1 Prescriptions and Schedule of Papers for 2008 Mode of Delivery * = Not available in 2008 B1, B2, B3 = Available as a block course E, E1, E2 = Available extramurally F1 = Face to face teaching I, I1, I2, I3, I4, I5, I6, I7, I8, I9, I10, I11, I12, I13, I14, I15, I16, I17, I18, I19, I20, I21, I22, I23, I24, I25, I26, I27, I28, I29, I30, I31, I32, I33, I34, I35, I36, I37, I38, I39, I40, I41, I42, I43, I44, I45, I46, I47, I48, I49 = Available internally Semesters S1 Semester One S2 Semester Two S3 Summer School S12 Double Semester Locations AG Auckland Geographic Area AL Massey Albany CG Christchurch Geographic Area CH Christchurch EM Employers and Manufacturers Assc HK Hokowhitu Campus HW Hawkes Bay MA Military Stds Inst. Auckland NT /Internet PG Papua New Guinea Geographic Area PN Massey Palmerston North RU Ruawharo Campus SP Singapore Aviation Academy TH Thailand Aviation Academy WG Wellington Geographic Area WL Massey Wellington Paper No./Title Credits Sem Mode Loc Paper No./Title Credits Sem Mode Loc Information Systems credits * * * Computer Concepts An introduction to the use of computers in a business environment credits Introduction to Information Systems An introductory study of the roles and applications of information systems in e-commerce, business organisations and society. Practical computing exercises are used to illustrate the use and development of information systems. S1 I AL S1 I PN S12 E PN S3 I WL credits * * * Applied Computing A paper that develops skills in the effective application of modern office software tools within a business context and also provides an introduction to information systems and their development credits * * * Principles of Information Systems An introductory study of the fundamentals of information systems and their relation to practice. The approach taken focuses on developing underpinning abstract concepts. Practical exercises including computing are used to illustrate the principles of building and understanding information systems credits * * * Business Systems and Processes An introduction to the core business systems and processes, emphasising terminology, instruments, workflows, and structure; together with an introduction to enterprise modelling techniques credits * * * Programming Techniques A practical introduction to computer programming that develops the disciplines of good programming technique credits * * * Introduction to Programming Applications A practical paper in which procedure specifications are translated into the selected language. Students will be expected to solve compilation errors, conduct program testing and fix program bugs credits * * * Hardware and Data Communication A study of hardware components and their inter-relationship in personal computers. This paper also covers data communication concepts which include transmission protocols, modulation techniques, equipment and networks credits * * * Systems Overview An introduction to the uses of information systems and the processes of systems analysis and design credits * * * Business Software Environment A study of standard office support software including using operating systems, Network OS, word processing, spreadsheets, database and web browsers credits * * * Principles of Programming An introduction to the practices and principles of modern computer programming. A high-level programming language is used to introduce the concepts that underlie programming languages credits * * * Systems Analysis for Web Information Systems A study of the elicitation, analysis, and modelling of information system requirements, leading to conceptual models of information systems. The course will emphasise web information systems credits * * * Information Systems Design A study of the design, re-design, and development of information systems leading to systems specifications. This study is combined with the hands-on critical use of tools employed in industry credits * * * Implementation of Information Systems A study of the implementation of information systems, involving highlevel programming languages and commercial database systems. This study is combined with programming practise credits * * * Business Applications Programming A study of the programming of information systems applications, involving a high level programming language.
2 credits * * * Computer-mediated Communications and On-Line Communities The paper looks at the roles of network-based connectivity and online communities in building both internal and external business relationships and in facilitating communications. Topics include how online communities and connectivty generate new business opportunities, facilitate relationships with customers and business partners and create new markets credits S1 I AL Information Systems, Organisations and S2 E PN E-Commerce A study of the organisational context within which information systems are developed and used. The paper reviews the use of information systems from a user and manager s perspective. Ethical issues associated with the use of information systems are identified and their resolution is considered credits * * * Information Management A study of how the information resource is managed in organisations. The paper includes an introduction to electronic commerce and an examination of the impact and use of modern and emerging communications technologies credits * * * Requirements Engineering A study of the issues, methods and tasks involved in evaluating, specifying, selecting, and implementing an information system credits * * * Business Applications A study of the information technology concepts involved in designing, constructing, and utilising information systems in business credits * * * Project Management and Systems Implementation A study of project planning and control together with the application of this knowledge to project management in systems implementation. This study includes techniques for decision-making, the use of project management software, and the management of personnel in a project environment credits * * * Professional and Social Issues in Information Systems A study of the standards of behaviour, responsibility and accountability appropriate to the IT professional, and the impact on society of contemporary developments in information technology credits * * * Design and Development of Web-Based Information Systems A fundamental study of modelling principles and techniques used to develop Internet sites and applications in E-Business, learning, entertainment and information sites. A practical approach is taken focusing on development methodology, underlying modelling principles and realisation techniques credits * * * Business Information Technology A study of information and communications technology that supports collaboration needs in a small or medium-sized organisation credits * * * Operating Systems Software and Data Communications Installation, configuration, maintenance and support of simple and multi-user operating system environments, including LAN and lowspeed communications interfaces credits * * * Operating Systems Environment The study of a typical multi-user operating system and the interaction between its components. A practical approach is used to provide experience in systems generation, support, upgrade and recovery credits * * * Data Modelling The study and application of techniques commonly used for formalising information needs and data structures. The focus of the paper is on investigating the importance of conceptual database modelling as a means of communication and understanding. An introduction to database theory is included credits * * * Data Analysis and Implementation A study of the principles of database design within a commercial environment. The paper includes a study of how to build a data model credits S1 I AL Special Topic credits * * * Website Development Project A guided practical that models, designs and implements a web-site including static and dynamic components credits * * * Information Systems Project An individual project highlighting the issues, tools and processes involved in the analysis, design, implementation and management of information systems credits * * * Information Systems Development Methodologies A comparative study of current information systems development methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application to specific problem domains credits * * * Database and ISD Project A guided practical that designs and implements an application and its associated databases credits * * * E-Business Project A guided practical that critically evaluates an e-business implementation with respect to principles, strategies, and design criteria credits Information Management Project A guided practical applying business analysis methods to an information system and its environment. S2 E PN S2 I WL credits * * * Network Project A guided practical that analyses an installed server-based local area network credits * * * Database Concepts An advanced study of database management systems involving concepts of data models and query languages, physical architecture, distribution and design. The study includes the critical use of commercial database management systems credits * * * Distributed Systems credits * * * Implementation of Database Management Systems A comprehensive study of concepts, methods and algorithms involved in the realisation of database management systems. Topics include database architectures, memory management, file organisation, index and access structures, concurrency control and recovery.
3 credits * * * Finite Model Theory and Databases The basics of a formal theory of relational databases and of query computability and complexity, based on Finite Model Theory; together with a deep study of the phenomena that underlie query computation emphasising correct design and/or use of a query language. A knowledge of database principles is assumed credits * * * Organisational Knowledge Management This paper exposes students to the role of information systems in creating business value in a knowledge economy. Topics covered include the role of information technologies (e,g. intranets, data warehouses and best- practice repositories) in leveraging organisational knowledge in a variety of business domains, ways of assessing the productivity of knowledge work, organisational knowledge creation processes and knowledge uses based on principles of self-organisation and distributed expertise credits S1 I PN Strategic Management for Information Systems S2 I WL A comprehensive study of issues, concepts and methods used in the management of information systems and information technology. The focus is on strategic management; tactical and operational issues are also addressed credits * * * Information Systems Management: Practice An integrative approach to the comparison of theory and practice in the management of Information Systems. Case studies and a substantial project, supported by class and group sessions, supply the learning resources of this paper credits * * * Business Modelling A study of the modelling of organisational processes including the foundations of modelling languages and the practical applications of modelling to organisational problems. The course will emphasise workflow modelling and Petri Nets. Some basic skills in tertiary mathematics are assumed credits E-Business Strategy A study of how e-business technologies are being used by organisations to improve their performance credits * * * Semantics of Information Systems A study of theoretical concepts underlying information systems including logical foundations of databases, semantics of system dynamics, integrity constraints and knowledge-based systems credits * * * User Interface Design for Web-Based Systems Focuses on the design and evaluation of human-computer interfaces (HCI) for web-based systems covering task analysis, the process of design, the use of rapid prototyping in HCI design, and formative and summative useability testing, as well as the integration of user interface design techniques into the SDLC. The approach is hands-on credits * * * Information Systems Security A comprehensive study of methods used in controlling access to information systems in order to guarantee confidentiality and reliability of data. Topics include administrative approaches, cryptography, water marking and steganography credits * * * Implementation of Web, Mobile, and Ubiquitous Information Systems A comprehensive study of implementation techniques for interaction in web, mobile, and ubiquitous systems. Both client and server side techniques are included credits * * * Distributed Systems A comprehensive study of distributed information systems focussing on technical architecture. Topics include data communications, client server architecture, middleware and design methods. This study is combined with a laboratory component credits * * * Advanced Programming A study of advanced programming issues and techniques. A practical approach is taken credits * * * Object-Oriented Design and Development A study of theories and practices related to object-oriented systems development for business applications, including the structuring of applications, patterns, and emerging systems development practices credits * * * Special Topic credits S1 I AL Special Topic credits S1 I AL Information Systems Management A comprehensive overview of the application of computing technology within organisations from a managerial perspective credits S12 B1 PN Health Information Management A comprehensive study of concepts and methods used in the management of information systems and information technology and their impact on the delivery of healthcare. A managerial perspective is adopted rather than a technological one credits * * * Information Management A comprehensive overview of concepts and methods of information systems and information technology and their impact on organisations. The paper takes a managerial perspective rather than a technological one credits * * * Strategic Business Modelling An advanced study of the analysis of business systems using computer modelling techniques to maximise competitive advantage credits S1 B1 PN Information Systems Research: Methods A study of information systems research, its methods, practices, social contexts and relationships to other fields of study. Research skills including research design, literature evaluation, data collection, data analysis and publication are practised in the paper credits * * * Literature Review and Colloquia A study of a body of literature which could or will form the foundations for the conceptual content of a research project. Students will present a number of colloquia on particular pieces of literature, a literature survey and a seminar credits S1 B1 PN Algorithms and Databases in Bioinformatics The paper aims to provide students with an understanding of concepts, ideas, databases and algorithms used in the emerging field of bioinformatics. The paper discusses standard methods for storing and querying biological sequence data, including string searching algorithms and optimal sequence alignments. Special attention is devoted to molecular biology databases and the organisation of biological data. Commonly used data models for biological data are discussed and challenges addressed.
4 credits * * * The Practise of Conceptual Data Modelling An advanced study of the need for and practise of conceptual data modelling within information systems development. Different modelling methods are compared credits * * * Object-Oriented Databases A study of theoretical and practical aspects of object-oriented databases, emphasising structure, query languages and their semantics, dependencies and constraints, and update operations credits * * * Requirements Engineering for Spatial Information Systems A study of techniques used in developing requirements specifications for spatial information systems. Topics may include requirements acquisition techniques, data and process modelling, database design, use of CASE tools, HCI issues, computer graphics, prototyping, decision support, and knowledge-based systems in a spatial information systems context credits * * * Soft Systems Methodology credits * * * End User Computing This paper covers concepts, issues and application of end-user computing within organisations. Students will be expected to become familiar with the landmark papers in the literature and current papers relating to the development and spread of end-user computing. Aspects covered will include management and organisational issues credits * * * Web-Based Multi-media Systems The development of web-based multi-media technology and its use in community, educational and research studies credits S2 B1 PN Health Information Systems A study of the existing and potential applications of information systems that can be used to support the delivery and management of healthcare credits * * * Workflow Modelling An advanced study of workflow modelling. A widely used process modelling language is discussed and used. An industry-strength workflow management system is used to illustrate the basic concepts of workflow management systems credits * * * Data Mining A study of data mining methodologies and techniques related primarily to business and information systems applications. An applied approach will be adopted for the most part credits S1 B1 PN Advanced Database Concepts An introduction to database concepts superseding the relational model focusing on an in-depth theoretical treatment of the topic credits S2 B1 PN Advanced Database Management Systems Implementation A study of advanced techniques involved in the realisation of database management systems and their underlying theoretical base. Topics include hybrid caching, multi-dimensional access and index structures, persistent object stores, and transaction management in the presence of nested transactions credits * * * Knowledge and Information Technology A study of recent developments in epistemology and the social impact, mediated by information technology, of adopting a management mentality towards knowledge credits * * * Use Case Analysis A study of use case analysis as an integrated method to support all phases of the software development life cycle credits * * * Strategic Information Technology An advanced study of the development, implementation and evaluation of information technology strategies that are intended to maximise competitive advantage credits S1 B2 WL Models of Computation of Database Queries The basics of a formal theory of relational databases and of query computability and complexity, based on Finite Model Theory; together with a clear understanding of the phenomena that underlie query computation emphasising correct design and/or use of a query language. A knowledge of database principles and logic is assumed credits S2 B2 WL The Culture of the Computer Learning Environment A study of the computer learning environment and the impact of the computing culture on the participation and learning outcomes, especially of females and minority subgroups credits S1 B1 PN XML Databases and the Semantic Web The paper studies concepts of XML databases emphasising the modelling of semi-structured data, the design and management of persistent XML databases, and emerging XML database technologies. Special attention is devoted to the Semantic Web which aims to enhance data on the web by meanings to facilitate data exchange, data integration and re-use across application boundaries credits * * * Information Sciences Research Methods A study of information science research, its methods, practices, social context and relationships to other fields of study. Research skills including research design, literature evaluation, data collection, data analysis and publication are practised in this paper credits * * * Electronic Commerce Systems A study of the existing and potential applications of information systems that can be used to support the delivery of electronic commerce solutions credits * * * Software Quality and Reliability A study of software quality assurance and reliability analysis techniques. Introduction to software quality and reliability engineering. Concepts, methods, practice and applications of software quality assurance and reliability analysis, including topics such as software quality assurance policies and activities, software metrics, software reliability growth modelling credits S1 B1 PN Special Topic S1 I AL S2 B1 PN credits S12 B1 PN Special Topic S12 B2 WL credits S1 B1 PN Special Topic S1 B2 WL S2 B1 PN S2 B2 WL credits S1 B1 PN Special Topic S2 B1 PN
5 credits Information Systems Project The development of a piece of work that is well founded in the body of knowledge of a particular topic area and aims to produce either a study of the operational and contextual environment of an IS system, or alternatively, to design and/or develop an IS system to fulfil some specific task. S1 I AL S1 I PN S12 I PN S2 I WL credits S12 I PN MPhil Info Systems credits * * * Research Report credits S1 I PN Research Report S12 I PN credits S1 I AL Thesis (Year 1) S12 I AL credits S1 I AL Thesis (Year 2) S1 I PN S12 I AL credits S12 I AL Thesis S12 I PN credits S12 I AL PhD Info Systems S12 I PN