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INFS6066: Gadgets, Gods and Godzilla

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

Technology is at the heart of many of the contemporary trends and challenges facing organisations. This unit of study introduces students to balanced and critical ways of thinking about the nature and role of technology in business and society. It problematizes the hype surrounding new technological developments (gadgets), the deification of technology as a solution to problems of all kinds (gods), and the, often unintended, consequences of technology applications (godzilla). The unit utilises current technological developments as examples for discussion and examines technology and its design and application in the context of social networks, power relations, and current business trends.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS6066
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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INFS5002 or COMP5206
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Dirk Hovorka, dirk.hovorka@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Dirk Hovorka, dirk.hovorka@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Learning reflection journal 1
Reflective essay
6% Week 03
Due date: 16 Mar 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 18 Mar 2021
350 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Learning reflection journal 2
Reflective essay
6% Week 04
Due date: 23 Mar 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 25 Mar 2021
350 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Learning reflection journal 3
Reflective essay
6% Week 05
Due date: 30 Mar 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 01 Apr 2021
350 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO1
Assignment Learning reflection journal 4
Reflective essay
6% Week 06
Due date: 13 Apr 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 15 Apr 2021
350 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group project prototype
Prototype for critical film. See Canvas description
5% Week 07
Due date: 20 Apr 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 22 Apr 2021
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Learning reflection journal 5
Reflective essay
6% Week 07
Due date: 27 Apr 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 29 Apr 2021
350 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Peer review
Peer review
10% Week 10
Due date: 11 May 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 13 May 2021
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group project
Final group film
25% Week 12
Due date: 25 May 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 27 May 2021
6 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Final essay
Essay
30% Week 13
Due date: 04 Jun 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 08 Jun 2020
10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Individual work (1): This essay is written by two people who will creatively encompass digital geography of lived experience in an enstranged world.
  • Individual work (2): This an individual, critical and constructive review of another person's work which allows the author(s) to improve the narrative of the inhabited world.
  • Group project: Demonstration of appropriate project and design methods in a written format.
  • Group Project Presentation: This is an in-class presentation of the group project.
  • Weekly journals: These are short essays on what and how you have learned from the assigned readings and class discussion.
  • Peer Review: This is a constructively critical review of another person’s work. The goal is to offer suggestions which enable the author to improve their writing, their conceptualization, and their argument.

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

Description

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. 

Distinction

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.

Credit

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.

Pass

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. 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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:

Deduction of 10% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.

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 and overview Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Historical conditions of technology Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 A critical stance Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Encounter 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Encounter 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Encounter 3 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Calling Bullshit! Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 08 Digital Geographies Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 09 TBA Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 10 Guest speaker Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 11 TBA Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3
Week 12 Synthesis and wrap-up Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 13 Presentations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

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 for this unit will be available on Canvas.

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 and defend evaluations of socio-technical systems.
  • LO2. Construct arguments regarding the benefits and consequences of technologies in organizational and societal setting.
  • LO3. Categorize perspectives based on alternative ethical stances.
  • LO4. Create alternative scenarios of socio-technical systems at individual, organizational and societal levels.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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

This is the second year this unit has been offered.

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