Course Title: Business Information Systems Capstone Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Information Systems Capstone Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT University Vietnam


620H Business IT and Logistics


Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
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

Course Coordinator: Arthur Adamopoulos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5782

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed all of the following prerequisite courses before you commence this course:

  • Business Information Systems Development 2
  • Business Analysis and Design 2 

You are also required to undertake Project Management for Information System at the same time as this course, as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. This is a co-requisite course.

Aternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT University that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite courses and agree to concurently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT University Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites –

Course Description

BIS Capstone Project is one of the final courses in your Business Information Systems core. As such, it is designed to help you integrate all the knowledge you have gained in previous courses and apply it to a software development project. Working in a team, you will analyse, design, and build a business information system under normal business conditions. Your team will experience the requirements elicitation, articulation and development cycle. You will practice your project management skills, systems analysis and design skills, programming skills and information technology and networking skills to holistically experience a systems development process.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus 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 capabilities in the following way.

It is expected that you will acquire the following capabilities:

  • 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.
  • Business Systems Infrastructure: Ability to develop secure, flexible, information and communication architectures that support the changing needs of the business.
  • Project Management: Ability to manage the total management process associated with the development and enhancement of information systems with a critical appreciation of the relationship between systems development, and the management of time, cost, quality, and change management, within the organisational contexts of governance, cultural and ethical issues.
  • Professional Practice: Ability to frame judgements and work practice within professional, legal and ethical frameworks
  • 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
  • Tolerance for Ambiguity: Ability to recognise the uncertainty of business decision-making due to the dynamic, global context businesses operate in.
  • Management of IS in a Global Business Context: Ability to align strategic business objectives with the development and governance of business information systems.


Upon satisfactory completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have a deep understanding of the entire development life cycle
  • Adhere to a life cycle during the semester and deliver stages at regular milestones
  • Elicit requirements from a client
  • Analyse, design and build a prototype application
  • Deliver a solution that meets the needs of the client
  • Manage the project and the team in order to deliver a solution to the business problem
  • Appreciate that team work is critical to a successful project.

Overview of Learning Activities

Scheduled activities for this course include meeting weekly with your project supervisor, together with your team. In these weekly meetings, your team will discuss the progress of your project, obtain guidance and feedback from your supervisor, and make plans for further project requirements as necessary. You will be required to attend the meeting every week and actively contribute.

Your team is also expected to meet regularly, outside of the supervisor meeting, and you are required to attend these meetings and actively contribute to all aspects and through all stages of the project. Your team will also have several meetings with your project client. You should consider these client meetings as very valuable learning experiences. You should expect to spend a significant amount of time working as a member of your team and performing tasks allocated to you, as determined by yourself and your team.

You will also attend several lecture seminars during the semester. In the first of these, you will be required to form into teams with other students. In other seminars we will discuss the requirements of the capstone project in more detail, and in the final seminar, your team will present your finished project to the rest of the class.

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 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. All prescribed texts from your previous core courses should be considered as references for this course.  


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course is based on a single project that you will work on in a team.
This may include assessment of your individual contribution to the team project.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or email, through individual and group feedback 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 coordinator 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. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.