IDA710 Business processes and information modelling

IDA710 Business processes and information modelling

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Course name: 
Business processes and information modelling
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Logistics
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Business processes and information modelling
Course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Business processes and information modelling
Level of study: 
2. syklus (master)
Teaching semester: 
2017 Vår
Assessment semester: 
2017 Vår
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Recommended previous knowledge

Equivalent to requirements for the MSc programme in Logistics.

Course content

The course covers various process perspectives, presenting the most important process models to address on a a conceptual level the debate between prescriptive and agile development philosophies. It presents analysis and design methods with an emphasis on data modeling, object-oriented techniques and UML modeling, as well as modeling human behaviour in softw systems. Pattern-based approaches and Web-design are also considered. A central Quality Management module presents concepts, procedures, techniques, and methods that enable a team to assess development quality, review engineering work products, conduct improvement procedures and apply effective testing. Managing innovation in development and modelling projects will be addressed under a set of real economical umbrella terms, such as financial ambition, program funding, ideology and good governance, systematic evaluation and evolution of ideas and market deployment. Even more advanced topics will be addressed using cutting-edge research articles, which the students themselves contribute to present and discuss in the lectures. Generally, the content is going to be presented as interactively as possible and lively participation in exercises and arguments are expected. 

Learning outcome

Upon completing this course students will know what is meant by information systems-related governance principles and strategic alignment of pertaining technology. They need to recognize the organizational stakeholders, options and solution spaces for relevant use contexts, i.e., work and leisure-based for which Information- and Communication technology (ICT) may make a difference. We want students to understand and become able to operationalize ICT in innovation processes, as supporting technology as well as the catalyst of disruptive change in the marketplace.

In order to do this, students will learn how to euld representative models of organizations, their data and processes. We are going to learn how to make supply chain models of various types, data modeling and process models, and finally, models of socio-technical systems. All of these are traditionallyused in software engineering, but  the out come of this course will be that the studentsknows how to use them for intervention and organizational change processses. 

It is also an important outcome to learn how the development of ICT is a social as well as technical enterprise, for which requirements' specifications, modelling and deployment needs to be seen as an integral and recursive part. Students have to learn to recognize the fundamental differences between various development methods and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses for different purposes. Students are expected to be able manage processes of business development with ICT systematically and in a well-documented way, which lends itself to continuous improvement throughout. Students will get an understanding of the role and importance of information systems in value chains, how to critically apply information systems to optimize and innovate processes in business scenarios, understanding implications and trade-offs.

Working and learning activities

3 hours of lectures per week, plus mandatory exercises. There may also be group-work with assignments and self-study activities, which may comprise elements of the exam curricula, even if participation is not compulsory. Students who do not participate in the activities are themselves responsible to acquire equivalent material and lessons learned.

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4-hour written individual examination (100 %).


Required reading list is given in fronter at the semester start

Relevant literature:
Avison, D., Fitzgerald, G.: Information Systems Development Methodologies, Techniques and Tools, 4th ed, McGraw Hill, 2006
Alexandre Oliveira, Anne Gimeno: Executing the Supply Chain: Modeling Best-in-Class Processes and Performance Indicators, 2014 by Pearson FT Press. Part of the FT Press Operations Management series.

Selected articles.

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Oppgave(r)22RequiredExercises have to be handed in by specified deadlines, after which hand-in is void and the exercise will not count as passed regardless. Exercises need to be carried out in the same semester as the examination.
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Comment:Exercises have to be handed in by specified deadlines, after which hand-in is void and the exercise will not count as passed regardless. Exercises need to be carried out in the same semester as the examination.
SkoleeksamenIndividuell4timerBokstavkarakter (A - F)100 Kalkulator som kan inneholde data + generell ordbok morsmål/norsk/engelsk i papirformat
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Type of duration:timer
Grading scale:Bokstavkarakter (A - F)
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Support material:Kalkulator som kan inneholde data + generell ordbok morsmål/norsk/engelsk i papirformat