The course gives insights into recent research results concerning information system issues of high societal importance. Phenomena of current interest in IT development and deployment are studied based on recent research literature. The topics for this year’s Current Topics course are privacy and information security.


Learn Excel from the beginning and become a good user of the most prominent features of the program. The course is based on twelve hands on exercises and some Excel grounded videos that the students can watch.

On the course, the students work with inserting and modifying data, sorting and filtering, functions and formula definition. Further special issues like Mail Merge, Pivot Tables, Macros, Scenarios and importing a processing data from Access are in the course. All the examples are business oriented which gives the students a realistic view of business related working tasks.

The course is a digital web course with no teaching in class. The exercises are written so one ought to be able to do them without the support of a teacher.

This course is given as a massive open online course (MOOC) hosted by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. As such it is heavily reliant on independent learning, support is provided through electronic forums through the course provider.

The aim of the course is to give fundamental insights and skills in programming applications using the Java language. The course provides a solid starting point to continue studying other programming languages and to understand and evaluate existing computer applications. Concepts and data structures common to several programming languages are introduced. Through the exercises students are trained to use object oriented solutions for problem solving.

The course is intended for students who are interested in information systems that support organizational decision making. The course will include the theoretical backgrounds and several interesting real-world applications of decision support tools (e.g. using the RapidMiner Software) that are used in business.
The course will cover the following topics:
• Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
• Data Warehousing
• Reporting (e.g. dashboards)
• Data mining
During the course the students are expected to learn the fundamentals of basic decision support methods and apply that knowledge in practice by solving problems. The course does not build on any previous knowledge, however, the students are assumed to have some basic knowledge on information systems (i.e. databases).

Syfte med kandidatkursen är att stöda produktionen av kandidatavhandlingar av hög vetenskaplig och språklig kvalitet.

Vi ordnar regelbundet träffar under kursens gång och samordnar dessa med kursen seminarium (2522). Under kursen kan du genom mail, överenskomna handledningstimmar, etc. få respons på ditt arbete.

Kursstart är tisdagen den 12.9.2017 kl. 14.15 i Arkadia-byggnaden 3:e våningens mötesrum.



Att ge ge grundläggande kunskaper om informationsteknikens roll i företagens verksamhet. Den teoretiska delen siktar på att ge grundläggande teoretiska kunskaper om informationsteknikens roll i företagens verksamhet. 


Efter avklarad kurs bör studerandena
• Förstå de grundläggande elementen i IT-system (hårdvara, nätverk, Internet, mjukvara, brukargränssitt mm.)
• Ha grundläggande insikter i hur IT-tillämpningar planeras och utvecklas
• Förstå hur företagen på olika nivåer i verksamheten utnyttjar IT-system (transaktionssystem, beslutsstödsystem) 
• Förstå ITs betydelse I företagen och samhället I allmänhet




Föreläsningar och självstudier av anvisad litteratur.


Föreläsningarna samt 

Stair, R. M., Chesney, T. & Reynolds, G. W. (2015). Principles of business information systems. 2nd Edition. Andover: Cengage Learning.

Bedömning och examination



Laakso, Mikael

Syfte med kursen är att stöda produktionen av seminarieuppsatser av hög vetenskaplig och språklig kvalitet. Seminarieuppsatserna utgör i de flesta fall en del av gradun.

Vi ordnar regelbundet träffar under kursens gång och samordnar dessa med kursen (25001). Under kursen kan du genom mail, överenskomna handledningstimmar, etc. få respons på ditt arbete.

Kursstart är tisdagen den 12.9. kl 14.15 i Arkadia-byggnaden 3:e vån, mötesrummet.


Kursen presenterar grunderna i systemutveckling.

Vi tar upp: 

  • Systemutvecklingsmodeller och tekniker
  • Open source programvara
  • Systemarkitektur och design

Vi betonar vikten av att utveckla och förstå användarens behov genom:

  • Användarvänliga system
  • Insikter i specificering av behov och ändamål med system

Kursen är en litteraturkurs där självstudier utgör merparten av arbetsinsatsen. Kursen innehåller artikelsessioner där vi diskuterar utgående från lästa artiklar. Ett övningsarbete och en hemtent ingår i kursen.

Kursstart är tisdagen den 20.3. kl. 10.15-11.45.

Välkomna med!

Course Description

Many industries work predominantly in project form and even in none-project based industries activities such as product development, introduction of new IT-systems and organisational changes tend be carried out as projects. In this course an overview is given of modern methods of organising and managing projects. The focus will be both on the human and organisational aspects of project management and on the IT tools (e.g. scheduling software, project extranets) used to support management, control and knowledge exchange.

Learning Goals

To introduce students to the central concepts of project management. Emphasis is on providing an understanding for why and how project-based work differs from other types of organisational activity. The use of IT to support project-based work is an area which is explored from multiple perspectives. Students gain a holistic perspective of how projects can be planned and executed.

After successfully completing the course you will be able to:

  • Define what projects are, describe why projects are used by organizations to perform specific tasks, and outline how different organizational structures influence the way projects can be managed.
  • Describe the purpose and functionality of project management information systems, and be capable of applying that knowledge in software using commonly used features and functionality. 
  • Describe the structure and scope of a widely used formal project management methodology, and contrast the major benefits and limitations of using formal project methodologies. 
  • Describe the major phases of the project lifecycle, and analyse how the key processes contribute to overall project progress and outcome. 
  • Analyse project information through well-established project management principles, applying theory to practice, and reflect on that analysis through a structured written report.

Course description 

The course focuses on a variety of cases of how companies and organisations can leverage IT to achieve competitive advantage through cost savings or qualitative service improvements. The cases are chosen from a variety of branches of industries, companies and organisations. The course is in seminar form and requires active participation from the students.


Learning goal           

To enable students to analytically understand the links between IT and company strategy and also typical elements of IT strategy. Emphasis is among other things placed on understanding total ownership costs, that is that IT costs are not only about hardware and software but also maintenance, training costs and costs in use.


After completing the course, you will be able to

• Based on journal literature have a good overview of the variety of uses that companies make of IT to increase productivity and to offer their customers enhanced products and services

• To understand the factors involved in the process of taking into use of IT in organisations

• To be able to understand the causes of a number of recent IT failures (banks, public health care IT systems), in light of the latest research findings.



Sufficient basic knowledge of IT development methods and company strategy issues. Courses in databases, programming, systems development are recommended but there are no absolute rules. Students who are unsure if they have the necessary basis for taking the course are recommended to contact the examiner.

To give the students insights into recent research results concerning information system issues of high societal importance. Phenomena of current interest in IT development and deployment are studied based on recent research literature