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INFS1000: Digital Business Innovation

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

The Digital Economy, with its focus on information as a key business resource, has changed the way Business Information Systems (BIS) is viewed in organisations. BIS are now seen as enablers of innovation in which people, supported by powerful technology, are considered to be the most important component. This is because problem-solving, innovation and critical thinking skills cannot be outsourced or easily acquired by competitors. This unit is designed to develop your understanding of how businesses operate. It shows how information systems support business operations and management through integration of people, business processes and systems. You will be provided with an introduction to state-of-the-art business analysis techniques, frameworks and models to assist in understanding the nature and contribution of BIS in a range of business contexts. With its emphasis on business rather than IT, this unit does not require prior IT-related experience. In this unit, you will learn about the increasingly important role of IT in business and acquire valuable business analysis and problem-solving skills.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
ISYS1003 or INFO1000
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Evelyn Ng,
Lecturer(s) Evelyn Ng,
Tutor(s) Chanissara Arjpru,
Oliver Hannon,
Jeffrey Lo,
Belinda Wang,
Yangting Li,
Siqi Gao,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam hurdle task Final take home exam
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group work
Practical task
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group project
Presentation and report
25% Multiple weeks 3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
In-semester test (Open book) Type C in-semester exam Mid-semester take home exam
Written exam
25% Week 07
Due date: 17 Sep 2022 at 14:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
Type C in-semester exam = Type C in-semester exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Group work: Team-based learning (TBL) is a set of group-based activities designed to help students to acquire higher-level learning skills in this context, including creativity, lateral and reflective thinking, problem-solving and critical analysis as well as the applied and experiential BIS knowledge. This assessment component will consider group homework preparation for weekly TBL sessions as well as their work and participation in, and outcomes of collaborative in-class activities in finalising their homework submissions. The TBL activity sheets will be handed out in class.
  • Group project report: The objective of this task is to use the knowledge and practical skills acquired in this unit of study to investigate and solve a real-life business problem. Students are expected to create and describe their own business idea for a pre-defined scenario, which they will receive through Canvas.
  • Mid-semester take home exam:  This exam will focus on the fundamental concepts, applied and experiential knowledge acquired in weeks 1-5 of the unit. Note: This assessment will take the form of a take home exam this semester.
  • Final take home exam: This exam that will focus on the fundamental concepts, applied and experiential knowledge acquired in weeks 1-13 including the practical assignment.  Note: This assessment will take the form of a take home exam this semester.
    The final exam is listed as a  HURDLE TASK. This means you must undertake the assessment and achieve a mark above a minimum standard. Students who fail to achieve this minimum standard in this assessment, even when their aggregate mark for the entire unit is above 50%, will be given a Fail grade for the unit. As a result the student's academic transcript will show a fail grade and the actual mark achieved if between 0-49 and a fail grade and a capped moderated mark of 49 for all other marks. The hurdle mark for this assessment will be advised on Canvas.

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.

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 Unit overview and introduction to information systems Lecture (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Introduction to business processes Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Strategy and competitive advantage Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Databases and information design Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Data modelling Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 06 Business information systems ethics Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Business process management Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Business process modelling (BPMN) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Project consultation Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Business process analysis and improvement Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 11 Social media information systems Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 12 Business intelligence systems Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 13 Exam briefing and unit review Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lecture recordings:
    • All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on 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.
  • Attendance and participation:
    • Students should ensure they attend and participate in ALL classes that are delivered online.
    • In INFS1000, the TBL workshop will be recorded and made available. Please note that this recording will only capture the lecture parts of the TBL session, but not the group activity components.
    • Participation in the TBL activities is essential for your learning progress and cannot be substituted in any other way.

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.

Required readings

Experiencing MIS, Global Edition MyLab Mathematics with Pearson eText 8th edition

David M. Kroenke, Randall J. Boyle

ISBN-13: 9781292270074

Please also refer to Canvas for any additional readings.

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. make judgments about ways in which Information Technology can enable innovation and improvement in business
  • LO2. demonstrate basic business analysis skills, such as strategic analysis, data modelling, and business process modelling
  • LO3. create and understand visual representations of business processes using BPMN notation, as well as basic data models as the basis for information systems design
  • LO4. create databases in MS Access software
  • LO5. understand and address basic issues pertaining to information ethics
  • LO6. work as an effective team in a problem-solving environment
  • LO7. display an understanding of business design in an end-to-end manner from business idea to business execution.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Minor amendments have been made since this unit was last offered.

More information can be found on Canvas.

The full schedule of the unit is available via the Timetable. 


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