BTS830 Course Outline

Course Code: BTS830
Course Name: Technology Planning and Acquisition
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course will teach the students how to plan the technology requirements for a business. They will perform the steps necessary to select and acquire specific technology. Technology trends and the impact on an organization when doing technology planning will also be discussed. Students will learn the components of outsource contracts, how to prepare effective RFPs for the procurement of various types of services or technologies, as well as learning how to manage contracts and determining method of acquisitions such as lease versus buy.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTB520 and BTS730
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom
Typical scheduling pattern: Winter term
Learning Outcomes:
  •     conduct research with potential suppliers in order to ascertain their offerings and policies
  •     demonstrate how to coordinate multiple resources through developing an acquisition plan
  •     analyze various types of contracts identifying their strengths and weaknesses
  •     arrange a formal presentation of a technology and/or infrastructure solution
  •     conduct guided research in order to ascertain client's infrastructure requirements
  •     construct a contract for acquiring technology and outsourcing services
  •     evaluate how acquisitions will align with the company's strategic direction
  •     demonstrate skills to negotiate resolutions to situations where conflict has arisen and is preventing acquisitions from completing successfully
  •     contrast the components of a Request For Proposal (RFP)
  •     conduct guided research in order to ascertain client's technology requirements
  •     combine the components of a technology and/or service (outsource) contract
  •     demonstrate how to coordinate multiple resources through developing an acquisition plan
  •     describe how to arrange partnerships with vendors and financiers
  •     create a report that illustrates how to document technology and infrastructure requirements
  •     create a Request For Proposal that illustrates the components of an successful RFP
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Introduction to Information Technology Investments Decision making - 40%
    •         Needs analysis and Alternative Information Technology Investment Strategies
    •         Measuring Information Technology Investment Performance
    •         Financial Information Technology Investment Methods
    •         Advanced Methods
  • Introduction To Writing RFPs - 20%
    •         Planning and Preparation
    •         Administration Requirements
    •         Technical Requirements
  • IT Procurement Management and Strategy - 40%
    •         IT Planning and Evolution
    •         IT Governance
    •         IT Contracts
Prescribed Text(s):
Information Technology Investment, Decision Making Methodology, 2nd edition
by Marc Schniederjans et al
Published by World Scientific Publishing
ISBN 978-9814282567

IT Strategy: Issues and Practices (3rd Edition)
by James D. McKeen, Heather A. Smith
Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 978-0133544244
Reference Material:

Request For Proposal, A Guide To Effective RFP Development
By Bud Porter-Roth
Published by Pearson Education
ISBN 978-0201775754

Project Technology, Supply Chain and Procurement Management
By Peter Morris et al
Published by John Wiley and Sons
ISBN 978-470-22682-7

Information Services Procurement Library (ISPL), (on-line resource)

Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Pass the final exam
  •     Pass the weighted average of the exam and all other assessments
  •     Pass the weighted average of all assignments

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Lecture Presentations 20%
Case Study & Presentations 25%
Tests 25%
Final Exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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