Service Management and Innovation

Subject ISYS90087 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures/workshops/seminars
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Christoph Breidbach


Dr Christoph Breidbach


Subject Overview:


In this subject, you will learn about service. You will learn what service is, why it is different, and why it is important. The subject will explore how to measure and manage service performance, and to create service innovations. It will help you to understand service from a variety of perspectives – including social sciences, management, engineering, and others.

The Australian economy, as well as the economies of all industrialized nations, comprise primarily of service jobs. Upon graduation, students from The University of Melbourne will most likely work in the service sector, for example as IT consultants.

Upon completing this subject, you will be able to have an informed conversation about the nature of service, and possess skills that will help you to succeed in the workforce you are about to enter.

Learning Outcomes:


After completing the subject, students should be able to:

  1. Define ‘service’, understand why it is important, and how the field of service science is changing research and practice
  2. Model service operations and processes
  3. Apply service innovation concepts and methods to design new service experiences
  4. Analyse, explain and illustrate how and why service firms operate through ICT
  5. Use professional language and terminology in writing and speaking that is consistent with the discipline of service science.
  • Competitive quantitative score obtained via online service business simulation – group project, requires approximately 45hrs of work. Addresses Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 2, 3, 4. Due end of semester (25%)
  • Critical written reflection about rationale behind decisions made in simulation after each decision period group project, requires approximately 13-15hrs of work total ((500 words each). Addresses ILOs 2, 3, 4. Assessed throughout the semester (10%)
  • Class participation, exercises, and quizzes based on readings - - individual assessment, requires approximately 15 -20hrs of work, including preparation. Addresses ILOs 1-5. (15%). Assessed throughout the semester (15%)
  • One 2-hour open book examination - individual assessment, requires approximately 80hrs of work, including preparation. Addresses ILO 1-5. Assessed in the examination period (50%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should have honed generic skills such as:

  • Clear thinking
  • Improved reading and writing
  • Enhanced ability to work in a team
  • Presentation skills.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MIS Professional Specialisation
MIS Research Specialisation

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