Synopsis of Courses Offered
a. CIT541/4 – Business Organisations and Environment
This course familiarises the student with solid understanding of business, organisation, management and technology for business organisations. This course will focus on the development and managing an e-business between and within enterprises and will explore topics such as choosing business model, technology for e-business, strategies and tactics, security and payment issues, as well as managerial and customer-related issues.
b. CIT542/4 – Platform Technologies and Programming
This course covers computer organisation, systems programming, basics of operating systems and an introduction to data communications and networks. It discusses various platform technologies including those from the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Microsoft Corp. The students will also be introduced to programming.
c. CIT543/4 – ICT Project Management and Research Methods
The aim of the course is to expose the students to important concepts in information and communications technology (ICT) projects which include the nine knowledge areas, namely scope, time, cost, quality, integration, human resource, communication, risk and procurement. It also provides students with a comprehensive set of ICT project management activities and tasks that should be undertaken by any manager responsible for managing ICT projects, including ICT development process, management functions of planning, organising, staffing, directing and controlling. It discusses in detail the activities and specific tasks of project management necessary to successfully project-manage an ICT project. The course also includes an introduction of research methods in ICT and methods in analysing data of the research results either qualitatively or quantitatively.
d. CIT571/4 – Technopreneurship and Business Development
This course aims at encouraging and developing the potentials of students in starting up technology-based businesses. The course content complements each student’s technical knowledge by exposing him or her to various approaches for exploiting such technical knowledge through the continuous building of a business plan. Students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge for subsequently commercialising their product/service prototypes, either as independent technopreneurs or organisational technopreneurs. It covers the entrepreneurial mindset, venture plan, and important issues for start-up, growth and development. The topics include business plan development, Internet-based market research, go-to-market, financial planning and management, and various case studies.
e. CIT572/4 – Cyber-Marketing
This course exposes the students to various issues and techniques on the application of Internet-based technologies in international marketing. It covers several areas including Internet-based market research techniques, strategies to enter electronic and conventional commerce markets, adaptation of marketing strategies, issues on country of origin and culture, strategic alliances, etc. The first part of the course provides the foundation for the students to understand Internet marketing and associated business models. It then develops the essential skills an Internet marketer needs to adequately cover the many responsibilities and opportunities the Internet and the ICT vendors have created. The third part of the course discusses in detail modern online commerce, with emphasis on the techniques and challenges of using the Internet to promote and sell products/ services, together with the creation of customer trust and management of customer relationship.
f. CIT573/4 – Financial Planning and Management
This course discusses several simple topics but difficult in practice. In theory, one needs to determine what is needed (specific goals and objectives), measure what is requested (quantify the benefits sought), and next apply the existing ways of achieving the maximum possible values of the needs that have been identified (maximising the benefits). Therefore, this course discusses topics such as financial policy and management, budget planning, cash management, and financial and cost accounting.
g. CIT579/20 – Dissertation
Students will conduct research after taking the course on research methods and other core courses that should equip the students with related skills. The outcome of the research project will be the dissertation. The research project should have commercial values as well as contains research contribution.