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Organisaties en ICT
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Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau1 (1 (Bachelor Inleiding))
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Betawetenschappen; Undergraduate School Betawetenschappen; Undergraduate School Bètawetenschappen;
Contactpersoondr. S. Farshidi
mr. S. España Cubillo, PhD
Overige cursussen docent
dr. S. Farshidi
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. S. Farshidi
Overige cursussen docent
3  (06-02-2023 t/m 21-04-2023)
TimeslotD: D (WO-middag, WO-namiddag, Vrijdag)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 31-10-2022 t/m 25-11-2022
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris Student
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 23-01-2023 t/m 24-01-2023
Plaatsingsprocedureadministratie onderwijsinstituut
OICT has the following intended learning outcomes (ILOs) that the successful student should have achieved by the end of the course:
  • ILO1: Apply well-established organizational theories to explain how existing organizations are designed and why they behave the way they do
  • ILO2: Explain how the key types of ICT systems can support organizations in achieving their goals
  • ILO3: Critically analyze the ICT systems that are embedded within one organization concerning their suitability, advantages, and limitations
  • ILO4: Explain the fundamentals and the challenges of effectively integrating ICT within an organization
  • ILO5: Apply reengineering methods and modeling languages in order to improve the economic, social, and environmental performance of an organization
In order to help the students achieve the objectives, the course is taught as an interplay of lectures, practical activities in the lab, and guest lectures on the selected topic given by experts in the field.
The integral part of the course is a project, delivered by weekly or bi-weekly workshop assignments, where teams of students, for an organization of their own choice, will use various modeling techniques and frameworks to represent and analyze the organizational structure, business processes, business strategies, security and risk, knowledge management, and strategic objectives.
  • Theory:
    1. Absolute weight: 60% of the final grade.
    2. Assessed with Remindo exams.
    3. There is a midterm exam halfway through the course (absolute weight of 30%) and a final exam at the end (absolute weight of 30%).
    4. According to the course rules, there is a retake exam for students entitled to it.
  • Practice: 
    1. Absolute weight: 40% of the final grade.
    2. Assessed with graded assignments
The following table shows how each of the ILOs is assessed. Each assessment is mapped to corresponding ILOs. The size of x/X indicates the relative importance of each ILO within an assessment. 

Assessment ILO1 ILO2 ILO3 ILO4 ILO5
Midterm exam X x   X  
Final exam x X   X  
Workshop project X x X x X

Organizations and ICT (OICT) is an English-taught course that introduces students to the interplay between organizations and information and communication technology (ICT). The course should create awareness and deliver knowledge on the importance of ICT within organizations. OICT is an essential component of the information science curriculum (informatiekunde), but it is also useful for students attending computing science (Informatica) or following an information science minor.
 OICT is about understanding and analyzing an organizational context where an ICT solution is to be implemented. For that purpose, OICT identifies a problem and the demands and/or wishes of all stakeholders involved. This is a preliminary and necessary step in designing and engineering an information system (taught in later courses of the Informatiekunde -Information Science- bachelor).
 The course will cover the following topics:
  • introduction to modern information systems
  • business processes
  • organizations
  • organizational theory
  • information systems within organizations
  • responsible software
  • organizational sustainability
  • organizational design
  • organizational structure
  • organizational strategy
  • modeling strategic objectives
  • security and risk in information systems
  • knowledge management
  • foundations of business intelligence

Course form
 The course follows a flipped classroom approach:
  • Self-study. We provide a clear study guide. Students are expected to watch certain knowledge clips and read book chapters before a given date. Sometimes there are exercises to be done as voluntary homework. 
  • Lectures. Then there are live sessions to ask questions and solve doubts, discuss practical cases and news related to the course content topics, explain exercise solutions, etc. Attending the lectures is highly recommended. There is typically one live session per week.
  • Workshops. There is several workshops that, when considered in combination, constitute a workshop project. The workshops are working sessions that will be used for students to undertake a group project divided into assignments. Each assignment includes a graded report. Attending the workshop sessions is mandatory. There is typically one workshop session per week.

 Course material
 This book very nicely covers the contents of the course:
  • Kenneth C. Laudon and Jane P. Laudon, "Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 16th edition", 2015, ISBN-13: 9781292296562. Many mandatory readings are from this book, which addresses ICT-related topics (e.g., what types of ICT we typically encounter in organizations, what competitive advantages ICT brings to organizations, and what security risks need to be considered). Note: you could also get the book version with ISBN-13: 9781292296715, but it is more expensive, and we do NOT need the 'Pearson MyLab MIS with Pearson eText' component, so it is probably not worthwhile to buy it on purpose.
There is a second (recommended) book:
  • Richard L. Daft, Jonathan Murphy, and Hugh Willmott, "Organization Theory & Design: An International Perspective, 4th edition", 2020, ISBN-13: 9781473765900. This book complements the one by Laudon and Laudon by addressing organizational management topics. It is an excellent book, and we recommend buying it, but if you attend the lectures, collect the slides and take notes, you will also be fine.
While owning or buying earlier versions of these books should also be fine, please do that at your own risk. Always check that the content of your book that is considered in the OICT course matches the content of the latest version. "But I was using an earlier version of the book" or "In the 20XX version, that was not covered. Therefore I did not study it" are not valid excuses during exam inspections.
 Notice that the books only cover some of the contents taught in the lectures. Therefore, we recommend that the students attend the lectures: all the presented material can be part of the midterm and final exams.
 No string prerequisites are needed to enroll in the course. Experience in data modeling is convenient. However, students who need to improve on these skills will find some resources for self-learning on the course Blackboard website.

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