Online Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology Leadership

Structure

The online Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology Leadership programme consists of four modules. The first module takes ten weeks to complete and subsequent modules take eight weeks to complete.

Prior to starting your first academic module, you will be required to participate in a short online induction course. This induction course prepares you for the online study experience, detailing how to navigate and use the online learning platform so you can successfully complete the programme – you can find more information about the induction here. The induction course is compulsory for all students.

Modules

  1. Managing the Technology Enterprise
  2. Information Technology Leadership
  3. Strategic Technology Management
  4. Understanding Organisations and Human Behaviour

Objective

To lay the foundation for successful study, and introduce strategic considerations of the role of IT within an organisation. As a student, you will have the opportunity to gain skills to lead IT more effectively and also to investigate the various functions of an IT organisation and the best ways to perform these functions.

Description

This module is designed to introduce students to the online learning environment and a wide range of strategic considerations associated with software acquisition and deployment, and the management of information systems projects. The module considers the role of software within organisations from the human, social, knowledge and business perspectives. In the context of software acquisition, the module examines a range of processes from off-the-shelf acquisition to bespoke software development including various software lifecycles. Once acquired, software needs to be maintained and evolved, and so the module also examines theories and methods for achieving this.

Curriculum

  • Participating in the global classroom, navigating the classroom, understanding module requirements
  • Evaluating the work of others, academic integrity and Harvard Referencing
  • The value of IT
  • IT strategy implementation: the technology road map and tactical planning
  • IT governance: budgeting and IT portfolio management
  • Acquiring software: outsourcing, vendor and contract management
  • Operations and IT capabilities
  • The role of IT with respect to compliance, privacy and legal considerations
  • Managing and developing IT capabilities, managing risk and change
  • IT innovation and emerging technologies

Duration:

10 weeks

Objective

To promote a broader understanding of leadership and awareness of how leadership choices can impact organisations. You will explore individual leadership styles, authority and power, and issues related to leadership, collaboration and change within organisations.

Description

The module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary IT leadership models, as well as knowledge of the role of leadership in shaping IT organisations. The module will provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge on the nature of leadership styles and behaviours in management in terms of IT organisations, issues concerning change management, communication of vision and collaborative commitment for effective management of technical teams for the successful execution of IT projects.

Curriculum

  • IT processes and leadership in context: IT processes and the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • CIO, imperatives for leadership and leadership theories in the context of IT
  • Leadership traits: traits and personal qualities of successful leaders and traits of IT, assessment and reflection on personal leadership styles
  • Leadership skills: skills of successful IT leaders, the relationship between leadership skills and IT project success, CIO effectiveness
  • Collaborative leadership as an IT leader fostering innovation
  • Transformation leadership and leading organisational change: the role of the change leaders in motivating, inspiring and managing IT; the role of change leaders as a stimulus and model for change, implications of change leader's own behaviour
  • Leadership in value creation, risk assessment and strategic partnership: the leader’s role in IT value creation and developing partnerships with other business units, risk assessment, conflict management and coping with crisis in IT
  • Ethics and leadership: aspects of integrity, fairness, honesty and ethical traits of high performing leaders
  • Leadership in the emerging scenario: emerging technology and its impact on business; quality standards and leadership practices; issues facing business leaders in the future and their impact on professional practices; and opportunities for professional development and collaboration.

Duration:

8 weeks

Objective:

To provide comprehensive understanding of the techniques and challenges of technology innovation and change management – including the management of organisational resources and environments outside of the IT domain. As a student, you will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to assess and implement change in a controlled manner that aligns with organisational needs and objectives.

Description:

This module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how technology becomes an enabler for business and how IT strategies support organisational goals to help to create a sustained competitive advantage in business. More specifically, the module will provide students with the ability to critically evaluate IT strategies and to understand how to deploy such strategies in the context of systems and/or business applications within the IT industry.

Curriculum

  • Critical introduction and overview of major IT issues that need to be considered to support organisational goals
  • The role of IT in organisations and the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and IT managers in the context of IT strategies in organisations, IT maturity models used to assess or benchmark an organisation’s IT capability so as to improve the IT services that businesses provide
  • IT alignment models used to understand the level of integration across business strategy, IT strategy, business infrastructure and IT infrastructure
  • IT governance, defining and implementing an infrastructure strategy that will support enterprise goals
  • Strategy mapping, using IT planning models to link corporate objectives with the IT strategies required to realise these objectives
  • Using IT to support business, the strategic use of IT resources
  • Measuring the value of the connection between IT and business, and the performance of the efforts that deliver this value

Duration:

8 weeks

Objective:

To assess the roles of individuals and teams to transform into a proficient leader and manager. As a student, you will have an opportunity to explore the skills, experience and managerial techniques that lead to effective implementation and utilisation of information technology, for the benefit of an organisation and its employees.

Description:

This module will provide students with the necessary knowledge to allow them to manage people operating in a technology-rich environment. Studying traditional aspects of organisational behaviour, such as individual/team roles, human resource management and change management, students will examine the use of information technology to support managerial functions – including outsourcing, offshoring and other critical issues fundamental to the way contemporary organisations are run.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to organisation behaviour studies and basic notions
  • Individual behaviour, values, attitudes, job satisfaction, personality and emotions
  • Motivation, perceptions and decision making
  • Foundations of group behaviour: teams and communication
  • Leadership, power and politics: conflicts and negotiations
  • Foundations of organisational structure: organisation system and organisational culture
  • Human resource policies and practices
  • Organisational dynamics, change and stress management

Duration:

8 weeks

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