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OINF5992: Understanding IT Innovations

2024 unit information

An essential skill for an IT manager is the ability to keep up-to-date with emerging technologies, and be able to evaluate the significance of these technologies to their organisation's business activities. This unit of study is based around a study of current technologies and the influence of these technologies on business strategies. Important trends in innovation in IT are identified and their implications for innovation management explored. Major topics include: drivers of innovation; the trend to open information ("open source") rather than protected intellectual property; and distribution of innovation over many independent but collaborating actors. On completion of this unit, students will be able to identify and analyse an emerging technology and write a detailed evaluation of the impact of this technology on existing business practices.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Computer Science

Code OINF5992
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
INFO5992 or PMGT5875

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. LO1. Define innovation and differentiate between innovation and invention
  • LO2. LO2. Outline and discuss the importance of innovation to a country
  • LO3. LO3. Explain the concept of general-purpose technology and assess whether certain technologies are general purpose technologies
  • LO4. LO4. Discuss and apply frameworks relating to the diffusion, adoption and maturity of innovation
  • LO5. LO5. Discuss and apply the concept of dominant design and any related framework(s), and evaluate the key drivers which contribute to the emergence of dominant design (or lack-thereof)
  • LO6. LO6. Explain key research on disruptive innovation and related concept(s), apply the Disruptive Innovation Model on specific case studies and discuss the concept of the Innovator's Dilemma
  • LO7. LO7. Discuss, apply and evaluate open innovation, closed innovation and the eight open innovation methods
  • LO8. LO8. Discuss, apply and design the commercialisation process and business strategies for IT innovation, comprising of concepts and frameworks such as the customer development process, lean startups, agile development, value proposition canvas and business model canvas
  • LO9. LO9. Outline and evaluate the capital and fundraising pathways for IT innovation in Australia and abroad
  • LO10. LO10. Outline and evaluate the innovation ecosystems in Silicon Valley and Australia
  • LO11. LO11. Discuss and evaluate organisational cultures and structures that support innovation
  • LO12. LO12. Analyse, compare, contrast and judge IT innovation based on various methodologies

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Semester 2a 2023
Online Online Program
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Semester 1a 2024
Online Online Program
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Semester 2a 2024
Online Online Program
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