for ACS accreditation for a new degree_ the Bachelor of Business by yaoyufang


									                    Bachelor of Business Informatics
       Statement addressing the ACS accreditation requirements
Degree produces IT professionals and contains the mandatory component of the
core body of knowledge
The Bachelor of Business Informatics develops broadly educated IT professionals,
specifically business analysts, system designers and system implementers. It directly
includes the three mandatory areas for accreditation.
    o Interpersonal communications:
                We are developing excellent communicators at the interpersonal level,
                and in written and visual communication. Students are exposed to the
                language and perspective of several discipline areas. In this way they
                will become “mulit-lingual”, that is, be able to “speak” the language of
                various disciplines (eg information technology, law, sociology,
                accounting, management). This is an intentional part of the design of
                the whole course. More specifically, they will be involved in
                theoretical and practical work in interpersonal communication through
                all units.
    o Ethics/social implications/professional practice:
                These areas are emphasized in the introductory unit (Information
                Systems in Organisations - social implications), through the IS units
                (eg Design of Human-Computer Interaction – ethics, approaches to
                design) and through the Business Informatics Internship Program
                (professional practice). The unit Business Informatics Studies presents
                case studies in which these three areas are addressed by IT
                professionals presenting the case studies. The internship program is
                also supported by seminars in which students, and their industry-based
                mentors, reflect on issues of ethics and professional practice.
    o Project Management and quality assurance.
                These are specifically addressed in the mandatory unit Systems Project
                and Quality Management and in Design of Human-Computer
                Interaction, where project and quality management are first introduced.
                Students will gain further practical experience in these areas through
                their internship.

The degree has at least one third of its content in the IT discipline
The degree is structured as follows and clearly has at least 1/3 of the content in IT. In
the lists below, the credit point value of a unit is given. A three year degree requires
72 credit points. The full time load for a semester is 12 credit points.

Information Systems units taught by the School of Information Sciences and
Engineering, Information Systems Discipline:

Information Systems in Organisations                  3 credit points
Database Design                                       3 credit points
Design of Human-Computer Interaction                  3 credit points
Systems Analysis and Modelling                        3 credit points
Systems Project and Quality Management                3 credit points
Document and Workflow Management                      3 credit points
Business Informatics Internship Program               6 credit points

Business Informatics Studies                          3 credit points
Plus 2 IS third year electives*                       6 credit points

Total                                 33 credit points out of a total of 72 credit points

*these are always IS units but some may be taught by other schools.

Supporting units that are shown in the Roger Clarke diagram as core to IS but are
taught by the School of Management are:

Organisational Behaviour                              3 credit points
Sociology of Technology and Work                      3 credit points

The additional core units come from the Commerce and Business and Administration
part of the Clarke diagram as follows:

Business Statistics 1                                 3 credit points
Accounting for Managers                               3 credit points
Information Law                                       3 credit points

Two more core units that are contextual and offer additional analysis and modeling
knowledge to students, taught by the School of Management:

Introduction to Management                            3 credit points
Entrepreneurship                                      3 credit points

An additional core unit specifically addresses communication skills, and is taught by
the Division of Communication and Education. This is:

Professional Communication Skills                     3 credit points

It should be stressed that, in addition to this unit, written, oral, visual and
interpersonal communication skills are required and developed in all units in the

There are four open electives (12 credit points) in the course, which may be a minor.
Since students are limited to 30 credit points at first year level, some of these must be
at second or third year level. The areas from which students are encouraged to choose
these elective are:
            o Information Technology: software engineering, knowledge and
                information management.
            o Business: accounting, economics, marketing, finance, applied statistics,
                quantitative decision-making, project evaluation.
            o People and work practices: sociology, applied psychology, human
                resource management, communication, design.
            o Application areas: cultural heritage management, sports
                administration, land information systems, human nutrition and health,
                tourism, e-commerce.

The degree progresses from introductory material to units that synthesise and build
on prior learning in the course
The degree clearly progresses from introductory units through to capstone units. In
the first year a variety of introductory units and concepts are addressed. In second
year, all unit have pre-requisites and the IS core is specifically designed as a
progression. The third year units all have pre-requisites but specifically, the Business
Informatics Internship, Business Informatics Studies and the elective unit Information
Systems Service Provision, require 48 credit points of study before the student can
undertake them; Information Law requires 36. This ensures that adequate pre-
requisite study has been undertaken so that more advanced work can be addressed in
third year.

There is appropriate infrastructure at UC to support this course, and its students
There are adequate and suitably equipped teaching areas, for lecture theatres to
tutorial rooms and laboratories. Student computer laboratories with a range of
software are available within the school. The IT infrastructure is continuously
upgraded. The library provides a comprehensive and up to date collection of books
and journals, many of the journals in electronic form. The ISE Student Resource
Centre and the University Study Skills Centre actively support student learning. These
are discussed in detail in the Staff and Facilities document that forms part of this

     The three tables that address the way in which the degree covers the three mandatory areas of the core body of


            These areas are emphasised in the introductory unit (Information Systems in Organisations - social implications and ACS
            Code of Ethics), through the IS units (eg Designing Human-Computer Interaction – ethics, approaches to design; social
            implications; Systems Project and Quality Management – ethics; professional practice) and through the Business
            Informatics Internship Program (professional practice and ethics; social implications). The unit Information Law
            addresses issues of professional practice through a legal framework. The unit Business Informatics Studies presents case
            studies in which these three areas are addressed by IT professionals presenting the case studies. The unit Sociology of
            Technology and Work raises many social issues and issues of ethics and professional practice as it focuses on the design
            of work practices and the management of change, and involves the design of a research project. The internship program is
            also supported by seminars in which students, and their industry-based mentors, reflect on issues of ethics and
            professional practice. In fact many units will address some of these issues and they are often intertwined. We have
            selected only the key units that address ethics/social implications/professional practice to report here.

                 Topic         Where in the Course is this topic                       Is this topic assessed?                         Is the unit
                                         addressed?                         If so, what form does the assessment take?              containing this
                                    (Unit Name/Number)                                                                                    topic
              Ethics              The ACS Code of Ethics is first             Indirectly – discussed in tutorial session and     Yes
                                   introduced in Information Systems in         possibly examined.

                                  One point (4.3.4 quality of life…) is       Yes – students undertake a project based on this
                                   specifically addressed in Designing          approach – their documentation and processes       Yes
                                   Human-Computer Interaction where             must illustrate participative and user-centred
                                   there is an emphasis on participatory,       design in their major assignment and in the
                                   user-centred design, the design of           examination.
                                   socio-technical systems, and assessing
                                   the match between the system and the
                                   way users wish to work.
                  Ethics is specifically taught in the           Yes. It is proposed that there will be one written
                   preparation stage of students for the BI        assessment item (on ethical issues) and one           Yes
                   Internship Program – and is addressed           examination questions; plus tutorial discussion
                   in seminars undertaken during that              (participation is assessed).

                  Ethical issues are also addressed in BI        As part of the case study work, ethical issues will
                   Studies (based on industry-based case           be raised and addressed – this will be in the form    Yes
                   studies) and in the                             of a written report for at least one case study.

                  Sociology of Technology and Work.               Because SofT&W includes a research proposal,
                                                                   issues of approval from the UC Ethics                 Yes
                                                                   Committee are discussed. Tutorial participation
                                                                   is assessed. The research proposal is required to
                                                                   addresses ethical issues.

                  In Systems Project and Quality                 Ethical issues are discussed as they arise in
                   Management – this unit requires                 tutorials and in a role playing exercise; the role-   Yes
                   students to consider the ethical issues         playing exercise is assessable.
                   involved in projects.
Professional      The BI Internship Program addresses            It is assessed through a work-place report and        Yes
Practice           professional practice in an introductory        through seminar presentations.
                   session where students and internship
                   mentors (from industry) meet for a
                   briefing to establish a strong basis of
                   professional practice. Students are
                   then exposed to this world and reflect
                   on professional practice (and ethical
                   issues) in a parallel seminar series.
                  Information Law – issues in                    Issues of professional practice will be assessed.
                   professional practice are raised, eg                                                                  Yes
                   privacy, security, intellectual property
                   and forms of legal transactions – this is
                   the legal framework within which
                   professional IT work must be done.
                                  Systems Project and Quality                    US Project Management Institute:
                                   Management – students are referred to 
                                   core standards of professional                 Core body of PM Knowledge:                             Yes
                                   competency and behaviour. Students    
                                   are expected to be familiar with these         Aust. Institute for PM:
                                   and apply them in all their work.              Competency standards:

              Social              Sociology of Technology and Work.              Yes. Students are required to investigate the          Yes
              Implications         The focus of this unit is on socio-             design and/or use of a technology, typically one
                                   technical systems design and hence,             that is available to the general public – the report
                                   the social implications (in the                 must address the social implications of the
                                   workplace) of IT systems.                       technology.

                                  Information Systems in Organisations.          Yes. Students are required to reflect on current       Yes
                                   In this unit many broader societal              technologies, typically in an assessable journal
                                   issues are discussed in relation to the         that they keep over the semester.
                                   impact and use of IT systems.

                                  Designing Human-Computer                       Yes. Students are required to develop rich
                                   Interaction. This unit also focuses on          pictures and workflow diagrams as one way of           Yes
                                   socio-technical systems design, users,          understanding systems and their societal and
                                   clients and other stakeholders in IS            workplace social impact. They are required to
                                   design. The broadest context of                 develop a poster that places innovative IT
                                   systems design is considered as the             systems in a broad context and considers the
                                   starting point for design – this includes       usability of systems.
                                   social issues and societal impact of
                                                                                  Through this exposure to the professional              Yes
                                  BI Internship Program.                          workplace, and in seminars to support it, students
                                                                                   are exposed to methods for considering
                                                                                   organizational and user requirements and must
                                                                                   consider the impact of new systems on all
INSTITUTION: University of Canberra
COURSE: Bachelor of Business Informatics

Interpersonal communications is addressed in the BBI in many places. Written, verbal, interpersonal and visual communication are all
emphasized. Many units include group work and one aim of this is to develop strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
through the running of several types of meeting (eg planning, brainstorming, reviewing of work, reviewing of project status) both face-to-
face and online (we specifically use online workspaces to share information and to support discussion and project work in some units, eg
Design of Human-Computer Interaction and the Business Informatics Internship Program). This is in addition to the more routine
practice of online information distribution and online class cafes. Students are also expected and required to present to their tutorial
group and in some cases to the whole class – that is, to give oral presentations to present a poster and supporting poster paper (as in a
conference, for example in Design of Human-Computer Interaction; and in a role-playing exercise as a presentation to management, in
Systems Project and Quality Management). They are required to present written communication documents in the form of essays,
management reports, user manuals and technical (maintenance) documentation. They also are required to present standard formatted
reports such as design review reports, usability evaluation reports. Further, they are required to present and write reports in a diverse
range of disciplines, further enhancing their communication skills – for example in sociology, law, statistics, accounting, management
and information systems. An example of some of the units follows. However, communication skills are required for every unit.

          Topic            Where in the Course is this topic addressed?                      Is this topic assessed?                      Is the unit
                                       (Unit Name/Number)                         If so, what form does the assessment take?           containing this
   Written communication         Written assignments are required in all units       Yes. Structure, clear expression of ideas and   Yes
                                  in the course.                                       appropriate use of language are important
                                                                                       assessment criteria.

                                 Professional Communication skills develops          Yes. Through written work, oral presentations   Yes
                                  a framework for professional                         and exam.
                                  communication, considering issues such as
                                  audience, purpose, choice of appropriate
                                  communication channels, interpersonal
                                  communication, and develops skills in both
                                  written and spoken communication.

                                 Information Systems in Organisations. The           Yes. Grading criteria for assignments will      Yes
                                  syllabus explicitly includes “Students will          include quality of presentation.
                           be encouraged to develop skills in locating
                           and evaluating information from printed and
                           on-line sources and organising and
                           presenting it using written, oral and visual

                          Business Informatics Internship Program.          Yes – professional writing skills are required.
                                                                              Written progress reports are required to be sent
                                                                              to the mentor and the tutor. These are part of
                                                                              the assessable work.
Verbal communication      Presentations by students to their tutorial       Yes, directly or indirectly in grading the         Yes
                           group are a common element in many UC              presentation.
                           units. Seminars and presentations form part
                           of both the final year units Business
                           Informatics Studies and Business
                           Informatics Internship.

                          Professional Communication Skills (see            Yes (see above)                                    Yes

                          Information Systems in Organisations (see         Yes (see above)                                    Yes

                          Designiing Human-Computer Interaction.            Yes. As part of the mark for the assignment.       Yes
                           Students must present a design proposal to
                           their tutorial.

                          Designing Human-Computer Interaction.
                           Students present a poster in a public forum       Yes – students are assessed on their verbal        Yes
                           (large lecture theatre with invited guests)        presentation skills in each environment –
                           where they speak to their poster. They also        sometimes formally, sometimes informally.
                           manage usability tests where verbal skills
                           are important to gain the confidence and
                           cooperation of participants.
Interpersonal             Group projects are included in many UC            Yes – in some units (eg Information Systems        Yes
communication              units.                                             Design) group work participation is peer- and
                                                                              self-assessed through allocation of 100 gold
                                                                                 coins and through a reflective report.

                            Professional Comminication Skills (see             Yes (see above)                                  Yes
                            Organisational Behaviour (4818). The               Yes. Through class participation (assessable)
                             syllabus of this unit includes “providing           and through a written report in which students
                             students with the concepts, theories, issues        research a topic in this area. There is also a
                             and insights into the behavioural aspects of        test and exam in which this can be assessed.
                             individuals and work groups”.

                            Designing Human-Computer Interaction.              Indirectly, through the group outcomes and
                             This unit contains two group projects (a            directly, through a reflection report on group   Yes
                             poster and a design project). Issues of group       processes.
                             behaviour are discussed.

  Visual communication   Throughout the course there is an emphasis on
                         visual presentation of information. This
                          visual display of information in Information         Yes. As part of assignment marking criteria.     Yes
                              Systems in Organisations and in the form of
                              a poster session in Designing Human-
                              Computer Interaction;
                          various forms of diagrammatic modelling in           Yes. As part of assignment marking criteria.
                              the units Information Systems in                                                                    Yes
                              Organisations, Database Design, Designing
                              Human-Computer Interaction, Systems
                              Analysis and Modelling, Document and
                              Workflow Management;
                          storyboarding and prototyping in Designing           Yes. As part of assignment marking criteria.
                              Human-Computer Interaction.

INSTITUTION: University of Canberra
COURSE: Bachelor of Business Informatics

Both project management and quality assurance are taught in the unit Systems Project and Quality Management. The unit Information
Design of Human-Computer Interaction also explicitly includes an introduction to P&QM. P&QM are used to assist the students to plan
and develop a requirements specification based on prototyping – they work in groups of about 5 over 7 weeks on this. They learn both
technical skills and also the people skills involved in project management and quality management and assurance. These are supported
by a theoretical framework and reference to appropriate standards. Students then practice these skills in other project-based units,
specifically Business Informatics Studies which involves some group work to address case studies. Each (groupwork) case study
requires project and quality management and some will directly consider issues of P&QM as part of the case study itself. Students are
also required to consider issues in project and quality management that arise in their Internship.

               Topic                Where in the Course is this topic                   Is this topic assessed?                         Is the unit
                                              addressed?                     If so, what form does the assessment take?              containing this
                                         (Unit Name/Number)                                                                                topic
  Project Management                      Systems Project and Quality           Yes. Through assignments and examination.          Yes
                                           Management                             The assignments typically include a report on
                                           (see attached handbook                 the skills required of a good project manager, a
                                           description).                          well-argued case study on project
                                                                                  management, a project planning exercise and a
                                                                                  project scooping and tracking exercise. This
                                                                                  last assignment involves role-playing and
                                                                                  seeing a project from various perspectives.

                                          Designing Human-Computer              Yes. Students are expected to develop and          Yes
                                           Interaction. This unit embodies        maintain project plans and to reflect on the
                                           a group project using a user-          work of the project team.
                                           centred design approach.

                                          Business Informatics Studies          Not directly, but students are required to work    Yes
                                                                                  in groups and manage their case study work in
                                                                                  a professional manner.
                                          Business Informatics                  Students are required to reflect on the project    Yes
                                           Internship Program                     management environment in which they
                                                                                  undertake their internship.
  Quality Assurance                 Systems Project and Quality        Yes. Through assignments and examination.          Yes
                                     Management (see above)              In particular, students are required to practice
                                                                         quality management and assurance techniques
                                                                         in preparing their assignments for submission.

                                    Designing Human-Computer           Yes. First, students are required to develop a
                                     Interaction.. The project           simple quality plan for their design project –     Yes
                                     described above is unit to          this is submitted as part of their assessable
                                     quality management, including       work. Several quality assurance processes are
                                     design reviews...                   also undertaken. Design reviews are assessed
                                                                         and usability testing is required and assessed.
                                                                         These are two key examples of quality
                                                                         processes which are emphasized in the
                                                                         assessment. Quality management / assurance
                                                                         is also assessed in the examination.

                                    Business Informatics               Students are expected to perform at a high
                                     Internship Program                  standard during the internship program and are     Yes
                                                                         required to reflect on how they ensure that
                                                                         their work meets the quality standards and
                                                                         processes of the organization.

INSTITUTION: University of Canberra
COURSE: Bachelor of Business Informatics
          The cross-reference table that shows how the degree covers the overall core body of knowledge.

                                     CROSS REFERENCE to CORE BODY of KNOWLEDGE

In this table we have used three symbols to try to make a reasonably accurate statement about the content of each unit against each item
in the core body of knowledge.
         I: introductory – the unit covers a substantial amount of the material in an introductory manner.
         M: medium – the unit covers some of the material in reasonable depth.
         C - comprehensive – the unit covers most or all of the material in reasonable depth.
Conceptual modelling is central to the course and is taught in every required unit.


Unit        Title                               Required/
                                                            5.1   5.2   5.3   5.4   5.5   5.6   5.7    5.8   5.9    5.10   5.11   5.12   5.13   5.14
No:                                             Elective
            Information Systems in
                                                required    I     M     I                       I      C                          I      I
            Introduction to Management          required          M                             I      M

            Accounting for Managers             required          M

            Database Design                     required          C     I                                    I                    M      M

            Business Statistics                 required          M                                    I

            Professional Cimmunication Skills   required                                        I      C

            Organisational Behaviour            required          M                             I      C

            Information Systems Design          required          C                             M      C     I      M             M      C
            Information Systems Analysis and
                                                required          C                                    M     I                    M      C
            Sociology of Technology and Work    required          M                             M      C                                 M
        Systems Project and Quality
                                             required            M                                 M      M            C      M     M      M
        Document and Workflow
                                             required            C      M                          M                   M      M     C      C
        Information Law                      required            C                                 C      M                   M

        Business Informatics Studies         required            C                                 C      M            M            M      C

        *Business Informatics Internship     required                                              C      C            M                   C
* Note: BII is a professional practice unit and it involves the application of ALL of the concepts and skills flagged in this table.
** Note: students take a 3 unit professional sequence (required). This is highly likely to result in further patterns of study addressing
similar areas of the core body of knowledge; should they take an information/knowledge management PS or a software engineering PS,
this could involve areas such as 5.5, 5.9, 5.12. Units selected as IS electives in third year will also further strengthen their knowledge and
skills in the areas commonly noted in the table already.

To top