Master in Digital Technology Management / Internet of Things

Connecting Intelligence

The use of Smart Things is nowadays is more and more widespread and concerns very different areas, such as business intelligence, domotics, healthcare, logistics and industry 4.0; for these reasons the impact of IoT on daily life concerns all those objects that can be connected to each other and communicate data on their state of use or the surrounding environment.

The Master in Digital Technology Management with Internet of Things is aimed at training professionals capable of mastering the most advanced technological systems in the IoT sector, as well as managing business opportunities related to innovation.

The training course, designed for young graduates of different academic backgrounds, combines technological and managerial aspects to train professionals capable of meeting the challenges of new intelligent objects. Tools will be provided to operate within companies focused on the proposal of new products, services and innovative processes, able to radically transform our everyday life.

The training provides a highly practical approach, presenting real examples of success and employing case studies close to the IoT application domains. The specific courses provide concrete cases of effective use of IoT technologies in different areas of great importance, allowing students to test the level of their training with laboratory activities and case history studies.

The Master, held in English, is structured in two cycles of study and one final of internship, for a total of 12 months. The first session of classroom lessons, dedicated to the basics of Management applied to Digital Technology, is addressed together with the students of the other two addresses of the Master (Artificial Intelligence and Cyber ​​Security).

To take part in this  fast growing sector, promptness and preparation are essential. Contact the Program Manager and start you path now

 

THE MASTER IS AN INVESTMENT.THE HONOR LOAN IS THE WAY TO FUND IT.

With the Patronage of the Cybersecurity National Lab

In collaboration with

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Maurizio Gabbrielli,

Maurizio Gabbrielli,

Director of Studies
maurizio.gabrielli@unibo.it

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN

Structure

The Master in Digital Technology Management is a full-time program structured in 1,500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 400 hours of lecturing, an estimated 600 hours of independent study, and 500 hours of internship.

The structure of the Master is divided into two terms:

  • First term: November 2010 – March 2021
  • Second term: March  2021 – June 2021
  • Internship: June 2021 – November 2021

The first term students will face the fundamentals of management, applied to digital technology, while the second term will deal with track specific practical aspects.

The two terms are followed by an internship period of 500 hours. This internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. Students will have the chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the two academic terms and have the opportunity to directly learn from professionals of their specific sector.

At the end of the internship you will be required to hand in a ‘Final Report’, which you will present to the Director of Studies showcasing your activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the academic part.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.

Classroom participation is about 30 hours per week structured in order to allow time to work in groups, while not neglecting individual students focus and management of interpersonal relationships.

COURSES

Enabling software technologies for the IoT are typically provided through IoT platforms. The course provides a general overview of IoT platforms, as well as an introduction to some of the most widespread technologies available.



Over the last decade sustainability, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management practices have become paramount for companies as well as for society. Although most companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, as they’re cutting carbon emissions, reducing waste, and otherwise enhancing operational efficiency, we are witnessing a mishmash of sustainability tactics that does not add up to a sustainable strategy. To endure, a sustainable strategy has to cope with the competing – and apparently divergent – interests of all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs, and society. The purpose of this course is to initiate a debate around the role and functioning of modern corporations as business ethics and sustainability challenges, opportunities and solutions emerge.



Making systems fruitfully interact with the physical world requires understanding of sensors and signal processing requirements, as well as of the current limitations and the evolution of wireless IoT technologies for energy-constrained and latency-constrained applications. After discussing those topics, the course identifies some business-oriented applications of wireless IoT technologies and presents some case studies: IoT for precision agriculture, IoT for landslide monitoring.



The large amount of data produced by sensors are a valuable asset for companies. At the top level of the IoT pyramid is the transformation of such raw data into information and knowledge. Data processing in IoT has its own complexities related to data streams ingestion, data storing and analysis and requires specific technologies and approaches. This course analyses the various types of data involved, technical access to information, methods to handle them and the architectures and tools to store and process them. Furthermore, it studies data analysis and machine learning techniques to extract as more information as possible from the raw data.



The activity is aimed at proposing innovative business processes focused on digital technologies and new business models.

The course provides the application of the skills students improved during the classes by developing a practical project based on a real company case.

Companies involvement will be one of the pillars of this course. Companies will assign the project guidelines to the students, building them around the class profile, and will supervise the development of their projects, giving help if needed.



Engineering applications for the Internet of Things raises a spectrum of relevant challenges, concerning both the individual/micro level - about the design of the (smart) software running on embedded devices - and the system/macro level - about the design IoT applications as (smart) distributed systems. The course aims at providing an overview of the key concepts, software architectures, and techniques relevant to the design and development of applications for the IoT, both from the micro- and the macro-level perspectives.



Since the first mechanical automations of the 17th century, one of the great dreams of the humanity has been the construction of machines exhibiting human behaviors and intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a discipline whose goal is to realize this dream by using the most different techniques, from symbolic computation based on logic to sub-symbolic models inspired by the structure of the brain, such as neural networks.

The last few years have witnessed a sensational exploit of AI applications in many different fields - with a relevant growth of investments - inducing many experts to believe that the dream will come true in a short time.

This is inducing many companies to reconsider their business strategies and, more generally, requires a deep rethinking of several crucial aspects of our society.

The course will provide an introductory overview of the various existing AI techniques, focusing on their industrial applications, discussing future opportunities and challenges, touching also on some social, economic and ethic implications.



It’s undeniable that mankind strive to build unbreakable systems, even if human history has demonstrated so far that this is nothing more than a myth. The real world is mainly made of fragile systems, so that reality is much different from the expectations.

The goal of this course is to provide a basic knowledge concerning the main concepts and principles of computer security (e.g. risk, tools for risk assessment and evaluation, attacks and their typical structure, resources, functional systems requirements, human component). In this way, the course will provide the basic tools for the design and implementation of reasonably secure systems. During this process, either methodological, technological and behavioral (i.e. operation security) aspects will be considered.

After the course, the students should be able to critically evaluate the security of a (computer) system considering both the system as a whole and its main separated components (e.g. authentication and authorization mechanisms and procedures). They will also be able to find the main vulnerabilities of such a system and to identify the more appropriate countermeasures to allow the mitigation of vulnerabilities and reduce the risk to an acceptable level.

The goals described above will be obtained not only by teaching some of the main theoretical aspects of computer security but also by describing and discussing many real world examples in detail.

The approach and the tools learned during this course are prerequisites for the following “Cryptographic Protocols” and “Computer, Network and Cloud Security” courses.



By following the evolution that has led to the raise of the IoT, the course discusses its main drivers, including scientific, technical, social, and business ones. Ranging from the user to the enterprise viewpoint, the course aims at providing a general overview of the IoT landscape, as well as some insights into future technical perspectives and business opportunities



The course deals with the digital revolution in telecom services. It presents the telecom service paradigms and discusses the opportunity and chalenges of integration introduced by the digital transformation of the communication. Then the most recent technologies supporting the modern telecom service paradigm are discussed, from network softwarization to IoT network architectures and service deployments.

Measurement and control systems represent key ingredients of organizational success. By exploring connections between strategy, data, decisions and actions in this course we will focus on how to measure, control and manage performance in organizations. We will first look at how to design performance measurement systems – balanced scorecards, control dashboard, strategy maps – as a key means to strategy implementation. We will then look at the different uses of performance measurement systems, not just as a way to monitor and control current activities, but rather as a way to stimulate organizational learning, reconfigure existing strategies and business models. Finally, we will focus on strategic cost management, by providing students with the main techniques of cost computation for decision-making. The course will be strongly rooted in organizational practice as we will explore cutting edge tools to design proper control systems and apply recent developments in cost accounting to different company data in order to effectively support decision-making.

Learning method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid grounding of theory and then to build on this foundation by introducing more practical aspects. This method will result in you confidently entering the work environment of this industry, ready to deal with any scenario you’ll face.

The courses are structured to provide freedom in how to the students learn and for the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as level of class participation.

The teaching sessions are organized to help students grasp these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; as well as individual assignments and assisted private studying. The teaching program is completed by masters lectures given by professionals coming from specific sectors, different universities or politics. Students will have this way the possibility to directly interact with experts through the analysis of case history.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Digital Technology Management too.

The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.

The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the full-time masters at Bologna Business School on average 91% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.

 

To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview

 

In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

 

Alumni

Jovana Perovic – Montenegro

Crif
MDTM (A.Y. 2017/2018)

"Enrolling at BBS was one of the best decisions of my life. With the wide range of professionals we had as professor, not only I got an opportunity to study what I am passionate about, but I had an opportunity to discover new fields I never thought I would want to explore.
The Master helped my personal and professional growth. This experience introduced me to cultural diversity, network of companies and opened the door of a global company to me. I am honored to be part of the BBS family."

Cynthia Wanza – Kenya

Eliwell by Schneider Electric
MDTM (A.Y. 2017/2018)

"Doing my masters was necessary in order for me to advance in my career. I chose BBS because it has a short intensive time period and also because of the opportunity to perform an internship after classes. Through the self and team projects, I was able to apply my academic knowledge and greatly enhance my soft skills. In this way, BBS prepared me for my career move at one of the top technological companies!"

Sandra Cecilia Camargo Teran – Bolivia

UNIDO
MDTM (A.Y. 2017/2018)

"The Master was the perfect match for my professional profile, as it allowed me to combine my business background with the latest knowledge on new technologies. Thanks to the Master I was able to provide advice and solutions on how to use new technologies for the best of developing countries. By understanding how Artificial Intelligence techniques can be implemented across projects for development I truly believe that my profile has growth exponentially. Besides the hard work at BBS I was also exposed to an international environment that allowed me to learn the wonderful Italian culture that I will always miss."

Francesco Marasco – Italy

Doxee
MDTM (A.Y. 2017/2018)

"I was looking for a change in my professional path and I came across this very unique Master. It allowed me to merge the academic study in management engineering with my work as a developer. I considered it as an investment and I committed all my energy and time. In this way, I reached a level of knowledge about cutting edge technology that I couldn't have got in any other way this fast. This gave me the possibility to boost my career."

COMPANIES

The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals

 

If you need more information regarding the composition of the class such as age, geographic origin and students’ background, you can download the class profile, clicking here: class profile DigitalTec

Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

Bologna Business School’s partner companies for the Master in Digital Technology Management/Internet of Things are:

ACCENTURE AGM SOLUTIONS BANCA INTESA SANPAOLO BIP BORSA ITALIANA (LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP) BTO CRIF DATALOGIC DEEPCYBER DIENNEA DOXEE ELECTROLUX HELIXA KANTAR CONSULTING MAX MARA FASHION GROUP NTT DATA ONIT PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SCM GROUP SPINDOX TUTELA DIGITALE UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

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FEES

The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euro (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the BBS wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the on-campus gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within BBS Campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/index.html

HONOR LOAN

Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
For more information please mail to digitaltech@bbs.unibo.it

SCHOLARSHIPS

At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and  scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.

INPS

The Italian National Security Institute (INPS) supports students attending I and II level Master’s Degrees with a public announcement and related scholarships of a maximum of 10.000.

The scholarships are for sons and daughters of both INPS members and deceased INPS members.

You can check the requirements to apply to the scholarships on the INPS portal and apply by sending your application no later than Wednesday, October 30 2019 at 12 PM.

REQUIREMENTS

The eligibility requirements include:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must be obtained by the enrollment deadline)
  • English language proficiency

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of your individual interview and English test, if it’s not the candidate’s native language.

APPLICATION PROCESS

This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round.

Application steps:

Documents to send to digitaltech@bbs.unibo.it:

  • CV
  • Degree certificate with accompanying transcript
  • Photocopy of you ID or passport
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt for the application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)
  • GMAT o GRE certificate (optional)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/CAE certificate (optional)

The selection process will be held at  Bologna Business School. The selections for the first round will take place in July, 2019
 and the selections for the second round will take place in October, 2019.
In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.

FAQs

Of course we will. Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa before being able to commence their studies. We can provide you with a letter of admission as well as a letter of support, which you can use to make your visa application. In the case of particular problems our staff will be ready to contact embassies directly to discover the source of the problem and solutions to fix it.
After you arrive in Italy, you will be required to apply for a residence permit. Our staff will be able to help you fill out the forms and give you any support you need for this process as well.
If you do not live in Italy then you can participate via Skype. You will be contacted several days before the selection date to inform you of your time slot for the test and individual interview. At this point you can send us your Skype ID so that we can add you to the account that will be used for the interviews.
Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
Yes. Don’t worry if you if you are unable to present a IELTS or TOEFL, your level of English will be assessed during the selection process. You can be excused from the need to present proof of your English level if you are a native English speaker.
The second level Master is accessible only to those who have a bachelor's degree from the old system or a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica. To access the first level Master a three-year undergraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the old system is sufficient.
Access to a first level University Master requires at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or the Bachelor’s degree in the old system); for a second level Master's Degree, the Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica (or the Bachelor’s degree of the old system) is necessary.
Enrolling in multiple university courses is not allowed. Therefore, if you are already enrolled in a degree at this or another university prior to registration into the master you are required to apply for a suspension of studies ("career freeze") at the secretariat of the specific School. During the suspension period you will not be able to undertake exams nor accumulate attendance related to the suspended degree.
Yes, you can enroll prior recognition of the degree at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where it was obtained. More details are available in the tender announcement.
Upon registration and payment of the admission fee, you must submit or send via registered mail to Alma Bologna Business School (Via degli Scalini 18-40136 Bologna), the following documents:
• a copy of the receipt for the fee of 60.00 euro for administrative services;
• summary sheet;
• a copy of your ID;
• Undergraduate Degree (or substitute statement);
• curriculum vitae;
• any additional titles to be assessed for admission purposes.
No, once you pass the selections, you can decide whether to formalize the registration to the Master through the registration process. However, it is essential to participate in the selection process and to pass it in order to be able to register.
It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.
As long as you have passed the selection process, you can still register as an auditor.
An auditor is someone who participates in a master and who has passed the selection stage but doesn’t have an MA/Specialist degree/degree according the old system/ or hasn’t be graduated within the call’s deadline. An auditor can participate in all lessons, academic activities and to the internship (not compulsory). An auditor doesn’t need to take exams and therefore is not awarded CFU. An auditor will however receive a certificate of attendance by the University of Bologna. Instead of paying €11.200 an auditor pays €9.200
The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. This standard allows for the comparison of credit systems used by Universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country that applies the same standard.
Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and based on whose completion the student earns the relative CFU for the course.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail: help.studentionline@unibo.it, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online: https://studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm
The School supports students in finding housing, providing references of accommodation facilities and private residences that have been used by former students.
The School organizes several occasions for meetings, discussion, networking, training, refresher training reserved for the Alumni Community (those who have attended a course in Bologna Business School). For further information visit the Community section of our website.
Unlike the Laurea Magistrale or Specialistica, a University Master's degree actively involves students in practical cases, providing skills that facilitate immediate entry into the labor market. Specifically, the Master in Business Management, before the internship period, requires the development of a business plan that is carried out for the duration of the master and 3 one-month-long company projects each with a company chosen by the participant.
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