CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing
Foundations of Business Computing
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General Information

Overview

Concepts and terminology of computer hardware, software, data storage and data communications are covered in this unit. The unit focuses on the relationship between computer technology and business organisations. Concepts covered include information systems development, use and management. Emerging technologies and their effect on how organisations do business are also covered.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

The 3000 words long assignment is too long. 2000 words would have been more than enough.

Recommendation

Number of words could be 2500 for the assignment 2.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Understand the basic concepts and terminology relating to computer hardware, software, data storage, and data communications.
  2. Understand the networked economy and how information technology provides the infrastructure for this new economy.
  3. Discuss human factors associated with the use of computerised information systems, including managerial, ethical and social considerations.
  4. Describe how information systems and organisations effect each other.
  5. Describe the acquisition and development of information systems.
  6. Demonstrate report writing skills and idea formulation/presentation using charts, graphs, and presentation software.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Information Analysis (INAN)
  • Business Analysis (BUAN)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Management Information Systems, 1st Australasian Edition 1st (2015)

Authors: Gray, Issa, Pye, Troshani, Rainer, Prince, Watson
WILEY
New York New York , New York , United States of America
ISBN: 9781118646021
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

**Note: As part of a small CQUniversity etextbook pilot project being conducted in Term 3, an electronic copy of the prescribed textbook will be provided through the unit’s Moodle at no cost to enrolled students. More details are available on the unit’s Moodle site** If preferred, you can still purchase a paper copy from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au/

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Office software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Open Office, etc)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Li Unit Coordinator
m.li@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to information systems

Chapter

1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Organisational strategy, competitive advantage and information systems

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Data and knowledge management

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Telecommunications and networking

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 04 Dec 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 11 Dec 2017

Module/Topic

Wireless, mobile computing and mobile commerce

Chapter

10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Dec 2017

Module/Topic

Ethics and privacy

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Developing Computing and Business Skills Due: Week 6 Thursday (21 Dec 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 01 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Information security

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 08 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

E-business and e-commerce

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 15 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Information systems within the organisation

Chapter

11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 22 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Extending the organisation to customers

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - Survey of IS Theory Due: Week 10 Thursday (25 Jan 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 29 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Extending the organisation along the supply chain

Chapter

13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Feb 2018

Module/Topic

Acquiring information systems and applications

Chapter

14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Feb 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Feb 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Unit coordinator: Dr.Michael Li

email: m.li@cqu.edu.au

phone: 07-49306337

Office: 70/1.23, North Rockhampton campus

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 1 - Developing Computing and Business Skills

Task Description

In this assignment, you will carry out analysis of a given case study. This will be done using MS-Excel and through these exercises you will learn the following skills:

  • How to use a spreadsheet with multiple sheets
  • How to link data in multiple sheets
  • How to use various in-built formulae/functions
  • How to organise data in a sheet
  • How to generate graphs from MS-Excel data sets

You will also learn to use MS-Word and/or MS-PowerPoint as a tool for organising and presenting your ideas in a coherent manner.

This assignment will be submitted online through Moodle unit website.

The full specification for this assessment and the marking criteria are available on Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Thursday (21 Dec 2017) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Thursday (11 Jan 2018)

Within 2 weeks of the due date or within 2 weeks of submission (whichever is the later)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 1 marking criteria is accessible on Moodle unit website which will include details information on how it will be assessed.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit by clicking appropriate assessment submission link on Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe how information systems and organisations effect each other.
  • Describe the acquisition and development of information systems.
  • Demonstrate report writing skills and idea formulation/presentation using charts, graphs, and presentation software.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2 - Survey of IS Theory

Task Description

In this assessment, you will survey a number of selected topics in Information Systems many of which are emerging trends in the field. This survey will entail studying the selected topics from the prescribed textbook, carrying out further research on these topics and then presenting the results of your survey.

Documentation of your survey findings will be done in MS-Word. In this exercise you will learn to:

  • Use MS-Word as a tool for structuring and presenting your ideas in a coherent manner
  • Use MS-Word styles and templates to structure your essay
  • Carry out research on a topic, interpreting and presenting your findings
  • Reference the sources of information you have researched (Harvard style)

This assignment will be submitted online through Moodle unit website.

The full specification for this assessment and the marking criteria are available on Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Thursday (25 Jan 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Thursday (8 Feb 2018)

Within 2 weeks of the due date or within 2 weeks of submission (whichever is the later)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 2 marking criteria is accessible on Moodle unit website which will include details information on how it will be assessed.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit by clicking appropriate assignment submission link on Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate report writing skills and idea formulation/presentation using charts, graphs, and presentation software.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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