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New Technologies for Business

New Technologies for Business

Equip yourself with a good understanding of a range of new and emerging technologies and what the implications and opportunities may be for your business operating in a digital world. Once you’ve completed the course, you will be able to have informed conversations with those that are responsible for realising the full potential, and guarding against the threats, of the new technologies that are now available.

Course price:

£480 (inc. VAT)


Digital transformation is on the horizon for almost all organisations, no matter what their size or sector. Many are embracing at pace, the significant advancements in digital technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency to change the way they do business and to drive improvements in efficiency and overall performance.

And whilst any change can present new risks, doing nothing is equally risky. It’s important not to get left behind.

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Our New Technologies for Business course is practical, rather than technical. Whilst relevant to all, the course is particularly suitable for managers, or aspiring managers at all levels, as well as small business owners. No prior knowledge is required.

By attending the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the technology
  • Define the basic technical aspect of the technology
  • Identify the uses of the technology within your business sector
  • Relate the potential application of new and emerging technologies in your business

Key course features

  • Practical rather than academic, with real case studies illustrating the impact of the topics on industry.
  • Online learning programme of six core units, with an array of modules that contain bite sized topics (10-15 mins in duration) to work through each area.
  • A wide range of activities to test your knowledge, with opportunities to keep you motivated throughout.
  • Online course allowing you to work at your own pace through a structured, pre-defined learning route.
  • Six months online access to the course.
  • Includes an assessment to track your progress at the end of each unit.

Course outline

The New Technologies for Business course consists of six separate units. Five discrete units on a different technology and one overarching unit.

1. Digital Age

This unit focuses on enabling you to recognise opportunities open to a business operating in the digital age. You will be able to describe what is meant by the digital age and explain how opportunities can be applied to a business.

Topics include:

  • Customer Behaviours and Expectations in the Digital Age
  • The Customer Journey in the Digital Age
  • Personalisation - new approaches to customer service
  • Data Protection and Data Ethics
  • 4th Industrial Revolution and Emerging Technologies
  • Big Data and Finding Value in Data Analytics
  • Growth of the Global Datasphere
  • Digital Transformation
  • Theories of Disruption
  • Products to Platforms
  • Innovation through Experimentation

2. Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere - It influences so many aspects of our lives - often without us being aware. This unit helps you to develop an understanding of the application of internet-based technologies. You will be able to explain what is meant by IoT, describe different aspects of internet-based technologies and explain the ways in which businesses can make use of such technologies.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to IoT
  • Trends in the Adoption of IoT
  • IoT Devices
  • Impact of IoT on Society
  • Hardware
  • Embedded Systems
  • Basic of IoT Networking
  • Operating Systems
  • Hardware and Software Interaction
  • IoT - New Security and Privacy Challenges
  • IoT and Organizational Risks
  • DDoS Attacks
  • Information Leakage
  • Attack Vectors

3. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing (CC) is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet. This unit allows you to understand this concept, to explain what is meant by cloud computing and describe aspects of cloud computing technology.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the basics
  • Data centres and virtualisation
  • Cloud models - IaaS and PaaS
  • Cloud models - SaaS
  • Uses and benefits of cloud computing
  • Risks of cloud computing
  • Strategic considerations
  • Selecting cloud solutions
  • Managing the cloud environment

4. Data Analytics and Artifical Intelligence

Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making. This unit allows you to understand data analytics and its application to business. You will be able to explain what is meant by data analytics and explain how descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics can be applied to a business.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a crucial role in today’s world. This unit enables you to apply Artificial Intelligence mechanisms to a business. You will be able to explain what is meant by AI and how AI learning mechanisms and models can be applied to a business environment.

Topics include:

  • Data collection
  • Data analytics in practice
  • The data analytics process
  • Introduction to AI
  • Machine learning
  • Managing AI risks

5. Digital Marketing

In this unit, you will understand what is meant by digital marketing and how digital marketing concepts can be applied to the marketing strategy of a business.

  • Principles of Digital Marketing
  • The Digital Marketing Landscape
  • Digital Marketing Strategies and Frameworks
  • Search Engine Opportunities
  • POEM – Introduction to Paid, Owned and Earned Media
  • Paid Channels Management and Measurement
  • Owned Channels Management and Measurement
  • Earned Channels Management and Measurement

6. Blockchain

It is important that, when operating in the business world of today, you understand the concept of blockchain. This unit will allow you to describe what is meant by blockchain and describe the different elements of blockchain technology. The unit then moves on to explain how blockchain technologies can be applied to a business.

  • What is Decentralisation?
  • Distributed Ledgers and Consensus
  • What is Blockchain?
  • Why Use Blockchain?
  • Public Key Cryptography
  • The Chain, Nodes and Network
  • Public, Consortium, Private Blockchains
  • When to Use a Blockchain (Limitations and Misconceptions)
  • Implications of Blockchain on Traditional Business
  • Cryptocurrency Tokens
  • Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Ethereum and Smart Contracts
  • Self-Sovereign Identity and Reputation
  • Ownership and Governance
  • Supply Chain and Asset Tracking

Study method

New Technologies for Business is only available online.

This course gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want, with unique online resources designed to give you structure, keep you motivated, and cement your understanding of the subject.

You will get 6 months access to the course online and you can work at a pace that suits you best.

Course pricing

Course price: £480 (inc.VAT), providing six months' online access.

Optional - Kaplan Professional Awards - Level 4 Award in New Technologies for Business

You have the option to undertake a Kaplan Professional Awards (KPA) assessment in New Technologies for Business. Although the assessment is independent of the course, the course is designed to ensure that the content covers the necessary knowledge and understanding required to successfully complete the assessment.

To obtain the Ofqual regulated, Level 4 Award in either of the subject areas, you will need to pass the KPA assessment which is taken online at a time you choose.

The assessment is administered by KPA and is completely independent of Kaplan Financial. Cost of the assessment is £60.

Results will be available seven days after the assessment.

More information: KPA Level 4 Award in New Technologies For Business

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