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NBS8416 : Digital Technologies and Innovation Management

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Cristina Trocin
  • Lecturer: Dr Dan Millard
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


Digital technologies are a critical enabler of competitive advantage in organisations. The aim of the module is to equip students to understand the fundamental principles of digital technologies as well as relevant business applications and from there to apply them in innovative ways in order to create sustainable competitive advantages. The module will provide insights into the issues and opportunities of delivering value from information technology as well as to help develop expertise in using a range of practical tools to enable individuals to make a difference in their teams and wider organisation. In doing so, graduates will be equipped with the skills and ability to play an effective role in enabling organisations to succeed in realising the strategic potential of information technology.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       The challenges and opportunities associated with delivering value from technology driven change and digital business models
•       A management framework for identifying, planning and organising technology driven change
•       Understanding the business context, the drivers and priorities for accomplishing organisational goals
•       Delivering value from technology driven change
•       Capturing the benefits of digital technologies
•       Understanding the enablers and barriers to business innovation
•       Designing an approach to managing change projects

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Independent study towards assessment completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture33:009:00PiP Workshops
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading85:4546:00Structured on line learning to support in person workshops
Guided Independent StudySkills practice82:3020:00Directed activities to apply skills in the workplace
Guided Independent StudyProject work83:0024:00Professional portfolio completion
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study133:0033:00Self-directed Learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Seminar discussion and assessment surgery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time22:004:00Module Induction
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Workshops will present the underlying theory with emphasis on choosing appropriate methods in relation to business needs and dedicated applications. Practical exercises will enable you to apply theory to your own workplace scenarios and real-world case studies. The workshop environment helps you to relate the taught material to real world business problems, considerations for designing digital transformation and managing a technology project.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M1002,000 word business proposal for a digital change initiative to deliver benefits to customers/service users.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Report2MSmall group formative feedback on preparatory work for the summative assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, readings class discussions and activities are designed to help you develop the understanding and analytical skills needed to complete the assessment. Formative assessment aims to scaffold learning towards the final summative assessment, which evaluates you individually to assess how well you have developed both your factual understanding of the topic and skills in applying your knowledge. Resit is by resubmission of a revised proposal.

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