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INFS6077: Digital, Data and Decisions

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

Digital technology and digital data offer novel business opportunities and have a transformative effect on how business is conducted. These technologies also transform society and our daily lives. This unit provides an introduction in the manifold ways that digital technology and data impact business. It engages both with current developments and latest innovations and provides an overview of digital business foundations.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS6077
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Carol Hsu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Reflective blogs- Week 2 to Week 6
Short individual reflective essays - multiple weeks
15% Multiple weeks 400 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Reflective blogs- Week 7 to Week 11
Short individual reflective essays - multiple weeks
15% Multiple weeks 400 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
In-semester test (Record+) Type B in-semester exam In-semester Test
Proctored in-semester exam
25% Week 08
Due date: 21 Sep 2022 at 17:00
1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Business project and presentation
Group project report and presentation
45% Week 12 4000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B in-semester exam = Type B in-semester exam ?

Assessment summary

Reflective blogs: This assignment requires students to: set up and publish reflective learning blogs using an online blogging tool; reflect on lecture topic, weekly readings, and in-class discussion; develop Internet writing and blogging skills.

Group project report: The group project report is an applied assignment that requires the team's original development of an innovative digital business solution in a company of the team's choice.

In-semester Test: This is a Type B exam that will cover materials from weekly classes and readings before mid-semester break.

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.

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:

To be added by the coordinator

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 (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Characteristics of digital innovation Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Digital Trends Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Data in the digital era- 1 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 05 Data in the digital era- 2 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Data in the digital era- 3 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Digital business model Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 08 In-Semester Exam Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Online platform-1 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Online platform-2 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 11 Review and Synthesis Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 12 Group presentation-1 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Group presentation-2 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

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. Make judgments about ways in which digital technology can enable innovation and transform business practice
  • LO2. Identify and evaluate the opportunities and challenges related to digitalization of data in different organizational settings and industries
  • LO3. Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and developments in digital business and platforms
  • LO4. Reflect critically on the role of digital technology in society and everyday life

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.

Adding ULO and assessments as Endorsed at the May UoS Subcommittee meeting (04/05/2021).


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