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Emerging Technologies for Business

Pre-requisites

Cannot be taken in conjuncture with Emerging Digital Technologies

Introduction

This module aims to address the ever-changing sphere of technology and show how emerging technologies can be applied to different industries and business contexts. The module will offer crucial, advanced theoretical and practical technological foundations to International Technology Management students.

It is clear that there is a need to disseminate this knowledge to students to better help them understand technology and how it fits together within the context of modern systems.

The development and understanding of technological step changes can provide significant advantages to organisations and give them an edge over competitors. Comprehensive knowledge of the limitations and current boundaries of technology enables strong forecasting and synergises with strategic thinking.

This module provides an advanced and comprehensive look at current and future technological trends. It explores how current market leaders use technology to their advantage by providing a broad understanding of computing methods and infrastructures, cutting edge materials, and applications such as artificial intelligence by forming an in-depth knowledge of what is currently possible and preparing students for technological change. This module will equip the student with the right skills to both explore new technologies, and explore their potential exploitations.

In particular, this module will consider the emerging technology landscape covering technologies such as: artificial intelligence, internet-of-things, VR/AR, data visualisation, new materials, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and cyber security. We will seek to engage with WMG researchers such as those working in new materials, automation and robotics to incorporate the latest work in these fields.

In addition to introducing students to the technologies themselves, the module aims to enable participants to recognise the opportunities and challenges that emerging technologies may bring, and identify use-cases and industries that could face disruption from new technologies.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Interpret and evaluate critical business technologies and their application in various industries.
  • Demonstrate practical competence with selected types of technology
  • Review concepts and practicalities of adopting technologies related to high performance computing, and evaluate the implications, technical challenges and benefits of operating in technical environments.
  • Appraise the theory and concepts behind the technical deployments of emerging technologies.
  • Evaluate and implement new and emerging technologies to specific business contexts.
  • Interpret and evaluate current technological limitations and demonstrate how to future proof know-how.

Syllabus

  • Emerging technology landscape and evaluating emerging technologies
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) including Big Data technology, Cloud computing, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
  • Advanced Computing Techniques including Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
  • Cyber-security
  • Industry 4.0
  • Internet of Things
  • New materials
  • 3D & 4D printing
  • Robotics and virtual assistants
  • Visualisation and collaboration including data visualisation, virtual and augmented reality (& mixed reality), crowd sourcing

Assessment

6,000 words Post Module Assessment (80% weighting) and In Module Assessment (20% weighting)

Duration

55 hours spread over 2 weeks (31 hours of lectures, 21 hours of seminars, 3 hours of demonstration)