Information Technology (IT) has become an essential part of all businesses. IT makes organisations more effective and efficient, facilitates new business models and rich functionality, as well as new and richer means of communicating with suppliers and customers.
This Introduction to IT Management Online Short Course will provide an overview of a range of IT concepts such as SMACIT (social media, mobiles, analytics, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT)). SMACIT supports the idea of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, characterised by the merging of technologies, blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.
The purpose of the Introduction to IT Management Online Short Course is to introduce you to the dynamic and constantly evolving world of IT management. The course will provide you with the tools, skills and knowledge to:
- Discuss the integrated and complex nature of IT
- Apply general IT management processes and procedures
- Manage IT in an organisation
- Manage change
The course has been designed and curated by Kevin Johnston.
Kevin Johnston is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. His main areas of research are IT strategy and management, IT educational issues, social and networking systems, emerging technology, and entrepreneurship.
Before becoming an academic, Kevin gained extensive experience in IT and management over 24 years, working for companies such as De Beers, Liberty Life, Legal & General and BoE.
Kevin is also a visiting professor at the University of Pforzheim in Germany, and the head of the Yellow Baobab Institute of Leadership.
Each of our LCIBS Online courses is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready to guide and assist their students throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor who is assigned to your course is trained to mentor each student to reach their potential and achieve their learning goals. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.
Course and Technical Requirements
In order to get the full benefit of and complete this course, you are required to:
- Have a registered email account for notifications and communications
- Have access to a computer/laptop/tablet
- Have a stable internet connection
- Read documents in Adobe Acrobat PDF reader, or similar PDF viewer
- Have access to the Microsoft Office Suite (inclusive of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or Mac OS Pages Application to create and read documents, as well have the ability to export documents into PDF files
- Use the latest version of Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome web browser when accessing the Virtual Learning Environment
Certain courses will require that you have additional software applications. These additional software applications will be communicated to you when you register and enrol for the course. Any additional resources that will be required will be at the discretion of the registered student.
How You will Learn
This short learning programme has been designed and curated in manageable learning modules, which include diverse learning assessment activities.
- Access your course notes via the Virtual Learning Environment
- Learn while using our rich-interactive media, such as videos, infographics, gamification tools
- Enjoy the supplementary case-study readings in each module
- Participate and collaborate in discussion forums
- Apply your learnings to self-grading quizzes and continuous assessments