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Orientation to Business and ICT

Orientation to Business and ICT
  • Code: BIG1TF001
  • Extent: 5 cr (133 h)
  • Timing: 1st semester
  • Language: English
  • Level: Core studies
  • Type: Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

This course is an introductory course to the ICT and Business path. No prerequisites.

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with a variety of corporate ICT systems and their functionality and role in the development and enablement of successful business. The goal is that the student:

  • Realizes the importance and the role of data in the business environment
  • Recognizes the most common systems and their role in business
  • Understands the role of IT systems in enablement and development of business
  • Is familiar with the System Development Life Cycle, understands the role of different development stages and embraces business oriented development principles
  • Realizes the role of ICT management and governance

Course contents

  • The most essential ICT systems in the business environment
  • Different system categories and the main resources of ICT systems
  • Business driven system development life cycle and development projects
  • The most central integrated systems and their business processes (ERP, CRM, SCM, BI)
  • Important key ICT/Business concepts
  • The ICT environment and the different roles of ICT
  • The role of ICT: introduction to ICT management and governance

Course materials

  • Business Information Systems - Technology, Development and Management for the E-Business. Paul Bocij, Andrew Greasley, Simon Hickie. ISBN: 978-0-273-73648-6. Fifth edition, Pearson Education Limited 2015.
  • Material and links provided in the E-learning environment or otherwise instructed by teacher.

Cooperation with the business community

1 -2 guest lecturers

Teaching and learning methods

  • Team- and individual tasks and hands-ons (70 h independent work)
  • Lectures, lecture material and coaching  (60 h)
  • Exam (2 h)
  • Assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

International dimension

The course utilizes international material as well as applications in English.

Assessment criteria

  • Team and individual tasks and contribution 30 - 60 % (depending on implementation)
  • Exam 40 - 70 % (depending on implementation)
  • All parts need to be passed

Level 1-2 (passed)

Level 3-4 (good)

Level  5 (excellent)


  • Recognizes the most common integrated systems in companies
  • Understands the company main functions
  • Understands the role of ICT in the company
  • Understands the coupling between Business and ICT
  • Is familiar with branch terminology

Student in addition:

  • Realizes the importance of data in the business environment
  • Understands the main purpose of integrated systems
  • Recognizes the role of ICT in enablement and development of the business
  • Can act responsibly in a team
  • Understands the role of ICT and ICT management
  • Understands the connection between ICT system development and business development

Student in addition:

  • Can describe data as a business enabler
  • Understands the connection between the most common integrated systems and business steering and development
  • Understands the coupling between ICT management and different IT frameworks

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers are used for course/module development.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

To get a passing (P) grade and exemption from the course, student must display and demonstrate the competence by certificates from earlier studies or work experience covering the course objectives and contents. The student is to enroll for the course thru normal enrolment principals and then contact the teacher to start the APL-procedure.

Teacher(s) responsible

Immo Hahtola
Ralf Rehn