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FIT1030 Introduction to business information systems - Semester 1, 2015

This unit is aimed at providing the students with an overall knowledge of business organisations and their structure. The unit will cover all the steps from business strategy to operational planning and financial systems. The internal processes of a business organisation will be described with an emphasis on how they work together to achieve the financial and physical goals of the business.

Accounting information systems and the systems for the processing and recording of business transactions, inventory, sales, purchasing and financial reporting will be described in detail. Tutorial exercises using commercial software will take students through the operational steps of sales, purchasing and deliveries and then produce the main financial statements for the organisation.

A range of new management concepts and tools such as process oriented organisations, control matrices, and systems theory will be described. The unit will also look at how e-commerce and e-business is used in a modern organisation, and give a brief description of contracts and contract law.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

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.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Poh Lim

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • recognise the business activities of a typical organisation;
  • perform basic accounting calculations for a business: balance sheet, including: profit and loss, cash flow, pricing, stock valuation, costing models;
  • describe and analyse document operations and financial flows using various representations;
  • critically analyse the functioning of an accounting information system in an organisation;
  • describe how web based systems are used by modern businesses;
  • recognise the legal aspects of a contract;
  • plan the function and systems of a business;
  • analyse and interpret the financial statements of a business.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 LECTURE: Introduction to Business Systems, NO TUTORIAL  
2 LECTURE: Enterprise Systems and e-Business Systems, TUTORIAL: Understanding Information Systems & Enterprise Systems Weekly Online Quizzes and assessed lecture and tutorial participation starts in Week 2
3 LECTURE: Documenting Information Systems I, TUTORIAL: Data Flow Diagrams using Visio  
4 LECTURE: Documenting Information Systems II, TUTORIAL: Systems Flowcharts  
5 LECTURE: Controlling Information Systems, TUTORIAL: Control Matrix and IT Control Processes  
6 LECTURE: Database Management Systems, TUTORIAL: DBMS and E-R Diagrams Assignment 1 due 5pm, Friday 17 April 2015
7 LECTURE: Basic Accounting, TUTORIAL: Basic Accounting  
8 LECTURE: The Revenue Cycle: Order Entry/Sales Process, TUTORIAL: SAP ECC6  
9 LECTURE: The Expenditure Cycle: Purchasing to Payments Process, Supply Chain Management (SCM), TUTORIAL: SAP ECC6  
10 LECTURE: The Production Cycle, TUTORIAL: SAP ECC6  
11 LECTURE: The General Ledger and Business Reporting (GL/BR) Process, TUTORIAL: SAP ECC6 Assignment 2 due 5pm, Friday 22 May 2015
12 LECTURE: Consolidation and Unit Review, TUTORIAL: Revision  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Lectures will present the concepts and also include Quiz participation to encourage students' engagement. Tutorials are designed to reinforce the concepts taught in lectures and also allow students the opportunity to explore some modules of the SAP System to facilitate learning.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Business Process Documentation 5% 5pm, Friday 17 April 2015
Assignment 2 - Business Process Analysis and Controls 15% 5pm, Friday 22 May 2015
Online Quizzes 10% Weekly (starting Week 2)
Lecture and Tutorial Participation 10% Weekly (starting Week 2)
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Business Process Documentation
    Individual assignment analysing the business process and preparing:
    • a context diagram
    • a data flow diagram
    • a systems flowchart
    More details of the assignment will be given in class.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quality of analysis and preparation of various documentation diagrams.

    More details with be provided.

    Due date:
    5pm, Friday 17 April 2015
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Business Process Analysis and Controls
    This is a group assignment.

    This assignment requires students to accurately document and analyse the business process of a client.

    This assignment is in two (2) parts: 
    • Part 1 requires students to interview the 'client' to elicit information about their business process.
    • Part 2 is a report which will include a discussion and documentation of the business process based on their interview in Part 1. The report should also discuss whether the controls are adequate and to recommend appropriate control plans where necessary.
    More details of the assignment will be given in class.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students will be assessed on:

    • the clarity and content of their report;
    • their ability to accurately document the actual business process flow;
    • their discussion on whether the existing control plans are appropriate and adequate to accomplish the operations process goals; and
    • the appropriateness and feasibility of their recommendations for any ‘missing’ controls

    Specific tasks and marking criteria will be given in class.

    Students must indicate their % contribution to the group work which would be used to adjust individual student marks if necessary. Students are required to submit a peer review form and their meeting minutes.

    Due date:
    5pm, Friday 22 May 2015
  • Assessment task 3
    Online Quizzes
    Weekly assessment of lecture topics. Students are required to log-in to the unit website on Moodle to attempt the quizzes. Two attempts are allowed and the highest score is taken.

    More information will be given in class.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correct answers to questions.

    Due date:
    Weekly (starting Week 2)
  • Assessment task 4
    Lecture and Tutorial Participation
    During lectures, students will use Clickers to engage in peer assisted learning activities and respond to multiple choice questions based on pre-reading and discussion.  In tutorials, students are assessed on their participation and contribution in tutorial exercises and discussion.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Lectures (5 marks):

    • Clicker responses will be recorded. Question types will be multiple choice.  Scoring will be done as follows:
    • A correct answer scores 1 mark;
    • An incorrect answer scores 0.5 marks (participation).
    Students will be graded on their best 80% of class responses.

    Tutorials (5 marks):

    • Participation in tutorials
    • Completion of class exercises
    • Contribution to class discussions
    Due date:
    Weekly (starting Week 2)
    On-campus students in Australia are required to purchase a Turning Point clicker from the Campus Bookstore or directly from the Australian Distributor.

    On-campus students in Malaysia are required to purchase / loan a Turning Point clicker or BYOD with Socrative - To be advised.


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

  • Ulric J. Gelinas Jr., Richard B. Dull, and Patrick R. Wheeler (2012) Accounting Information Systems (9th Edition), South-Western Cengage Learning (ISBN: 978-0-538-46931-9)
  • Marshall B Romney, Paul J Steinbart, Joseph M Mula, Ray McNamara, Trevor Tonkin (2012), Accounting Information Systems (1st Edition), Pearson (ISBN: 9781442542594)

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Graded assignments without comments
  • Quiz results
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

Referencing internet and electronic sources (Harvard referencing style):

IEEE Referencing:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an electronic submission). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

Turnitin submission is required for this unit.

Please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Additional subject costs

On-campus students are required to purchase a Turning Point clicker from the Campus Bookstore or directly from the Australian Distributor.

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