Enterprise Architecture, Strategy and Governance - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Group 30-40% , Assignment 2 - Individual 30-40% - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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Aligning IS/IT strategy, operations and IT project, program, and portfolio investment decisions with business strategy and operations remains a challenging issue for many organisations. IT managers are asked to do more with less, to reduce the complexity and costs associated with their environments and also improve the re-use, reach and capability of their IT resources and services. IT managers must also provide a foundation on which the business is able to execute its strategic planning objectives whilst maintaining a competitive advantage over its rivals. IT managers must therefore understand and also develop responses to the competitive and strategic pressures faced by modern organizations. To do this effectively, IT managers and IT project managers need to develop an appreciation of the concept of alignment, the importance of IS/IT strategy, and the enabling roles of enterprise architecture and IT governance, in providing executives with confidence in the coherence and value proposition of IT investment decisions and resultant IT projects, programs and portfolios. This unit aims to build such an appreciation, and the knowledge and skills required to implement and apply the range of frameworks and tools available to support good process and practice with respect to strategy development, enterprise architecture and governance.

Students who complete this unit must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge over IS strategy concepts and tools, enterprise architecture frameworks and processes, governance approaches, and reflect on the challenges for professional practice
  2. Synthesize market and organisational data to evaluate a given industry/organisational scenario using prominent strategic planning tools (i.e., SWOT, PEST (LE), Porter’s Five Forces, and Value Chain model).
  3. Formulate an organisational strategy in regards to Enterprise Architecture based on an in-depth analysis of organisational environment
  4. Synthesise and propose a number of strategic options based on multiple point of views and meta-analysis of available data
  5. Critically evaluate and articulate a coherent justification and consideration  in favour of the chosen and/or preferred strategic option
  6. Construct an enterprise architecture model to support the given strategy using The Zachman, TOGAF, IEEE 1471 or other Governmental frameworks
  7. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance and impact of governance as a tool for aligning enterprise architecture and organisational strategy
  • Assignment 1 — Group 30-40%
  • Assignment 2 — Individual 30-40%
  • Assignment 3 — Individual 30-40%

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The relationship between business strategy, and enterprise architecture, IS/IT strategy and IS/IT governance
2The concept of alignment, and the notion of dynamic alignment
3Understanding and analysing the organisational context of IS/IT strategy, enterprise architecture and IS/IT governance
4Key frameworks, tools & methods to develop & implement IS/IT strategy, enterprise architecture and IS/IT governance, & their application to problems
5Benefits and issues associated with the implementation of IS/IT strategy, enterprise architecture and IS/IT governance
6Appreciate the complexity and diversity inherent in planning contents, and consider and integrate multiple ambiguous viewpoints to establish a balance

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