School of Information Management

BCom(Hons) Overview and Programme Structure

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Overview of the BCom(Hons)

The BCom(Hons) programme has a focus on research and critical thinking, coupled with examination of topical issues such as IS in the new organisation and electronic commerce. BCom(Hons) consists of seven courses -- four core and three elective courses - taken over two trimesters. Most students enrol in full-time study although it is possible to study part-time.

If you complete the BCom(Hons) with a Second Class (first division) or better, you may apply to continue on and enrol in the MCom. The MCom in Information Systems is designed for graduates who want a fast track into leadership positions as information systems professionals and for those wishing to pursue further research in a PhD programme.

Core Courses

Please refer to the online timetable for current trimester information.

INFO 401: Foundations of Information Systems Research

An overview of the main streams of research, which contribute to the field of information systems. This course will provide students with the perspective needed to appreciate current and future trends in information systems research.

INFO 402: Current Issues in Information Systems Research

Building on INFO 401, this course will make a critical examination of recent literature in the domain of strategic, managerial and organisational aspects of information systems research. Students are assessed both on their knowledge of the field covered in the course and their general knowledge of information systems research literature.

INFO 403: Research Methods in Information Systems

A critical examination of methodologies used in theoretical and empirical research in information systems. Survey research, experimentation, case research, action research, grounded theory, ethnographic research, hermeneutic research, meta-research and other methodologies will be examined. Published research papers in which the various methodologies have been employed will be studied.

INFO 430: Research Project in Information Systems

This course provides an opportunity for students to complete a research project on an information systems or electronic commerce topic.Students work in an independent manner under the guidance of a supervisor allocated from SIM academic staff. Students normally write the literature review for this project while taking INFO 401 and the project proposal while taking INFO 403.

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Elective Courses

Three elective courses must be selected from those on offer in any given year. For example:

INFO 405: IT and the New Organisation

IT assumes new and even greater importance as organisations de-layer, downsize, re-engineer, focus on core competencies, and outsource some of their components. Widespread adoption of team structures internally and new inter-organisational relationships externally create even greater challenges for the effective application of IT within and across firms. This course examines the role and function of IT within the context of such new organisational arrangements.

INFO 407: Virtual Workplace: Issues and Strategies

In the virtual workplace, individuals and groups will use a variety of technologies to assist them in communicating, collaborating, and coordinating their activities across distance, time and culture. This course examines the impact the Virtual Workplace has on individuals, groups and societies. In particular, the course provides an opportunity for students to examine the technologies and issues associated with working in the virtual workplace and to identify strategies in managing them.

INFO 409: IT, Innovation, Value and Productivity
An examination of the linkages between IT and innovation, value and productivity in organsations. Topics include research on the link between IT investments and productivity, innovation models, IT project and value management, and IT benefits realisation and measurement metrics.

BBIS 415: Advanced Business Analysis

This course covers advanced topics in business analysis, its tools and techniques. Topics may include: enterprise analysis; creating and maintaining the business architecture requirements planning, management, elicitation, analysis and communication; business systems documentation; solution assessment and validation; and systems testing.

BBIS 417: Enterprise Systems
The theory and practice of implementing and utilising enterprise-wide application systems. Topics include the configuration of enterprise resource planning systems and understanding the inegrative capability and complexity of such systems in an organisational context.

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Suggested Full-time Programme

Trimester 1


Core
INFO 401
Foundations of IS Research

Core
INFO 403
Research Methods in Information Systems

Elective 1
INFO 4XX
Varies each year

Elective 2
With guidance, select any 400 level Faculty of Commerce course (e.g. Management, Marketing, Information Systems)

Trimester 2


Core
INFO 402
Current Issues in IS Research

Core
INFO 430
Research Project in Information Systems

Elective 1
INFO 4XX
Varies each year

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Recommended Part-time Programme

Year 1: Trimester 1


Core
INFO 401
Foundations of IS Research

Elective 1
INFO 4XX
Varies each year

Year 1: Trimester 2


Core
INFO 402
Current Issues in IS Research

Elective 2
INFO 4XX
Varies each year

Year 2: Trimester 1


Core
INFO 403
Research Methods in Information Systems

Elective 3
INFO 4XX
Varies each year

Year 2: Trimester 2


Core
INFO 430
Research Project in Information Systems

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