Table A - Digital Business

The information below details the unit of study descriptions for the units listed in the Table of postgraduate units of study: Commerce.

Unit outlines will be available through Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.
 

Digital Business

Achievement of a specialisation in Digital Business requires a minimum of 30 credit points from this table comprising:
(i) 6 credit points in Table A - Foundational units of study*; and
(ii) 24 credit points in Table A - Digital Business selective units of study.
Students completing this specialisation to meet the requirements for the Master of Commerce or as their compulsory specialisation for the Master of Commerce (Extension) must complete a 6 credit point capstone unit related to the specialisation from Table A - Capstone units of study section in Table A for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Commerce OR Table A for the Master of Commerce (Extension).
Students completing this specialisation as an optional second specialisation for the Master of Commerce (Extension) do not need to complete a capstone unit.

Units of study

The units of study are listed below.

Table A - Foundational unit of study

* Note. Foundational units count towords both the Foundational units of study for the course and the specialisation.
INFS5002 Foundation in Digital Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: INFS6001 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit introduces students to the foundations of digital business and the emerging strategic role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in transforming organisations. Students develop an understanding of how ICT come to matter to organisations as they disrupt, change and transform organisations and organisational processes. The unit covers systems issues, information literacy and use, and how various digital technologies work together to create an infrastructure for digital business and how technologies (such as social media) are disrupting 'business as usual'. The role of information systems in capturing and distributing organisational knowledge and in enhancing decision-making is explored. Students gain an understanding of socio-technical networks, how information systems function, and how processes in organisations can be leveraged to create digital innovation and business transformation.

Table A - Digital Business

Selective units of study
INFS6004 Digital Business Transformation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 or COMP5206 Assumed knowledge: Understanding the major functions of a business and how those business functions interact internally and externally so the company can be competitive in a changing market. How Information Systems can be used and managed in a business. How to critically analyse a business and determine its options for transformation. Desirable Experience as a member of a project team. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
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The forces that currently drive business transformation, such as globalisation, the digital revolution and environmental sustainability, require businesses to be in a constant state of change to stay competitive in turbulent markets. However, as companies need to maintain their current revenue streams, they need to progress through a series of integrated business transformation projects. In this unit students learn how to analyse an organisation within a local and global context and develop knowledge of techniques required for managing digital business transformation initiatives. Topics covered include: the drivers of digital business transformation, managing change as a process, analysing information and processes, and planning, leading, sustaining, diffusing and learning from transformational projects.
INFS6012 Digital Information Infrastructures

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 or COMP5206 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
The unit provides an overall introduction to the different components of digital information infrastructures in organisational contexts. This includes organisational enterprise systems architecture, legacy systems, enterprise systems, cloud infrastructure and enabling technologies such as blockchain, internet of things, or web services. Strategic managerial issues that arise from the implementation, use, and security management of information infrastructures and enterprise systems are also covered. The unit utilises a combination of practical sessions with Enterprise Systems, such as SAP, and case study analyses to build a deep understanding of relevant topics.
INFS6015 Business Process Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 or COMP5206 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
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This unit highlights the key concepts of business process management (BPM) and their importance to organisations in supporting the business operations and providing opportunities for competitive advantage and innovation. It provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, strategies, tools and technologies required throughout the BPM lifecycle. This unit takes both the strategic and change management perspectives in designing process architecture and governance, as well as analysing, designing, and measuring performance of processes across value chains and aligned to industry standards. The unit also develops practical skills in modelling and simulating processes using business process management tools.
INFS6016 Digital Business Models

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 or COMP5206 Assumed knowledge: Understanding the major functions of a business and how those business functions interact internally and externally so the company can be competitive in the market is essential in order to critically analyse how and where a business can be innovative. Some knowledge of how technology can be applied in a business is also essential. Experience as a member of a project team is desirable. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
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This unit develops knowledge and skills in innovative, digital business models and strategies from a management perspective. The unit facilitates a better understanding and application of the concepts, strategies, tools and technologies necessary for undertaking digital innovation of business models, such as the Business Model Canvas. From basic knowledge of digital business models and business processes, this unit increases awareness and understanding of stakeholders, their capabilities and their limitations in the strategic convergence of technology and business. It provides insights into the digital technologies required to support business in the 21st Century and supports development of student capabilities to analyse, develop and evaluate innovative digital business strategies and models.
INFS6018 Managing with Information and Data

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 or COMP5206 or QBUS5001 Assumed knowledge: Understanding the major functions of a business and how those business functions interact internally and externally so the company can be competitive in a changing market. How information systems can be used and managed in a business. How to critically analyse a business and determine its options for transformation. (ii) Desirable Experience as a member of a project team. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Business analytics and the ability to interpret and respond to related outputs, is a major source of competitive advantage in the information age and is therefore a leading business priority globally. In recent times, this field has evolved from a technology topic to a management priority, creating an unprecedented demand for new competencies in managing with data. Taking a business rather than technology perspective, this unit covers the enterprise ecosystem in the context of strategic and operational analytics and decision making. Topics include innovation through advanced analytics, data driven performance management, strategic business improvement and management of complex BI projects. The unit offers hands-on experience in using a commercial platform, combined with in-depth analytical skills, and enables students completing the unit to help any organization to derive more value from data and information and compete on analytics.
INFS6032 Agile Project Methods

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
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Traditional approaches to project management and design work well under stable conditions, when intended outcomes are well understood. Yet, under conditional of market disruption, in innovation projects, new product development or for start-up businesses, traditional methods are often restrictive and inflexible. Agile Project Management and Design Thinking offer alternative approaches that value continuous change, flexibility, time-to-market, interactive learning and self-organisation over rigorous planning and design processes. In this unit, students will learn the ethos, principles, and methods of agile project management and design thinking. Students will experience hands-on techniques such as design thinking, learn management and Scrum as applied in practice. Learning will revolve around practical activities, insights from experienced guest speakers and case studies representing various industries.
INFS6060 Digital Work Practices

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 Assumed knowledge: INFS5002 (or COMP5206) taken previously or concurrently Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Digital technologies are changing the way we work, how we present ourselves online, and how we manage and organize ourselves and others. In this unit, students learn about new and emerging digital work practices. Students acquire individual-level skills needed to be successful in the world of digital work. We analyse how, as professionals, we best present ourselves online; and how others, including clients and employers, look at digital self-presentation. We also explore new digital forms of working and organizing at the collective level: the new digital, flexible, and networked work practices emerging in modern workplaces. Students engage in hands-on activities to learn how to navigate digital work successfully, how to present themselves professionally in digital media, and how to design, coordinate, and manage digital work practices.
INFS6066 Gadgets, Gods and Godzilla

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INFS5002 or COMP5206 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
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Technology is at the heart of many of the contemporary trends and challenges facing organisations. This unit of study introduces students to balanced and critical ways of thinking about the nature and role of technology in business and society. It problematizes the hype surrounding new technological developments (gadgets), the deification of technology as a solution to problems of all kinds (gods), and the, often unintended, consequences of technology applications (godzilla). The unit utilises current technological developments as examples for discussion and examines technology and its design and application in the context of social networks, power relations, and current business trends.