A Curriculum Built on Technical Skills, Business Acumen, and Ethics
Gain the team and project management skills necessary to become an effective leader in the technology field. The curriculum of the master’s in Technology Management online program focuses on integral business skills in addition to technological proficiencies and current industry issues.
The master’s in Technology Management curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, offering a balanced mix of theory and practice within the technology industry. Students take the five required courses, and select five elective course options.
Georgetown’s Technology Management Curriculum At A Glance
|Required Courses||Course Name||Credits|
|MPTM 500||Ethics in Technology Management||3|
|MPTM 600||Managing Technology||3|
|MPTM 700||Systems Requirements and Analysis||3|
|MPTM 800||Financial Analysis for Technology Managers||3|
|MPTM 900||Capstone Course||3|
|Elective Courses||(choose 5)|
|MPTM 620||Project Management||3|
|MPTM 650||Business Intelligence & Data Analysis||3|
|MPTM 632||Enterprise Modernization||3|
|MPTM 652||Information Security||3|
|MPTM 622||Managing Diverse Organizations in a Flat World||3|
|MPTM 662||Cryptography & Network Security||3|
|MPTM 663||Cyber Threats & Vulnerabilities||3|
|MPTM 801||The Silicon Valley Effect||3|
The Core Course in applied Ethics provides a firm foundation of essential concepts, skills, and strategies to allow for informed decision-making and effective leadership. The course emphasizes ethical responsibilities and core values endemic to the professional world, cutting across several disciplines but focusing particularly on the connections between applied ethics and areas such as technology, business management, and law. You will explore real-world dilemmas and the framework for reaching ethical decisions. Topics will include intellectual property rights, government regulations, privacy, information security, and cybercrime.
The Managing Technology course provides theoretical and practical experience in using information technology to support organizational decision-making processes. You will examine the requirements of an organization to optimize its competitive strategy and core competencies. You will learn different tactical, strategic, and organizational factors relative to various information systems, as well as how to gauge the effectiveness of an organization’s information technology program. The course addresses some of the unique issues in managing different types of IT professionals, from senior-level executives to junior-level infrastructure support personnel. You will explore tools and techniques related to hiring, developing, assessing, and retaining staff—as well as theories/methods of managing remote workers and virtual teams.
The System Requirement and Analysis course gives you a strong understanding of the various methodologies, tools, and processes available to a systems analyst as it relates to business system development and the system development life cycle (SDLC). You will learn methods of gathering, analyzing, and prioritizing business requirements. This course is focused on the business-side of a system development effort. Some of these topics include:
- Development methodologies
- Uncovering requirements
- Requirements gathering techniques
- Defining and translating business rules
- Requirements documentation and management tools
- Translating business rules and requirements into technical requirements
This course will provide Technology Managers with an understanding of the fundamental principles of financial management, and help them apply those principles to solve the real-world business problems. On completion, students will have a solid understanding of the building blocks of financial management including key financial concepts, financial statements, return on investment, and budgeting.
The course is intended for non-financial technical managers, and project and program leaders, who need to understand and apply financial principles and concepts to their daily work. The course assumes no prior knowledge of financial theory or practice.
The Capstone course is the culmination of the student’s academic and professional experience in the Master of Professional Studies in Technology Management program. Over the course of this class, students will apply the knowledge gained during the program, integrating the skills necessary for analyzing issues, thinking creatively, working collaboratively, and presenting impactful ideas to create a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project will draw from institutional, financial, legal, marketing, accounting, environmental, planning, design, engineering, international, and other disciplines, and should be one of the best pieces of work a student completes in his or her career.
Elective Courses (choose 5)
Project Management for IT Professionals will master both the practical and theoretical sides of project management for IT professionals. In keeping with the ANSI standards for Project Management, this comprehensive course covers such core concepts as Triple-Constraint theory, Critical Path Method, and Earned Value Management. You’ll follow the project lifecycle—from Planning to Monitoring to Control—and learn how to avoid the most common challenges of successful Project Management.
Today data is everywhere. The most competitive commercial companies are harnessing it to formulate their go-to-market strategies, make course corrections, and outthink the competition. Governments are using data to develop solutions to social issues, recruit talent, and even to prevent terrorist attacks. This course explores how government agencies, commercial companies, and nonprofits are Business Intelligence (BI), Competitive Intelligence (CI), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications to achieve their strategic goals and objectives. During the course students are introduced to the concepts through real-world demonstrations of BI, CI, and CRM solutions using current platforms available in the marketplace.
The Enterprise Modernization course changes every dimension of an organization—how it views itself, responds to its needs, and conducts its business. This course will explore modernization strategies needed to leverage technology to drive transformations across the enterprise and to achieve outcomes that improve business efficiencies, reduce cost and establish effective partnership between IT and business. This course will examine the core outcomes that must be achieved by an IT organization to fundamentally shift the paradigm of being seen as a cost driver to one of an efficiency enabler as it leads modernization and technology assertion across the organization.
The Information Security course is designed for managers and executives involved in the protection of IT systems. This course prepares students to anticipate information security threats and to develop effective strategies to defend against them. Students will learn the core concepts of information security. They will study cryptography and information security of operating systems, applications, databases, and networks. The course will be taught with a managerial perspective, focusing on risk management, economics and policies, including legal and privacy issues. Professional guests from various fields—such as business, law and government—will present case studies representative of their experiences.
The Managing Diverse Organizations course is designed to expose students in the program to the complex activities of participating in information technology organizations across the globe. The course caters to students, practitioners, managers, and executives interested both in the transnational aspects of information technology and in issues of work force diversity and inclusiveness. This course prepares students to anticipate the impact of globalization on the profession and to develop effective strategies to engage in internationalization initiatives both at home and abroad. Students will learn the core concepts of international organizations and global IT management. They will learn about organization, technology architecture, strategy, standards, controls, and cultural issues. The course will be taught from a global technology managerial perspective including managerial, cultural, and legal issues. Professional guests from various fields—such as business, law, and government—will present case studies representative of their experiences.
This fundamental course covers the theory of encryption and standard protocols for data communications and network security. Students will learn the goals of cryptography such as data privacy, authenticity and integrity. Topics that may be covered include PKI, digital signatures, message authentication codes, hash functions, etc. An examination of network security defenses and countermeasures are also covered.
Focused on threats, vulnerabilities, patch management, incident response, and security operations to identify and protect against internal and external threats. Various security threats will be covered including hacker attacks, e-mail borne viruses, backdoor problems, and internal sabotage. Cybercrime, cyber security, and global information security will be discussed. Students will learn how to prevent and respond to such types of attacks using various assessment tools, intrusion detection systems, etc.
The Study Tour “Global Innovation- the Silicon Valley effect” course examines the global innovation process in the Silicon Valley organizations, and how this process can be replicated elsewhere globally. The course will use the Business Model (or Mission Model) Canvas methodology to compare different Silicon Valley organizations. The study of global innovation will include the analysis of the salient components, behaviors, and linkages that characterize Silicon Valley, followed by an exploration on how these characteristics apply in a diverse selection of global economic communities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
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