UCL Summer School


Digital Business Transformation in Future Smart Cities

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Meha Shukla
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
2 in-class exercises (25% each), Presentation (50%)
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Digital Business Transformation in Future Smart Cities

Module overview

The digital revolution of the 21st century is permeating various aspects of businesses, industries and society as a whole. The smart cities development is the result of the digital technologies, fast paced innovations and the need to achieve the sustainable development goals. The digital transformation in smart cities is enabling dramatic shifts in business models, business services and the way we live. This course provides the essential knowledge and skills that prepares students to understand and critically analyse the digital transformation strategies in the fast and dynamically changing environment that we currently live in. The knowledge and skills that the students will learn in this module is relevant to students of all disciplines as almost all organizations are impacted by the digital transformations.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Explain the basic business transformation principles, framework as well as the technology and innovation driving the digital transformation
  • Articulate the digital business transformation components in the upcoming smart cities using examples of organizations/ businesses across multiple sectors
  • Assess the digital transformation strategies applied within the smart city models
  • Analyse the drivers, benefits and challenges for a digital transformation strategy and apply these to build a valid business case for a real-life scenario such as driverless cars
  • Develop critical thinking, business analysis, planning, communication and business writing skills

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • In-class test (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

Module leader

Meha Shukla is a senior business transformation and assurance manager with 27 years of global experience in shaping, planning, executing and reviewing technology based business change programmes of the order of £3-£30 million across various industry sectors (Finance, Title insurance, Telecom, Manufacturing, Automotive, Meteorology and Health care). Her last 10 years of experience includes auditing regulatory requirements to manage Business Change programme risks at Lloyds Banking Group and managing business-to-business programme for privatisation of the services at British Telecom. She has imparted multiple trainings to professionals and work as a mentor to small businesses in UK. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and MRes (Masters in Research) in Security and Crime science, UCL. Meha has recently completed a research specific to “Are cybersecurity risks managed effectively in UK post NIS regulation?” She is currently currently working with EU Horizon 2020 project and other public sectors in UK to pursue her PhD at UCL on “Cyber/Physical security of the future Smart Streets.”

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