Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Application Framework

The current CSU Application Framework is available for download here [.pdf]

The CSU Application Framework categorises applications according to the University function/s enabled or supported by the application.

This allows us to map applications against University functions and objectives and assist in identifying opportunities and gaps in application coverage.

Classification Tiers

Within the CSU Application Framework, there are three classification tiers:

  • Domain – Domains represent key high level components (top level tiers) relating to the primary lines of business or commonly accepted core application capabilities.  Represented as dark blue boxes in the Framework.
  • Sub-Domain – Sub-domains (second-level tiers) provide a means of logically arranging functions according to their commonly accepted organisational purpose. Represented as light blue boxes in the Framework.
  • Function – Functions represent a core capability that the organisation needs to effectively operate and are also categorised as a concrete activity that the organisation undertakes. Most granular classification in the Framework.

CSU Domains

The CSU Application Framework has 5 domains:

  • Core Business Delivery– This classification groups University functions that are at the heart and fundamental purpose of the University. For example: in a manufacturing company - this domain would include activities that relate to the main products manufactured; and in a service company - this would relate to the primary services of the organisation. In a University, a knowledge based organisation - this category relates to the 'products' of CSU including: our courses, Graduates, Research and Community Services.
  • Core Business Support –This classification groups those functions that directly support core business activities. The continued operations of these core business activities require a large number of support activities. These support activities are not, in and of themselves, part of the fundamental purpose of CSU but are critically important to the success of the core business.
  • Enterprise Resource Enablers – This classification groups functions that directly support the management of CSU's resources and assets which, in turn, enable all functions of the organisation.
  • Organisational Optimisation – This classification groups functions that work to optimally organise CSU knowledge, change activities and governance processes.
  • Generic Services – This classification groups typical commodity functions that exist in most organisations to support general business operations.