Advanced Short Learning Programme on Technology Management for a Technical Environment

This programme is company specific and is being presented via the Institute for Technology Strategy and Innovation (ITSI). The World of Business will face irrevocable change. The technology that is available for years now has been waiting for the opportune time when user behaviour patterns have sufficiently changed for humans to accept a new order of things. This will be dealt with in this programme. NWU is recognised amongst the leaders in the fields of innovation and technology management and is ideally suited to deliver this programme.

Purpose of the course

The Advanced Short Learning Programme on Technology Management for a Technical Environment (with specialisation in Technology Strategy and Business Strategy Management) (ATPMD) aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills and mindsets to manage the relationship between technical and technology strategy in an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Enterprise. Participants who are willing to excel in the management ranks of the company are ideally suited. The SLP is designed for current and future decisions makers and leaders within the organisation. The SLP focuses on technologies involved in the ICT environment and how to manage that in a technical environment. The aim is to build organisational capabilities and employee competence in various fields of the ICT environment.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements
Participants must have completed the Technical Programme for Management Development (TPMD). A rigorous selection process is followed (also for potential candidates who have not attended the TPMD. Participants have successfully completed a general degree or similar qualification at an accredited institution.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria

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Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • be exposed to the exciting world of the ICT value chain;
  • be able to manage the relationship between technology (technical) and business (clients)
  • understand and analyse the dynamic factors that drive this environment;
  • understand various technologies involved in dealing with inter alia:
  • services, architectures, protocols, quality of service, testing, security, operations and management, standards and operational excellence.
  • develop strategies for the integration of these technologies into existing Business Models;
  • make sense of the possible implementation of these technologies and their application;
  • analise the business and its value creation through applying a relevant Enterprise architecture;
  • create innovative business plans based on the information and guidance provided to them in the programme; and
  • understand the importance of personal mastery in executing strategic goals.
  • The learner must demonstrate an understanding for the ICT environment by applying the principles debriefed.
  • The learner must apply the skills acquired by displaying these skills in a simulated environment.
  • The learner must display management and leadership principles by applying these principles in the workplace.
  • The learner must reflect on the mindset/attitude of the ICT environment by explaining the context to the other participants.
  • The learner must display an ability to optimise the relevant strategies by articulating different scenarios.
  • The learner must communicate and display her knowledge and skills on all the technologies in the workplace.
  • The learner must show an understanding of the different methodologies by incorporating that into inter alia the Business Case.
  • The learner must apply the knowledge gained by demonstrating strategy at different levels through the Business Case.
  • The learner must deliver a solution to the Business Case challenge by presenting that to a panel of expert and assessors of the university.
  • The learner must be able to define "Enterprise" in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems and IT architectures.
  • The learner must be able to integrate all components of the enterprise.
  • The learner must demonstrate an understanding on how to build competencies for strategy execution.
  • The learner must be able to understand her company’s business and its position in the market by segmenting the markets.
  • The learner must show the ability to understand main brand strategies by devising ways to implement that in organisations.
  • The learner must be able to develop compelling value propositions for her customers.
  • The learner must be able to personally grow to reach her maximum potential, while growing others and the organisation by practising personal and professional mastery.


The assessment framework is built around the following: Self-assessment to embed the learning matter; Populating workbooks and study guides through group discussions and personal reflection; Peer-to-peer assessment is conducted in the contact sessions and is facilitated by the facilitator; Reflection is done to ensure an understanding of the knowledge areas that are covered; Individual, as well as group assignments, are done to ensure that the learning outcomes are reached and the practical (implementability) demonstrated; One (1) theoretical examination will be written on related course content; An International Field Trip to do benchmarking and empirical research for the Business Case; Completion of a Business Case applicable to the Industry in general and the company specific.
Method of assessment
The subject experts and professionals presenting the different modules will assess the assignments. The accreditation body will moderate the assignments and experts from industry and the final results will be submitted to the accreditation body for final approval and certification. The theoretical examination will be scored by academia within the fields of technology, strategy and innovation and moderated by other experts.
The Business Case Project will be assessed by a panel consisting of academia within the fields of technology, strategy and innovation and other experts from the relevant industry.

Additional information

Target group
Current and future decision-makers and leaders within the organisation

Contact us

Contact person name
Mr Pieter Geldenhuys
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