Technology Essentials for Managers - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Technology awareness (10%) , Assignment 2 - Critical reviews of literature (20%) - Learn more

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This unit is designed for managers and corporate strategists who want a better understanding on their role in IT/Technology oversight and management. The unit is especially relevant for non-technical managers with IT responsibilities. Essential technologies for an organisation will be discussed, as well as emerging technologies that potentially could be part of the mainstream organisational technologies in the near future. An overview of the rationale and consideration in the management aspects of these technologies (including adoption, acquisition, deployment, maintenance) such as impact management, change management, service delivery, business value delivery, management of technology vendors and partners will also be discussed.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Identify and determine a range of technologies (contemporary and emerging technologies) appropriate for a given organisational context, including network technologies, Internet technologies, mobile technologies, etc
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the role of data and the critical issues surrounding "big data" and data management (including data centres and data infrastructure) as part of a contemporary and the "future" organisation
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of selected frameworks, methods, and tools that could be used by managers to review and assess the viability of adopting a particular technology for the specific organisation
  4. Critically assess and triage issues related to technological infrastructure and identify appropriate technological vendor and/or partner to work with in resolving the issues
  5. Discuss and articulate the critical need and challenges for alignment and seamless integration of various technologies in a business environment
  6. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the business impact (including risks, security, disruptions, opportunities) issues associated with technology adoption
  7. Discuss and articulate the need for a coherent approach in managing service delivery within an organisational context
  8. Describe the various stage of lifecycle in technology adoption, from the initial analysis of needs and requirements to post-implementation review and evaluation.
  • Assignment 1 — Technology awareness (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Critical reviews of literature (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Managing Infrastructure(Group) (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Tech. Management Challenges (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of Organisational IS/IT Infrastructure: Network Technologies, Internet Technologies, Mobile Technologies, Data, Data Management, Data Centres
2Emerging Technologies/concepts: Cloud Computing, Cloud-based and Location-based Services, disruptive technologies & innovation, Green IT/Technologies
3The Key Aspects on Infrastructure Management
4Organisational & Managerial Perspective on Technologies

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