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INFS2010: People, Information and Knowledge

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

To compete effectively in today's knowledge economy businesses are required to systematically manage their information and knowledge resources. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the main issues businesses face when they develop and implement knowledge management initiatives. You will be introduced to the tools and systems that enable businesses to acquire, store, distribute, analyse, and leverage information and knowledge resources. By focusing on the theoretical and practical principles that link people, information, and organisations, this unit will help you understand the processes of generating, communicating, and using knowledge in businesses, and the way these can be integrated with business strategy and information technology. Assumed knowledge for this unit is INFS1000 or equivalent.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS2010
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Stephen Elliot,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
45% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Individual assignment
Written report
15% Week 05
Due date: 23 Sep 2020 at 23:00
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Group project report
Written report
30% Week 10
Due date: 04 Nov 2020 at 23:00
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment Group project presentation
Oral presentation
10% Week 11 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO1 LO2 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Individual assignment: This assignment aims to assist your development as an independent learner of the knowledge and skills acquired in this unit. You are to select, analyse and submit a brief business report on a news item for a specific company relevant to this unit.
  • Group project report: The group project is an applied project aimed at assessing the knowledge acquired in this unit of study. You will be required to demonstrate your critical thinking and analytical skills to analyse and recommend improvements to real-world businesses.
  • Group project presentation: The group project presentations are aimed at assessing the level of knowledge acquired in this unit of study. All group members must actively participate in the presentation.
  • Final exam: This is a vTake-home short release exam that will cover material from all weekly classes and readings.

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 knowledge management Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Creating knowledge in organisations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Sharing knowledge in organisations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Culture, power, and ethical issues in knowledge management Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Knowledge management technologies Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Knowledge management projects Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Organisational learning Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Learning in communities of practice Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Cognitive approaches to organisational learning Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Self-directed learning, consultation and group project presentation work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Group project presentations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Review of unit and exam preparation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

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. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

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. understand the role of knowledge management in a business environment
  • LO2. select and apply concepts, frameworks, methods, and theories for designing and managing knowledge resources in an organisational context
  • LO3. evaluate the implications of social, cultural, and ethical issues associated with knowledge management
  • LO4. communicate and collaborate in a professional manner with people from diverse backgrounds
  • LO5. make decisions about teamwork requirements in a problem-solving environment.

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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