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INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit provides students with an in-depth understanding of the way in which implementation and use of large scale integrated Enterprise Systems change the nature of organisational capabilities, processes, and roles. Students will gain an understanding of the strategic role of Enterprise Systems in providing a platform for improved business operations and designing information infrastructures. In this unit, students will gain considerable hands-on experience with an enterprise-wide system, such as SAP, concentrating on the way in which such systems support integrated business processes. Through a combination of discussion and practical work, students will gain a strong knowledge in both the organisational and technical aspects of Enterprise Systems. Students will also explore the emergence and implications of cloud-based Enterprise Systems and the implementation process. Assumed knowledge for this unit is INFS1000 or equivalent.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS3040
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 Petri Hallikainen,
Lecturer(s) Christian Ehnis,
Petri Hallikainen,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam (Online)
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Individual assignment
25% Week 07
Due date: 09 Apr 2020 at 16:00
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Group project
25% Week 12
Due date: 22 May 2020 at 16:00
3500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Individual assignment: Based upon a business case and your own independent research, you are required to complete hands-on exercises in SAP; explore integration needs; analyse the organisational change issues surrounding the implementations of an Enterprise System.
  • Group project: Based upon a business case and the group's independent research, students are required to analyse an information infrastructure and identify requirements for an Enterprise Systems solution.
  • Final exam (Online): This is a closed book online exam. Students will need to demonstrate their understanding of all material covered in the unit of study.

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please refer to the Business School policy regarding late penalties.

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 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 02 Financial accounting 1 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 03 Financial accounting 2 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 04 Procurement 1 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 05 Procurement 2 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 06 Fulfilment 1 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 07 Fulfilment 2 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 08 Enterprise systems and information infrastructures Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 09 Enterprise systems vendor and industry solutions Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 10 Enterprise system technical trends 1 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 11 Enterprise system technical trends 2: emerging technologies Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 12 1. Enterprise systems projects; 2. Unit review Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 13 Group poster session Lecture (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.

Required readings

All readings are available on Canvas. The following textbook is recommended:

  • Magal, S.R. and Word, J. (2012). Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems, Wiley.

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 your understanding of the integrated nature of Enterprise Systems and their strategic role in providing a platform for improved business operations
  • LO2. demonstrate your understanding of the role of Enterprise Systems in information infrastructures and evaluate the organisational effects of increasing integration and standardisation
  • LO3. demonstrate your understanding of the issues associated with implementing and supporting Enterprise Systems.
  • LO4. demonstrate your understanding of the change undergone in organisations during the implementation and use of Enterprise Systems
  • LO5. demonstrate your theoretical understanding of the organisational structures, master data and processes within SAP
  • LO6. demonstrate your hands-on experience in executing transactions and analysing information using SAP
  • LO7. work both independently and as a responsible member of a diverse team, collaborate and communicate in a professional manner with people from diverse backgrounds.

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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