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MGI516 IT Governance


COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology) is an IT governance framework and supporting toolset that allows managers to bridge the gap between control requirements, technical issues and business risks. COBIT enables clear policy development and good practice for IT control throughout organisations to increase the value attained from IT, enable alignment and simplify implementation of the COBIT framework. Val IT is a governance framework that can be used to create business value from IT investments. It consists of a set of guiding principles and a number of processes and best practices that are further defined as a set of key management practices to support and help executive management and boards at an enterprise level.


Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to develop and critically analyse an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) plan;
  • be able to develop a business case for an IT-enabled business investment, with particular emphasis on the definition of key financial indicators, the quantification of “soft” benefits and the comprehensive appraisal of the downside risk;
  • be able to build a risk map, using techniques to describe the impact and frequency of scenarios based on a set of generic IT risk scenarios;
  • be able to explain what is required to achieve fulfilment of the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations (COCO) control and financial requirements for the IT control environment;
  • be able to define and critically analyse the overall risk and compliance structures within an enterprise;
  • be able to customise the components provided in the COBIT and Val IT frameworks to suit a range of business needs.


The subject will cover the following topics:

  • How IT management issues affect organisations
  • Strategies to apply the principles of IT Governance
  • How IT Governance helps address IT management issues
  • Who should be responsible for IT governance
  • The need for a control framework driven by the need for IT Governance
  • How COBIT meets the requirement for an IT Governance Framework
  • How COBIT is used with other standards and best practices
  • The COBIT Framework and all the components of COBIT (Control Objectives, Control Practices, Management Guidelines, Assurance Guide)
  • How to apply COBIT in a practical situation
  • Ways to achieve effective governance with COBIT
  • The products and support that ITGI provides

Assessment Information

1 An Article Critique 15 % 25-Mar-2019 15-Apr-2019
2 Position Paper 35 % 29-Apr-2019 21-May-2019
3 Forum Post 25 % 27-May-2019 19-Jun-2019
4 Timed Essay 25 % 03-Jun-2019 25-Jun-2019

Please note that the information above should be used as a guide only as the actual content of subjects is changed regularly to reflect the latest industry trends and student feedback.