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Faculty of Information Technology, School of Information Management and Systems
Semester 2, 2005


IMS9043, IT in Organisations

Welcome to IT in Organisations.

Monitor this page regularly throughout the semester for important announcements.


Handbook entry:


The Handbook entry for IMS9043 can be found at: http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/subjects/ims9043.html

Unit webpage:





Barry Atkinson
Room S4.01 (Level 4, Building S)
Caulfield Campus)
Phone: 9903 2399




Katherine Knight


Outside the scheduled class contact hours, you can contact teaching staff by email, phone, during their consultation hours (available on unit webpage or at SIMS Frontdesk) or by making an appointment.
If you need a staff member urgently and are unable to contact them, please contact:
SIMS Frontdesk, Level 7 – Building S, Ph: 9903 2208




The unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of IS/IT management concepts and practice. Emphasis will be placed on those issues, concerns and trends that pose complex challanges relating to the effective management and organisation of the IT resource in contemporary organisations.

Texts and software:


Turban, E., Leidner,D., McLean, E. & Wetherbe, J.(2006). Information Technology for Management: Transforming Organizatioans in the Digital Economy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA.


Recommended texts:








Bocij, P., Chaffey, D., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S. 2nd Ed. (2003). Business Information Systems: technology, development and management for the e-business. Pearson Education Ltd. Harlow, UK.

Frenzel, C.W. & Frenzel, J.C. (2004) Management of Information Technology. 4th edn. Thomson Course Technology, Boston.

Martin, E.W., Brown, C.V., DeHayes, D.W., Hoffer, J.A. & Perkins, W.C. 4th Ed. (2002). Managing Information Technology. Pearson Education Inc. NJ., USA.

Reynolds, G. (2003). Ethics in Information Technology. Thompson Course Technology, Boston, USA.

Turban, E., Rainer, R.K.Jnr., & Potter, R.E. (2003). Introduction to Information Technology, 2nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. USA.


Study materials:


It is essential for all students to have textbooks or access to a copies of them
We provide:
• Assignment specifications
• Lecture Notes available for download from www.
• Sample examination paper (previous years) through Library.

Lecture Outline:

tba indicates "to be announced"





Week 1

Organisations and IT


No Tutorial Week 1


Week 2

Provisioning organizations with IT/IS


Tutorial: Writing research reports


Week 3

IS Architecture and Infrastructures


Tutorial: System failure


Week 4

It impact on organisations


Tutorial: System failure. Topics for Assignment 1  
Week 5

Organizational behavior and IT


Tutorial: System failure


Week 6

IT Economics


Tutorial: tba


Week 7


Tutorial: tba


Week 8

Outsourcing Information Systems and Infrastructure

Tutorial: tba



Week 9

Control, Audit and Security

Tutorial: Writing Business Cases


Assignment Task 1

Week 10

Strategy and ERP

Tutorial: Choosing Assignment topic



  Mid-semester break Sept 26-30th



Week 11

Planning and BPR

Tutorial: tba


Week 12

Strategic IT

Tutorial: tba



Week 13

Review of the semester

Tutorial: Revision

Assignment Task 2

NB. This information is subject to change








This is a six point unit which, according to University guidelines, requires you to spend 12 hours per week (a total of at least 156 hours per semester).
The anticipated workload is:
• 1 hour preparation for lecture
• 2 hours per week lecture
• 1 hour preparation for tutorial
• 1 hour per week tutorials
• 4 hours per week preparation and assignment
• 3 hours per week reading












The assignments (50% weighting) and a three hour examination (60% weighting) will be used to assess whether you have achieved the objectives of this subject. Two individual assignments (total assessment value 40%)

Assignment Task 1, Value 25%, Due Week9
Assignment Task 2, Value 25%, Due Week 13

Assignments should be delivered during tutorial sessions on or before the due week. Late submissions will be penalised at the rate of 5% per day overdue. If you believe that your assignment will be delayed because of circumstances beyond your control such as illness you should apply for an extension before the due date. Medical certificates or certification supporting your application may be required.

• Assignments in this unit are no less important than those of other units. Your inability to manage your time or computing resources will not be accepted as a valid excuse. (Several assignments falling due at the same time is often unavoidable.)
• Backup copies are required to be made of all assignments and retained for 12 months, in case of loss.
• Hardware failures are not normally recognised as a valid reason for obtaining an extension or handing in a late assignment.

Formal supervised assessment:



A "closed book" examination, 3 hours, (assessment value 50%). The formal supervised assessment for this unit will be an exam scheduled in the formal examination period following the last week of semester. You are required to be available for the exam and any necessary supplementary assessment procedures until the end of the assessment period. Alternative times for exams will not be approved without a medical certificate for a significant illness, or equivalent evidence.) The examination will test to see whether you have met the objectives of this subject.






You must perform satisfactorily on both the examination and the assignments in order to pass this subject.In order to pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% of the available marks for the subject. In addition, there is a hurdle requirement that students must obtain at least 40% of the marks allocated for assignment work AND at least 40% of the marks allocated for the examination. If a student fails one of the hurdle requirements a fail mark up to a maximum of 44% will be returned to the Board of Examiners, even if the numeric total of a student’s mark is greater than 44%.

Assessment Notes (1) :
































1 Acknowledgment of sources:
Each time you complete any assessment, please refer to and make yourself familiar with the most current information regarding acknowledgement of sources, plagiarism and academic conduct contained in the SIMS Policy website.

Plagiarism and Collusion are methods of cheating for the purposes of Monash Statute 4.1 – Discipline.

1.1 Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the presentation of work which has been copied in whole or in part from another person's work, or from any other source such as the Internet, published books or periodicals without due acknowledgment given in the text.

1.2 Collusion
Collusion is the presentation of work which is the result in whole or in part of unauthorized collaboration with another person or persons.

1.3 School of Information Management and Systems plagiarism policy

Plagiarism includes the submission of work you have previously submitted.

In cases of “proven” plagiarism involving “first time offenders”:

•  The assignment will be given “0 N” mark and grade

•  The student is warned that if another offence occurs, disciplinary action will be taken and student will be given a “0 N” mark and grade for the unit

In cases of “proven” plagiarism involving “repeat offenders”:

•  Unit will be marked “0 N”

•  Disciplinary action will be taken

While it is perfectly acceptable to seek help and advice when completing assignments, this must not be taken to a point where what is submitted is in part someone else's work.

Note: Faculty Policy

"Students should note that cheating is regarded as a very serious offence which is likely to lead not only to failure in the unit concerned but also to additional penalties including exclusion. Students should carefully note that the taking of any unauthorised material into examinations such as notes and unauthorised dictionaries will be regarded as cheating. Students should also note that essays, assignments and other work are generally understood to be the student's own work and where such work is identical with, or similar to, another student's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. Where students wish to undertake work in conjunction with other students, it is suggested that the matter be discussed with the lecturer concerned".

2003 Student Resource Guide

Students should consult University materials on cheating and related matters, in particular:

1. Statute 4.1 on Discipline at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/calendar/statutes/statutes04.html

2. Student Resource Guide at http://www.monash.edu. a u/pubs/handbooks/srg/

3. specifically Student Resource Guide - section on Student Rights and Responsibilities at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/hand b ooks/srg/srg0059.htm

4. Faculty policy at http://www.csse.monash.ed u .au/~ajh/adt/policies/cheating.html

It is the student's responsibility to make themselves familiar with the contents of these documents.

Assessment Notes (2) :































2. Assignments

2.1 Standards for presentation
All printed assignment work must be word processed and meet the standards set out in the assignment. Refer also to the School of Information Management and Systems guidelines for writing assignments for additional information on presentation standards:

2.2 All assignments must include an appropriate signed SIMS assignment cover page.

See the SIMS web site for downloadable (PDF) copies of SIMS assignment cover pages

2.3 Extensions
If you believe that your assignment will be delayed because of circumstances beyond your control such as illness, you should apply for an extension prior to the due date. All applications for extensions must be made in writing to your lecturer. Medical certificates or other supporting documentation will be required.
Late assignments submitted without an approved extension may be accepted at the discretion of your lecturer, but will be penalised at the rate of 10% of total assignment marks per day (including weekends). Example:
Total marks available for the assignment = 100 marks
Marks received for the assignment = 70 marks
Marks deducted for 2 days late submission (20% of 100) = 20 marks
Final mark received for assignment = 50 marks

2.4 Submission of assignments
Assignments should be received by your tutor on or before the due date. In the absence of other instructions, all assignments are to be submitted to your tutor during your allocated tutorial.
2.5 Return of assignments
Assignments will either be returned in specified tutorials during semester or via the SIMS Frontdesk collection system outside semester.
In general, assignments will be returned within two to three weeks of the due date.

3 Student Academic Grievance Procedure

If you have a concern or issue about aspects of your assessment or other academic matters, you are encouraged to follow the SIMS Student Academic Grievance Procedure: http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/policies

4. Pass requirements
The 40% rule applies to units and determines the final result for a student where the student's performance in either the examination or assignment component of the unit is unsatisfactory. Students need to be aware of the 40% rule which is:
In order to pass a unit, a student must gain all of the following:
• at least 40% of the marks available for the examination component: i.e. the final examination and any tests performed under exam conditions, taken as a whole
• at least 40% of the marks available for the assignment component: i.e. the assignments and any other assessment tasks (such as presentations) taken as a whole
• at least 50% of the total marks for the unit
Where a student gains less than 40% for either the examination or assignment component, the final result for the unit will be no greater than ‘44-N’.

5. Grades
The grades awarded by the Faculty of Information Technology are:
Grade Code Marks
High Distinction HD 80-100
Distinction D 70-79
Credit C 60-69
Pass P 50-59
Fail N 0-49
Near Pass NP 45-49 (may be awarded by Board of Examiners only)
Deferred DEF -
Withheld WH -


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