MQM2DTL-Digital Technology Leadership

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Vaughan Michell

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is specifically focused on the concept of digital technology as an enabler and provider of competitive advantage as an aspect of digital leadership and how and what leaders should understand about digital technology in order to make necessary leadership decisions in a digital environment and workplace.

Digital technology leadership is specifically aimed at developing leadership skills in programme members regarding technology concepts and the application of leadership principles. It aims to develop technology leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. It is delivered by a combination of face-to-face workshops, small group activities, personal reflection and self-study, over a period of several months, alongside other modules covered in this stage of the programme.


This module aims to develop an understanding in individuals of:

• Digital Age & Technology Principles

• Technology Innovations & Solutions

• Technology types and models

• Technology Leadership & Capability

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of a range of different theoretical work process, technology and design models and technology leadership concepts 

  • Awareness of different approaches and perspectives of digital technology principles, operating models, governance and leadership 

  • Application of technology leadership concepts to business cases to enable informed leadership decisions

  • Critical appraisal of technology leadership concepts and development of related analytical skills 

Additional outcomes:

  • ?Understanding and experience of people, process and technology aspects and its interaction to enable successful digital technology leadership

  • Understanding and exploration of participants’ analytical and design ability related to digital technology leadership decisions

  • Personal reflection on outstanding moments in participants’ technology leadership experience

  • Developing a set of individualised, situation specific recommendations and methods for participants’ technology leadership thinking and practice


Outline content:

The module covers the following topics:


• Technology principles, work and capabilities in the digital age

• Technology Innovations and solutions

• Digital technology analysis and decision support models

• Technology Solution Capability Design

• Digital technology governance

• Leadership of Technology and Technologists& nbsp;and digital and related STEM staff


Global context:


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching methods include working in a whole group of up to 50 with one or two tutors, and in smaller groups of up to 8 programme members. Other learning activities may take place in pairs and individual reflection, for example to discuss and review the application of the principles in examples from the member’s experience. 


Teaching includes input from tutors, demonstrations of techniques and practice in approp riate groups. Plenary discussion and table discussions are encouraged. Formative and summative feedback is given as appropriate. 


Participants are expected to draw on their practical leadership and technology experience in their own or other organisations to support their learning and their assignments. They have access to the Virtual Learning Environment throughout the programme, until the end of their registratio n period. 


Programme members are encouraged to keep a personal learning log, paper or electronic, during both this module and the complete programme. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Project Supervision 20
Work-based learning 62
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Preparation for tutorials 10
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Essay preparation 60
Total hours by term 0 0 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


This comprises a final written assignment of 5000 words, based on the experience of the leadership practice and personal leadership development during the overall period of the module. This should reflect on the activities which took place, learning reflections, and be underpinned with reference and critical analysis of the relevant literature.

The assignment is the only piece of work assessed in this module. It is expected that the participant will reference the other elements of their development portfolio, such as learning logs and reflective documents, and include them as required in the appendix of the assignment. These additional elements of the portfolio will be included in the same electronic submission as the assignment.

Assessment submission is according to the assessment schedule for the student’s cohort. 


Formative assessment methods:

The interim task between lectures provides an opportunity for quality formative assessment and to check and develop understanding.  Feedback from tutors and peers is formative and supports leadership development during this module. 

Penalties for late submission:

As university post-experience postgraduate programmes. 


Assessment requirements for a pass:

Minimum of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

One re-submission allowed, capped at 50%

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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