Information Technology Strategies for Business - 2016

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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 2016: SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Individual/Group (30-40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,000.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,250.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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All organisations need to understand strategic intent at a corporate and business unit level and the implications for products and services. To achieve their strategic goals the industry or sector (be it profit, not-for- profit or government) is assisted by a wide range of Information and Communication Technologies (Information Technology). As digitisation and e-commerce have become global in scale, the effective application of Information Technology is now essential to the creation, operation and sustainability of business

This unit will explore these developments and provide a broad understanding of the alignment of Information Technology with business goals and strategies. The design and implementation of Information Technology strategy is central to this unit. Students will review the application of specific information and communications technologies to business in the wider context of changes to organisational structures, systems, cultures and stakeholder relationships. Students will also study the challenges faced by businesses in achieving a return on investment in Information Technology initiatives and the need to evaluate and manage the associated risk.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the relationship between strategy and ICT strategy and their relative contributions to organizational value.
  2. Critically evaluate current developments in corporate and digital business strategy
  3. Critically appraise the value and contribution of Information Technology in a range of organisational contexts.
  4. Critique the nature and significance of innovation in strategy design and implementation.
  5. Analyse the significance of and relationship between resources and capabilities in strategy design and implementation.
  6. Critique the importance of the human dimension to the design and implementation of ICT strategy.
  7. Propose relevant improvements to IT business strategy and discuss the implications of change in an organization.
  8. Apply a holistic perspective  to resolving stakeholder concerns regarding Information Technology strategy
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual/Group (30-40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual/Group (30-40%)
  • Online Discussion — Individual (5-10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MTB810 — Information Technology Strategies for Business

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed MTB320.

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of the concept of strategy: definition, different types and dynamic and evolving nature
2The nature and the scope of Information Technology strategy (for businesses in general and for IT businesses) in a context of complexity and change
3Current technologies underpinning Information Technology strategies
4Development of Information Technology strategy in a dynamic global competitive environment
5Alignment of Information Technology and business strategy for business success
6The strategic importance of knowledge and its management
7Information Technology strategy and knowledge management
8Information Technology strategy design with requirements analysis and management across stakeholders (social capital)
9Information Technology strategy adoption, change management and risk identification and assessment
10Information Technology strategic financial considerations: a) IT governance; b) analysis of IT and eBusiness investments
11Information Technology strategic legal considerations: a) private law issues; b) regulatory issues; c) policy & related issues; and d) ethical issues
12Testing sustainability of IT strategy including: evaluation of IT & global business investments; & realisation of IT strategy benefits in business

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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