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Business and Management

Digital Transformation


In this short course, you will develop an understanding of how digital transformation considerations are becoming increasingly strategic across the private, public and third sectors. You will also assess the implications for career development within these disruptive environments and acquire the digital skills necessary to succeed.

This course is suited to:

Digital Transformation is aimed at students or working professionals who want to develop the knowledge and skills to understand and apply key concepts of digital transformation in a range of different public and private sector contexts. You will learn about digital disruption, managing change, and ethical behaviour, while developing your skills in effective workplace communications across hybrid locations.

What will I learn?

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of digital transformation. For new organisations, this means creating a set of structures and working practices appropriate to the fast-paced dynamic environment in which they will operate. For established organisations, this is about transforming existing ways of working to meet current and future needs.

We will draw upon best practices from leading practitioners to provide you with a substantial toolset to apply key concepts of digital transformation in realistic practical scenarios. While you will learn to appreciate the opportunities and competitive advantages linked to digital transformation, you will also understand some of the challenges digital transformation brings to current strategic planning tasks and operations.

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the implications of digital transformation for how we live, learn and work
  • Review major digital transformation case studies and their impact
  • Articulate how the combination of data and technological developments are changing the business landscape
  • Critically evaluate the strategic decisions needed to convert digital opportunities into competitive advantage
  • Assess the importance of leadership and culture change in delivering successful transformation
  • Demonstrate awareness of the role of digital transformation in terms of the changing nature and location of employment
  • Develop the key digital communication and collaboration skills essential for success in contemporary workspaces 

How is the module assessed?

Assessments % Length/Duration
Weekly reflections on progress 0 1-2 hours per week
 Portfolio 100 5,000 words or equivalent

For this course, you should expect to engage in structured learning activities for 10-15 hours per week on average, plus additional time spent on self-directed learning (such as further reading or preparing for assessments).

The taught course can be completed in 12 weeks, with the final submission in week 12. Marking and feedback are provided after this, in line with University policy.

Module staff

Professor Lisa Harris

Professor Lisa Harris
Director of Digital Learning

Entry Requirements

While there are no specific academic entry requirements, this course is delivered at Masters level so you’d usually have at least 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) OR relevant work experience related to the area of study.

Should you not have the relevant background described the University of Exeter cannot be held responsible for any failure to attain an award from this course.

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course.

The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2.

 September 2024



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  •  12 weeks (plus assessment and feedback)
  •  10-15 hours per week on average
  •  30 Masters level credits