Business ICT Strategy

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business ICT Strategy

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Business, Computer Info Systems, Information Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BSNS 106

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Topics include: the role of information systems in value chains; information systems for strategic advantage; information systems procurement; information analysis and visualisation for decision making; user experience in information systems.

    Covers the strategic aspects of information and communications technology (ICT) use in organisations. Students taking INFO 213 will be better equipped to employ the processes used to align ICT procurement with the overall goals of an organisation, to embrace user-centred design principles to develop high-quality information systems, to integrate support tools and techniques into business decision making and to appreciate the ethical and privacy issues around ICT use. The skills developed in INFO 213 are of benefit to a wide-range of intended careers, and so INFO 213 should be considered by students from all disciplines.

    Teaching Arrangements
    One 1-hour lecture per week, supported by weekly labs and tutorials

    Course Structure
    The course covers four key themes:
    - ICT procurement (identifying required systems and methods for their implementation)
    - User experience methods (design and evaluation of system usability)
    - Decision support (methods for data analysis and reporting)
    - Ethical and privacy issues in ICT

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of INFO 213, students should be familiar with the following core concerns of ICT strategy:
    - How ICT can be used to create new business opportunities or add value to existing activities
    - The strengths and weaknesses of "design and build", "off the shelf", and outsourced means of acquiring information systems
    - The process used to develop and evaluate user experience in information systems
    - How decision support and business intelligence can be used to improve organisational decision making
    - Identifying the risks (technological, ethical and environmental) that ICT use exposes to individuals and organisations and evaluating solutions to mitigate ICT risk

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