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INFO6012: Information Technology Strategy & Value (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: INFO6012: Information Technology Strategy & Value (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Liu, Na
Session options: Semester 1
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Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: COMP5206.
Brief Handbook Description: The increasingly strategic role of IT in organisations is widely recognised. This unit of study is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to strategic aspects of IT as they impact on business value. Such a perspective is critical for IT professionals in both IT producer and user organisations from the level of Chief Information Officer to managers as well as technical specialists. Deep understanding of IT strategy formulation and implementation and ensuring its alignment with the organisation’s strategic directions is important for successfully managing the major changes that the IT function has undergone in recent years.

Topics covered will include the discussion of generic strategies, IT strategy and alignment, business value of IT strategy, strategic forecasting, technology forecasting networked business, platform strategy, strategic outsourcing and value, IT strategy implementation and evaluation. The unit will explore IT-related strategic decision making at the different organisational levels and the concept of strategic congruence. This unit will also provide students with models, tools, and techniques to evaluate an organisation’s IT strategic position, and hence to help make appropriate strategic choices.
Assumed Knowledge: COMP5206.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Liu, Na
Timetable: INFO6012 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 7.00 13
T&L Activities: There will be a two hour lecture followed by one hour tutorial discussion each week for the 13 weeks of the semester.

This unit will be taught using a variety of methodologies. The first two hour will be an interactive lecture. The tutorial will include small group discussions, group case study analysis, student presentation, simulation and role-play, and games, depending on the week’s topic.

Students should attend all classes. A significant portion of the learning comes from the case study analysis and discussion performed in class. This is not available elsewhere. Students also need to be present for the in-class assessments to receive a non-zero mark.

Outside of the 3 hour block students will learn from the assessment tasks, self-study activities, and readings.

Students are expected to prepare for each class by reading the assigned reading, and to read and prepare assigned case studies.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
1. To perform an internal and an external strategic analysis.
2. To evaluate an organisation, its strategy, and its environment, and its information systems in terms of congruence or strategic fit.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. To determine and evaluate appropriate strategic choices from the analysis, with particular emphasis on choices relating to Information Technology.
4. To apply the key strategic management tools and models.
5. To understand the nature and scope of the strategic management process and of the different strategic approaches available to an organisation.
6. Clearly address a complex strategic case study.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial attendance and participation No 10.00 Multiple Weeks
2 Mid-Semester Quiz No 20.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Group Assignment Yes 20.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Tutorial attendance and participation

Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials regularly and participate in the discussion. Only discussion that are relevant to the topic of the discussion will be counted.

The participation mark will be moderated according to the overall performance of the class.

Mid-Semester Test

The test will be held in the class in week 7. It will be 1 hours long. It will be in the form of a closed-book examination.

The material from weeks 1 to 6 will be examined. Further details of the format and expectations regarding the quiz will be provided in lectures.

Group Assignment

The group assignment will be completed by groups of approximately 4 students. The assignment will be based on a detailed case analysis and will include the application of many of the concepts covered in lectures. It will require extensive collaboration between group members. The assessment submission will be in the form of a detailed written report. In week 14, all students will be required to submit a peer assessment. These will be used to moderate marks within the group.

End-of-term assessment

The final assessment will be two hours long (with 10 minutes reading time) during exam week. This is also a closed-book examination with a similar format to the class test. The written examination will draw from all aspects of the unit of study. It will test the candidates’ ability to discuss issues critically and to apply the knowledge learnt during the course them to specific situations. Further details of the format and expectations regarding the examination will be provided in lectures.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Computer Science that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of Computer Science may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Fundamentals of Strategy
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: For most recent information on this course, lecture slides, exercises etc. visit the course website on Sydney CANVAS sites
Note on Resources: Details of specific unit of study readings are given on the course website.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introductions to Strategy
Tutorial: No tutorial in Week 1
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Business Strategies
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Corporate Strategies
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: IT strategy and alignment
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Strategic Forecasting
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Technology Forecasting
Week 7 Assessment Due: Mid-Semester Quiz
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Resource-Based strategic analysis
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Data Strategy
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Network business and platform strategy
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Strategic outsourcing and value
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: IT Strategy implementation
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: IT strategy evaluation
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Group Assignment
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2014 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws 2015, 2016, 2017
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Computing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 34%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 56%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.