Enterprise Architecture, Strategy and Governance - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • 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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2018 Fees
Domestic 3,490.00
Domestic continuing 2,822.00
International 3,740.00
International continuing 3,072.00

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IT managers must provide systems and platforms that enable organisations to deliver their strategic objectives. They need to understand strategic planning tools and approaches, 2) be able to adapt existing architecture frameworks to design and deliver the new enterprise architecture, and 3) establish project governance approaches that will ensure the required programs of technology projects deliver the expected strategic benefits. This unit aims to build the knowledge and skills required to adapt key business strategic planning tools, enterprise architecture frameworks and governance approaches to real world business scenarios.

Students who complete this unit must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge over IS strategy concepts, enterprise architecture tools and frameworks, governance approaches and be able to reflect on the challenges for professional practice
  2. Critically analyse how these competencies can be integrated into an organisational IS/IT portfolio using enterprise architecture
  3. Critically evaluate enterprise architecture frameworks including their approaches, principles and assumptions as tools for designing an organisational IS/IT portfolio. Articulate a coherent justification and consideration in favour of the chosen and/or preferred enterprise architecture framework
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance and impact of governance as a tool for aligning enterprise architecture and organisational strategy
  5. Communicate effectively in group situation which simulates a real world business presentation and function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.
  • Assignment 1 — Group (30-40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual (30-40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual (20-40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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

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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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