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INFS6600: Business Information Systems Capstone

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit bridges the gap between theory and practice by integrating the knowledge and key skills developed across the Digital Business or Business Information Systems specialisation. It provides students with a practical teamwork experience to identify, analyse, and solve contemporary problems by exploring the socio-technical ecosystem in which a digital business operates. This experiential learning opportunity enhances students’ career-readiness by consolidating their professional skills and ability to apply the Business Information Systems knowledge in authentic situations.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS6600
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Completion of 18 credit points of units towards the Digital Business or Business Information Systems specialisation (including INFS5002)
Completion of 6 credit points towards the Digital Business or Business Information Systems specialisation
Assumed knowledge

Students should complete this unit in their final semester of study

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Corina Raduescu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Groupwork Accountability Survey
Peer review to assess members contribution and determine their group marks
0% Multiple weeks Up to 8 mins/ submission
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Presentation group assignment Project Progress
One page infographic/ poster submission via Canvas
5% Multiple weeks 3-5 mins presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Opportunity Statement & Systems Map
Two infographic/ poster submissions (weeks 3 and 8)
5% Multiple weeks
Due date: 19 Apr 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 20 Apr 2023
Up to 3 mins presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small continuous assessment hurdle task Leadership and Professional Development Reflection
Multiple submissions
30% Multiple weeks Up to 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Group Norms and Roles
Each group must establish roles and norms.
0% Week 03
Due date: 08 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 13 Mar 2023
Up to 2 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment group assignment Pitch to Partner
Slides submission See Canvas for details Delivered during class time
10% Week 05
Due date: 22 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 22 Mar 2023
5 mins presentation + 5 mins Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group Presentation
Slides submission and live presentation
10% Week 12
Due date: 17 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 17 May 2023
5 min presentation + 5 min Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Group Report
Written report
40% Week 13
Due date: 24 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 26 May 2023
Up to 3500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Problem Statement & Systems Map – opportunity/ problem identification, contextualisation using systems mapping tools to unpack its complexity. Two submissions: week 3 (initial) and 8 (progress of filling the gaps on systems maps). 
  • Pitch to Partner – presentation of a compelling case for opportinity/ problem and a project plan. Collection of feedback from partner, academics, and peers.

  • Project Progres – individual presentation by each member of the team on the project progress (results, intgeration of finding into analysis, teamwork). 

  • Group Report – detailed report clearly communicating the project background, approach, analyses, solution recommendation and implementation.

  • Presentation to Partner – presentation of the project work with focus on solution recommendation.  

  • Leadership and Professional Identity Reflection – self-reflection on how individual leadership skills and professional identity developed throughout the project. Three submisisons, with the last one being a hurdle task - students must pass it in order to pass the unit.   

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 to Unit and Project (unit introduction, unpack the brief) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Project Planning (partner briefing, initial scoping, project governance, effective groupwork) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 03 Opportunity/Problem Identification (refine scoping, SME support) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Project Planning & Opportunity/Problem Identification (project approach, data collection and analysis methods, SME support) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Pitch to Partner and Q&A Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Solution Development (refine scoping, data collection and analysis progress) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Solution Development (design and develop solution) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Self-directed learning (work on project, on-demand consultation) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Solution Development (design and develop solution, check-in with partner) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Solution Implementation (implementation plan) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Solution Implementation (implementation plan) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Presentation to Partner and Feedback Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Specialisation and Unit Closure Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • The capstone unit is a project unit and the focus is on “in class facilitation” as opposed to content delivery.
  • There will be a strong emphasis on leadership skills and professional development based on proactive participation and engagement in the project.  
  • It is critical students attend all workshops to ensure they successfully achieve the learning outcomes, graduate qualities and deliver a high quality solution to the business partner.    
  • By week 2 students should attend classes, be part of a group and be familiar with the unit expectations, given the first assessment submissions (reflection part 1 and problem statement/ systems maps) are due in week 3.  
  • Students contribution will be monitored during the unit given the high groupwork component. The groupwork marks for each member will be adjusted based on the peer review assessment.  
  • If a student doesn't contribute to the groupwork, a mechanism can be implemented for the student that can lead to their exclusion from the group. This means the excluded student will be required to complete the project alone and will lead to failure of the graduate qualities associated with groupwork.   

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

To be provided via Canvas Reading List. 

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. Apply advanced principles and theories related to digital business and information systems in the context of an actual business organisation
  • LO2. Analyse open-ended business scenarios and evaluate the implications of digital technologies for business
  • LO3. Apply techniques for organisational and business process analyses to resolve an actual business problem
  • LO4. Communicate in a professional and confident manner, both orally and in writing, with actual business professionals
  • LO5. Apply team management concepts and theories to effectively work in, and manage, cross-functional teams
  • LO6. Analyse and reflect critically on the ethical and social implications of digital business

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.

Changes implemented in Sem 2/ 2022 worked very well and the USS results are very high. In collaboration with the partner the project has been updated.


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