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Postgraduate Course: Digital Leadership (BUST11230)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryBespoke Executive Education course.
The overall aim of the course is to ensure that participants are equipped with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills required to develop digital strategies and to become digital-savvy managers and leaders. The course will equip students with the knowledge and skills required for operating successfully in an era of turbulent digital change.
Course description The course will be structured around key topics critical to successful digital transformation:

Understanding the digital and social media revolutions
The use of digital and social media technologies externally for customer and partner engagement
The internal use of digital and social technologies within the business to improve efficiency and knowledge transfer
The use of digital data and analytics to underpin the development of effective marketing strategies
Digital and social media strategy development, implementation and performance measurement

Student Learning Experience

The five main teaching and learning methods used in the class will be: lectures and related support material via LEARN; open discussion and debate in class; group work in developing solutions to case problems (and presentations); computer workshops with hands-on access to web analytics software; and proactive participation in an online learning community set up to support the class. In terms of innovation, the course will include guest speakers from industry (agency and client-side) to present on current best practice. The course will also link to the School Partnership with Dixons Carphone and Adobe and integrate software and case contributions on web analytics practice. Assessment will focus on the development of a digital strategy for a specific business, enabling students to work in a consulting capacity and applying frameworks and models in practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Bespoke client course
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 29/04/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 40, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Other Study Hours 28, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self directed learning
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Report 100%
Feedback Feedback will be provided orally immediately after the presentations to support students in their learning and preparation towards the summative individual assessment. Students will be provided with electronic written feedback for their coursework report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss the opportunities and threats presented by the digital and social media revolutions
  2. Critically evaluate the key issues involved in developing effective digital business transformation strategies and key success factors in digital business transformation
  3. Discuss critically the frameworks and tools available for measuring digital/social media performance and business impact, including web analytics
  4. Apply relevant frameworks and tools to real-world digital business challenges: identifying their key features and implications, setting appropriate digital marketing objectives and evaluating alternative digital strategies
  5. Undertake a digital and social media landscape analysis and develop a digital and social media strategy and action-plan for an organisation incorporating appropriate metrics and analytics
Reading List
Students may find the following book to be useful in terms of background reading for the class:

George Westerman, Didier Bonnet and Andrew McAfee (2014), Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation, Harvard Business Review Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive and Subject Specific Skills:

Critically evaluate key digital strategy concepts, theory and practice.
Communicate clearly to others an analysis of digital strategy situations or evaluation of theory.
Apply frameworks to real-world marketing problems.
Reflect on the relevance of digital and social media to managers, business leaders and as a consumer.

Transferable Skills

Develop confidence and skills in business engagement.
Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and evaluation of alternative courses of action.
Identify, locate and evaluate source material (academic and practitioner) to support arguments
Develop communication skills through participation in online communities.
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Course organiserMr Jim Hamill
Course secretaryMiss Sabine Schliffenbacher
Tel: (0131 6)51 1025
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