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817610S Doing Software Business in China, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 817610S  Validity 01.08.2010 -
Name Doing Software Business in China  Abbreviation Doing Software 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Marianne Kinnula 
Xiaosong Zheng 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work

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1 st – 2 nd year, spring semester, period 4


Learning outcomes 

After completion of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of software as a business and an industry in China. Students will recognise success factors, business models and development trends of the software business in China. Students will also understand the special characteristics of the software business in China.


In the course a number of software business topics will be covered and these include: the current software market in China; software products and services in China; internationalisation and globalisation; revenue generation concepts; business planning in China; financing, pricing, cost and profitability; offer calculation; software engineering processes, and business project and entrepreneurship in China.


Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 20h, assignment 60h, and exam 54. In the lectures much of the time will be devoted to discussing specific topics in small groups and among the class as a whole. In addition, case studies, home assignments and in-class presentation will be used. For the home assignment students are required to form a group (2 students per group) to complete a written report on a specific software business topic.

Recommended or required reading 

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. Instead, a reading brick comprising lecture notes, book chapters, journal articles and case studies relating to the various topics being covered will be made available for downloading.

Assessment methods and criteria 

1) Exam (50%), 2) home assignment and in-class presentation (50%).



Person responsible 

Xiaosong Zheng

Working life cooperation 



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