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Integrating Business and IT

Integrating Business and IT

Code: TOO8LF002
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 3 - 7
Language: English
Level: Joint professional studies
Type: Free-choice studies


ICT Skills for Business 2 (ECO1LF001), Developing Entrepreneurial Competences (BUS1LF001) and Business Planning for a Start-up (BUS1LF002).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands how IT (Information Technology) and business can be integrated into BT (Business Technologies) to improve company competitiveness
  • knows an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system needed to manage all functions and resources in a company
  • is able to define information systems needed to support company business
  • is able to maintain and utilize a database for business and decision making purposes
  • is able to participate in information system purchasing process
  • is able to provide for exceptional situations occurring in the use of information systems
  • is able to act according to HH3S descriptions, mainly as a co-doer and digi-applier.

Course contents

  • Introduction to information systems
  • Business Technologies (BT)
  • BPM (Business Process Management)
  • SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
  • Cloud computing
  • Information System Categories
  • System Modelling
  • ERP – a system for the whole company
  • CRM (Customer Relationships Management)
  • Building and using a CRM database (Access)
  • Purchasing process
  • Information security
  • IT agreements

Cooperation with the business community

The course uses cases from working life.

International dimension

The  global business approach throughout the course.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is comprised of contact (80%) and distance teaching (20%). Students will play fictitious company in small groups, define the relevant data systems needed, build a small database and use it for CRM purposes. At the individual level students will exercise in ERP and Access. The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Based on accreditationof prior learning application.

Teacher with the main responsibility  for the course

Pekka Käyhkö

Course materials

Material in e-learning platform, literal and online sources
Complementary material:
Cronan, J. 2010. Microsoft Office Access 2010 Quicksteps. McGraw-Hill Osborne.
Monk, E. & Wanger, B. 2007. Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning. Course Technology.
Van der Hoeven, H. 2009. ERP and Business Processes Illustrated with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Llumina Press.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows some concepts related to the course topics, but the overall view of the course area and the features of the programs are missing. The student knows essential concepts in the course topics. The student masters the essential concepts in the course topics.
Skills The student has the skill to use the basic features of the programs. As a digi-applier, the student has the skill to utilize the basic features of the programs fluently and in well adapted manner and to model and describe a database and business process. As a digi-applier and partly as service designer, the student has the skill to utilize the basic features of the programs diversely and fluently and to put them into practice. The student has the skill to model and describe databases and business processes consistently and quite creditably.
Competence By knowing models and instructions needed, the student has the ability to apply some basic features of the programs to her/his business tasks. In using the programs and applying models, as a co-doer and digi-applier,  the student is committed with IT and thus able to find new solutions relatively independently to her/his business tasks. In using the programs and applying models, especially as a co-doer and partly orchestrator, the student is committed with IT and thus able to find new solutions independently and diversely to his/her business tasks.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Assessment Targets



Assessment target

Minimum grade of 1 required for all targets. 

% of
course grade


Assignments and 







Home Assignment (Quiz on theory)


Exam on Access and MS Dynamics NAV

Two compulsory skills tests







The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course 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 on an E-form.