Course Title: Global Information Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Information Systems

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business Info Technology


Course Coordinator: John McLaren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of VCE English Units 3 and 4 or equivalent.
The requirement is for students to be able to demonstrate the ability to comprehend and communicate information in accurate, clear, concise and coherent English.

A basic understanding of the process for problem-based learning is also required.

In addition, students are required to have a basic understanding of the legal system and application of statutory law and common law / case law
This knowledge is introduced in Commercial Law and further developed in Taxation 1. Students are strongly recommended to have completed Commercial Law prior to enrolling in Taxation 1.

Course Description

The course aims to provide accountants and other business professionals with a sound understanding of the principles of taxation law in relation to income tax, GST and FBT for individuals and trading entities. This course emphasises presentation and research skills combined with formulation of arguments based on legal principle. In these respects, the course plays a vital role in professional development of accountants and other professionals such as financial planners.

Taxation 1 is a compulsory core unit in the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) degree and is required for membership of CPA Australia and the ICAA for all Faculty of Business students seeking this form of professional recognition

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Successful completion of Taxation 1 means that students should be able to:

Understand and apply basic tax law principles to a variety of tax paying entities.

In addition, the course provides an opportunity for students to develop generic capabilities. These include the ability to:

Understand and interpret the underlying principles of Taxation Law
Apply these principles to hypothetical legal situations
Effectively research
Ccritically analyse tax problems and make judgements in the provision of sound, reasoned advice, and
Express that advice in writing in a precise manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

It is assumed that set tutorial work (primarily problem-based) will be completed by students prior to attending tutorials. This ensures that valuable discussion, extension of concepts and issues requiring clarification can be attended to in the tutorial. As a tax course, this discussion is important for the development of the generic capabilities detailed above. A critical function of tutorials is the resolving of questions that arise out of lectures and result from students reading of cases and preparation of tutorial problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed text for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.

Distributed Learning System (DLS)
This course is supported online using the Learning Hub of the DLS. The DLS gives access to important announcements; staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in Taxation may take the form of an in-semester test, designed to test the student’s comprehension and understanding of the course material. An end of semester exam will again test the student’s ability to identify and understand basic tax law principles and further, their ability to apply their knowledge to various practical scenarios and communicate information in accurate, clear, concise and coherent English.