Bachelor's Programme in Digital Business Development
Programme syllabus, SDA1K
General entry requirements and English 6, Mathematics 3b/3c, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 or English B, Mathematics C, Civics A
The last decades have been characterized by the fast development and dispersion of information technology. The digitization of society - regarding individuals, industry and public sector - creates new conditions for communication and creates new models for cooperation between people, companies and public authorities. This development also brings new professional roles: Co-workers who understand digitization both from a business perspective and from a technical perspective. The Bachelor Programme in Digital Business Development aims to provide the student with skills in Business Studies and Information Systems with the possibility to choose a specialization for the degree during the third year. The student can thereby obtain a Degree of Bachelor in Business Studies with a special understanding of digitization and information systems or Degree of Bachelor in Information Systems with a special understanding of the use of technology in organizations.
Regarding knowledge and understanding, the student should at completed education have acquired and be able to demonstrate
- understanding of key concepts in the fields of Business Studies and Information Systems,
- knowledge of scientific starting points and research methodology for chosen specialization,
- knowledge of current research issues in Business Studies and Information Systems as well as
- understanding of the meaning of digitization for people, organizations, and society.
Regarding competence and skills, the student should at completed education have acquired and be able to demonstrate
- ability to search, gather, evaluate and critically interpret economic and technical information. Furthermore, assess how this information affects organizations’ digital business development,
- ability to independently, in groups and projects identify, formulate and solve problems as well as carry out assignments within given time frames,
- ability to discuss and contribute to problem-solving in the field of digital business development, in collaboration with various stakeholders,
- skills in design, implementations and quality assurance of information technology, taking into account existing systems and infrastructure,
- skills in preparing proposals for solutions to economic issues,
- ability to communicate in writing and verbally with economists, software engineers and persons without special knowledge in these two subjects, as well as
- ability to identify their need for additional knowledge and to develop their own skills.
Regarding judgement and approach, the student should at completed education have acquired and be able to demonstrate
- ability to make assessments in connection with digital business development considering relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects,
- ability to search and evaluate knowledge at the scientific level in the fields of Business Studies and Information Systems,
- understanding of the role of the knowledge in society and the responsibility for how it is used as well as the ability to identify their need for additional knowledge and to develop their own skills.
Layout of the programme
The Bachelor Programme in Digital Business Development provides a broad understanding of digitization by combining courses in Information Systems and Business Studies, where the teaching in both subjects relates to current research. The programme is designed to prepare the student, both for an exit into working life and for a continuation in master programmes. Theoretical knowledge is coupled with practice, for example, by allowing students in minor essays, case studies, and theses to take a multidisciplinary perspective on digital business development and apply theories in practical problem-solving assignments. The education is characterized by smaller groups and close interaction between the two subjects’ teachers and students.
The first semester contains courses in Information Systems (Information Systems A) that introduces academic studies in general as well as one of the main subjects of the programme. There, the subject is studied from both social science and software engineering perspective. The first semester places a strong emphasis on the meaning of the digitization for industry and public administration and provides an introduction to both databases and software development. The second semester highlights digitization from a business perspective and contains courses that give the first insight into the other main subject of the programme, Business Studies (Business Studies A). It includes courses in accounting and calculation as well as organization, management, and marketing.
Year two begins with the third semester which is comprised of courses in Business Studies (Business Studies B), with courses in management, finance, organization, and marketing. Afterwards, four courses in Information Systems (Information Systems B) are studies, with a specialization in databases, software development, and software engineering. Semester five is an elective semester, and in addition to a large selection of courses at Uppsala University, there is also the possibility of studying abroad.
During the sixth and final the semester, students chose to either study courses in Business Studies (Business Studies C) or Information Systems (Information Systems C). Regardless of specialization, 15 credits of the courses will be a Bachelor thesis.
Teaching is given in the form of lectures, lessons, laboratory sessions, and seminars. Group assignment in project form is an element in several courses as well as written assignments, minor essay, and theses. The student is supported through supervision and feedback. The examination takes place in the form of oral and written exams, seminars, written assignments, and theses. During the whole education, students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in written and oral communication. English-language literature occurs on almost all courses and courses may be taught in English. Examination methods vary depending on the nature of the courses.
The programme leads to Degree of Bachelor with either Business Studies or Information Systems as the main field of study (choice of the main field of study takes place at the end of year 2).
The programme provides eligibility to apply for Master programmes at the advanced level.
This programme syllabus applies for students that are admitted autumn 2018 or later.