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Online learning with student and tutor discussion forums.

Monday 2nd February 2015

8-10 hrs study time per week required over the 13 week study period

Additional Information
Event Type:Professional Development
CP Hours:25
SFIA Alignment
SFIA Skill
Emerging technology monitoring
Contact Details

ACS Education
2/120 Clarendon Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Locked Bag 36
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Tel. 1800 671 003 (Freecall)


New Technology Alignment (EMRG-SFIA5) Postgraduate Studies

Professional development in a virtual college environment – Connect with peers both across Australia and internationally.

ACS distance education programs are intensive 13-week program delivered in a virtual college environment. You will enhance your ability to innovate in an environment where content is facilitated by an Industry expert and where fellow participants have a variety of ICT backgrounds, and are committed to maximising their experience through collaboration and sharing of their professional experiences. Course content is aligned to at least SFIA level 5.

Course delivery is subject to minimum enrolment levels that assure an appropriate learning environment. Where specific courses are undersubscribed, registrants are offered the ability to transfer to an alternative course, or fees are refunded.

Enrol now for Study Period 1 which runs from 2 February 2015 to 3 May 2015. Enrolments close 27 January 2015. Fees must be paid at least two weeks prior to commencement of the course.

The Australian Computer Society offers ACS members and non members an opportunity to undertake postgraduate study in one of our specialist subjects New Technology Alignment (NTA).
New Technology Alignment (NTA) emphasis on opening your mind to new technical trends and how they align with business today.
The NTA subject is designed to map to the following:
Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) skill set and level of responsibility; 
Emerging Technology Monitoring (EMRG):
  • Overall description: The identification of new and emerging hardware, software and communication technologies and products, services, methods and techniques and the assessment of their relevance and potential value as business enablers, improvements in cost/performance or sustainability. The promotion of emerging technology awareness among staff and business management.
  • Level 5 description: Monitors the market to gain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies. Identifies new and emerging hardware and software technologies and products based on own area of expertise, assesses their relevance and potential value to the organisation, contributes to briefings of staff and management.
Modules and Seminar Topics
Module 1 - Frameworks for measuring the impacts of technology on business performance 
Seminar Topic - 1: Organisational Performance  
Seminar Topic - 2: Flow of Knowledge
Seminar Topic - 3: Sources of economic value
Module 2 - Fostering innovation and encouraging adoption
Seminar Topic - 4: Understand Innovation
Seminar Topic - 5 : Fostering Innovation
Seminar Topic - 6: Encouraging Adoption
Module 3 - Technology assessment and integration
Seminar Topic - 7: Assessing new technology against business requirements 
Seminar Topic - 8: Business planning for new techology
Seminar Topic - 9: Planning for the integration of new technology into a business
Module 4 - Promotion and realising benefits
Seminar Topic - 10: Early adoptors and mainstream stake holders 
Seminar Topic - 11: Case studies of successful (and unsuccessful) adoption of new technologies - Part 1 
Seminar Topic - 12: Case studies of successful (and unsuccessful) adoption of new technologies - Part 2 
Seminar Topic - 13: Review, Conclusion and Feedback
To complete the subject we expect that you will need to spend 8-10 hours each week reading, communicating with your colleagues and tutor, and preparing for assignments.

There are 2 areas of assessment in the NTA subject;
  • Your contributions to the 13 weekly discussion forums, worth 20% of your total assessment.
  • Your 2 assignments are worth 30% and 50% respectively.
To pass the subject overall, it is necessary that you pass in both areas of assessment.
Assignment #1:
For an organisation with which you are familiar (ideally, the organisation for which you work), identify three business opportunities, logistical bottlenecks or competitive threats which might be exploited, solved or avoided by the introduction of new and/or emerging technologies. Explain each of the organisational contexts and the associated technologies. Briefly describe the potential effects of the technologies (both positive and negative) and how you might promote them within your organisation.
Your report should be no more than 2,000 words in length. Assignment #1 is worth 30% of your assessment for the NTA subject. It is due in week 7.

Assignment #2:
Selecting one of the business opportunities, logistical bottlenecks or competitive threats identified in your assignment #1, provide a general description of the associated technology, identify the people within your organisation you will need to convince of the benefits, how you will acquire the information necessary to convince them, and (with one or more examples) how you will communicate it. Your report should be no more than 4,000 words in length. Assignment #2 is worth 50% of your assessment for the NTA subject. It is due in week 13.

By distance education through online learning methods. Online learning is the main delivery method, moderated and supported by a tutor, mentor, student discussion forums and weekly feedback through ACSEducation. Students are grouped in cohorts of at least 8. The students are also supported by the Registrar with email, phone, and fax contact.

The subject is supported by a website ACSEducation hosted by Moodle where the online learning takes place. All learning materials plus discussion forums are available through this site, apart from the text book (if required).

For more information
email or call 1800 671 003 (freecall within Australia).
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