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CIS8011 Digital Innovation

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise

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Examiner: Raj Gururajan
Moderator: Abdul Hafeez-Baig

Other requisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course will require an ability to read graphs, charts and tables. There are no advanced mathematical requirements for this course.

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //


The rate of change and direction of Information Technology (IT) represents both challenges and opportunities for business. On the one hand an enterprise has to distinguish between genuine IT trends and expensive blind alleys; on the other, to be competitive, they must quickly seize the initiatives offered by IT. It is important that these developments are familiar to stakeholders and are able to assess their value to business.


This course introduces the latest developments in Information Technology (IT) and provides skills in determining their value to business. This is done using a number of approaches for researching, analysing and synthesising them from sources ranging from learned to trade journals. These skills are applied in an approved area of IT development applicable to business, under minimum supervision.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate academic and professional in-depth knowledge of recent developments in information communication technology (ICT) technologies issues associated with them
  2. demonstrate and understand up-to-date understanding of the relationships between such technology and its applications
  3. demonstrate ability to identify potential opportunities for creative and sustainable use of innovative ICT and digital technologies to achieve corporate objectives
  4. evaluate, synthesise and critically review innovative ICT and digital technologies integrations with other evidence to provide solutions to real-world problems by understanding business model/business processes
  5. demonstrate an understanding of change management and the impact of these innovative ICT and digital technologies by planning business continuity
  6. identify and explore contemporary challenges and management issues in innovative ICT and digital technologies for the implementation of such innovation in a business environment
  7. demonstrate ability to distinguish between issues that are relevant today and those that represent the views of vendors, journalists and would-be prophets in a field which positively encourages such views, often without justification
  8. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of interpersonal communication to the executives to promote adoption of innovative ICT and digital technologies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Investigation in a selected organisation 25.00
2. Feasibility in a selected organisation 25.00
3. Integration in a selected organisation 20.00
4. Implementations in a selected organisation 20.00
5. Post implementation in a selected organisation 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 105.00
Performance 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CASE BASED LEARNING 1 100 5 03 Aug 2015
JOURNAL 1 100 15 17 Aug 2015
MAJOR REPORT 1 100 30 31 Aug 2015
JOURNAL 2 100 15 14 Sep 2015
MAJOR REPORT 2 100 30 05 Oct 2015
CASE BASED LEARNING 2 100 5 12 Oct 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External/Online: If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //