Information Systems courses, part 1

In this blog post we will briefly look on the mandatory courses which you will study after being accepted to the Information Systems programme. You can find the up to date official descriptions, prerequisites, and goals on the programme’s website, but here I would like to share what was my personal experience with these courses.

TJTSM52 Digital Business and Emerging Technologies (5 ECTS)
Digitalization is all around us and new technologies are coming relatively quickly compared to the past. In this course, majority of lectures were given by guest companies’ representatives and researchers. They introduced us their business idea, business model, and what technologies they use. Several examples of digital businesses and technologies that we got familiar with were: Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Online payments, Digital platforms, Customer service experience, etc.

TJTSM64 ICT Policy and Strategy (5 ECTS)
This course focuses on strategic management and corporate governance of IT and information systems. It was interesting to look at whole ICT sector in regular (not only technological) organizations instead of working only in a scope of a small development team. In a group assignment we had to create an ICT strategy for a chosen organization (in our case a train company), which would ensure better coordination between business and ICT within the organization. The key point I remember from this course was that: “IT should not be treated as an island in the organization”, meaning that business and ICT areas should be strategically aligned and communicate together.

TJTSM53 Project and Change Management (5 ECTS)
Knowledge of project management is not useful only for future project managers, because the topics of this course allowed me to understand also processes outside of the IT area. We learned interesting information about project management and we immediately practiced them in a group assignment where we had to construct a project plan with all its necessary parts. The area which I still remember very well from this course was change management, i.e. how people in an organization react and feel when somebody tells them that their information system (or anything else) which they use daily will change, what is the role of a change agent, and how the change should be communicated to avoid change resistance and eventual project’s failure.

More courses coming in the next blog post...