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Undergraduate Course: The Management of Technology (BUST10034)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course examines the introduction of new technology, the fundamental changes of a new technology on how goods and serivces are produced and delivered to the market, and the consequences of a new technology for new market opportunities and commercial exploitation.
Course description The course examines the introduction of new technology, the fundamental changes of a new technology on how goods and services are produced and delivered to the market, and the consequences of a new technology for new market opportunities and commercial exploitation. Management issues related to technology implementation will be a key theme of the course, that include how technological elements are combined with available human, technical and organisational elements to produce novel configurations appropriate for meeting organisational objectives and delivering new forms of value.

Lecture topics:
1. Course introduction / Defining technology
2. Analysis of technology
3. Analysis of technology (cont.)
4. A Strategic view of Technology
5. Bringing Technology into Being (Discussion paper due)
6. Adopting and using technology
7. Adopting and using technology (cont.)
8. Adopting and using technology (cont.)
9. Factors to consider: organisation, time, cost, green
9. Project presentations (Project due)
10. Technology in the context of the bigger picture

Student Learning Experience
This course is intended to provide students with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of management thinking and practice on this topic, so students will be required to evaluate and discuss both classic and current writings in the area. Completion of readings prior to lectures is an essential expectation of each student taking this course. Readings complement lectures and allow students to integrate their own thoughts and perspectives with lecture materials throughout the course.

In general, students can discuss course issues with their learning group, and post queries to the pertinent LEARN discussion forum (so that the whole class
may benefit from the responses).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours entry.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Business Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course assessment comprises one individual discussion paper (20%), one group project (40%) and a final exam (40%).

Individual Discussion Paper (20%):
A 2000 to 2500 word paper to be written on one topic from the two topics listed in the course information on Learn.

Group Project (40%):
The group project involves a case-study investigation of the implementation of a particular technology and runs throughout the course.
Video 60%
Project Log 20%
Peer evaluation 20%

Final Exam (40%):
The final exam will draw from required readings, lectures and any other work explicitly identified by the lecturer during the course.
Feedback Generic feedback on your coursework, together with individual marks, will be available on Learn on DATE (to be confirmed). You will also be able to review your individual feedback electronically via Grademark on Learn from SAME DATE.

Your examination marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners¿ meeting (normally end of January/beginning of February). You will have the opportunity to look at your examination scripts in early February in the UG Office (Room 1.11, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place). Note that you will not be able to remove any examination scripts from the UG Office as they may be required by the Board of Examiners.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)The Management of Technology2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and discuss critically the complex character of technology as involving technical, organisational, financial and cultural aspects.
  2. Understand and discuss the range of technologies currently attracting managerial attention.
  3. Critically evaluate the range of analytical frameworks available and their differential appropriateness for structuring the diversity of management problems confronted.
  4. Understand and discuss critically other resources available (theories, methods, techniques, information sources, and agencies) for analysing and managing the implementation of new technologies, especially under conditions of rapid change.
  5. Understand and critically discuss the range of management issues involved in successful implementation.
Reading List
The list of required and recommended readings will be provided and available on Learn.

Relevant Journals for the Course:
R&D Management
Economics of Innovation and New Technology
Financial Times (Technology Section)
Harvard Business Review
International Journal of Operations & Production Management
International Journal of Technology Management
Journal of Product Innovation Management
Long Range Planning
Research Policy
Science, Technology and Human Values
Technology Analysis and Strategic Management

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills COGNITIVE SKILLS
1. Assess critically the nature of different technologies;
2. Analyse the complex situations typical of technology implementation;
3. Identify an appropriate framework of analysis for the particular situation addressed;
4. Discuss the results of their analysis of implementation in both written and verbal forms;
5. Organise and manage a practical management project.

1. Analyse certain real world management problems;
2. Assimilate and present critical evaluations of relevant articles and reports;
3. Prepare and present to a professional standard of competence an appropriate report on their project.

1. Skills for analysing technology implementation;
2. An ability to integrate effectively their understanding of disparate technical and organisational elements.
Course organiserDr Stephen Harwood
Tel: (0131 6)51 5243
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
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