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CIS8011 Digital Innovation

Semester 2, 2021 Springfield On-campus
Short Description: Digital Innovation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020399 - Information Systems not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 28 September 2021


Examiner: 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


In recent years, the role and integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been fundamental to enhancing the business operation of any organisation and allowing it to achieve operational efficiency and success. At the same time, it is critical to understand, prioritise and exploit potential opportunities provided by such environment. Learner will be introducing with the skills to able to exploit opportunities provided by ICT and digital revolutions.
On the one hand an enterprise has to distinguish between genuine ICT trends and expensive blind alleys; on the other, to be competitive, it must quickly seize the initiatives offered by ICT. Individual experiences and academic publications will be used to develop required skills. The learner will be able to critical analyze the implication of digital innovation in a business environment as well the implications to internal and external communities, employees, partners, customer, users and other stakeholders in the innovation process. In any business environment, innovation and critical thinking cannot be outsourced, and this course provides a sound background to achieving these skills in the context of developments in the digital landscape.


This course provides an overview of the theoretical and practical implications of the latest developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and provides skills in determining their value to the business model and overall operation. This course helps learner to interpret the implication of the development of culture that encourages innovation, risk taking, and collaborations. Students explore the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of digital innovations in a competitive, global and digital society. A range of topics and technologies are examined, explored and analysed in a business environment. This is done using a number of approaches for researching, analysing and synthesising from sources ranging from learned to trade journals. The learners undertaking this course are required to have access to a learning and teaching environment and resources.

NOTE: Learners undertaking this course are required to have the ability to research with an understanding of ethical research practices. Learners are also expected to critically analyse and solve problems arising in complex organisational real-life situations.


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

  1. explore the opportunities to identify, prioritise, incubate and exploit possibilities provided by information, communication and digital technologies;
  2. research and apply implications of digital innovation for business model/business processes in the digital space;
  3. critical analyse of the theoretical and practical issues in the integration of the latest developments in ICT and the digital space;
  4. integrate diverse user stakeholder (internal and external communities, employees, partners, customers and users) needs, organising and leading innovative initiatives, and the impact of interpersonal communication in the innovative process: to incorporate in a business environment
  5. identify and explore contemporary challenges for the implementation of such innovation in a business environment;
  6. critically analyse the implication of governance, security, ethics, and risk associated in the innovation process in a business environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Product and services innovation in the digital space 15.00
2. Existing business models and implications in the digital space 20.00
3. Leveraging digital innovation 10.00
4. Competitive interaction, challenges, issues and stakeholders in the digital space 20.00
5. Economic and technical factors in the digital space 15.00
6. Implication of governance, risk, implementation, ethical and technological issues 20.00

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 105.00
Independent Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 16 Aug 2021 1,2 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 35 20 Sep 2021 2,3,4 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 45 22 Oct 2021 4,5,6 (see note 3)

  1. ASSIGNMENT 1 (Business case)
  2. ASSIGNMENT 2 (Strategy plan)
  3. ASSIGNMENT 3 (Written Report)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Date printed 28 September 2021