Melbourne MicroCert

Strategy in a Disruptive Environment

Craft the information systems strategy needed to navigate a rapidly changing world.

Study mode
4 weeks (20 hours) + 22 hours for assessment
Skills area
Leveraging Organisational Data

Upcoming sessions

Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.


Technology is rapidly transforming both our work environments and global economies.

This Melbourne MicroCert examines this ongoing disruption and the impact it is having on the art of strategic planning.

Guided by leading practitioners from the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems, you will examine our current economic and social environments. You will explore how information technologies are strategically deployed to support business activities, and consider new and emerging organisational structures.

As part of your assessment, you will produce an Information Systems Strategy that responds to a particular technological disruption and could have real-world application to your own professional context.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for mid to late-career ICT professionals seeking to advance their career or future-proof their skillsets. It is also valuable for professionals in other sectors who need to improve their digital fluency. You may be working in ICT, or a government agency (at federal, state or local level), or consulting, mining or higher education.

Key topics

Throughout this Melbourne MicroCert, you will explore a range of key concepts, including:

  • Information systems strategy
  • Disruption to the business environment
  • Information systems strategy
  • Digital and information resources
  • Competitive environments
  • The New Power Model
  • Digital opportunity and innovation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and understanding of the concepts or information systems strategic planning
  • Apply concepts and synthesise into an Information Systems Strategy Proposal
  • Develop an Information Systems strategic response to a threat or opportunity faced in an organisational context.

Learning experience

In our innovative online learning environment, you will engage with other professionals and undertake learning activities such as narrative, discussion and personal reflection, examination of cutting-edge case studies, peer-to-peer learning and guided conversations. Fully online delivery presents a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you.

Who will you learn from?

This Melbourne MicroCert is led by Dr Rod Dilnutt, an Industry Fellow of the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS). He has been a practising consultant to industry over his thirty-year career. Rod incorporates his industry knowledge into the design and delivery of this Melbourne MicroCert. In video content, you will also hear from other leading industry practitioners who will valuable share insights based on their practice.


This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered over four weeks, with one pre-teaching week, two weeks of teaching, and one week for assessment.

You will undertake an estimated 42 hours of learning, which includes eight hours guided online learning, 12-14 hours of independent study and 20-22 hours spent on assessment tasks.

Assessment includes:

  • Information Systems Strategy: develop a strategic response to a disruptive technology of your choice, ideally drawn from your own professional context (100%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Strategy in a Disruptive Environment Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert is designed in close consultation with industry and leverages best practices, especially in relation to information systems strategy and disruptive technologies. Learning tasks have been designed to go beyond theory and enable you to apply your newfound practical skills and assessment task outcomes to your own professional context.

Pathways to further study

Strategy in a Disruptive Environment can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Leveraging Organisational Data series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Strategy in a Disruptive Environment is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Information Systems or Master of IT Management Executive.

To use Strategy in a Disruptive Environment in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Leveraging Organisational Data series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards either degree.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire five years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may become outdated or need to be refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, you must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in an any discipline, and five years of experience in IT-related work


  • At least eight years of experience in IT-related work.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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