COMP09009 2017 Information Technology: Innovation and Management

General Details

Full Title
Information Technology: Innovation and Management
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
COMP - Computing
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Gary McGinty, Trevor McSharry, Therese Hume
Programme Membership
SG_SPROJ_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management

This module addresses the social, organisational, ethical, environmental and legal contexts within which information systems are developed and used. It examines how technologies evolve and how emerging technologies can be aligned with business and organisational needs. It also looks at the ethical, legal and governance requirements raised by the introduction of new technologies within organisations.

Learning Outcomes

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


Analyse and assess the benefits and costs of emerging IT solutions, including the identification of broader social, environmental and ethical implications.


Identify and assess means of addressing technical and management challenges emerging from the regulatory context within which information systems are used, including security challenges.


Identify and evaluate emerging technologies in the context of organisational strategies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will introduce topics, but much of the work will be research based, exploring sets of questions to be examined each week, through prescribed readings, updated to reflect current developments.

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be assessed through a research essay examining an emerging development in IT from a range of perspectives, and a final examination.

Repeat Assessments

as above.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Appraising emerging technologies: overview of technological innovation,

  • Data, information, knowledge- technology and decision making
  • IT /Digital strategic planning: formulation and methods
  • Aligning IT with business/organisational strategic objectives.
  • Horizon-scanning - identifying and appraising emerging technologies.
  • Analysing the broader context:  innovation systems, identifying potential issues (ethical, legal, environmental, security).
  • Justifying investment: Constructing a business case and IT valuation methodologies.
  • The success and failure of IT projects : how to avoid failure through effective management.

2. Legal and ethical context and requirements of these

  • Legal and ethical context for the use of IT systems, and how these apply to emerging technologies, including codes of professional ethics, laws.
  • Minimising environmental costs of information technologies e.g. via  purchasing policies, recycling and energy management. 
  • Security and business continuity planning
  • Policies and procedures e.g. acceptable use, security, purchasing, recycling
  • IT goverance frameworks and standards (e.g. ISO, COBIT, ITIL,CMMI)- means of ensuring compliance.
  • Agile approaches to IT Governance.

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 Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 50 % Week 10 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 15 1,2,3

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Distance Learning Suite Readings/Case Studies 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016 The Strategic Management Of Information Systems Building a Digital Strategy
ISBN 047003467X ISBN-13 9780470034675
Recommended Reading
2014-04-14 Strategic Innovation Management Wiley
ISBN 1118457234 ISBN-13 9781118457238

This first edition of Strategic Innovation Management is an exciting new addition to the established bestselling texts Managing Innovation and Innovation and Entrepreneurship written by Joe Tidd and John Bessant. Aimed at students taking courses in business studies and management, as well as non-specialist courses in other disciplines, this book provides a practical and accessible evidence-based approach to managing innovation in a wide range of contexts, including: manufacturing, services, small to large organizations and the private, public and third sectors.

The text has been designed to be fully integrated with the Innovation Portal at, which contains an extensive collection of additional resources for both lecturers and students including teaching resources, case studies, media clips, innovation tools, seminar and assessment activities and over 300 test-bank questions.

Module Resources

URL Resources

Trade magazines/General Media Sunday Business Post – Computers in Business Section (IT section)

Legislation , Professional Bodies , ,

Journal Databases in the Library – e.g. emerald and science direct

Other Resources


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