Study Programme in IT-Design: Enterprise Systems and Economy
This programme in the subject information systems offers good theoretical and practical knowledge of relations between humans, organisations, and IT systems. The programme includes approaches to digitalisation from these perspectives and you develop your ability to apply academic knowledge and take responsibility for sustainable development and gender equality.
The IT-Design programme offers flexible study opportunities. Students first take joint classes and then specialize in one of the two majors Enterprise Systems and Economy or Information Systems Design.
Enterprise systems and Economy is an ideal specialisation for students interested in both business administration and IT. Most businesses today use some form of IT-systems. In Enterprise Systems and Economy, you will specialise in a combination of IT, business, logistics, business and service development. You will also learn about analysis models and purchase methods for enterprise systems, and you will solve practical problems for enterprise systems in close collaboration with trade and industry. The programme aims to provide a platform and useful knowledge for the IT field and employment that is both stimulating and challenging. The IT-Design programme offers flexible study opportunities both on-campus and with the supported of a web-based platform as a complement.
General admission requirements plus either Mathematics 3b or 3c and Social Sciences 1b or 1a1 + 1a2, or English B, Mathematics C and Social Sciences A.
EducationThe education in the IT-Design programme starts off with a broad base in IT and activities preparing you for further studies in one of the two majors. No prior IT knowledge is required. It is enough that you are interested in IT and eager to find out more about IT opportunities.
This specialisation comprises at least 90 ECTS credits in information systems with an emphasis on enterprise systems and their particular problems. Working with and understanding enterprise systems and their application and integration in the organization requires a familiarity with information systems and business administration: therefore, business knowledge is an important component of this programme. Students on the programme acquire insight into the complexity of IT in organizations and the problems it poses for users and developers. The programme has ties to current research, and graduates will therefore be well prepared for challenging and developing careers. Students may choose to further specialise in information systems and business administration.
Form of InstructionThe programme represents full-time work, with an average of three to five days of scheduled classes a week at Karlstad University. Students will also participate in various projects. Active participation in the courses is required and students are expected to study extensively, and gradually more and more independently, on their own. Field studies and laboratory work are frequently obligatory. A web-based communication platform is used in the majority of courses as complement.
ExaminationExamination formats vary from course to course and can include written exams, oral exams, hand-in assignments or take-home exams. Examination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit.
Study AbroadDuring your Study Programme in IT-Design: Enterprise Systems and Economy, you have an opportunity to spend a semester (5th) studying abroad at one of Karlstad University's exchange partners. A semester abroad builds upon the competences and knowledge you develop during your studies, you will enhance your communication skills and intercultural skills, and you may even select to study a new subject area - all of which improves your CV for future employers. Karlstad University has exchange agreements with over 200 partner universities, located in more than 35 countries. Students from IT-Design: Enterprise Systems and Economy can spend the semester in universities such as the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA; Unversidade de Lisboa, Portugal and University of Siena, Italy. You may also complete aspects of your final thesis data collection during term 6 abroad, for example through SIDA's Minor Field Studies scholarships. To discover more about these opportunities, visit our Study Abroad website: https://www.kau.se/utbildning/om-utlandsstudier/studera-utomlands/att-studera-utomlands
Professional ContactThe teaching on the courses is firmly tied to industry and students will have the opportunity to connect with local businesses, for example in the writing of their degree projects. Students will also meet with guest lecturers and participate in field studies.
Course of StudyThe studies involve fulltime work with an average of 20 hours of scheduled classes a week. Students will also participate in various projects. Active participation in the courses is required and students are expected to study extensively on their own. Field studies and laboratory work are frequently obligatory.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Introduction to IT Design (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Enterprise and Information Technology (IT) (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Acquisition of Information Systems (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Introduction to programming (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Business Administration I (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Database Design (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Object-Oriented Modeling (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Business Simulation and Analytics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Nosql databases (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Enterprise Systems I: Models for Analysis (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Enterprise Systems II: Development Models (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Information for business decisions (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Leadership and organisation (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Service Management and Information Technology: e-Business (Obligatory)||15|
|Interaction Design (Optional)||7.5|
|Business by Web and Web Analytics (Optional)||7.5|
|Informations Systems: Practical Training (Optional)||7.5|
|General Project Management Methodology (Optional)||7.5|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Information Systems - Bachelor´s thesis (Obligatory)||15|
|Business Development from a Process and Partnership Perspective (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Systems Integration (Obligatory)||7.5|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
Läsårs- och programvärderingar
Start semester Autumn 2013
Start semester Autumn 2014
Start semester Autumn 2015
Start semester Autumn 2016
Start semester Autumn 2017
Start semester Autumn 2018
Start semester Autumn 2019
Employment MarketAs an IT designer, you have the choice to work in the private or in the public sector. There is high demand for information system specialists in Sweden as well as internationally. Graduates have moved on to work with business development in IT, enterprise systems consultancy, business analysis, IT strategy and other areas requiring familiarity with IT, enterprise systems and business practice. Your knowledge of information systems will be advantageous to you in all these areas.
DegreeThe programme concludes with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.
Further StudiesUpon completion of the programme, you can go on to further studies at Master's level, such as a Master's programme (60 or 120 credits) in Information Systems.
Karlstad University currently offers the following programmes that might be of interest:
Master Programme in Information Systems
Master Programme (one year) in Project Management