This unit aims to instil an appreciation of how technology can be used to assist business, without the technology becoming an end in itself. In particular, students will develop an awareness of the importance of information to decision-making and how to provide such information to ensure its usefulness to the decision makers. Students gain a strong foundation of business systems fundamentals and the influence of the Internet on business stakeholders; customers, suppliers, manufacturers, service makers, regulators, managers and employees.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Analyse and explain issues that arise with the adoption / acquisition of technology that enable core business processes and support business strategic goals
  • Use appropriate software tools for the provision of business solutions
  • Discuss the impact telecommunications (Internet, networks, mobile devices) and social media has on developing business solutions and the subsequent use of Business Intelligence tools to facilitate competitive advantage for organisations
  • Describe ethical, cultural and security concerns associated with the use of technology within organisations
  • Independently or collaboratively communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a team

Teaching methods

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150

All Applicable Locations

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
2.00 12 weeks 24
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 30 - 40% 1,2,5 
Assignment 1Individual 30 - 40% 1,2,5 
Assignment 2Individual 10 - 20% 1,3,4,5 
Assignment 2Individual 10 - 20% 1,3,4,5 
Assignment 3Group 30 - 50% 2,3,4,5 
Assignment 3Individual 20 - 40% 2,3,4,5 
Assignment 4Individual 10 - 20% 1,3,4 
Assignment 4Individual 20 - 30% 1,3,4 


  • Organisations in the digital economy
  • Information Systems: their evolution to current role and purpose in business & society
  • Data and information management in the digital economy; Ethical, cultural and security issues
  • Business processes: evolution and support of IS
  • E-Commerce Networks and commercial internet applications
  • IS to support business transactions & processes; supply chain management, customer relationship management; enterprise systems
  • IS to support managerial decision making, business intelligence, business analytics, and knowledge management

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.