Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code ISIT001
Subject Name Designing Business Information Systems
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Individual Report 30%; Design Thinking Progress Documentation 20%; Project Presentation and Final Report 30%; Online Postings 20%.
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Summer Master Class Course  (03-01-2017 to 20-01-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 week intensive Summer course
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Mark Freeman
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Mark Freeman
Instance Comment  
Census Date 06-01-2017

Subject Description
Business operations are underpinned by modern Information Systems (IS). With IS forming a vital part of modern business they are used to support all aspects of daily activities. This subject introduces the fundamental IS concepts that facilitate business operations. It initially explores how businesses use information and uses design thinking as an approach to improve business operations. Students will develop empathy for system users by being placed in their shoes, and understand user perspectives by defining point-of-view statements. Ideas will be further developed by building low-resolution prototypes. These will be taken back to users for feedback. Finally these prototypes will be delivered to users, connecting design thinking to agile software development practices. Although design thinking can be applied to a wide range of problem contexts, the focus for this subject is specifically on its application to systems analysis of business operation activities. The subject uses real-world easy-to-understand examples, and allows students to collaborate with fellow students on a real-life challenge.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe the basic components of Information Systems (IS) and the role IS play in business.
2. Explain the functionality of the main IS typically found in businesses and their links to business operations.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of design thinking and how it can be used as an approach to systems analysis.
4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the relationship between information strategy and business structure.
5. Write a well-structured business report.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
This subject is delivered as a two-week intensive course during January. Enrolment is restricted to In2Uni students in year 12 (about to enter their final year of high school) giving them a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The subject gives this unique cohort exposure to a broad range of topics, linking them back to their HSC learning in Business Studies. Content will include: business information systems, systems analysis and design thinking. Content will address similar issues to those that SCIT undergraduate students engage with, but will be delivered using a combination of key approaches that differ from existing undergraduate subjects in the relevant degrees.

Textbook Information

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