Information Technology for Business

Unit Outline  

Unit Name   Information Technology for Business     
Unit Code  HC1041Core/Elective  Core 
Level  Undergraduate Credit Points   
Study Period  Year        2021        Trimester        Duration  1 trimester 
Pre-requisites  None   
Student Workload   (hrs)  Lecture  Tutorial   Other   
Staff Contact Details 
  Staff member  Phone  Email  Consultation times*  
Unit   Coordinator  Mr. W. Metzger  TBC

*Other consultation times by appointment only. 

Key Dates 
Assessment Task  Assessment Description  Percentage Weight  Due Date  
Discussion Assessment Activities (5 tutorial activities) 30%  DAA-1 19/11/21 DAA-2 03/12/21 DAA-3 17/12/21 DAA-4 21/01/22 DAA-5 04/02/22
Major Individual Assignment  30% MIA-1 04/02/22
Final Tutorial Questions Assessment  40% TBC 
Unit Description 

This unit focuses on information technology and applications in business contexts. It provides students with a real-world understanding of information systems (ISs) and a firm foundation in business-related information technology (IT) on which they can build successful careers. Students will know enough about IT to work productively with IT specialists, and they will know enough about business applications to get information systems to support their work in the best way possible. “Real world” examples of business scenarios are discussed weekly to provide a narrative similar to the challenges and opportunities a business professional or entrepreneur would encounter in a company. Ultimately, they will give students the opportunity to integrate business IT principles, view IS issues in action, and to solve business problems related to IT just as they arise in the real world. The running case approach shows students how the full range of business functions operate while gaining an in-depth knowledge of a specific business.

Unit Learning Outcomes 

On completion of this subject you will be able to:  

Students who successfully complete this Unit will be able to: 

  1. Evaluate and justify theoretical and practical knowledge of information technology in a business context 
  2. Analyse information technology issues in a business environment and provide solutions to these issues using their knowledge of information technology and practical techniques in a business environment
  3. Apply research skills analysing academic literature and integrating ideas from the literature to the information technology issues in business and in preparation for life-long learning
  4. Understand the ICT profession in information technology
  5. Communicate using effective oral and written communication tools, act in a professional manner
  6. Review and describe the major privacy, legal, ethical and societal issues with respect to managing digital information and information systems
Unit Learning Resources  

The Library has limited print copies of prescribed textbooks for two-day loans, and options for viewing available online.  

Prescribed textbook (compulsory)  

Kenneth J. Sousa & Effy Oz (2015), Management Information Systems, Cengage Learning, USA, Seventh Edition.

Additional Resource  

Chaffey, D. (2015), Digital Business and E-Commerce Management: Strategy, Implementation and Practice, 6th ed., Pearson  

Recommended Readings



Lecture notes/slides, recommended reading, tutorial activities and all other relevant information will be made available on Blackboard. 

It is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard on a regular basis. It is advised that students watch the lecture materials and readings before joining the interactive tutorial session. 

Assessment Details 

In order to pass this Unit, you must: 

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% of the assessments  

 Assessment 1: Discussion Assessment Activities – (DAA)
Aligned Unit Learning Outcomes1, 3, 4, 5 & 6  
Group or IndividualIndividual Assignment – No Late Submissions
Weighting30% – 5 weekly Discussion Activities. Max 6% per Activity
Due DateDAA-1: 19/11/21, DAA-2: 03/12/21, DAA-3: 17/12/21, DAA-4: 21/01/22, DAA-5: 04/02/22 (11:59pm – each DAA Submission)


Purpose and requirement of this assessment:  

The purpose of this assignment will be to test students’ knowledge on weekly lecture and tutorial activities.  Students are expected to have reviewed the topics studied during preceding weeks. 


Students are required to answer the weekly discussion questions. Answers are to be submitted to the discussion board of blackboard. Student’s must also comment on another student’s work critically and respectively. Each posting will be approximately 200 words.  

Assessment 2: Major Individual Assignment – (MIA) 
Aligned Unit Learning Outcomes1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6  
Group or IndividualIndividual Assignment
Weighting30% Major Essay / Report Assessment
Due DateMIA-1: Friday, 11:59pm: 04/02/2022



This assignment is designed to assess your level of knowledge of the key topics covered in the unit by constructing an essay (or report) on an organisation, and how computer security and other issues, have impacted the selected organisation. 

Description Continue:  

Less than 2,500 words +/- 10% Word Count (Excluding References) 

The detailed information can be found on the Assessment Folder on your Blackboard shell 

See the Major Assignment Information, regarding more detail on submission requirements and task, via Blackboard.

Assessment 3: Final Tutorial Questions Assessment  
Aligned Unit Learning Outcomes1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6  
Group or IndividualIndividual Assignment
Due DateWeek 13 [Exam Period – TBC]


Purpose and requirement of this assessment:  

The purpose of this assignment will be to test students’ knowledge on all weekly lecture and tutorial activities.  Students are expected to have reviewed the topics studied during preceding weeks. 


Students are required to answer the (6) tutorial questions. Answers are to be submitted on the question sheet back to the relevant blackboard submission link. Student’s must be self-aware of the time limits of completing and submitting their solutions. Each question will have an approximate word count and instructions as to referencing etc.  

Assessment Submission 
  • All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover


  • The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.    
  • Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list, all using Harvard referencing style.  

Ensure the report is checked for plagiarism using SafeAssign. Please read the academic integrity statement included in this document.  Consult your lecturer if you are unsure or require clarification about academic integrity.  

Extensions and Special Consideration 

If circumstances beyond your control will prevent you from submitting an assignment by the due date or your performance has been impacted by circumstances outside your control, then you should apply for Special Consideration through Student Services as soon as you become aware of the problem. You may be allowed to do the task at another time or may give you an extension of up to two weeks or have yours marks adjusted.  Assignment Extensions are normally only approved when students apply before the due date. Student Services may ask you to supply supporting documentation about the difficulties you are facing, and evidence of the work you have completed so far.  

Note that work that is submitted late without an approved extension will be subject to a marking penalty or may not be marked at all. Details of the penalties can be found in the Higher Education Student Handbook at  

Academic Integrity  

Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines.  Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches.  If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources.  Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.   

Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment. 

 Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity Breaches  

Plagiarism  Reproducing the work someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism
Collusion  Working with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised. 
Copying  Reproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.  
Impersonation  Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination. 
Contract cheating  Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment. 
Data fabrication and falsification  Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images. 

Source: INQAAHE, 2020  Holmes Institute Academic Integrity and Conduct Policy can be found at  


Please note, the sequence of some topics may change due to staff availability, resourcing, or due to unforeseen circumstances. 

WeekTopicsAssessmentTutorial Activities
  Business Information Systems: An Overview    Introduction  
2   Strategic Uses of Information Systems     Discussion activity 1  Case Study 2  
3   Systems Planning, Development and Choices in Systems AcquisitionCase Study 12  
4   Business Functions and Supply Chains     Discussion activity 2  Case Study 3  
5   Business Hardware and Business Software      Case Study 4  
6   Business Networks and Telecommunications      Discussion activity 3  Case Study 6  
7   Databases and Data Warehouses      Review  
8   Web-Enabled Enterprise         Discussion activity 4  Case Study 8  
9   Challenges of Global Information Systems      Case Study 9  
10   Decision Support and Expert Systems      Discussion activity 5   Individual Assignment   Case Study 10  
11   Business Intelligence and Knowledge   Management  Case Study 11  
12     Risks, Security, and Disaster Recovery       Review  
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