Course Title: Introduction to Information Systems Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Information Systems Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


RMIT University Vietnam


620H Business IT and Logistics


Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014

Course Coordinator: Christopher Cheong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5793

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.07.39

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You must have basic competency in using a personal computer.

Course Description

This course introduces fundamental concepts in designing and building application software, within the context of business information systems.  The course aims to equip you with the skills required to design solutions for problems commonly found in business and then to convert these solutions into well-functioning computer programs.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This course contributes to the development of the following capabilities, which you will acquire:

  • Business Information Systems Development: Ability to analyse design, develop, implement and manage single, multi-user and distributed systems using a range of tools and techniques, across a range of business contexts to meet various stakeholders requirements
  • Business Systems Integration: Ability to develop robust, user-friendly systems that integrate across new and existing business processes, structures, applications, enterprise-wide systems and IT architectures within a global context
  • Creative Business Solutions: Ability to critically analyse and synthesise creative and effective solutions to a range of problem/opportunity situations that add value to the business and its stakeholders
  • Interpersonal Skills Development: Ability to engage with others in culturally diverse and technically complex situations. The cluster of interpersonal skills is addressed in every course at various levels within the program. It is also recognised that the sustainable development in global organisations require the development of life-long learning skills and effective project team membership
  • Tools and Techniques Application: Ability to apply the most appropriate tool and/or technique for the situation at hand

Upon satisfactory completion of this course you will:

  • Have a solid understanding of fundamental programming constructs
  • Be able to design solutions to simple business problems
  • Be able to implement, test and document a small business software application

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecturer inputs: A range of learning experiences are planned for you including lectures and computer laboratories. The lectures present the relevant theory, which has a heavy emphasis on problem solving skills, tools and techniques for planning a solution and the design of the actual solution ready for programming. Practical exercises, set during the computer laboratory time, build on theory that has already been introduced in the lecture. Your active and constructive participation in computer laboratories is expected in addition to weekly reading, individual exercises and careful planning and completion of assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You will have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include participation in classes and tutorials, written assignments, and/or an end of semester examination.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. The 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.