IT Leaders are increasingly required to understand a growing range of strategic frameworks, concepts and methodologies which must work together for the good of the organisation. The complicated decisions and plans require complex synergies with non-IT leadership.
However, being a “leader” of IT does not always mean our role must function within a technology department or team. Leaders in non-IT roles can’t escape involvement in IT plans. IT affects your everyday work, so the more you can understand how IT leadership functions the more you can contribute to such key decisions.
Whether you are an existing IT leader looking to expand your knowledge in related fields, an accomplished technology expert aspiring to leadership roles, or a non-IT leader looking to have more positive input into key IT decisions – there will be plenty here for you to explore. Find out how to tie all the pieces together no matter what your starting perspective may be.
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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Module 1: IT Service Management
Taken from MGI515, this topic will introduce the core principles of ITIL 4®. We will explore the fundamental ideas used in the various methods of IT service management. The theory of “value” is at the core of IT service delivery and has redefined the role of our traditional IT department in the modern organisation.
Module 2: IT Project Management
Taken from MGI512 and ITE518, this topic will explore the specific elements of IT project management at the small and large scale. We will touch on SCRUM but will focus more on how to scale that up with the SAFe® framework for bigger projects. The PRINCE2® framework will also be covered to show how technology projects can easily integrate with traditional non-IT project methodology and thinking.
Module 3: Business Analysis for IT Solutions
Taken from MGI530 and is now based on the IIBA® framework known as the BABOK®. This extensive methodology covers the processes, planning and thinking needed to understand the needs of the organisation that technology is expected to fulfil. Modern BA functions are a crucial success factor in any new technology investment. They synergise with IT projects and strategy, as well as the tactical functions of IT service delivery.
Module 4: IT Governance
Finally, we explore MGI516 where the hopes and dreams of broad organisational strategy meets the harsh realities of IT delivery. Governance is about the relationship between the highest-level strategic decisions and the deeper IT-related decisions that make it all work. Governance is as much about empowering IT as it is about limiting – ensuring efforts and outcomes match the goals.
- Exam pass mark: 50%
- Time limit: 1 hour
- Attempts allowed: one
- Format: 40 multiple choice questions
Course Information Q&A
Who will present the webinars?
Brenton Burchmore is one of our leading (and most popular) subject authors and mentors. After two decades in the corporate IT world, he has spent the last decade designing and teaching business and IT-related subjects such as these to over 75,000 students. Brenton is the author of all the full course subjects that this short course is derived from.
Frequently one of our top-rated mentors, Brenton has a passion for these topics that is infectious. If you have attended any of his courses before then you know what we mean. If not, then come and see him in action to find out.
What is the aim of this short course?
The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via online learning with Charles Sturt University. It offers a glimpse of four related IT disciplines from a leadership perspective. The short course is based on several subjects including MGI515, MGI512, ITE518, MGI530 and MGI516. These subjects are in the Master of Business Administration (Computing) and/or CSU’s Master of Information Technology.
What is included?
In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.
Is there a final exam?
Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open-book exam that you will sit at your computer.
Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?
Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for the exam.
Will the course qualify me for university credit?
Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.
Are there any pre-requisites for the course?
No, you can sit this short course all by itself.
Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?
No — all essential materials will be supplied.
Will the webinars be recorded?
Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.