Paper No./Title Credits Sem Mode Loc
Paper No./Title Credits Sem Mode Loc
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 Email/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
157.004 20 credits * * *
An introduction to the use of computers in a business environment.
157.100 15 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 S1 I WL S12 E PN S2 I AL S2 I PN S3 I WL 157.104 20 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.
157.111 15 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.
157.120 15 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.
157.123 15 credits * * *
A practical introduction to computer programming that develops the disciplines of good programming technique.
157.125 15 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.
157.126 15 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.
157.128 15 credits * * *
An introduction to the uses of information systems and the processes of systems analysis and design.
157.129 15 credits * * *
Business Software Environment
A study of standard office support software including using operating
systems, Network OS, word processing, spreadsheets, database and web browsers.
157.131 15 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.
157.221 15 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.
157.223 15 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.
157.231 15 credits * * *
Implementation of Information Systems
A study of the implementation of information systems, involving high-level programming languages and commercial database systems. This study is combined with programming practise.
157.232 15 credits * * *
Business Applications Programming
A study of the programming of information systems applications, involving a high level programming language.
157.240 15 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.
157.241 15 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
157.242 15 credits * * *
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.
157.243 15 credits * * *
A study of the issues, methods and tasks involved in evaluating, specifying, selecting, and implementing an information system.
157.245 15 credits * * *
A study of the information technology concepts involved in designing, constructing, and utilising information systems in business.
157.246 15 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.
157.249 15 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.
157.250 15 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.
157.262 15 credits * * *
Business Information Technology
A study of information and communications technology that supports collaboration needs in a small or medium-sized organisation.
157.263 15 credits * * *
Operating Systems Software and Data Communications
Installation, configuration, maintenance and support of simple and
multi-user operating system environments, including LAN and low-speed communications interfaces.
157.264 15 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.
157.266 15 credits * * *
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.
157.278 15 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.
157.293 15 credits S1 I AL
Special Topic S2 I AL
157.320 15 credits * * *
Website Development Project
A guided practical that models, designs and implements a web-site including static and dynamic components.
157.321 15 credits * * *
Information Systems Project
An individual project highlighting the issues, tools and processes involved in the analysis, design, implementation and management of information systems.
157.322 15 credits * * *
Information Systems Development Methodologies
A comparative study of current information systems development methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application to
specific problem domains.
157.323 15 credits * * *
Database and ISD Project
A guided practical that designs and implements an application and its associated databases.
157.324 15 credits * * *
A guided practical that critically evaluates an e-business implementation with respect to principles, strategies, and design criteria.
157.325 15 credits
Information Management Project
A guided practical applying business analysis
S2 E PN
S2 I AL
S2 I WL
methods to an information system and its environment.
157.328 15 credits * * *
A guided practical that analyses an installed server-based local area network.
157.331 15 credits * * *
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.
157.332 15 credits * * *
157.333 15 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
157.339 15 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.
157.340 15 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.
157.341 15 credits S1 I PN
Strategic Management for Information S2 I AL
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
157.342 15 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.
157.343 15 credits * * *
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.
157.354 15 credits S1 I WL
A study of how e-business technologies are being used by organisations to improve their performance.
157.355 15 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.
157.356 15 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.
157.357 15 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.
157.361 15 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.
157.367 15 credits * * *
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.
157.372 15 credits * * *
A study of advanced programming issues and techniques. A practical approach is taken.
157.374 15 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.
157.392 15 credits * * *
157.393 15 credits S1 I AL
Special Topic S2 I AL
157.700 30 credits S1 I AL
Information Systems Management
A comprehensive overview of the application of computing technology within organisations from a managerial perspective.
157.701 30 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.
157.711 15 credits * * *
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.
157.712 15 credits * * *
Strategic Business Modelling
An advanced study of the analysis of business systems using computer modelling techniques to maximise competitive advantage.
157.720 15 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.
157.721 15 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.
157.722 15 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.
157.723 15 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.
157.725 15 credits * * *
A study of theoretical and practical aspects of object-oriented data-bases, emphasising structure, query languages and their semantics, dependencies and constraints, and update operations.
157.726 15 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.
157.727 15 credits * * *
Soft Systems Methodology
157.728 15 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.
157.730 15 credits * * *
Web-Based Multi-media Systems
The development of web-based multi-media technology and its use in community, educational and research studies.
157.733 15 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.
157.734 15 credits * * *
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.
157.735 15 credits * * *
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.
157.736 15 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.
157.737 15 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.
157.739 15 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.
157.740 15 credits * * *
Use Case Analysis
A study of use case analysis as an integrated method to support all phases of the software development life cycle.
157.742 15 credits * * *
Strategic Information Technology
An advanced study of the development, implementation and evaluation of information technology strategies that are intended to maximise competitive advantage.
157.743 15 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.
157.744 15 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.
157.746 15 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.
157.750 15 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.
157.754 15 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.
157.762 15 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. 157.791 30 credits S1 B1 PN Special Topic S1 I AL S2 B1 PN S2 I AL 157.792 30 credits S12 B1 PN Special Topic S12 B2 WL 157.793 15 credits S1 B1 PN Special Topic S1 B2 WL S2 B1 PN S2 B2 WL 157.794 15 credits S1 B1 PN Special Topic S2 B1 PN
157.799 30 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 S1 I WL S12 I PN S12 I WL S2 I AL S2 I PN S2 I WL 157.800 120 credits S12 I PN
MPhil Info Systems S12 I WL
157.879 60 credits * * * Research Report 157.896 60 credits S1 I PN Research Report S1 I WL S12 I PN S12 I WL 157.897 60 credits S1 I AL Thesis (Year 1) S12 I AL S2 I AL S2 I PN 157.898 60 credits S1 I AL Thesis (Year 2) S1 I PN S1 I WL S12 I AL 157.899 120 credits S12 I AL Thesis S12 I PN S12 I WL 157.900 120 credits S12 I AL PhD Info Systems S12 I PN S12 I WL