COMMGMT 2512 - Business Information Systems and Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Business Information Systems & Management is a foundation course for the Bachelor of Management that overviews the critical aspects of Information Management and Information Systems needed in all businesses in the 21st century. While primarily a business course, there will be consideration of the technical aspects necessary to be able to liaise meaningfully with IT departments and personnel. The predominant focus of the course will be the ability to leverage technology for business purposes. The course includes fundamental information management skills (eg: Spreadsheets & Databases) and focuses on the use of information to make business decisions and solve business problems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 2512
    Course Business Information Systems and Management
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites COMMGMT 1001
    Incompatible COMMGMT 7024
    Course Description Business Information Systems & Management is a foundation course for the Bachelor of Management that overviews the critical aspects of Information Management and Information Systems needed in all businesses in the 21st century. While primarily a business course, there will be consideration of the technical aspects necessary to be able to liaise meaningfully with IT departments and personnel. The predominant focus of the course will be the ability to leverage technology for business purposes. The course includes fundamental information management skills (eg: Spreadsheets & Databases) and focuses on the use of information to make business decisions and solve business problems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cate Jerram


    Co-coordinators are:

    Dr Cate Jerram
    #08 8313 4757
    cate.jerram@adelaide.edu.au
    10.34, Nexus 10


    Mr Ian Matthews
    ian.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
    Nexus 10
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to
    1. Source, validate, use, and manage relevant and appropriate information for ethical and effective decision-making and problem-solving, applying systems thinking skills and techniques.
    2. Analyse the technology needs required to support a business and liaise effectively with technology personnel for acquisition, maintenance, and business support.
    3. Use basic/intermediate spreadsheet skills effectively for information management and decision-making.
    4. Be able to explain the use of databases for information management and decision-making, and demonstrate a fundamental grasp of the principles of database design.
    5. Assess the quality of information solutions to business problems, applying systems thinking skills and techniques.

    Mission Statement

    This course will give students a powerful entry to the thinking, skills and tools needed to solve problems and leverage technology for business success.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 - 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1 - 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 - 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    REQUIRED TEXT
    There is no required text. Students research and resource as required.

    RECOMMENDED (helpful) TEXT
    Meadows, Donella. 2008. Thinking in Systems: a Primer. (Ed: Diana Wright). Sustainability Institute. (online with free delivery is cheapest)


    Recommended Resources
    It is strongly recommended that students familiarise themselves with Google SCHOLAR (not just Google) - and do so through the university library, rather than through direct Google search.

    Online Learning
    This course is Dual Mode and much of the course will be conducted using online tools, but because it is both research-based and case-based, very little of it will record well. There are no lectures in this class - it's all interactive. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students attend classes whenever they can, whether on campus or in the LIVE Zoom classroom, as trying to catch up by asynchronously by watching recordings of the live class will inevitably be difficult, frustrating, and tedious. this information is repeated in DUAL MODE section of this document.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is Dual Mode (see below).
    BISM is case-based and will be taught in 3 hour blocks that will (usually) be separated into (approximately) 3 x 50 min sessions with a 10 minute break between them.These three sessions will (roughly) focus on the 3 critical components each week of: Systems Theory & Thinking (for Management & Decision-Making);(Use of) IT & IS in Business; and Spreadsheets for Decision-Making (not necessarily in that order).

    Although having a business (rather than technology) focus, much of this class will be taught in computer labs for access to information management programs such as MS Excel (spreadsheets) and MS Access (database), as well as online research facilities.  If attending class online, it is highly recommended to have a second monitor.

    DUAL MODE
    Software will be a necessary component of the course, and much of the course content will be online, primarily acquired by students through research.

    Much of this course will be conducted using online tools, but because it is both research-based and case-based, very little of it will record well. There are no lectures in this class - it's all interactive. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students attend classes whenever they can, whether on campus or in the LIVE Zoom classroom, as trying to catch up by asynchronously watching recordings of the live class will inevitably be difficult, frustrating, and tedious. this information is repeated in Online Learning in this document.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.
    This means that students are expected to commit approximately 12 hour per week to this course (including class time and the research, collaboration, online, & study time outside of your regular classes). 
    • Students are expected to attend all class sessions (live or zoom).
    • Students are required to complete class preparation (posted in MyUni) before the start of class.
    • NOTE PARTICULARLY – there is a heavy spreadsheet component. Students new to Excel will have extra preparation each week to be able to work with “spreadsheets for decision-making”. It is possible for new Excel users to succeed in this class, but only if the extra time is invested before class.
    Learning Activities Summary
    BISM II will be taught in 3 hour blocks that will (usually) be separated into (approximately) 3 x 50 min sessions with a 10 minute break between them.

    These three sessions will (roughly) focus on the 3 critical components each week of: Systems Theory & Thinking (for Management & Decision-Making); (Use of) IT & IS in Business; and Spreadsheets for Decision-Making (not necessarily in that order).

    Core information management software will be studied: MS Excel.

    Theoretical debates will be embedded regarding methods for and approaches to data sourcing and analysis, information management, and related ethical, legal, and security issues.

     

     

    Seminar Schedule

     

     

     

     

     

    Week

    Focus One: Systems Theory & Thinking

    Focus Two: IT & IS in Business

    Focus Three: Spreadsheets for Decision-Making

     

     

    Week 1 Case Study 1

    Overview of course;

     

     

     

     

     

    Complexity & Systems

    Information and Information Systems in Business;

    TBA

     

     

     

    Systems Perspective/ Systems thinking & lots of different Systems branches

    Information Systems in the professional’s workplace;

     

     

     

    Thinking analysis/self-awareness

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 2

    Systems Structure and Behaviour

    Business, Business Information Systems and IT; relate case to theory.

     

     

     

     

    Intro to Mental Models

    Organisational Strategy, Information Systems, and Competitive Advantage

     TBA

     

     

     

    Systems Theory

     

     

     

     

     

    Feedback Loops

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 3

    Reinforcing Loops

    Hardware, Software, Firmware, Data Communications and other technical necessities;

     TBA

     

     

     

    Balancing Loops

    Ram & Rom as memory / cognitive load (not in outline)

     

     

     

     

    Business Process Management using Functional, Cross-Functional & Inter-organisational Systems

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 4 Review & Assessment

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment Case Study 1 Finalisation, Preparation, Presentation, Peer feedback.

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment Case Study 1 Finalisation, Preparation, Presentation, Peer feedback.

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment Case Study 1 Finalisation, Preparation, Presentation, Peer feedback.

     

     

     

     

    week 5 Case Study 2

    Why Systems Work So Well

    Information Systems Development;

    TBA

     

     

     

    Decision Making and Problem Solving

     

     

     

     

    Causal Loops Diagrams

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 6

    Applications of Causal Loops Diagrams

    Information Systems Management & Developing IS Proposals and Budgets

    TBA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 7

    Systems applications to teams & other decision-making situations

    Information Security Management and Managing Computer Security Risk

    TBA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 8 Review & Assessment Case Study 2 Assessment Part 1

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment

     

     

     

     

    Week 9

    Levers & Leverage for Outcomes (Strategy & Tactics)

    Strategic Business Use of e-Commerce (B2B, B2C, B2G), Web 2.0, Social Networking and User-Generated Content

    TBA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 10

    System Dynamics & Spreadsheets

    Business Intelligence and Information Systems for Decision-Making;

     

     

     

     

    Plumbing diagrams & CLDs

    TBA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 11

    Working with Mental Models

    Business Implications of the latest developments in IS

    TBA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Big Data, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics)

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 12 Review & Assessment Case Study 2 Assessment Part 2

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment Case Study 3 Finalisation, Preparation, Presentation, Peer feedback.

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment Case Study 3 Finalisation, Preparation, Presentation, Peer feedback.

    Summary & Review: Integration & Assessment Case Study 3 Finalisation, Preparation, Presentation, Peer feedback.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Week 13

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    There is no official teamwork in this course. However, students are encouraged to work together.

    Please read COLLABORATION vs COLLUSION in the Assessment section of this document.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

     

    ASSESSMENT TASK

    COLLABORATIVE / INDIVIDUAL

    WEIGHTING

    WORD COUNT / TIME

    DUE DATE

    LEARNING OUTCOME

    Lab-based Case study 1

    (Collaborative) / Individual

    20

    1 page +

    1 spreadsheet +

    1 assessment

    Conducted & concluded in Week 4 class*

    1 – 3, 5

    Lab-based Case study 2A

    Individual

    35

    1 page +

    1 spreadsheet +

    1 systems anaysis

    +

    1 assessment

    Conducted & concluded in Week 8 class

    1 - 5

    Lab-based Case study 2B

    Individual

    45

    2 pages +

    1 workbook +

    1 systems anaysis

    +

    1 dashboard +

    1 self-assessment

    Conducted & concluded in Week 12 class

    1 - 5

     

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Collaboration vs collusion

    While students may collaborate as a team to discuss their ideas of appropriate response to the problem, and design of technical information management solution in the time leading up to the assessment, students will individually determine and write-up their proposed solution, and create their own individual spreadsheet solutions to support their management solution.

    Submission

    All assessment activities occur in class, therefore submission of all assessment activities occurs in class – on-campus or in the zoom classroom. Any student unable to attend (live or synchronously) an assessment-focused class must negotiate a private assessment with the course coordinator or designated delegate.

    Assessment Detail

     


    A.      Lab-Based Case Study 1

    Students will undertake analysis of a business information problem case study and determine theory-and-pragmatic-based potential solutions over a couple of weeks, which they will create and present in class during week 4.

    While students may collaborate as a team to discuss their ideas of appropriate response to the problem, and design of technical information management solution in the time leading up to the assessment, students will individually determine and write-up their proposed solution, and create their own individual spreadsheet solutions to support their management solution.

    The required case study analysis and solutions will be submitted and discussed in class.

    Students will be responsible to assess and give feedback to at least one other solution.

    Rubrics available in MyUni.

     

    B.      Lab-Based Case Study 2A

    Students will undertake analysis of a new business information problem case study and determine theory-and-pragmatic-based potential solutions over a couple of weeks, which they will create and present in class during week 8.

    While students may collaborate as a team to discuss their ideas of appropriate response to the problem, and design of technical information management solution in the time leading up to the assessment, students will individually determine and write-up their proposed solution, and create their own individual spreadsheet solutions to support their management solution.

    The required case study analysis and solutions will be submitted and discussed in class.

    Students will be responsible to assess and give feedback to at least one other solution.

    Rubrics available in MyUni.

     

    C.      Lab-Based Case Study 2B

    Students will continue analysis of the Case 2 business information problem and determine theory-and-pragmatic-based potential solutions over a couple of weeks, which they will create and present in class during week 12.

    While students may collaborate as a team to discuss their ideas of appropriate response to the problem, and design of technical information management solution in the time leading up to the assessment, students will individually determine and write-up their proposed solution, and create their own individual spreadsheet solutions to support their management solution.

    The required case study analysis and solutions will be submitted and discussed in class.

    The final report will incorporate background, analysis, selection of spreadsheet and systems solutions, and integrated management solution.

    Students will be responsible to assess and give feedback to at least one other solution.

    Rubrics available in MyUni.

     

     

     

     

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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