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ITEC616 Systems Analysis and Design


ISYS628 Business Process Modelling

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3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit rationale, description and aim

This is the first of two units concerned with business analysis and the discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement, organisational change or strategic planning and policy development.

This unit focuses on business process modelling, the activity of representing processes of an enterprise so that a current process may be analysed and improved. BPM is typically performed by business analysts and managers who are seeking to improve process efficiency and quality. The process improvements identified by BPM may or may not require Information Technology involvement, although that is a common driver for the need to model a business process.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - demonstrate their knowledge on function, purpose, tools and methods of business process modelling; (GA5, GA10) 

LO2 - design and implement pre-execution “what-if” models and simulations and other functionalities of process management software tools. (GA5, GA8) 

LO3 - critically analyse existing business processes by working in a team and how business processes can be modelled without losing global solidarity (GA2, GA5, GA7). 

LO4 - build new business process models using relevant tools and techniques and assess the performance using industry standard framework (GA4, GA5, GA8) 

Graduate attributes

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


  • Purpose of process modeling  
  • Modelling tools 
  • Analysing and classifying processes 
  • Modelling and designing processes 
  • Business rules 
  • Business intelligence 
  • Return on investment 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode: Attendance mode 

Duration: 12-week semester or equivalent. Students should anticipate undertaking 150 hours of study for this unit, including class attendance, readings, exams, and assessment preparation. 

Students will have access to all primary learning materials online through LEO, along with formative and summative assessments, all of which will be available online, to provide a learning experience beyond the classroom. While there are no formal classroom lectures for this unit, students will be required to attend weekly three-hour workshops, which will include lecture and specific tasks related to achievement of the unit learning outcomes. 

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed for you to demonstrate your achievement of each learning outcome. This unit has three assessment items and each assessment item is designed to achieve intended learning outcomes. The first assessment is an in-class test designed to assess the knowledge of business modelling concepts. The second assessment is a group-based activity where you will be submitting a report on the state-of-the-art approaches in BPM. Finally, the last assessment requires to write a BPM report based on a real-world case study. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Task1: In-class Test 

The students will participate in an in-class test that will assess their abilities to apply theoretical knowledge to simple business process model examples.  



GA5, GA10 

Task2: Review on BPM approaches (Group Report)  

This group assessment is designed to develop student’s ability and skills to work both autonomously and collaboratively while investigating and evaluating current BPM approaches. The students will be submitting a review report clearly identifying the challenges, critical findings and recommendations.  


LO2, LO3 

GA2, GA5, GA7, GA8,

Task 3: BPM Report  

The purpose of this assessment is to apply concepts to real world case study questions using a modelling tool. A business process modelling report has to submitted based on their weekly activities. The main task in this project involves design of business process models based on an analysis of the business process requirements. 



GA4, GA5, GA8 

Representative texts and references

Shapiro R., White S., Bock C., 2010, BPMN 2.0 Handbook, 2nd Edition. Future Strategies Inc. 

Havey M., 2005. Essential Business Process Modeling. 1 Edition. O'Reilly Media. 

Scheer A., 2000. ARIS: Business Process Modeling. 3rd Edition. Springer. 

Holt J., 2009. A Pragmatic Guide to Business Process Modelling (2nd Ed). New Edition. British Informatics Society Ltd. 

Cardoso J., 2009. Handbook of Research on Business Process Modeling. 1 Edition. Information Science Reference. 

Draheim D, 2010. Business Process Technology: A Unified View on Business Processes, Workflows and Enterprise Applications. 1st Edition. Edition. Springer. 

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