Business Information Systems

Unit description


Advanced Business Analysis and Design 
This unit will build on earlier studies in Systems Analysis and Design with an emphasis on business process management. The concepts of business process management will be examined, and the techniques and tools that can be used to analyse, model and design business processes will be introduced. Agile system development methodologies will be contrasted with more formal approaches, and user experience design and software evaluation and selection will be covered. 


Business Intelligence Application Development 
Business intelligence (BI) has become a focus of organisations wishing to make more effective use of their data resources. This unit examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of BI, from the discovery, inventory, extraction and transformation of data sources through the common approaches to data analysis, to management reporting environments (MRE). The practical component of this unit will involve students creating a data warehouse and MRE, utilising a range of BI tools used in the industry. 


This unit focuses on database design, implementation and management. Topics include data modelling, database administration, logical and physical database design, non-relational databases, recovery, relational model, security, standard query language (SQL) and transaction management. The theory material is complemented by practical work using common database management systems. 


Enterprise Architectures 
This unit introduces concepts and techniques associated with enterprise architecture (EA), including organisation-wide strategic, business and technology planning. Students will develop the ability to understand how information technology resources can be utilised to support organisations’ strategic goals and business requirements. They will also be able to understand the main EA methodologies, frameworks and techniques, such as the EA3 Cube Framework. 


Information Systems Management 
This unit explores the acquisition, development and implementation of information systems and infrastructure that support the administrative, operational and strategic needs of organisations. Students will develop the ability to critically assess existing information technology infrastructures, emerging technologies and various information systems governance frameworks. Sourcing options for the acquisition of information systems and technologies will be evaluated in the context of organisational needs. This unit prepares students for a deeper study of information systems in their final year. 


Information Technology Project Management 
This unit identifies, explains and explores a project management approach to information and communications technology (ICT) systems development. In particular, the content is specifically designed to deliver practical insights into managing and coordinating the activities of an ICT project. 



Each topic in the unit covers content that explains the journey from project initiation to project closure, and students can gain an understanding of these issues by assessing and making decisions about a real-world scenario. As a part of this knowledge and skill development, students will learn about key aspects of cost management, procurement management, project analysis, project integration management (PIM), quality management, resource management, risk management, scheduling, scope management, and stakeholder and communications management. Additionally, students can gain an understanding of key documentation and industry standards, which can help them in their careers. 


Introduction to ICT Research Methods 
This unit provides an introduction to research in the information and communications technology (ICT) discipline. It explores the kinds of research questions addressed in ICT research and provides an opportunity for students to understand the broad range of research approaches used in ICT research including action research, case study research, design research, experimental research and survey research.  



Students will develop both research and project management skills, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate the ICT research literature. 


IT Professional Practice Project 
Students in this team-based unit will use information technology (IT) approaches to solve real-world problems from a range of domains. The creation of relevant project deliverables will require students to build upon skills developed during their studies. They will learn to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of their project and how the skills of team members from different IT majors are required to solve complex problems. Project management and communication with clients and other stakeholders in a professional manner will be emphasised. 


Systems Analysis and Design 
This unit introduces methods and techniques for analysing problematic organisational situations, particularly those leading to the development of an information system, and it draws on both technical and organisational materials to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement an operational system.