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IB92G - Digital Business and Workplace Technologies

  • Module code: IB92G
  • Module name: Digital Business and Workplace Technologies
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module complements the other core modules covered in the first term of the IS&M MSc programme. It conceptualises information and gives an overview of the role of technology in improving organizational efficiency and enabling communication and collaboration within and across organisations. It traces key issues and significant trends in the management of technology. More specifically the module aims to review the purpose and role of information in organisations. It draws on information theory and the semiotics of information to highlight the role of technology in electronic communication and digitisation of organisational processes and collaboration. It then builds on this notion to highlight the role of technology in supporting the changing nature of organisations and new ways of working. The module then aims to describe and explain the importance of the two major types of systems in organisations with examples and relevant theories: systems that support transactions and systems that support communication. The module also aims to show techniques for assessing the value of information in organisations and highlight potential threats and risks in the context of more distributed computing and collaboration. The module then highlights emergent themes and new technologies playing a significant role in the management of organisations today.

Principal learning outcomes

"Subject Knowledge and Understanding: Understand the role and interplay between information and technology in supporting information systems in organisations; Understand the purpose and main functions of technology in supporting business transactions and enabling organisational communication and collaboration; Be aware of the value that organizations may gain through the use of technology and the risks involved in using technology as a business tool. Students will also learn how to protect information assets and security frameworks to respond to new risks to these assets; Understand emergent technologies and major trends in managing technology in organisations Cognitive Skills: Critically evaluate the purpose and alignment between technology and organisational processes; Use critical analysis to assess the business value of technology, as well as the risks and measures to prevent these risks to the business. Subject Specific/Professional Skills: Develop a business plan for implementing technology in organisations; Assess risks and develop an information security policy; Identify opportunities and challenges in using technology in organisations."

Timetabled teaching activities

"Total contact hours: 30 hours; Lectures: 20 hours; Tutorials: 10 hours; Module duration (weeks, if applicable): 1 week (5 days x 6 hours per day). "

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB92G-15)
A (Assessed work only) Group Work 30%
  Individual Assignment 70%
D (Assessed/examined work) Group Presentation 30%
  3 hour examination (December) 70%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Information Systems Management and Innovation (G5N3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (G5N4) - Year 1
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