Course Title: Managing the Networked Enterprise

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing the Networked Enterprise

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business Info Technology


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr Martin Dick

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5976

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: Nil

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities:

Students are assumed to have skills in information retrieval, report writing and
presentation at a graduate level.

Course Description

This course aims at addressing the issues relevant to managing a networked enterprise in today’ s business and information technology environment. It specifically focuses on those issues that arise from the use of networks in business. These issues will provide the basis for lectures, class discussion, assignments and group sessions throughout the course which is delivered in workshop mode. Areas that will be examined are:

• Management of Outsourcing
• Network Physical Infrastructure
• Network Software Infrastructure
• Protecting the Networked Enterprise
• Email and Communications in the Networked Enterprise
• Virtual Communities
• Teleworking
• Distributed Software Development
• Remote Management
• Managing Learning in the Networked Enterprise

An important element of the course is class interaction between students and the subject leader. Real world experiences of participants are surfaced with the objective of achieving collective learning and ensuring the course is as relevant as possible to business and IT practice in Australia today.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, you will have developed the following capabilities:

  • Ability to apply a range of relevant theories to the use of networks in the enterprise
  • Ability to analyse the impact of networks on a particular enterprise
  • Ability to adjust IT Governance strategies to allow for the use of networks
  • Ability to manage the change that networks cause in business processes

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Determine how the use of particular networking technologies affect the competitive advantage of an enterprise
  • Evaluate the use of networks in a particular enterprise
  • Know the issues that are affecting the use of networks in business
  • Analyse how enterprises can use networks to improve their business processes
  • Evaluate the introduction of new networking technologies and their likelihood of success

Overview of Learning Activities

A weekly 3 hour lecture/seminar/workshop will take place over the semester.
The breakdown of the three hours will vary from week to week.

Overview of Learning Resources

Please read the following document available at
Written Reports And Essays: Guidelines For Referencing And Presentation in RMIT Business.
This document is the standard RMIT Business reference for Higher Education and TAFE students.

The website for the course can be found at :

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based upon group and individual work. An element of peer assessment will also be included.
There is no exam for this course.

All written work will be submitted to the TurnItIn text-matching software licensed by RMIT University. This communication is to inform you that the software Turnitin (see, may be used on assessments in your program. Note you must complete and sign a hardcopy of the RMIT coversheet with your assessment submissions which can be obtained from:
• To support you with issues associated with the honesty and full referencing of external work presented in assignments, it is suggested that you visit the University Website for Academic Integrity: There are details on the University Turnitin project at that site.
• Specifically, support resources for yourself as a student to ensure that your submitted assessment accurately represents your work are provided at:;ID=kkc202lwe1yv