Courses - Faculty of Business And Economics

Information Systems

Stage I

15 Points

Business Systems

Explores how information systems and operations management help organisations to innovate, optimise and deliver value. Examines how the interaction of business, systems, and technologies bring about organisational transformation. Develops the ability to conduct a business analysis of an organisation's vision, industry, strategy, value chain, processes, and systems.

Stage II

15 Points

Business Systems Analysis

An Information Technology (IT) professional must understand how IT systems are constructed and tested and how quality is assessed, in order to manage, develop or provide innovative business solutions. Business Systems Analysis introduces systems development process concepts and activities, with a strong focus on understanding the problem and solution through modelling.

Prerequisite: 15 points from COMPSCI 101, 105, 107, 130, INFOMGMT 192, INFOSYS 110

Restriction: INFOMGMT 291

15 Points

Database Systems

Managers and other knowledge workers find that many of their duties revolve around accessing, organising, and presenting organisational and external information. The ability to develop and use computer databases is becoming a critical skill that is required in many disciplines. These skills are developed through an introduction to data modelling, relational theory, database design, and the management of databases.

Prerequisite: 15 points from COMPSCI 101, 105, 107, 130, INFOSYS 110

15 Points

Business Systems Construction

The rapid growth of the internet and mobile technologies has had an enormous impact on the ways that companies conduct their business. Covers the construction process and programming requirements of internet based applications. Builds applied skills in the development of web-based solutions to practical business problems.

Prerequisite: INFOSYS 110 or COMPSCI 101 or 107 or 130

Stage III

15 Points

Information Systems Design

Information systems that are specifically designed for an organisation provide a considerable competitive advantage. This course addresses design at several levels: user experience, architecture and object-oriented software design. Students learn to manage the design process in a team environment, drawing on previous courses to take a system from analysis through design to a prototype implementation using the latest modelling and development environments.

Prerequisite: INFOMGMT 291 or INFOSYS 220 and BUSAN 201 or INFOMGMT 292 or INFOSYS 222 and INFOSYS 280 and COMPSCI 235 or 280 or equivalent

15 Points

Enterprise Systems

Examines cross-functional integrated computer-based information systems, known as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, designed to support an organisation's information needs and operations. Considers issues associated with the selection, analysis, design, implementation and configuration of such systems. Investigates transaction processing, management information and decision support across an organisation's business processes. Explores the characterisation of problems, in terms of process and information models.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Accounting, Business Analytics, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Information Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Software Engineering

15 Points

Data Communications and the Internet

Examines topics related to the internet and communication networks, with an overall focus on the internet layered model, and services and capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organisational context to revolutionise business. Provides a pathway to complete the industry recognised CCNA certificate by including the 'Network Fundamentals' module of the Cisco Networking Academy Programme.

Prerequisite: 15 points from COMPSCI 101, 107, 130, INFOMGMT 192, INFOSYS 110

Restriction: INFOSYS 224

15 Points

Management of Information Systems

Business operations depend on the effective and efficient operation of information and telecommunication systems. A disciplined management approach to routine business system operations is a key success factor for IT managers. This course is concerned with the management issues surrounding information and telecommunications systems, presents fundamental knowledge essential to managing this environment, and considers strategic issues related to technology use.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Accounting, Business Analytics, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Information Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Software Engineering

Restriction: INFOMGMT 391

15 Points

Databases and Business Intelligence

Identification and analysis of opportunities to improve business processes using innovative methods based in data analytics. Comprises three main components: data cleansing and management, data retrieval and data analytics. Case-studies will provide a practical perspective.

Prerequisite: BUSAN 201 or INFOMGMT 292 or INFOSYS 222 and 15 points from COMPSCI 101, 107, 130, INFOMGMT 192, INFOSYS 280, or equivalent

15 Points

Contemporary Issues in Information Systems

Examines emerging information technologies and explores their theoretical and practical implications. Topics covered are dynamic and may include human-computer interaction, user behaviour in digital media, online communities, the sharing economy and the Internet of Things.

Prerequisite: INFOSYS 110 or equivalent and 30 points at Stage II in ACCTG, COMPSCI, ENGSCI, INFOMGMT, INFOSYS, MKTG, OPSMGT, SOFTENG

15 Points

LANS, WANs, and Wireless Infrastructure

Studies the design, implementation and management of reliable and scalable networks. Topics covered: Local Area Network (LAN), switching and Virtual LANs, internet routing protocols, wireless switching, congestion control and quality of service (QoS). Introduces students to network performance analysis using network simulation software. Provides a pathway to complete the industry recognised CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certificate by including CCNA's 'Routing Protocols and Concepts' and 'LAN Switching and Wireless'.

Prerequisite: INFOSYS 224 or 322

15 Points

Management of Information Security

An overview of activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures related to establishing sound information security policies. Topics include: defining security requirements; security management models and practices; risk management; identification and authentication; access control; information security technologies and encryption techniques. Some key legal and ethical issues associated with the management of information security will be discussed.

Prerequisite: 15 points from INFOSYS 220, 222, 223, 224 or ACCTG 222 or INFOMGMT 291, 292

15 Points

Special Topic

15 Points

30 Points

Business Project

Industry sponsored real-world project. Through on-site work a group of students will provide a solution to business needs of the sponsoring organisation. The projects will be offered from the domains of information systems or operations management. In the process of completing the projects, students will gain practical skills in group dynamics, public presentation skills, project management, and business behaviour. Prerequisite: Either INFOSYS 220, 222 and 280 or COMPSCI 235 or 280 or equivalent, or either BUSAN 200 and 201 or INFOMGMT 290 and 292, or STATS 208 or 255, or OPSMGT 255 and 258, and a GPA of 4.0 or higher. Final enrolment subject to course supervisor approval.

Restriction: INFOSYS 342

To complete this course students must enrol in INFOSYS 345 A and B

15 Points

Capstone: Information Systems

Students work in a small group to solve a substantial problem applying the knowledge learnt from the different courses in the Information Systems major. Teams are expected to reason on a problem, devise a solution, produce an artefact and present their work. The capstone provides an opportunity to students to further develop their technical and communication skills.

Prerequisite: 30 points from INFOMGMT 292, INFOSYS 220 or COMPSCI 230, 15 points from COMPSCI 215, INNOVENT 203, OPSMGT 258, SCIGEN 201, 30 points from COMPSCI 345, INFOMGMT 390, 392, 393, INFOSYS 320-323, 330, 338, 339, 341, OPSMGT 357

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

15 Points

Digital Innovation

New information technologies are transforming how innovations are created, distributed, and commercialised. Focuses on the practices for digital innovation creation, distribution, and commercialisation as well as the digital strategies needed to manage such digital innovations.

15 Points

Global Outsourcing

Focuses on global outsourcing through the multiple lenses of information technology governance and operations and supply chain management. Examines outsourcing from a wide range of perspectives, including economic, cultural, and political. Addresses the main areas surrounding outsourcing and offshoring including organisational outsourcing, post outsourcing monitoring and control and evaluation.

15 Points

Information Systems Research

A substantive review of research in the discipline of information systems. Behavioural, strategic and social issues relating to the design, implementation and impact of information technology applications will be studied.

15 Points

Data Mining and Big Data

Data mining and big data involves storing, processing, analysing and making sense of huge volumes of data extracted in many formats and from many sources. Using information systems frameworks and knowledge discovery concepts, this project-based course uses cutting-edge business intelligence tools for data analytics.

15 Points

New Perspectives on Organisations and Information Systems

Investigates major issues facing organisations in adopting, implementing and using information systems for competitive advantage. Explores a set of critical issues from both an academic and practical perspectives. Topics include: Strategic Information Systems, Ecommerce, Knowledge Management, the Emergence of the Business Process, ERP Implementation, Virtual Teams and Global IT, IS and Developing Countries.

15 Points

Advanced Information Security

Focuses on technical security issues of the systems used in today's information technology applications. Explores the practical issues of identification and authentication, security of operating systems, cryptography, disaster recovery and contingency planning, and discusses the relevant theoretical models. Managerial aspects of information security issues as well as legal and ethical issues arising from protecting computer files both from a New Zealand and global perspective will be addressed. The course follows the content of CISSP certification.

15 Points

Telecommunications Management

Seeks to expose students to current issues in telecommunications and computer networking as the involved industries move towards network and service convergence. Uses a multidisciplinary approach consisting of communications technology evolution, network economics principles and legal and regulatory frameworks. Cases include: Ethernet and the battle for the local area standard, Carrier Ethernet as a wide area technology, MPLS and VPLS, cellular and data wireless communications, next-generation networks VoIP, IPTV.

15 Points

Readings in Information Systems

An independent study of the research literature in a particular area of information systems. An opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and gain valuable research skills. The particular area of research must be jointly agreed upon by the lecturer and students, and approved by the Head of Department.

15 Points

Special Topic in Information Systems

15 Points

Adaptive Enterprise Systems

Enterprises competing in contemporary dynamic markets must respond to the ever-increasing rates of change in a sustainable manner. Focuses on integrated cross-functional enterprise systems how they can be leveraged and enhanced to support adaptive and sustainable enterprises. A range of areas including Context-aware strategy/change/process/risk/performance management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Cloud Computing, Analytics, and Mobility will be discussed holistically.

15 Points

System Dynamics and Complex Modelling

The concepts, theories and modelling tools of system dynamics are used to deal with the dynamic complexities arising from interdependencies and interactions amongst various parts and functions within organisations and societies alike. Qualitative and computer modelling are used to gain insight and to foresee the intended outcomes as well as unintended consequences of policies and strategic decisions. All aspects of organisations including HR, IT, operations, marketing and strategy are considered and their interdependencies explored.

15 Points

Research Methods – Quantitative

A comprehensive review of the methodological issues in systems research, including detailed coverage of univariate and multivariate data analysis.

Prerequisite: 15 points from STATS 201-255, or equivalent

Restriction: MKTG 703, 704

15 Points

Research Methods – Qualitative

Focus is on the conduct and evaluation of qualitative research. Reviews various qualitative research methods and ways of analysing qualitative data and the challenges of writing up qualitative research work for conferences and peer-reviewed academic journals.

Restriction: MKTG 703, 704

30 Points

Dissertation in Information Systems for BCom(Hons)

Prerequisite: INFOSYS 750 or INFOSYS 751

Restriction: INFOSYS 789

60 Points

30 Points

30 Points


To complete this course students must enrol in INFOSYS 791 A and B, or INFOSYS 791

30 Points

60 Points


To complete this course students must enrol in INFOSYS 794 A and B

60 Points

60 Points

MCom Thesis in Information Systems

To complete this course students must enrol in INFOSYS 796 A and B