Emerging Technologies and Issues

Subject 615-652 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 10 hours per week
Prerequisites: (615-501/2 Fundamentals of Information Systems and 433-520 Programming and Software Development and 303-662 Information Processes & Control or 615-5XY Advanced Organisational Processes [Not available in 2008. Available in semester two 2009]) OR Sufficient to qualify for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate of Information Systems
Corequisites: (615-680 Information Technology Infrastructure and 615-681 Business Analysis, Modelling, and Design) OR Sufficient to qualify for entry to the 100-point Master of Information Systems.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Rens Scheepers
Subject Overview:

As with many other forms of technology, information technologies have lifecycles ranging from initial conception, possible adoption and widespread use in industry, to eventual obsolescence. This subject will address emerging information technologies, how they evolve, and their likely future effect on industry. Topics covered will include the accuracy of past technology forecasts, how to improve them, international perspectives on emerging information technologies, standardisation, future organizational and customer trends and several technology forecasting mechanisms and considerations.

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
1. understand key enabling technologies and describe how to promote technology-enabled business endeavors and initiatives;
2. describe ways of leveraging the technology to improve intra and inter-organizational processes and enhance a firm's competitive position;
3. describe how to take advantage of opportunities through emerging technologies, and explain the factors that influence how relevant an emerging technology will be in the long run.


Written assignments and project work totalling no more than 6000 words due during the semester (60%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (40%). Further details will be made available to students prior to the commencement of the subject.

Prescribed Texts: There are no prescribed texts for this subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students should develop skills in literature search and analysis, critical thinking and independent learning.
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Related Course(s): Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems (Coursework)
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems

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