COMP08130 2017 Strategic Technology Management

General Details

Full Title
Strategic Technology Management
Transcript Title
STM
Code
COMP08130
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
COMP - Computing
Department
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Therese Hume
Programme Membership
SG_KSYSN_K08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Systems & Networking L8 SG_KSDEV_K08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development SG_KCOMP_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KSOFT_K08 000000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development SG_KAPPL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Computing in Application Design and User Experience SG_KSMAR_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Smart Technologies SG_KSODV_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development SG_KNCLD_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure SG_KCMPU_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing
Description

The main aim of this module is to provide an introduction to skills and knowledge needed for the strategic management of information technology. It begins by exploring how innovative technologies/technology trends can be identified, assessed,  and incorporated into organisational strategies. In addition to benefits, legislative, security management and governance implications of emerging technologies are addressed.

The module begins with horizon scanning, where emerging technologies/technology trends are identified and their potential impacts on businesses and organisations identified. Innovation and ‘hype’ cycles, innovation systems, business/IT alignment and IT strategic planning methods are introduced as mechanisms through which emerging technologies can be identified and their value to businesses analysed. The construction of business cases, and the role of the business analyst in this process are also introduced. The management implications of social, ethical and environmental impacts of new technologies are then considered. Topics here include ethics, legislation and compliance requirements, security management and an introduction to IT governance frameworks.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

utilise methods enabling the alignment of  IT innovations with strategic business objectives.

2.

construct a business case, providing justification for the adoption of a new technology as well as identifying potential risks.

3.

identify governance implications (e.g. legislative compliance, security) of adopting innovative information technologies.

4.

describe IT governance approaches and mechanisms in areas such as compliance and security.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The main themes will be covered in lectures.  Each theme will also be explored in group-based workshop sessions via a series of case studies using online resources and a problem-based learning approach.

Module Assessment Strategies

50% of the assessment  comprises  a research project where the main themes are applied in the conetext of a case study.

50% of the assessment will be a formal examination.

Repeat Assessments

As above.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Introduction : Horizon scanning

  • Hype and innovation cycles and emerging technologies/ trends.
  • Assessing Technologies:  Innovation systems and technological readiness levels.
  • Identifying opportunities relevant to particular types of organisation/business.

2. Business/IT Alignment: Innovation management

  • The role of the business analyst in business/IT alignment.
  • Systemic analysis of business issues (using e.g. rich pictures, fishbone diagrams)
  • Aligning IT strategy with organisational strategic objectives: how innovation in  IT can shape organisational strategic objectives and generate value.
  • IT Strategic Planning methods: scenario planning; Porter's value chain; balanced scorecard; etc.
  • Justifying IT investment and constructing a business case - value, costs and risk.

3. IT Governance

  • Areas of governance: e.g. strategic alignment, implementation, compliance, security, service management.
  • Ethics, Legislation and compliance : identifying and addressing emerging issues.
  • Security management: identifying and addressing emerging issues.
  • Governance mechanisms : policies, procedures, training, organisational culture.
  • Governance frameworks : COBIT, CMMI, ITIL
  • Agile governance and devops 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Project Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % Week 12 1,2,3,4
             
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Open Book Exam 50 % Week 12 1,2,3,4
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Not Specified Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Distance Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Online lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Not Specified Online Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-09-22 Business Analysis BCS
ISBN 178017277X ISBN-13 9781780172774

Business analysts must respond to the challenges of today's highly competitive global economy by developing practical, creative and financially sound solutions that will address business problems and grasp new opportunities. This excellent guide sets out the essential toolkit required. It is also ideal for students wanting to gain university and industry qualifications in business analysis and information systems, and is particularly beneficial for those studying for the BCS Professional Certificate in Business Analysis. Important additions in the third edition include expanded discussions regarding gap analysis and benefits management, the impact of Agile software development and an introduction to business architecture.

Recommended Reading
2016 The Strategic Management Of Information Systems Building a Digital Strategy
ISBN 047003467X ISBN-13 9780470034675

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Selection of Journals

  • MIT Technology Review
  • Sloan Management Review
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Futures
  • Research Policy
URL Resources

 

Trade magazines/General Media

  • www.computing.co.uk
  • www.siliconrepublic.ie 
  • www.sbpost.ie 
  • www.informationweek.com
  • www.cio.com
  • www.gartner.com
  • www.mckinsey.com
  •  www.technologyreview.com 

Legislation , Professional Bodies

  •  www.enterprise‑ireland.ie/ebusiness
  • www.dataprotection.ie
  •  www.ics.ie
  • www.acm.org
  •  www.bcs.org.uk

Governance

  • www.cobit.org
  • www.itil.com 

 Other Resources

  • www.innovation‑system.net