IV2034 Systems Theory and IT 7.5 credits
Systemteori och IT
This course has been cancelled.
The course introduces the participants to basic concepts and models in systems thinking. To be able to use a holistic or systems approach is helpful when dealing with complex social phenomena and organizational issues. Introduction to the area of IT-management and how to handle complex issues related to IT and organizations are also targeted.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.
The course deals with the basic characteristics of systems thinking. The purpose is to give the student tools to handle complex issues regarding IT and organizations.
After completing the course, the student shall be able to:
- define and exemplify basic concepts of systems theory
- explain the characteristics and functions of a system by using a systemic approach
- compare systems models and their diverse areas of application
- describe the role of IT-systems and IT-management in organizations
- describe and diagnose a real system by using systems theory
Course main content
In order to handle complex issues in organisations, such as how to use IT effectively, a holistic approach is needed. This course introduces the students to systems sciences, i.e., knowledge about systems. The term 'system' is understood in a very general way, but in this course we focus on the intersection between information technology/organizations and systems sciences.
The course is concerned with descriptions and definitions of central terms in the area of systems theory. Systems behave and appear in different ways - and to be able to study, understand and design them, we need working concepts. Systems concepts and models are compared and exemplified. Holism, subsystems, processes, relations and environment are covered. Furthermore, we will discuss efficiency and effectiveness of a system, information management and control. In what ways the systems theory can be used in order to study IT-systems and IT-management are also covered.
Lectures, group assignment, tutorial, seminar.
For "single course" students:
- 180 ECTS credits (hp) in information technology/ computer science/ computer and systems sciences and
- documented proficiency in English A or equivalent.
Management Systems: Conceptual Considerations, Schoderbek, Schoderbek, Kefalas
Upplaga: Beställs på DSV Förlag: Richard D. Irwin, Inc. År: 1990
Dictionary (English to Swedish), review questions and lecture slides.
- INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
Written exam, grading system: A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F
Assignment, grading system: Pass/Fail (P/F)
To pass the course, the student has to pass on both the written exam and the assignment. The course grade is based on the grade of the exam.
Students who failed on the written exam but are judged to be close to pass will be given the opportunity to make an additional assignment to pass the exam (E). No higher grade than an 'E' is available at this point. The students in question will be informed as the result of the written exam is made public. The students have to submit the additional assignment in accordance with the stated deadline, and the assignment is only valid in order to pass on the exam concerned.
ICT/Systems Science (SU)
Eduardo Pérez, email@example.com, 08- 16 16 09
Anders Västberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Spring 08.