MM259-Technology Advisory Practices

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Danny Gozman


Summary module description:
This module develops the students’ ability to address complex business problems involving the use of technology and formulate recommendations. As a part of the module students will have the opportunity of working closely with a group of peers to apply technology advisory practices for a contemporary business case. They will be developing business and academic skills in a number of different areas relevant to advisory practices.

The aim of this course is to enable students to gain an understanding of engagement in technology advisory projects. Students will gain experience in carrying out this role. It offers the opportunity to devise, and take part in, a project team operating within a business context through simulated and/or real client engagement.

Assessable learning outcomes:
-To develop the ability to identify, analyse complex business problems through problem structuration, information collection, identification of options and presentation of final recommendations.

-To develop the ability to work effectively within a team in problem solving and work to deadlines.

-To be able to appraise relevant theory and methodology and their value in the development of recommendations.

Additional outcomes:
-Ability of critical selection of appropriate methods and techniques for solving problems and devising IT solutions.

Outline content:
The course will introduce students to the work done by practitioners working in this area and the associated theories, tools and method used. The course will look at the different dimensions of the advisory role and associated professional issues. This will include working environments within niche and global firms, which offer advisory services. Students will then apply learning points to case studies and real world examples. Examples of topics covered include:

•Contextualising technology advsiory services and how they add value
•Project evaluation and planning
•Analytical tools and frameworks
•Evaluating client capabilities and managing expectations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will form an ‘advisory firm’ of small groups. The first part of the course will focus on teaching theories, tools and methods which will be applied during the second part of the course. During the second part of the course students will work within their groups to deliver a strategic project either through a simulated case study or with real-world clients. A mix of lectures, case studies and discussions will be used in class. Students will be asked to apply the theory and methods they have learned in solving problems through group reports, presentations as well as individual reflective reports. Blackboard will be used to supplement the traditional classroom delivery, facilitate student-centre learning and assist the management of the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Tutorials 6
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In the first part of the course, students will receive assessed feedback on exercises relating to theories, tools and methods. In the second part of the course, students will regularly present progress back to the class for feedback from both tutors and peers. Students will also receive feedback on blogs they create to log their progress.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% combined assessment

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of an assignment.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: The cost of the textbook is approximately £45.00. The title and author of the textbook will be provided on a reading list by the module convenor.
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students are expected to cover the costs of travelling to meet clients during the course of the module.

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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