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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)


The unit introduces students to the key principles which underlie the analysis and design of computer-based information systems to support business and other organisational undertakings. It describes the development life cycle of an information system and provides students with an introductory knowledge of the process of information systems development and the techniques used.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • an understanding of the role of information systems in organisations;
  • an understanding of some of the techniques used to analyse and design information systems;
  • an understanding of the framework used to structure information systems development projects;
  • an understanding of when the use of a particular technique is appropriate;
  • the attitudes to appreciate the capabilities and limitations of an information system;
  • the practical skills to apply some of the analysis and design techniques in a systems development situation;
  • have the practical skills to communicate requirements for business functionality of an information system in terms of data required, data storage and processing.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter O'Donnell

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


IMS9001, FIT2001

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