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INFS1000 -
Digital Business Innovation 

General Details

Unit Coordinator: Evelyn Ng

As the introductory unit for the BIS major, this subject provides an insight into how information technology guides business operation and management through the integration of people, business processes, and systems.

Foundational frameworks, models, and techniques – including Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs) and Business Process and Model Notation (BPMNs) – are introduced in this unit and help to understand the nature of BIS in a range of business contexts.

Prohibitions: ISYS1003 or INFO1000

Learning Outcomes:

  • Make judgments about ways in which Information Technology can enable innovation and improvement in business

  • Demonstrate basic business analysis skills, such as strategic analysis, data modelling, and business process modelling

  • Create and understand visual representations of business processes using BPMN notation, as well as basic data models as the basis for information systems design

  • Create databases in MS Access software

  • Understand and address basic issues about information ethics

  • Work as an effective team in a problem-solving environment

  • Display an understanding of business design in an end-to-end manner from business idea to business execution

Things to Consider Before Enrolling:

Team-based learning is a heavy part of this unit with lectures, tutorials and assignments involving group work.

Since this is a core subject, students majoring in BIS must pass this course to fulfil the requirements of the major. INFS1000 is a double pass so, regardless of other assessments, a mark of at least 50% must be scored in the final exam.

In the end half of the semester, the unit becomes more technical with a greater focus on constructing ERDs and BPMNs and learning to use MS Access.

Assesment Breakdown

Weekly Group Tasks (10%)

It consists of few relatively easy multiple choice and/or short answer questions relating to the key content covered in the previous week’s lecture.

Mid-term Exam (25%)

This will be a written exam focusing on the fundamental concepts and applied and experiential knowledge from week 1 to 5. The harder questions are likely to involve constructing an ERD.

Group Project (25%)

Involves creating a logical business idea with group members and demonstrating how the theoretical and technical concepts that have been taught can be applied. Students should note that the required ERD and BPMN model are marked quite harshly, and so students should take particular care when constructing them.

Final Exam (40%) (*Hurdle)

Consists of multiple choice and short answer questions with a large focus on BPMN construction. Understanding the practical application of content is crucial for doing well.

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