Online Microcredential in IT & Computer Science

Internet of Things for Sustainability

Learn how to apply the Internet of Things and grow your skills to solve sustainability challenges in your business and community.

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The Mind LabThe Mind Lab

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Discover the fundamental frameworks of the Internet of Things

The potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to be used to address sustainability challenges is significant. This sentiment is evident in a number of reports produced by globally recognised industry bodies.

On this 10-week microcredential from The Mind Lab, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of the Internet of Things and develop the skills necessary to apply IoT solutions to sustainability challenges within your own context.

Develop sustainability strategies and apply technology solutions for your industry

Today, more than ever, integrating sustainability into strategy is important to future-proof business. However, organisations around the world are realising that to do so, they should plan for and address potential impacts of global megatrends.

This microcredential will give you the knowledge, skills, and appropriate frameworks to identify and evaluate sustainability challenges that could be addressed using technology solutions, along with the strategies to apply them. Whichever industry you work in, you’ll develop the tools and techniques to leverage technology to sustain cultural, social, environmental, and economic outcomes with effective and informed decisions.

Explore Smart Cities and the sustainable design and technology behind them

Smart cities are a key example of using data, technology, and green design to solve sustainability challenges. They are designed and built using IoT frameworks with a user-centred design at the forefront to optimise the efficiency of services, connect people, and improve quality of life.

You’ll explore the various aspects of smart city infrastructure and the connected technology that underpins it, as well as the sustainable technology and green designs solving issues outside of the modern urban area. From water, waste, transport, and logistics to IoT agriculture and medical technology, you’ll delve into key technological solutions and discover how you can incorporate them into your business and community.

Build your systems thinking and strategic decision-making skills

Locally and globally, there is a need to raise awareness and to upskill in order to explore how technology can help to address sustainability challenges at a range of scales.

You’ll not only develop effective strategies and techniques to use technology to solve sustainability issues in your specific industry, but you’ll also grow your core transferable skills to push your career development even further.

Through a number of engaging activities such as case studies, research tasks, video lessons, and assessments, you’ll build your critical and systems thinking skills, while also enhancing your capacity for strategic analysis and effective decision-making.

Learn how to use technology to address sustainability challenges with the experts from Tech Futures Lab

Tech Futures Lab was created in 2016 to help businesses and professionals develop the critical skills needed in the ‘future of work’. This microcredential utilises that key mission to provide you with the knowledge and tools to advance your career and support sustainable outcomes in your business and community.

This microcredential is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and is led by expert educators with the expertise, experience, and knowledge to help you develop your understanding of the Internet of Things and how you can use its potential to create real-world sustainable change.

How will the Internet of Things for Sustainability microcredential help to develop my career?

With sustainability being a top priority for policymakers, businesses, and communities, sustainable solutions and strategies are vital for the future. Technology is increasingly becoming a critical part of these solutions and strategies.

This microcredential will develop your understanding of IoT and sustainability, and help you to apply this knowledge to key sustainability issues within your business and industry. Through case studies, you’ll also build critical and strategic thinking, creativity, and curiosity by engaging with real-world situations allowing you to enhance your core transferable skills for real-world contexts.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete two summative assessments in this microcredential. The first is a group assessment around identifying an IoT opportunity, allowing you to address the context using IoT and justify the opportunity. The second assessment will see you develop a proposal for an IoT system to solve a sustainability challenge in your practice.

Both assessments will be marked and you receive feedback on them from the educators.

What will I receive once I’ve completed this microcredential?

After you have submitted your assessments and they have been marked (at the end of weeks five and ten), you will receive a competent grade for each assessment.

Once you have successfully completed this microcredential, you will receive 15 postgraduate credits along with a digital badge from The Mind Lab.

What skills will you learn?

  • Internet of Things
  • Sustainability
  • Critical thinking
  • Systems thinking
  • Strategic decision-making
  • Green design
  • User-centred design
  • IoT solutions

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To enrol in this microcredential, you will need to have either: *at least three years’ professional working experience in a relevant industry or community or; *a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification (or higher)

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances, we value life experience and acknowledge that not everyone has an academic background, but that should not be a barrier to your learning.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language competence.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone interested in understanding the application and operation of IoT systems and the role that technology has in addressing sustainability challenges. This includes those in roles focused on technology or organisational systems, as well as those working in the sustainability space.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Before starting this microcredential, it is recommended that you complete the two-week Internet of Things and Sustainability short course.

  • Course


    Internet of Things for Sustainability

    Explore the sustainability and the Internet of Things and discover how to implement sustainability strategies across any industry.

    10 weeks

    12 hours per week

    • Week 1

      IoT for sustainability
      • Microcredential overview
      • The Internet of Things: The value chain
      • Sustainability
      • Notes on your assessments
    • Week 2

      Impact and value: IoT and sustainability
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Systems Thinking
      • User-centered design
      • Notes on your assessments
    • Week 3

      Markets, user-centered design and Systems Thinking
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • The Knowledge Economy and Sharing Economy and IoT
      • The Circular Economy and IoT
      • Notes on your assessments
    • Week 4

      Application of technology: Devices, networks and platforms
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Designing IoT systems
      • Technology components
      • Managing system design
      • Notes on your assessment
    • Week 5

      Data, governance, ethics and insights
      • Welcome to Week 5
      • Data and insights
      • Data governance
      • Assessment
    • Week 6

      Smart utilities
      • Welcome to Week 6
      • Energy: Production, consumption and management
      • Our cities – IoT enabled experiences, interactions and engagement
      • Notes on your assessment
    • Week 7

      Smart mobilities
      • Welcome to Week 7
      • Transportation and IoT
      • Logistics and IoT
      • Notes on your assessment
    • Week 8

      Smart farming
      • Welcome to Week 8
      • Smart farming
      • Food, IoT and sustainability
      • Notes on your assessment
    • Week 9

      Smart health and wellbeing
      • Welcome to Week 9
      • Smart health and wellbeing
      • Healthy homes
      • IoT and public health
      • Notes on your assessment
    • Week 10

      Where to now? Reflecting on IoT for sustainability
      • Welcome to Week 10
      • An holistic perspective
      • Looking up
      • Reflecting on key learnings
      • Final notes on your assessment
  • After learning

    Upon completion of this microcredential, you will receive a digital badge and statement from The Mind Lab, accredited by NZQA, along with 15 postgraduate credits.

What you will receive

15 credits at Postgraduate level from NZQF

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The Mind Lab

The Mind Lab is a private graduate school based in Auckland, New Zealand providing innovative postgraduate programmes that build relevant skills and capabilities for the constantly changing world.

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    Auckland, New Zealand

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