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INFS6060: Digital Work Practices

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS6060
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

INFS5002 (or COMP5206) taken previously or concurrently

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Daniel Schlagwein,
Lecturer(s) Daniel Schlagwein,
Tutor(s) Blair Wang,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Individual assignment
Individual Assignment. Details will be discussed in class.
20% Week 06
Due date: 13 Apr 2021 at 17:00
2 min video + pdf
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment Group assignment
Group Assignment. Details will be discussed in class.
30% Week 11
Due date: 18 May 2021 at 17:00
10 min video presentation + PDF
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Take Home Short Essay
Individual Assignment
50% Week 12
Due date: 25 May 2021 at 09:00

Closing date: 31 May 2021
5 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Individual assignment: Standard late penalty.

Group assignment: Standard late penalty.

Final exam: Must be submitted on time (unless special consideration).

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

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 & Admin Lecture and tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 02 Digital Literacy 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Digital Literacy 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Digital Presence 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Digital Presence 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Digital Skills 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Digital Skills 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Digital Organising 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Digital Organising 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Digital Platforms 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Digital Platforms 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Digital Future(s) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Review & Exam Preparation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

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

Digital readings will be made available corresponding to lecture topics. No text book

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. Explain how digital technologies change existing and create new work practices
  • LO2. Critically examine popular claims about digital work and the future of work
  • LO3. Effectively communicate ideas using digital and online communication tools and channels
  • LO4. Judge the appropriate and effective use of digital and online tools (by the oneself and others)
  • LO5. Master digital working and communicating with teams and groups (including remote teams and groups)

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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