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MIS211 - Information Security, Governance and the Cloud


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Emilia Bellucci
Previously:Is Security, Infrastructure and the Cloud


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour class per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:11 x 2 hour class (recordings provided) plus 3 X 1 hour online seminar


Information Systems (IS) governance (which oversees, organises and ensures the security of an IS infrastructure) increasingly adopts a service-oriented approach, with flexible, well-defined, on demand, high quality IS services to an organisation’s stakeholders. An IS service is a set of related functions provided by IS to support business areas and business processes, including information security. This unit reviews the role of IS service management and IS services in organisations. It explores key supporting frameworks and models including internal, outsourced and hybrid models for IS service management, and information security methodologies and standards. It also explores important new trends in IS infrastructure and service management including cloud services and mobile services. The unit adopts a strategic outlook and considers which IS service model best supports the strategic context of an organisation. It discusses the security, social, organisational and technological issues which affect IS service management performance. The unit provides students with the opportunity to review IS services in a real life organisation in order to understand the application of IS service management theory to practice.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Analyse strategic contexts for IS services and IS infrastructure in organisations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Describe, analyse and assess key IS service management models, frameworks, processes, techniques and technologies.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Discuss the integration of work IT services with personal IT services.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Analyse and discuss social, organisational and technological issues which affect the management of IS services and infrastructure in organisations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Review IS service management for an organisation showing critical thinking and problem-solving skills and recommend an IS service management strategy.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem-solving


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Group of 2 - 4 students) Case study report 4000 words 40% Week 8
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the examination

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MIS211 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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