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812304A Information Systems in Organizations, 6 ECTS cr 
Code 812304A  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Information Systems in Organizations  Abbreviation Information Sys 
Scope6 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Seppo Pahnila 
Juhani Warsta 

ECTS Credits 

6 ECTS credits/160 hours of work

Language of instruction 



Timing: 1  st year, autum semester, period 1


Learning outcomes 

Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is:

•    Able to explain the importance of information systems for organisations;
•    Able to define the conditions for success of information operations in the organisa-tion;
•    Able to explain the main features of information systems development.


Fundamentals of organisations, structure and functioning, digital organisation, basic types of information systems, the role of information systems in organisations, the interplay between information systems and organisations, the role of information systems in organisational leadership and decision making, the formation and mastering of organisational information, enterprise resource planning systems, the renewal of organisations with information systems, the economic aspects of information systems.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 27h, self-governing reading of course material 133h

Target group 


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Course “811169P Introduction to Information Systems Design” or equivalent knowledge.

Recommended or required reading 

•    Laudon, K.C and Laudon, J.P., Management Information Systems, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 6th edition, 2000, pp. 2–159, 330–367, 398–495 or Seventh edition, 2002, pp. 2–101, 301–429, or 9th edition 2006, pp. 1–111, 378–506, 534–569, or 10th edition, pp. 3–119, 428–523, 552–587.
•    Handy, C., Understanding Organizations, Penguin Books, 4th edition, 1999, pp. 13–179.
•    Mintzberg, H., Structure in Fives, Designing effective organizations, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1983, pp. 1–23.
•    Nonaka, I. & Takeuchi, H., The Knowledge Creating Company, Oxford University Press, New York, 1995, pp. 56–94, 124–171.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Assessment methods: Exam



Person responsible 

Professor of Information Systems

Working life cooperation 



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