Computer Science
Green Information and Communications Technology Strategies


Computer Science
Green Information and Communications Technology Strategies

Unit 1: Politics, Science, and Business of Sustainability

Course Learning Outcomes

Green ICT is an emerging discipline. This course is drawn from practices being developed in the public and private sectors. It introduces implementation methodologies and assessment tools currently being field-tested. After completing this course, you should be able to

  • articulate the main issues in green computing and their context.
  • evaluate the carbon footprint of the ICT operations of an organization with some guidance/supervision.
  • suggest ways to reduce the carbon footprint of an organization through changes to polices for procurement of ICT, changes to the ICT operations, and revised business processes.

Competencies Based on Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)

The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) provides a common reference model for identifying skills needed to develop effective information systems (IS) making use of ICT.

This course targets SFIA Level 2–3 competencies, depending on your prior knowledge and experience. This includes the basic capability to complete tasks under minimal supervision and proactively manage your personal development (i.e., become the lifelong learner we all need to be!). You are taking the first steps towards influencing organizations by helping them to address challenging and unpredictable work, making them self-sufficient in business skills. These are the capabilities you are aiming to develop by taking this course:

Strategy and Planning

Technical strategy and planning

  • Emerging technology monitoring: Identifying new and emerging hardware, software, and communication technologies (products, methods, and techniques); and assessing their relevance and potential value to the organization.
  • Methods and tools: Ensuring that appropriate methods and tools for the planning, development, operation, management, and maintenance of systems are adopted and used effectively throughout the organization.

Business/IS strategy and planning

  • Business process improvement: The identification of new and alternative approaches to performing business activities. The analysis of business processes, including recognition of the potential for the automation of the processes, assessment of the costs and potential benefits of the new approaches considered, and, where appropriate, management of change and assistance with implementation.
  • Strategic application of information systems (enterprise architecture): The development or review of an information systems strategy to support an organization’s business goals and the development of plans to drive forward and manage that strategy. Working with others to embed the strategic management of information systems as part of the management of the organization.

Procurement and Management Support

Supply management

  • Procurement: The management of or provision of advice on the procurement of goods and services.

Quality management

  • Compliance audit: The independent, third-party assessment of the conformity of any activity, process, deliverable, product, or service with the criteria of specified standards, such as BS EN ISO 9000/14000, local standards, best practice, or other documented requirements. May relate to, for example, asset management, network security tools, firewalls and Internet security, real-time systems, and application design.
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