they work
  2. Explain how IT adds value for people and organizations
  3. Explain how IT has transformed the way we design modern organizations, including global organizations
  4. Explain why processes are so important in modern organizations
  5. Demonstrate understanding of major business processes (such as order management, billing, new product development, IT investment decision making, and project management)
  6. Be able to analyse and document routine business processes using tools such as data flow diagrams
  7. Describe the ethical concerns associated with information privacy, accuracy, intellectual property, and accessibility

Generic skills

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

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Working in teams
  • The capacity to write clearly.

Last updated: 10 August 2019