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ISYS636 Enterprise Architecture

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3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit provides students with an understanding of the theoretic and practical issues related to the application of enterprise systems within organisations. It demonstrates how enterprise systems integrate information and organisational processes across functional areas with a unified system comprised of a single database and shared reporting tools.

Enterprise systems, by their multi-dimensional integrative nature, offer the depth of functionality and breadth of integration to demonstrate how global operations of organisations are managed. Students, therefore, will gain an appreciation of the scope of enterprise systems and the motivation for implementing them.

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 - investigate how organisational processes often span different functional areas and how integrated information sharing increases organisational efficiencies. (GA4, GA5, GA8) 

LO2 - integrate different functional areas into one unified enterprise-wide information system using enterprise architecture (GA5, GA10) 

LO3 - effectively model, implement and maintain enterprise-wide information system with the use of modern architectural framework and tools (GA5, GA8) 

LO4 - evaluate the cost and benefits on implementing an enterprise system in an organisation (GA5, GA10) 

LO5 - apply acquired knowledge and skills on ethical compliance and environmental stewardship when designing an enterprise system (GA3, GA5, GA10) 

Graduate attributes

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

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

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

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


Topics covered: 

  • Service oriented architecture 
  • Enterprise architecture frameworks 
  • Systems integration 
  • Monitoring and metrics for infrastructure and business processes 
  • Green computing 
  • Virtualisation of storage and systems 
  • Role of open source software 
  • Risk management and business continuity 
  • Software as a service 
  • Data / information architecture, data integration and enterprise data models 
  • Audit and compliance 
  • System administration, IT control and management frameworks 

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

In order to pass this unit, you are required to submit all pieces of assessment and achieve an overall mark of at least 50% when the results from all assessment tasks are added together.  

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed for you to demonstrate your achievement of each learning outcome.  

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed for you to demonstrate your achievement of each learning outcome. Compulsory attendance is not applicable to FLB units. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Task1: Written report based on discussion forum  

The student will participate in online discussion forum to understand complex concepts through reflection and collaboration. The students are expected conduct further research on a discussion topic and to write a report reflecting their understanding of the concepts. 


LO1, LO2 

GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10 

Task2: Term test  

The aim of this assessment is to evaluate the students’ understanding of the theoretical and practical issues related to the application of enterprise architecture within organisations.  


LO1, LO2, LO4 

GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10 

Task 3: Practical- Case Study Analysis  

The purpose of this assessment is to assess whether the students are able to evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing an enterprise system in an  

organisation and investigate the major enterprise system software providers and their packaged systems. Students are also required to apply their knowledge and skills to ensure environmental stewardship and ethical compliance.   


LO3, LO4, LO5 

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10 

Representative texts and references

Lankhorst M 2017, Enterprise architecture at work: modelling, communication and analysis, 4th edn, Springer, New York. (This book is available as e-book at ACU Library.) 

Lam W 2007, Enterprise architecture and integration: methods, implementation and technologies, IGI Global, New York. 

Land MO 2008, Enterprise architecture: creating value by informed governance, Springer, New York. 

Minoli D 2008, Enterprise architecture A to Z: frameworks, business process modeling, SOA, and infrastructure technology, Auerbach Publications, Boston, MA. 

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