Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

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

Subject Information
Subject Code ISIT916
Subject Name Organisational Issues & Information Technology
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence IACT916, ISIT416
Assessment A final exam will assess studentsí knowledge of the content. Group and individual projects will assess the studentsí ability to gather and evaluate information and to use this information to write up analysis of major IT-related organisational changes and to create a change management communication plan for a specific organisational scenario
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Subject Description
This subject aims to provide the student with an understanding of issues related to the combination of management, workers and information technology. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexity of the issues involved in decision making when people and technology are concerned. Students will also develop an understanding across commerce and industry of the parallels that exist in the development, implementation and application of information and communication technology. Effect on organisational information flows of growth in size and complexity: the management and technological response; Information technology as a catalyst in codifying work procedures and creating new organisational structures; Hierarchical versus horizontal approaches to information management; Management theory and IT; Industrial use of IT and parallels with office sector usage. Implications of broadband networks for traffic integration and subsequent application in commerce and industry.

Extra Information
Subject Objectives:
A student who successfully completes this subject should be able to: (i) explain the meaning of the major terms confronted in IACT416; (ii) discuss the major issues involved in the debate over technology versus people; (iii) explain what is meant by codification of information and knowledge; (iv) present a coherent discourse about the major topics in the subject; (v) argue persuasively about the advantages and disadvantages of the use of IAC technology in commerce and industry; (vi) report on broadband technologies and their possible implications commerce and industry; (vii) examine the relevance of change management and TQM in commerce and industry; (viii) develop skills in academic writing.