Course Title: Technology for Small Businesses Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Technology for Small Businesses Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Jason Downs

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5113

Course Coordinator Email: jason.downs@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

The collection, management and utilisation of digital information provides a myriad of opportunities for businesses, and as such, every venture- from the smallest and newest of businesses to the largest corporation- needs to develop a digital strategy.  As digital technologies have developed, improved and expanded over time, many organisations have widely implemented digital technologies and modified processes to be digitally enabled and generally become more digitally savvy. However, often these efforts have occurred in stages, perhaps without an over-arching structure or strategy. 

In this course, you will identify a new venture, or a small business, and asses it’s digital maturity, identifying opportunities and proposing steps toward a digital transformation strategy.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the main financial and regulatory elements within the context of a small business/start-up.
  2. Discuss digital information regarding products and customers and how this is managed in a small business context.
  3. In a specified business context, analyse and explain the decisions made regarding digital information management and the reasons behind those decisions.
  4. Identify and evaluate opportunities for digital transformation within the identified small business context.
  5. Employ analytical skills and creative thinking to identify a business problem and solve it.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered as a blend of face-to-face activities (such as: workshops, lectures and group or industry-based tasks) and online learning. Learning will be focused around the completion of a 12-week project, which will be supported through in-class and online activities. This may include: project development activities; guest speakers/expert commentators; prescribed readings; researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; producing artefacts; proposing solutions; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 15%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 35%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, milestones and approaches, and by individual consultation.