Module Details

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Title Technology, Innovation and Change Management
Code CSCK554
Coordinator Professor FP Coenen
Computer Science
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15


To enable students to build a solid theoretical and practical academic understanding with respect to the techniques and challenges of technology innovation and change management . To allow students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of strategic IT implementations involving  the management of organisational resources and environments outside of the IT domain.   To provide students with critical insights regarding the use of new innovations to generate competitive advantages within organisations and businesses.   To provide students with the practical ability to apply the knowledge gained to assess critically, and implement, innovation and change in a controlled manner that aligns with orgnsisational needs and objectives.

Learning Outcomes

(M1) A comprehensive understanding of the process of innovation, diffusion and adoption of technology in organisations.

(M2) An in depth knowledge of change management frameworks for IT.

(M3) An ability to assess and respond to organisational and business impacts resulting from IT innovation and change.

(M4) A deep and systematic understanding of IT standards and governance to orchestrate change and innovation.

(M5) A critical understanding of the impact of organisational culture and decision-making on IT adoption and how best to use this knowledge to foster and build readiness for change.

(M6) An ability to explore opportunities for innovation with respect to new technologies.

(S1) Communication skills in electronic as well as written form.

(S2) Self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

(S3) An ability to act autonomously and professionally when planning and implementing solutions to computer science problems.

(S4) Experience of working in development teams, respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.



Week 1: Critical introduction to innovation and diffusion, theories and concepts, strategic adoption of Information Systems and Technology.

Week 2: Knowledge management and technology innovation.

Week 3: Change management models and frameworks for Information Technology.

Week 4: Leading IT innovation and change: understanding the internal and external environments of organisations and their impact on IT innovation and change.

Week 5: Innovating within Social Media.

Week 6: Innovating within Big Data and Cloud Computing.

Week 7: Managing IT change in global organisations within the context of  complex political and structural environments.

Week 8: Using IT standards and governance to impact the innovation and change process.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The mode of delivery is by online learning, facilitated by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This mode of study enables students to pursue modules via home study while continuing in employment. Module delivery involves the establishment of a virtual classroom in which a relatively small group of students (usually 10-25) work under the direction of a faculty member. Module delivery proceeds via a series of eight one-week online sessions, each of which comprises an online lecture, supported by other eLearning activities, posted electronically to a public folder in the virtual classroom. The mode of learning includes a range of required and optional eLearning activities, including but not limited to: lecture casts, live seminars, self-assessment opportunities, and required and suggested further reading and try-for-yourself activities. Communication within the virtual classroom is asynchronous, preserving the requirement that students are able to pursue the module in their own time, within the weekly time-frame of each online session. An important element of the module provision is active learning through collaborative, cohort-based, learning using discussion fora where the students engage in assessed discussions facilitated by the faculty member responsible for the module. This in turn encourages both confidence and global citizenship (given the international nature of the online student body).

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 86


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Discussion Question 1: Participate actively in an online discussion directed at the process of change management in organisations.    20       
Group Work: Information Technology Change Management Plan, Part 1, (organisational readiness), resulting in 10 minute group video presentation.  12    30       
Discussion Question 2: Participate actively in an online discussion directed at an Innovation and Change Management Case Study.    20       
Group Work: Information Technology Change Management Plan, Part 2, (Strategy Formulation). Joint report detailing proposed plan.    30       

Recommended Texts

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