Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the value of information within today's society and the critical role played by information technology to gather, generate, store, process and distribute information. The unit will familiarise students with hardware, operating systems, business-oriented software such as spreadsheets and databases, systems development, decision making, networks, communication, the Internet, e-commerce and recent developments in the World Wide Web. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their own information systems using common tools such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Mashup editor tools.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the value of information within today's society and the critical role played by information technology to gather, generate, store, process, store and distribute information;
  2. describe technology, software and hardware of computing and of the uses of computing in the business environment;
  3. explain the dimensions and scope of information technology and the change from an industrial to a knowledge driven society;
  4. summarise the nature, role, technology and functions of various types of hardware and software which form a computer system including simple software tools to more advanced integrated systems such as CRM or Supply Chain Management;
  5. demonstrate the development of spreadsheet modelling, small database models and of an information rich web application such as a mashup;
  6. describe the wide variety of skills required in analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and management of computer systems;
  7. demonstrate a professional attitude to aspects of ethics and standards.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; Assignments: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory
  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)


BUS1010, CSE1200, CSE1720, COT1130, COT1720, IMS1000.
This unit is prohibited to all students enrolled in any degree of the Faculty of Information Technology, including double degrees in which this Faculty is a partner.

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