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INFO1110 Introduction to Programming

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: lectures, laboratories, seminars Prohibitions: INFO1910 OR INFO1103 OR INFO1903 OR INFO1105 OR INFO1905 Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an essential starting point for software developers, IT consultants, and computer scientists to build their understanding of principle computer operation. Students will obtain knowledge and skills with procedural programming. Crucial concepts include defining data types, control flow, iteration, functions, recursion, the model of addressable memory. Students will be able to reinterpret a general problem into a computer problem, and use their understanding of the computer model to develop source code. This unit trains students with software development process, including skills of testing and debugging. It is a prerequisite for more advanced programming languages, systems programming, computer security and high performance computing.
INFO1111 Computing 1A Professionalism

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures, Laboratories, Project Work - own time Prohibitions: ENGG1805 OR ENGG1111 OR ENGD1000 Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles that underlie professional practice in computing. It lays the foundation for later studies, and presents to the students challenges common to a multidisciplinary IT environment. The subject also provides students with the opportunity to develop important attributes such as communication skills, an understanding of professional ethics, and of working as a part of a team. Tool use is an important aspect of this unit: students are required to learn to use tools for planning and completing work, managing artefacts including reports, and communicating within the team. A selection of guest speakers will address students on different career paths.
Dalyell students may enrol in ENGD1000 Building a Sustainable World in place of INFO1111
INFO1112 Computing 1B OS and Network Platforms

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Laboratories Corequisites: ELEC1601 AND (INFO1110 OR INFO1910 OR INFO1103 OR INFO1113) Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit introduces principles and concepts of modern computer systems, including mobile computers and the Internet, to provide students with fundamental knowledge of the environments in which modern, networked applications operate. Students will have basic knowledge to understand how computers work and are aware of principles and concepts they are likely to encounter in their career. The unit covers: Principles of operating systems and the way applications interact with the OS, including the particularities of modern operating systems for mobile devices Principles of computer networking, including mobile networking Writing applications that use facilities of the OS and networking, including understanding the challenges that are common in distributed systems
INFO1113 Object-Oriented Programming

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: lectures, laboratories, seminars Prerequisites: INFO1110 OR INFO1910 Prohibitions: INFO1103 OR INFO1105 OR INFO1905 Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Object-oriented (OO) programming is a technique that arranges code into classes, each encapsulating in one place related data and the operations on that data. Inheritance is used to reuse code from a more general class, in specialised situations. Most modern programming languages provide OO features. Understanding and using these are an essential skill to software developers in industry. This unit provides the student with the concepts and individual programming skills in OO programming, starting from their previous mastery of procedural programming.
INFO1551 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO1552 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO1591 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO1592 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO1910 Introduction to Programming (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: lectures, laboratories, e-learning Prohibitions: INFO1110 OR INFO1103 OR INFO1903 OR INFO1105 OR INFO1905 Assumed knowledge: ATAR sufficient to enter Dalyell program, or passing an online programming knowledge test, which will be administered during the O-week prior to the commencement of the semester. Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The focus of this unit will cover the ground up programming components necessary for study in the computer science discipline. Students will engage with procedural programming using two related programming languages. Students will further their understanding of internal operations as well as reasoning about processing, memory model and conventional programming practices. As an advanced offering, all the course contents of INFO1110 will be covered and there will be additional teaching materials and assessments.
INFO1911 IT Special Project 1A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Meetings, Project Work - own time Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a unit of study for the junior student who is an academic high achiever as well as talented in IT areas. Students will be involved in advance projects (which may be research-oriented). They need to apply their problem solving and IT skills in the project. As a result, their horizon in computer science and information system is broadened.
INFO1912 IT Special Project 1B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Meetings, Project Work - own time Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a unit of study for the junior student who is an academic high achiever and is talented in IT areas. Students will involve in advance projects which have research components, so that they can further demonstrate their IT and problem solving capabilities.
INFO2222 Computing 2 Usability and Security

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Meetings, Laboratories, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: (INFO1103 OR INFO1105 OR INFO1905 OR INFO1113) AND (INFO1111 OR INFO1711 OR ENGG1111 OR ENGD1000 OF ENGG1805) Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an integrated treatment of two critical topics for a computing professional: human computer interaction (HCI) and security. The techniques and core ideas of HCI will be studied with a particular focus on examples and case studies related to security. This unit builds the students' awareness of the deep challenges in creating computing systems that can meet people's needs for both HCI and security. It will develop basic skills to evaluate systems for their effectiveness in meeting people's needs within the contexts of their use, building knowledge of common mistakes in systems, and approaches to avoid those mistakes.
INFO2150 Introduction to Health Data Science

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Tutorials Prerequisites: (INFO1003 OR INFO1903 OR INFO1103 OR INFO1110 OR INFO1910 OR DATA1002 OR DATA1902) AND (DATA1001 OR MATH1005 OR MATH1905 OR MATH1015 OR BUSS1020) Corequisites: DATA2001 OR DATA2901 OR ISYS2120 OR INFO2120 OR INFO2820 OR INFO1903 Assumed knowledge: Basic knowledge of Entity Relationship Modelling, database technology and SQL Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Health organisations cannot function effectively without computer information systems. Clinical data are stored and distributed in different databases, different formats and different locations. It requires a lot of effort to create an integrated and clean-up version of data from multiple sources, This unit provides basic introduction to the process and knowledge to enable the analysis of health data. The unit will be of interest to students seeking the understanding of the various coding standards in health industry, data retrieval from databases, data linkage issue, cleaning and pre-processing steps, necessary statistical techniques and presentation of results.
It will be valuable to those who want to work as health-related occupations, such as health informatics analysts, healthcare administrators, medical and health services manager or research officers in hospitals, government health agencies and research organisations. Having said that, a good understanding of health data analysis is a useful asset to all students.
INFO2551 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO2552 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO2591 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO2592 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO2911 IT Special Project 2A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Meetings, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: [85% average in IT units of study in previous year] AND [Permission from the School of IT] Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit enables talented students to apply their IT knowledge from the junior years to do more exciting projects. Students are provided with the opportunities to get involved in projects which are research intensive.
INFO2912 IT Special Project 2B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Meetings, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: [85% average in IT units of study in previous year] AND [Permission from the School of IT] Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit enables talented students to apply their IT knowledge from their junior years to do more exciting projects. Students are provided with the opportunities to get involved in projects which are research intensive.
INFO3220 Object Oriented Design

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures, Tutorials, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: (INFO2110 OR ISYS2110) AND (COMP2129 OR COMP2017) Prohibitions: SOFT2201 OR SOFT3202 Assessment: Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit covers essential design methods and language mechanisms for successful object-oriented design and programming. C++ is used as the implementation language and a special emphasis is placed on those features of C++ that are important for solving real-world problems. Advanced software engineering features, including exceptions and name spaces are thoroughly covered.
INFO3315 Human-Computer Interaction

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Laboratories Assessment: Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is a first subject in HCI, Human Computer Interaction. It is designed for students who want to be involved in one of the many roles required to create future technology. There are three main parts: the human foundations from psyschology and physiology; HCI methods for design and evaluation of interfaces; leading edge directions for technologies.
This subject is highly multi-disciplinary. At the core, it is a mix of Computer Science Software Engineering combined with the design discipline, UX - User Experience. It draws on psychology, both for relevant theories and user study methods. The practical work is human-centred with project work that motivates the formal curriculum. This year the projects will be in area of health and wellness.
INFO3333 Computing 3 Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures, Laboratories, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: (INFO1111 OR INFO1711) AND (ISYS2120 OR INFO2120) AND SOFT2412 Prohibitions: INFO3402 Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit teaches students vital skills for an effective professional career: preparing them to eventually be a leader, who ensures that others achieve high-quality outcomes. Building on experiences from earlier units (that covered working in a team, agile development practices, paying attention to needs and characteristics of users, and the value of data) this unit teaches students key concepts needed as a manager, or when working with managers. The focus includes managing projects, managing services, and ensuring governance.
INFO3406 Introduction to Data Analytics

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Laboratories Prerequisites: (MATH1005 OR MATH1905) AND (INFO2120 OR INFO2820). Assumed knowledge: Basic statistics and database management. Assessment: Through semester assessment (40%) and Final Exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Big Data refers to datasets that are massive, heterogenous, and dynamic that are beyond current approaches for the capture, storage, management, and analysis of the data. The focus of this unit is on understanding and applying relevant concepts, techniques, algorithms, and tools for the analysis, management and visualization of big data - with the goal of keeping abreast of the continual increase in the volume and complexity of data sets and enabling discovery of information and knowledge to guide effective decision making.
INFO3551 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3552 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3553 Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3591 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3592 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3593 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3594 Advanced Information Technology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO3600 Major Development Project (Advanced)

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Project Work - in class, Site Visits, Project Work - own time, Meetings Prerequisites: INFO3402 or INFO3333 Prohibitions: COMP3615 OR ISYS3400 OR COMP3888 OR ISYS3888 Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Only available to students in BIT, BCST(Adv) or BSc(Adv).
This unit will provide students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and practise the skills acquired in the prerequisite and qualifying units, in the context of designing and building a substantial software development system in diverse application domains including life sciences. Working in groups for an external client combined with academic supervision, students will need to carry out the full range of activities including requirements capture, analysis and design, coding, testing and documentation. Students will use the XP methodology and make use of professional tools for the management of their project.
INFO3616 Principles of Security and Security Eng

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: lectures, tutorials, research Prohibitions: ELEC5616 OR INFO2315 Assumed knowledge: (INFO1110 OR INFO1910) AND INFO1112 AND INFO1113 AND MATH1064. Knowledge equivalent to the above units is assumed. This means good programming skills in Python or a C-related language, basic networking knowledge, and skills from discrete mathematics. A technical orientation is absolutely required, especially capacity to become familiar with new technology without explicit supervision. Assessment: through semester assessment (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an introduction to the many facets of security in the digital and networked world, the challenges that IT systems face, and the design principles that have been developed to build secure systems and counter attacks. The unit puts the focus squarely on providing a thorough understanding of security principles and engineering for security. At the same time, we stress a hands-on approach to teach the state-of-the-art incarnations of security principles and technology, and we practice programming for security. We pay particular attention to the fact that security is much more than just technology as we discuss the fields of usability in security, operational security, and cyber-physical systems. At the end of this unit, graduates are prepared for practical demands in their later careers and know how to tackle new, yet unforeseen challenges.
This unit also serves as the initial step for a specialisation in computer and communications security.
INFO3911 IT Special Project 3A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Meetings, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: [85% average in IT units of study in previous year] AND [Permission from the School of IT] Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Enrolment by department permission for students with 85% average in School of IT units plus minimum 75% average in other units
This unit enables talents students with maturing IT knowledge to integrate various IT skills and techniques to carry out projects. These projects are largely research intensive.
INFO3912 IT Special Project 3B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Meetings, Project Work - own time Prerequisites: [85% average in IT units of study in previous year] AND [Permission from the School of IT] Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Enrolment by department permission for students with 85% average in School of IT units plus minimum 75% average in other units
This unit enables talents students with maturing IT knowledge to integrate various IT skills and techniques to carry out projects. These projects are largely research intensive.
INFO4991 IT Research Thesis A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Research Prerequisites: Enrolment in BIT Honours Corequisites: INFO5993 Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: INFO4991 and INFO4992 together form the Honours Research thesis. It is allowed to enrol in one of these units in one semester, and the other the following semester; the same mark and grade is given for both once they have both been completed.
Students enrolled in the Honours programs study various advanced aspects of Information Technology. The program may include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals. They will undertake a research project. Assessment will include the project and may include examinations and classwork.
INFO4992 IT Research Thesis B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Research Prerequisites: Enrolment in BIT Honours Corequisites: INFO4991 and INFO5993 Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: INFO4991 and INFO4992 together form the Honours Research thesis. It is allowed to enrol in one of these units in one semester, and the other the following semester; the same mark and grade is given for both once they have both been completed.
Students enrolled in the Honours programs study various advanced aspects of Information Technology. The program may include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals. They will undertake a research project. Assessment will include the project and may include examinations and classwork.
INFO4999 Computer Science Honours Result

Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Permission of the Head of Department Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
All SIT Honours students must enrol in this non assessable unit of study in their final semester.
INFO5010 IT Advanced Topic A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will cover some topic of active and cutting-edge research within IT; the content of this unit may be varied depending on special opportunities such as a distinguished researcher visiting the University.
INFO5011 IT Advanced Topic B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will cover some topic of active and cutting-edge research within IT; the content of this unit may be varied depending on special opportunities such as a distinguished researcher visiting the University.
INFO5060 Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

Credit points: 6 Session: Summer Main Classes: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratories, Presentation, Project Work - own time Assumed knowledge: The unit is expected to be taken after introductory courses or related units such as COMP5206 Information Technologies and Systems Assessment: Through semester assessment (65%) and Final Exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
The frontier for using data to make decisions has shifted dramatically. High performing enterprises are now building their competitive strategies around data-driven insights that in turn generate impressive business results. This course provides an overview of Business Intelligence (BI) concepts, technologies and practices, and then focuses on the application of BI through a team based project simulation that will allow students to have practical experience in building a BI solution based on a real world case study.
INFO5301 Information Security Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures, Tutorials Assumed knowledge: This unit of study assumes foundational knowledge of Information systems management. Two year IT industry exposure and a breadth of IT experience will be preferable. Assessment: Through semester assessment (40%) and Final Exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study gives a broad view of the management aspects of information security. We emphasise corporate governance for information security, organisational structures within which information security is managed, risk assessment, and control structures. Planning for security, and regulatory issues, are also addressed.
INFO5551 Postgraduate IT Exchange A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO5552 Postgraduate IT Exchange B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO5553 Postgraduate IT Exchange C

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO5554 Postgraduate IT Exchange D

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is for University of Sydney students in the Exchange program studying at an overseas University.
INFO5990 Professional Practice in IT

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Tutorials Assumed knowledge: Students enrolled in INFO5990 are assumed to have previously completed a Bachelors degree in some area of IT, or have completed a Graduate Diploma in some area of IT, or have many years experience as a practising IT professional. Assessment: Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Note: The main focus of the subject is to provide students with the necessary tools, basic skills, experience and adequate knowledge so they develop an awareness and an understanding of the responsibilities and issues associated with professional conduct and practice in the information technology sector. This unit is for MIT, MITM, MIT/MITM students only.
This Unit of Study introduces the students to some of the concepts, standards and techniques associated with the current professional practice in information technology in the business environment.
Students will encounter a range of concepts, techniques and professional issues including interpersonal and organisational communication, human resources and conflict resolution, globalisation, professional ethics, social impacts of IT, data security, data quality assurance, system audit, investigative research and project management practice. Practical and real world case studies will be used as part of the learning to enhance the in-class teachings to the needs of industry.
INFO5991 Services Science Management and Engineering

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Seminars Assumed knowledge: INFO5990. Students are expected to have a degree in computer science, engineering, information technology, information systems or business. Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The service economy plays a dominant and growing role in economic growth and employment in most parts of the world. Increasingly, the improved productivity and competitive performance of firms and nations in services relies on innovative and effective design, engineering, and management of IT-centric services.
This unit offers IT graduates and professionals an understanding of the role of IT-centric services in a social, economic and business context, as well as knowledge of the principles of their design, engineering and management in a service-oriented IT framework. Delivery of the unit is driven by a critical approach to the literature, live case studies presented by industry professionals and writing a Consultants' Report. Its learning outcomes are based on industry needs. Three modules address the range of topics in Services Science, Management and Engineering (SSME).
1. Service fundamentals context and strategy: the service economy and the nature of service systems; the role IT-centric services in a social, economic and business context; IT-centric services optimisation and innovation.
2. Designing and Engineering IT-centric services: service design; service oriented enterprise and IT architecture.
3. Sourcing, governing, and managing IT-centric services: outsourcing IT-centric services (including services in the cloud); IT-centric services governance and management (COBIT and ITIL; service level agreements.
Critical analysis of articles and the persuasive use of evidence in writing are cornerstones of the unit. Students learn how to apply these skills in business consulting processes to a business case drawn from a recent consulting project at a large multinational organisation. The processes include:clarifying the client's situation and problems, researching evidence related to it, analysing the evidence, developing options for solving the problems, presenting recommendations persuasively to the client both orally and in a written Consultants' Report. These steps are scaffolded for the student, with formative assessment, and increasing levels of difficulty.
Students need to be able to read, critically analyse, and report on an article or case study every three weeks. If you are not confident of your skills in these areas, you can enroll in the free courses provided by the University's Learning Centre in Academic Reading and Writing and Oral Communication Skills. Some of these courses are specifically designed for students with a non-English speaking background. Familiarity with using Library reference tools and the ability to locate scholarly resources in the Library's electronic databases is also necessary. See the Library's Research and information skills page for help with this http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/skills/
INFO5992 Understanding IT Innovations

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Tutorials Prohibitions: PMGT5875 Assumed knowledge: INFO5990 Assessment: Through semester assessment (40%) and Final Exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
An essential skill for an IT manager is the ability to keep up-to-date with emerging technologies, and be able to evaluate the significance of these technologies to their organisation's business activities. This unit of study is based around a study of current technologies and the influence of these technologies on business strategies.
Important trends in innovation in IT are identified and their implications for innovation management explored. Major topics include: drivers of innovation; the trend to open information ("open source") rather than protected intellectual property; and distribution of innovation over many independent but collaborating actors.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to identify and analyse an emerging technology and write a detailed evaluation of the impact of this technology on existing business practices.
INFO5993 IT Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Seminars Assessment: Through semester assessment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will provide an overview of the different research methods that are used in IT. Students will learn to find and evaluate research on their topic and to present their own research plan or results for evaluation by others. The unit will develop a better understanding of what research in IT is and how it differs from other projects in IT. Students will learn research ethics. This unit of study is required for students in IT who are enrolled in a research project as part of their Honours or MIT/MITM degree. It is also recommended for students enrolled or planning to do a research degree in IT and Engineering.
INFO6007 Project Management in IT

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Workshops, Assignments, Exam Preparation Prohibitions: PMGT5871 Assumed knowledge: Students enrolled in INFO6007 are assumed to have previously completed a Bachelors degree in some area of IT, or have completed a Graduate Diploma in some area of IT, or have three years experience as a practising IT professional. Recent work experience, or recent postgraduate education, in software project management, software process improvement, or software quality assurance is an advantage. Assessment: Through semester assessment (60%) and Final Exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study covers the key components of successfully managing a wide variety of Information Technology projects. The course covers both quantitative and qualitative aspects of project management. Topics include the management of time, scope, budget, risk, quality, and resources through each of the phases of a project.
INFO6010 Advanced Topics in IT Project Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures, Tutorials (applied workshop), E-Learning Prerequisites: INFO6007, OR 3-5 years working experience in IT Project Management Assumed knowledge: Students are assumed to understand the role of IT projects. Assessment: Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will explore the limitations of IT project management and the most promising techniques to overcome project failure. It will start by reviewing case study research showing we have reached the limits of traditional IT project management practice. The theoretical base will be completed by exploring the finding that senior management have more impact on success than traditional approaches.
Participants will be introduced to and learn to apply the most promising tools and techniques needed to govern IT projects. The topics reviewed will include: 1) Strategy; 2) Organisational change; 3) Project sponsorship; 4) Programme management; 5) Performance measurement; 6) Culture; 7) Portfolio management; 8) Relevant Australian and International Standards on IT/Project Governance and new industry methodologies around portfolio, programme and change management will be reviewed.
INFO6012 Information Technology Strategy and Value

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Flexible Sessions Prerequisites: COMP5206 Assumed knowledge: COMP5206 Assessment: Through semester assessment (55%) and Final Exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
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 assessment of IT impacts, achieving sustainable competitive advantage through IT, relationship between IT strategy and value, IT strategy formulation and implementation, evaluation of strategic investments in IT, IT portfolio management, IT sourcing and open innovation, and dynamics of IT strategy and game theory. It 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.