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Digital Innovation

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in digital innovation features programming in the qualitative principles of database and business solutions design with an emphasis on critical thinking, consulting, and communication skills. Students in the program will learn how to adapt to and implement technology within an organization.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. For more information, please contact the Beedie School of Business.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course requirements for a minimum of 12 units. Course work may be substituted at the discretion of the academic director.

Students must complete all of

BUS 588 - Strategic Consulting and Advising (3)

Uses case studies to reinforce techniques for problem identification, data collection, strategic analysis, aligning objectives, establishing key requirements, determining scope, presenting recommendations and developing time and material estimation for initiatives. Provides the tools and techniques that are important in relationship management and serving in the role as a trusted advisor for an organization.

BUS 589 - Business Solutions Design (3)

The support of business solutions through Client Server Architecture (CSA), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and cloud computing is introduced. These architectures are contrasted with a management perspective in different industries and technical environments. Business perspectives on system development methodologies including traditional, agile and hybrid methods are discussed. Transforming organizations by aligning technical infrastructure with strategic directives is considered in the overall context of service design.

BUS 590 - Innovation and Change Management (3)

As digital technologies advance, an organization’s ability to innovate will be key to delivering value through technological change. Key skills supporting this innovation include identifying opportunities, assessing their net impact and, if potential is identified, initiating and managing positive organizational change. A focus will be placed on developing creativity skills, supported with feedback and critical assessment skills, in a team environment. Models for managing change within organizations will be examined to identify important factors impacting change within organizations. These skills should develop your ability to positively contribute to organizational change.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within two terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.