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Emerging Technologies and Issues (ISYS90032)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90032
Semester 1
Semester 2
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As with many other forms of technology, information technologies have lifecycles ranging from initial conception, to possible adoption, and widespread use, to eventual obsolescence.

This subject will examine emerging information technologies and the issues that relate to them, including: how they evolve and, enter usage, and their likely future effects on people and social structures.


The subject provides an understanding of both technical and managerial issues, as well as strategic implications of emerging technologies and issues. Upon completion of the subject, students should be able to (a) understand key enabling technologies and become an effective participant in technology-enabled business endeavours and initiatives; (b) recognise ways of leveraging the technology to improve intra and inter-organisational processes and enhance a firm’s competitive position; (c) gain skills for building careers and taking advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities through emerging technologies, and (d) understand the factors that influence how relevant an emerging technology will be in the long run.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Understand why technological innovations emerge, are widely adopted, and are ultimately superceded
  2. Understand why some technological innovations are more successful than others
  3. Understand the factors that drive the adoption of technological innovations by individuals, organizations, and society
  4. Describe ways of leveraging new technologies to improve intra and inter-organizational processes and enhance a firm’s competitive position
  5. 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.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Analytical and interpretative skills, through the conceptualization of classes of technology and through the analysis of a real world case
  • High-level design skills, through proposing new uses of technology to support human activity
  • Team-work, through working on a group project
  • Report-writing skills
  • Presentation skills

Last updated: 16 August 2019