Faculty of Business and Economics

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Accounting



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit focuses on how knowledge workers deploy information systems and technology to generate knowledge that creates business value for organisations. These systems provide the information required for operational, tactical, and strategic decision making, and information flows that cross national and inter-organisational borders, and assist organisations with innovative and strategic initiatives and reporting. Topics covered include: the core business processes found in organisations; transaction processing systems; enterprise systems; database management; systems development and documentation methods; internal controls; e-business; and decision support at the individual knowledge worker and organisational level.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the role of information technology and business systems in analysing and providing decision support to knowledge workers
  2. examine the core business processes common to most businesses
  3. explain the design of business information systems to enable businesses to execute business processes quickly and efficiently
  4. develop examples of business information and decision support systems to assist knowledge workers in management and decision making activities, using an industry standard database and/or spreadsheet
  5. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with business information and systems and demonstrate in individual summative assessment tasks the acquisition of comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by ACP2851.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have passed one of the following units: AFP1000, ACP1000, ACP1100, ACP1200.


AFC2851, ACC2851, ACB2851, AFG2851, ACG2851, AFF2851, ACF2851, AFW2851, ACW2851, AFP2851, ACC2400, ACF2400