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CIS8011 Digital Innovation

Semester 2, 2023 Online
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Abdul Hafeez-Baig


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Report 1 No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Report 2 No 35 2,3,4
Assignments Written Report 3 No 45 4,5,6
Date printed 24 September 2023