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Introduction to IT strategic thinking

Introduction to IT strategic thinking
  • Code: BUS4TF007
  • Extent: 6 credit points ( 162 h)
  • Timing: 7th semester
  • Language: English
  • Level: Professional studies
  • Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Student must have at least 120 accepted credit points.

Learning objectives

The student:

  • understands what are the core concepts and what they mean in the field of business and IT strategy

  • understands what is strategic thinking concerning organization’s IT decisions, IT development and IT usage
  • can explain the most important strategic issues concerning people, skills, organizing and organization, software, hardware and data network
  • is able to support an SME organization to enhance its overall IT management through strategic thinking
  • understands IT strategy implementation process
  • understands what requirements IT vendors meet in strategic level at the customer interface
  • is able to create well thought IT strategic development proposals for IT user and/or vendor organizations

Course contents

  • What is strategy and what is strategic thinking
  • What are the focus areas of a user organization’s IT strategy
  • IT strategic thinking and planning
  • Overview of well-known IT strategical frameworks
  • IT strategic organizational, competence and process issues
  • Seeing information technology as an organizational resource
  • Recognizing IT related issues in various kind of frameworks
  • Understanding what is strategic thinking from organizational point of view

Teaching and learning methods

This is an intensive course with 5 days of contact hours plus one additional workshop day at the end of the semester. The completion of the course requires both student’s individual work and team work. Individual assessment based on exam and personal exercises. The course will have lessons and the lesson related exercises in teams which will be presented to the class.

The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Course material

The course material is available on e-learning environment and the course exam will be based on this material.

Cooperation with the business and other organisations

Company visits for interviews

Teachers

Jarmo Peltoniemi

Tuomo Ryynänen

Course plan

Day 1: Introduction to the subject; Non-tech related information technology aspects
Day 2: Strategical frameworks
Day 3: IT management matters and management frameworks
Day 4: Workshop
Day 5: Results of the day 4 workshop, wrapping up the previous days, and the presentation of the course project
Day 6: The course exam and group presentations All group members must be present.

Assessment criteria

100% exam and the course assignments are successfully completed. In the final lesson student groups will provide a presentation to the course teachers, which will based on the main assignment of the course.

Components

Grade 1
40 % of total points

Grade 3
70 % of total points

Grade 5
85 % of total points
Individual part
  • The exam is passed
  • The exercises are done
  • Full contribution in the lessons
  • The exam is passed.
  • The exercises are done and they based on analytical thinking.
  • Rich and appropriate content in answers.
  • Full contribution in the lessons
  • The exam is passed. The exercises are done and they based on deep analytical thinking.
  • Rich and appropriate content in answers.
  • Full contribution in the lessons
Group module
  • The group assignments
    are done
  • The group assignments are done.
  • The group assignments are done.

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.