Course Title: Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: COSC5322C

Course Title: Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Nawal Shomali

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5826

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ron Schnellbeck
Ph: 9925 5968

Catherine Han-Lin
Ph : 9925 1336

Trevor Stone
Ph : 9925 1645

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites None

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with three other competencies: (PSPPM502B) BUSM 7779C Manage Complex Projects; (ICAA5158A) COSC 5321C Translate Business Needs into Technical Requirements; (ICAS5202A) COSC 5323C Ensure Privacy for Users.

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to ensure IT services meet current and future internal operational enterprise requirements

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAP5039A Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise


Develop action plans

Performance Criteria:

1. Develop action plans for the proposed changes that can be implemented according to organisational policies and procedures
2. Ensure that action plans take account of appropriate operational, financial, legal, human relations, internal and external operating environments and other relevant considerations
3. Document action plans, ensuring that standards, targets and implementation methods are detailed
4. Forward documentation to appropriate person for feedback/approval


Evaluate current business strategy

Performance Criteria:

1. Analyse the current strategic plan of the organisation to understand the industry environment and current organisational goals
2. Compare information related to current operational practices and the strategic plan to determine possible IT gaps and improvement opportunities
3. Report information regarding the impact of IT developments to appropriate person(s)


Evaluate impact of changes

Performance Criteria:

1. Review information on current IT systems supported by the organisation
2. Compare and document advantages and disadvantages of current and proposed IT systems
3. Determine the objectives and implications of introducing changes
4. Document findings and forward to appropriate person(s) for feedback

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, assignments and homework.

Teaching Schedule

Refer to Study Guide handout.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Schwalbe, K. 2007, Information Technology Project Management, 5th ed. Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Mass.




Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include an integrated group project work, a portfolio and a presentation. 
You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. You will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check your progress.

Assessment Tasks

1. Client Interview Design This assessment reflects on how to investigate client needs CA / NYC – 10%
2. Preliminary investigation documents relating to technical projects This assessment enables learners to investigate technical requirements CA / NYC – 10%
3. Systems & technical requirements documents
Project Management Templates, BRS, WBS
This assessment enables learners to document requirements and set up project management processes together with appropriate development methodologies CA / NYC – 20%
4. Privacy Recommendation Report This assessment enables learners to create privacy recommendation report for the clients CA / NYC – 20%
5. Final Project Reports and Presentations This assessment focuses on delivering the final project product CA / NYC – 20%
6. Final Graded Assessment This assessment is a graded assessment where learners can demonstrate a higher level of understanding. 20%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency and grading requirements:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade.
Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.
If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA.
If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.
Reassessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt or have an approved special consideration application.
An final graded assessment worth 20% will be offered to students who have achieved CA

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