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BUSS4212: Business Information Systems Honours A

Semester 1, 2021 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit covers advanced research-integrated coursework topics in Business Information Systems such as enterprise systems and organisational change, business benefit realisation from IT investment, information system evaluation, IT benefits management, and enterprise system implementation research from theoretical and case study perspectives.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BUSS4212
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Students must meet the entry requirements to the Honours program, including completion of a pass undergraduate degree and a major in the specialisation area
BUSS4001 and (BUSS4213 or BUSS4013)
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Barney Tan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Minor essay
40% Week 09 800 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Major essay
60% Week 13 3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Minor essay: You will have to select one paper related to a specific topic and write a critique of the paper. You should begin by summarising the main propositions/arguments of the paper and explain if you agree with those propositions/arguments. You should also point out the weaknesses/limitations of the paper and provide suggestions for addressing those weaknesses/limitations.
  • Major essay: You will have to select a topic in the field of information systems and perform a review of the existing literature. You should begin by defining the topic and explaining the nature/characteristics of the phenomenon. You will then have to provide a clear and concise summary of the state of existing knowledge related to the topic, before identifying a number of knowledge gaps that have not been addressed.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to information systems Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 02 Writing a literature review Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 03 Strategic information systems Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 04 Information systems implementation Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 05 Electronic commerce Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 06 Green information technology Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 07 Information systems adoption Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 08 Information systems success Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 09 The resource-based view of a firm Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 10 Individual and organisational collective action Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 11 Sensemaking in organisations Workshop (100 hr)  
Week 12 Logics of contemporary strategy Workshop (100 hr)  
Course review Workshop (100 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available within Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90 per cent of timetabled activities for this unit of study, unless granted exemption through special consideration, special arrangement, previously arranged disability adjustment, of by the Associate Dean. The Associate Dean may determine that a student fails this unit of study because of inadequate attendance.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the core topics in the field of information systems
  • LO2. perform a literature review on a topic in the field of information systems
  • LO3. identify knowledge gaps in the literature in relation to the topic selected
  • LO4. understand how to formulate a research question and select an appropriate research approach to address the question.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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