INFO123-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Business Information Systems and Technology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Information technology plays a critical role in business and society, supporting business transformation and innovation, digital lifestyles, and how we communicate and collaborate. This course aims to help students understand how organisations can use data and technology to address business problems, to deliver business value and stay competitive, to create better processes, to improve connections with stakeholders, and to make better decisions. Students are exposed to the opportunities that new and emerging technologies provide, and develop problem-solving skills applicable to any area in business as well as practical skills to capture, organise and use data to support decision-making.

Information technology plays an important role in business and society. This course examines how businesses use information systems and technologies to deliver business value and support business strategy, to improve connections with stakeholders, create better business processes, and enhance decision-making. This course will provide opportunities for students to develop problem-solving skills applicable to any area in business, as well as practical skills in Excel and Access and an understanding of how to store, organise and use data to address business problems and support decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what are business information systems (IS), the role of IS on business including how IS can be used to deliver business value, support business strategy, and enhance decision-making.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key business processes and the systems that support these processes (e.g. ERP, Business Intelligence, AI, Collaboration systems, etc) and of the IS development process.
  • Recognise various aspects, technologies and trends associated with eBusiness and the Internet (e.g. Web 2.0, social networking)
  • Discuss key issues associated with managing IS in organisations (e.g. IS security, ethical issues).
  • Describe key concepts, components, technologies and selection criteria associated with the use of IS (e.g. hardware, software, networks and communications).
  • Describe and apply key database concepts to organising, managing and using data in a database  
  • Gain competence with presentation, spread-sheet and database software (i.e. MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Access).
  • Use good presentation skills to create and deliver a professional presentation to an audience.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


ACIS123, AFIS123, AFIS124

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annette Mills


Mark Van der klei


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Group Presentation 7%
Online multi-choice quizzes 4%
Mid-semester Test 35%
MS Excel computer-lab test 7%
MS Access computer-lab test 7%
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Baltzan, Paige; Business driven information systems ; Seventh edition; McGraw-Hill Education, 2021.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $860.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the departments and faculties page .

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