COIS11011 - Foundations of Business Computing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Information systems play an important role in today's fast-moving digital world. In order to survive, succeed, and remain competitive, organisations are relying on innovation in data and information processing as well as understanding and applying new technologies. This unit outlines how information systems can be used in different domains to resolve challenging problems. This unit will help you understand how information systems can be effectively used in your future careers, with a key focus on the relationship between computer technology and business organisations. On completion of this unit, you should have a sound knowledge of the key concepts and terminology of computer hardware, software, data storage, and communication. You will also learn report writing skills and idea formulation through this unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Take Home Exam 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 15.00% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback (Unit Evaluation)
More industry related questions in Assessment 2 would be great.
Set more industry relevant questions in Assessment 2.
Action Taken
Assessment 2 was updated to ensure questions related to business information systems problems in the industry. Based on feedback from some students, the use of real-world business problems and case studies provided a more engaging approach to learning.
Source: Student Feedback (Unit Evaluation)
Assessment 1 feedback was insufficient.
Provide detailed feedback and discuss the assessment solutions once marks are released.
Action Taken
Individual feedback was provided in the Word document for Assessment 1. If full marks were not awarded the student was given feedback on how to improve their submission. Time was allocated for students to discuss feedback one on one in the tutorial and in addition, information was added to the tutorial slides to give general group feedback.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Review questions are not challenging.
Replace the standard textbook review questions with industry-related questions.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Assessment 2 allowed students to gain an in-depth understanding of Information System theories.
Continue to run Assessment 2 with the current style and format and include the most recent examples.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain basic information systems concepts in the context of business organisations
  2. Demonstrate the impact of information systems on inter-organisational processes
  3. Discuss human factors associated with the use of computerised information systems, including managerial, ethical and social considerations
  4. Identify how information systems affect organisations and enable social innovation
  5. Illustrate the acquisition and development of information systems
  6. Develop report writing and communication skills in expressing and exchanging ideas, views and arguments using charts, graphs and presentation software.

The 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

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

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam