Faculty of Information Technology

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology


Associate Professor Madhu Chetty (Gippsland); Dr Oladayo Bello (South Africa)


South Africa

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides students with an understanding of the management issues surrounding Information Technology (IT), the knowledge of management functions and responsibilities necessary for IT managers, and the knowledge to apply IT management principles in an organisational environment. Main topics include: Information Systems, Management, Managing Essential Technologies, Managing Systems Development, Managing New Technologies, Acquisition of Hardware, Software, Networks, and Services People and Technology.


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

  1. understand the roles senior level IT managers play in organisations to align IT function with business strategies by evaluating how various forces affect business performance;
  2. critically understand how internet-based e-commerce and various IT applications help improve performance of business organisations;
  3. describe how IT managers should be able to apply various planning techniques to understand business contexts within which IT operates;
  4. manage the essential IT technologies in organisations;
  5. critically evaluate the benefits associated with IT outsourcing options suitable for business organisations;
  6. understand how various technologies are integrated and used for developing IT systems;
  7. capability to avoid IT systems failure caused by security breaches.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



GCO3816, IMS3002

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