INFS2603 Business Analysis and Agile Product Management - 2022

Subject Code
Study Level
Commencing Term
Term 3
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Delivery Mode
On Campus and Online
Info Systems & Tech Mgmt
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

This is an intermediate (Level 2) Information Systems (IS) course that provides a contemporary understanding of business analysis tools, skills and methodologies used in the process of creating digital solutions.  Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.  The course will specifically focus on business analysis as practiced within an Agile Scrum framework. Students will learn to take a product-oriented view of solutions and understand how contemporary organisations manage the process of solution creation. The course will hone the conceptual and analytical skills required for analysing business problems and processes, understanding customer requirements, managing stakeholders, and developing product roadmaps.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

View course timetable

Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course covers material that is foundational to the discipline of information systems. It assumes completion of the core information systems course INFS1602 Digital Transformation in Business. This course provides the student with concepts and skills that are essential in careers such as business analysts, business systems analysts, product owners, product managers, consultants, and developers.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrMairead O' ConnorMicrosoft Teams
12pm - 2pm, Wednesday (MS Teams)

The best way to contact your lecturer or tutor is via email. Please note that only your UNSW email account should be used for formal notices and correspondence regarding the course. Always sign your email with your name and student number. To protect student privacy, correspondence originating from non-UNSW email accounts will not elicit a response. The subject of your e-mail should begin with the course code (i.e., INFS2603) and should be signed with your name and zID.

MS Teams will be utilised for all course communications to the class i.e. notices, assignment information and course content. Please check MS Teams regularly as this is where we communicate urgent notices when needed. If you need to contact the School urgently you can contact the School Office on 9385-5320 or email:

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Use of your Webcam and Digital Devices: If you enrol in an online class, or the online stream of a hybrid class, teaching and associated activities will be conducted using Teams, Zoom, or similar a technology. Using a webcam is optional, but highly encouraged, as this will facilitate interaction with your peers and instructors. If you are worried about your personal space being observed during a class, we encourage you to blur your background or make use of a virtual background. Please contact the Lecturer-in-Charge if you have any questions or concerns.

Some courses may involve undertaking online exams for which your own computer or digital devices will be required. Monitoring of online examinations will be conducted directly by University staff and is bound by the University's privacy and security requirements. Any data collected will be handled accordance with UNSW policies and standards for data governance. For more information on how the University manages personal information please refer to the UNSW Student Privacy Statement and the UNSW Privacy Policy.

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

At university, the focus is on a self-directed search for knowledge. Lectures, tutorials, textbooks and other resources are all provided to help with this process. The primary vehicle in this course is work carried out in collaboration with other students, inside and outside the classroom, under the guidance of your lecturer.

In class, we will work through exercises designed around case studies and real-world problems, and this will be a unique opportunity for you to observe business systems analysis and design techniques in practice. You are encouraged to seek clarification by asking questions during class. The Sandbox Group Assignment provides another opportunity to apply the concepts learned to real world problems.

We will have to cover a lot of material in this course, so it is vital that you study from Week 1. This means you should read the set chapters in the textbook and prepare for your tutorials. The course team will facilitate your learning by providing guidance as to what you need to study and work with you on problems you may encounter. It is, however, your responsibility to make a concerted and timely effort to study. If you make this effort you will find the material interesting, the course worthwhile and the interaction with your fellow students stimulating. You should also do well.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

The teaching strategies will include lectures and experiential learning through the workshops. Lectures will be used to introduce students to concepts and methods in business analysis.  Through this hands-on approach, students will be given a chance to experiment and innovate with new ways of understanding and visualising business problems, eliciting business/user requirements, and analysing and designing business information systems using contemporary methodologies and techniques.

The course involves five key elements in facilitating your learning: the lecture, lecture consultations, the tutorial exercises, the collaborative group project, and your own study.

Lectures will provide a short overview of topic at hand and will focus on explaining the difficult concepts and issues. The role of the lecture is to set the agenda and to introduce important topics. Slides of the lectures will be available, but these need to be supplemented by your own notes. You will also need to complete the weekly-recommended readings whenever provided. The lecture content will be released weekly online - there are no synchronous lectures.

Lecture consultations will focus on answering student questions based on their performance in Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs), which are made available to students each week on Moodle prior to the consultation. The RATs are non-graded self-assessment tests which give students an opportunity to test their understanding of the week's content. Students are expected to attend weekly lecture consultations after having attempted the week's RAT. The lecture consultations will take place weekly online.

Tutorials relate to the topic of the current or previous weeks. The role of the tutorials is to help build your understanding through the application of what you have learned to case studies or real-world scenarios. They also give you the opportunity to discuss your work with your fellow students, and hence get an indication of your own progress. Your own notes from tutorials are also an important resource for later reference. The tutorials will be held both on campus and online.

The Sandbox group assignment is a major opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge of business analysis and agile product management; skill in their application, and skill in the management of a group assignment that requires on-going commitment throughout the semester.

Self-directed private study is an important component of this course. The aims of all tertiary institutions refer, implicitly or explicitly, to the development of self-management skills. You should supplement lectures and classroom activities by reading the set readings, as well as further relevant materials from books, journals and Internet sources, in order to acquire a better understanding of different elements of the course, such as background to the assignment case scenario.

5. Course Resources

Prescribed resources:

  • Agile and Business Analysis: Practical guidance for IT professionals. Lynda Girvan and Debra Paul, 2017.
  • Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love. Roman Pichle, 2010
Weekly recommended resources will be shared on Moodle.

Additionally, the Moodle course website will also feature reading material to supplement your learning.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

The course has continued to evolve over the past few years based on industry and student feedback. We undertook an intensive course redevelopment with a focus on business analysis and agile product management. We've also redesigned Class Preparation and Participation to reduce the workload on students.

We look forward to your feedback on the new course design and content.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 12 SeptemberLecture

Agile Business Analysis I

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.



Agile Business Analysis I

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
  • Group Assignment Brief Released, Assignment Groups Formed
Week 2: 19 SeptemberLecture

Agile Business Analysis II

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.



Agile Business Analysis II

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
Week 3: 26 SeptemberLecture

Analyzing the Enterprise


Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.


Analyzing the Enterprise

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
Week 4: 3 OctoberLecture

Modelling the Enterprise

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.



Modelling the Enterprise

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Cumulative Feedback on Tutorial Preparation and Participation (Weeks 01-04) due End of Week 04​
Week 5: 10 OctoberLecture

Envisioning the Product I

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.


Envisioning the Product I

  • Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
  • Milestone 1 Due Beginning of Week 05
Week 6: 17 OctoberFlexibility Week


Flexibility Week



Week 7: 24 OctoberLecture

Envisioning the Product II

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.


Envisioning the Product II

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
Week 8: 31 OctoberLecture

Testing Product Ideas

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.


Testing Product Ideas

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
Week 9: 7 NovemberLecture

Product Analytics & Ethics

Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.



Product Analytics & Ethics

  • Ref: Pre-workshop reading and Lecture Notes
  • Tutorial Preparation and Participation
  • Milestone 2 Due Beginning of Week 09
Week 10: 14 NovemberLecture

Course Revision


Refer to Resources posted on Moodle/MS Teams.


Course Revision

  • Ref: Lecture Notes
  • GA Final Feedback due End of Week 10; Cumulative Feedback on Tutorial Preparation and Participation (Weeks 05-09) due End of Week 10​

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School program learning outcomes, academic integrity, student responsibilities and student support services. For information regarding special consideration, supplementary exams and viewing final exam scripts, please go to the key policies and support page.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  For PG Research PLOs, including Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies, please refer to the UNSW HDR Learning Outcomes

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.

UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Services team.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

​Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload

Attendance and Engagement

Your regular attendance and active engagement in all scheduled classes and online learning activities is expected in this course. Failure to attend / engage in assessment tasks that are integrated into learning activities (e.g. class discussion, presentations) will be reflected in the marks for these assessable activities. The Business School may refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g. tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.). If you are not able to regularly attend classes, you should consult the relevant Course Authority.

View more information on attendance

General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

View more information on student conduct

Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

View more information on Health and Safety

Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School Learning Support Tools
Business School provides support a wide range of free resources and services to help students in-class and out-of-class, as well as online. These include:

  • Academic Communication Essentials – A range of academic communication workshops, modules and resources to assist you in developing your academic communication skills.
  • Learning consultations – Meet learning consultants who have expertise in business studies, literacy, numeracy and statistics, writing, referencing, and researching at university level.
  • PASS classes – Study sessions facilitated by students who have previously and successfully completed the course.
  • Educational Resource Access Scheme – To support the inclusion and success of students from equity groups enrolled at UNSW Sydney in first year undergraduate Business programs.

The Nucleus - Business School Student Services team
The Nucleus Student Services team provides advice and direction on all aspects of enrolment and graduation. Level 2, Main Library, Kensington 02 8936 7005 /

Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee strives to ensure that every student is empowered to have equal access to education. The Business School provides a vibrant, safe, and equitable environment for education, research, and engagement that embraces diversity and treats all people with dignity and respect.

UNSW Academic Skills
Resources and support – including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources – to help you develop and refine your academic skills. See their website for details.

Student Support Advisors
Student Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9065 9444

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Support for Studying Online

The Business School and UNSW provide a wide range of tools, support and advice to help students achieve their online learning goals. 

The UNSW Guide to Online Study page provides guidance for students on how to make the most of online study.

We recognise that completing quizzes and exams online can be challenging for a number of reasons, including the possibility of technical glitches or lack of reliable internet. We recommend you review the Online Exam Preparation Checklist of things to prepare when sitting an online exam.