Course Title: Investigations in Business Information Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investigations in Business Information Technology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr John Lenarcic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1605

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course helps students to develop the skills essential for designing and developing Business IT research projects from inception to completion. It develops student knowledge of advanced information systems topics by developing their skills in reviewing and critically analysing extant theory on a variety of Business IT topics, methods and applications in different organsisational environments and context. It provides an understanding of business research methods, and develops the confidence and capacity to competently undertake business research projects. The course teaches project management skilss and effective communication outcomes in the form of a written report

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 business information systems solutions using a range of tools and techniques, across a range of business contexts to meet various stakeholder requirements.
  • Business Systems Integration: Ability to develop robust, user-friendly business information systems solutions that integrate across new and existing business processes, structures, applications, enterprise-wide systems and IT architectures within a global context.
  • Professional Practice: Ability to frame judgements and work practice within professional, legal and ethical frameworks.
  • Management of Information Systems in a Global Business Context: Ability to align strategic business objectives with the development and governance of business information systems in a global context.

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Design and manage Business IT research projects from inception to completion.

2. Interpret extant knowledge on advanced information systems topics

  • Review and synthesise literature on a topic

3. Critically analyse and synthesise extant theory on a variety of Business IT topics, and their applications in different organisational environments and context. 

  • Draw on the literature in the field, analyse and interpret research evidence of a business phenomenon in order to identify a suitable research solution to the problem.

4. Demonstrate confidence and capacity to competently undertake business IT projects, and report the findings.

  • Having identified a suitable research problem/issue or opportunity, design a research project/study, use suitable research methods, appropriately justified and report efficiently and effectively on findings, implications and conclusions
  • Investigate some existing situation or problem.
  • Provide solutions to problems.
  • Explore and analyse more general issues.
  • Construct or create a new procedure or system.
  • Explain a new phenomenon.
  • Generate new knowledge.

5. Execute project management skills and effective communication of project outcomes in the form of a report.

  • Demonstrate project management skills needed to execute a research/industry project from conceptualisation through to the reporting of findings.

Overview of Learning Activities

In order to develop the stated capabilities, you are expected to actively participate in the following learning activities:

  • Active participation in scheduled lectures and tutorials
  • Reading of course notes and chapters in the text book and other assigned materials
  • Satisfactory completion of assessment tasks

Overview of Learning Resources

MyRMIT Studies provides you with access to important announcements, staff contact details, teaching schedules, assessment timelines, and a variety of important teaching and learning materials such as lecture notes and case study materials. You are expected to regularly visit MyRMIT Studies.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include written work and/or an in-class test.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class, through individual and/or 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.