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Master’s programme in Information Systems

MSc in Information Systems | 1 year | 60 credits

Course content

Autumn semester (September - October)

This course examines how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used as a tool that enables evaluation and innovation in how organisations communicate and optimize environmental performance. The course further discusses sustainability from a green IT perspective. The aim of the course is an increased understanding of how sustainability ICT and innovation can – and should – interact. By achieving the course objectives, the student will gain the ability to understand how companies can increase IT effectiveness and efficiency and thereby lower their carbon footprint. The successful student will also be able to discuss IT’s role in any formal sustainability programme.

Course code: INFN25 | Download curriculum

To thrive in a highly competitive marketplace where information systems constitute the backbone of any organisation, companies must develop strategic plans for their information systems that align them with their business strategies and ultimately differentiate them from their competitors. Without integrated and innovative IS strategies, corporate leaders will struggle to create value and generate sustainable competitive advantage. This course will strengthen future IT-managers knowledge on how IS can help, hinder and create opportunities for their organisations. 

Course code: INFN40 | Download curriculum

Autumn semester (November - January)

This course provides you with knowledge of how to plan, carry out and report design and social science investigations and studies. You will learn how to deal with both qualitative and quantitative as well as design science research methods for social science research studies and for professional investigations.

We start with an overview of different assumptions concerning the nature of the world and our knowledge about it, as well as the purpose of research. This is then discussed in relation to various research methods and techniques within the area of Information Systems (IS). The course also brings to the fore the issue of how to plan and carry out research within the IS area, as well as how to write up research, i.e. the written presentation of research results.

The course is designed to enhance the knowledge of research methods on both a practical and a theoretical level, including lectures and seminars in which you get to practice the roles of a seminar leader and a presenter, and workshops in which you practice analysing empirical data.

The course is examined through group reports as well as through an individual report in the form of a research plan.

Course code: INFN01 | Download curriculum

Elective courses, select one:

This course will teach you how to model, author and manage business rules to automate operational business decisions. You will learn how business process modelling works on a basic level to automate operational work flows, which you will then implement by using a professional Business Decision Management System. This will not only give you an important understanding, but also the skill of how to design and implement servitized and agile businesses where processes and decisions are managed as two distinct but interrelated aspects and assets.

Course code: INFN50 | Download curriculum

The objective of this course is to provide a thorough overview of the commercial dynamics of the new software-driven world of mobile platforms and developer ecosystems. Through the analysis of key players such as Google, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and others, the course will provide an overview of the mobile, cloud and IT platforms landscape. The course also covers topics such as ecosystem business models, developer and app economics, and enterprise vs. consumer adoption of technology.

Course code: INFN30 | Download curriculum

Spring semester (January - March), select two courses

Business intelligence (BI) is positioned in IT leaders’ agenda as the most important of application and technology developments for several years. BI is a broad category of applications, technologies, and processes for gathering, storing, analysing and visualizing data to help business users make better decisions. Through hands-on experience, group work and lectures the students will acquire knowledge on how to design BI solutions for different targets and users. BI data management, governance and benefits are addressed throughout the whole course.

Course code: INFN45 | Download curriculum

There are few organisations today, private and public, that are not somehow affected by digitalisation. Most of today’s managerial work requires knowledge and toolsets to manage the different aspects of the omnipresent reshaping of the organisational landscape that is digitalisation.

Digitalisation, however, has different meanings for different stakeholders in any given organisation and it may span from automation to transformation of core processes. Digitalisation have the power to disrupt established business models and to create new, never before seen, business models.

This course aims to provide an insight into the technological and managerial landscape that information technologies are building today.

On completion of the course, students shall have achieved a thorough understanding of how digitalisation affects organisations.

Content

The course focuses on the challenges that digitalisation poses in the modern organisation. To manage digitalisation, both managerial and technological aspects must be considered in conjunction. By studying theories on digitalisation and analysing cases, the course focuses on how information technology alters internal and external processes within and across organisations and society.

Course code: INFN60

“Focus on the user” is a well-known wisdom in industry, intended to create value for customers. This course sets out to challenge that type of conventional wisdom. By using short hi-intensity projects typically associated with art and design schools, the course offers a unique approach in creating valuable digital experiences for consumers without sacrificing business considerations. Completion of the course will enhance your creative problem-solving skills and your identity as a design professional.

Course code: INFN35 | Download curriculum

Spring semester (April - June)

The last study period will focus entirely on the Master’s degree project, also called thesis. We expect our students to formulate a clear and researchable research question after which a relevant supervisor will be assigned to each thesis. You will be working in pairs and conduct original research within a relevant IS/ISD area that is related to the overall perspective of the programme. At the end of the final period, each thesis will be presented, discussed and defended in a final seminar. 

Course code: INFM10 | Download curriculum

This is a preliminary course list, and is intended as guidance only. The course list may be subject to change.