Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems & Economics)
Study has added a depth of knowledge across the overall architecture of information systems, databases, programming, networking, risk, security, strategy, design issues around human-computer interaction, online identity, communication and marketing. Studies within the economic minor allow me to examine resource allocation decisions; consumption of goods and services; and how to apply economic concepts to analyse contemporary issues relating to business.
I am able to apply critical thinking and judgment in the selection and application of the appropriate IS/IT related concepts, frameworks and methods as part of the process to identify, propose and implement solutions to organisational problems.
A multi-disciplinary approach taken to develop skills of information use for developing, manipulating and communicating information within a variety of global and cultural contexts. Learnings have provided an ability to apply the skills of critical thinking, by using the AREA toolkit, to solve any business problem.
A study of how technology should be used to assist business without the technology becoming an end in itself. Teachings emphasise the importance of information to decision making, and provide the skill required to provide such information to ensure its usefulness to decision makers.
Management Support Systems
A developed understanding of the connections and relationships between organisational structure, management and decision-making. An acquired ability to advise managers and system designers on selected issues, technologies and appropriateness of technology related to supporting management decision making.
Information Systems Project Management
A series of workshops, assessments and projects exploring project management concepts from a variety of practical perspectives. Emphasis given to systems development life cycle principles. This unit addresses the entire project life cycle from conceptualising and initialising a project through to closure and evaluation of the project. This includes areas such as project scope, schedule and budget, risk analysis, assessment and management and quality assurance.
Professional Computing Practice
A study of law, marketing and ethical issues such as information privacy, computer crime and computer terrorism. This unit examines the international legal framework available to protect system development, including non-disclosure agreements, employment contracts, intellectual property law (copyright, patent, licensing, royalties), trademarks and warranty disclaimers. Additionally, it explores the marketing of a software system development, involving SWOT analysis and action plan, including budget.
Professional Writing in Information Systems Strategy
A study of the principles involved in literature analysis, research approaches and proposal development. This unit examines the relationship between information systems and its organisational context, and how it can be used for strategic competitive advantage. How to communicate the true role of each development methodologies covered in the modern business environment. How to explain the management concepts and practices typically used within industry to influence and guide the actions of others.
Electronic Communications and Applications
This unit examines how data and information is communicated between computer-based entities. It reviews the typical equipment and technical standards relevant to data communications and computer networks. Learnings provide the knowledge required to critically analyse a proposed Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN) implementation based upon a set of user requirements, and identify and choose the hardware and software elements required.
Cultural Perspectives on Science and Technology
The relationship between science, technology and business is explored to determine the extent to which we live in an age of technological determinism. This unit has provided an understanding of research methodology and skills required to write in a clear, scientific manner, including the critical evaluation of research.
This study covers a range of topics including brand management, consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting, positioning, pricing, marketing communications and digital media. I have acquired an understanding of key marketing concepts and their application to modern business. As a critical thinker, I am able to utilise researched information to apply marketing principles to propose creative solutions to a range of problems that arise in business contexts.
In addition to being a key part of the media, online communication is now a critical form of interaction between individuals. It also underpins group collaboration within both formal or informal networks. Understanding how the Internet affords new and different ways of communicating is therefore essential. This unit examines techniques, technologies and underlying concepts for online communication, collaboration and media. I am able to effectively propagate information via digital channels and deploy strategies to purposefully create an online identity or web presence.
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an area of practice that attempts to make interactions between computers and humans as intuitive as conversations between two humans. This course examines the processes involved within interaction design and explores concepts related to cognition, perception, attention and memory. I am able to implement user centered thinking processes to research and evaluate user experience to achieve the best possible results.
With a focus on applying theoretical concepts through a project-centred approach, this unit explores the concepts, skills and toolsets required to create an website using the latest methodologies and authoring technologies. I am able to plan, design, develop, implement and deliver a modern, interactive website.
The Digital Economy
All online users contribute to the economics of the internet through innumerable commercial transactions, including the free services that form part of the attention economy. This unit examines the three economic models of digital capitalism: the network economy, the attention economy and the sharing economy. An understanding of the dynamics of internet commerce enables analysis of occurrences to determine the associated rewards and risks; and how developments may impact business practices and approaches.
While a broad field of study, the two significant areas of research within macroeconomics are to understand the cause and effect of short-run fluctuations in the business cycle, and to understand the determinants of long run economic growth. Macroeconomics deals with the performance, structure, behavior, and decision-making of an economy as a whole. I am able use macroeconomic models to analyse, interpret and explain contemporary economic issues and the impact of changes within the economy.
In contrast to macroeconomics, which concerns the sum total of economic activity, microeconomics studies the economic behaviour of individuals and firms in making decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources. This unit explores ways to utilise the fundamental tools, models, methods and language of economics to analyse resource allocation issues. I am able to apply economic principles to analyse contemporary issues relating to business.
Economic Policy in Society
Database Concepts and Modelling
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