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817603S System Design Methods for Information Systems, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 817603S  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name System Design Methods for Information Systems  Abbreviation System Design M 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Pasi Karppinen 

ECTS Credits 

5 credits/134 hours of work

Language of instruction 



1st year of Master’s and GS3D studies, autumn semester, period 1

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, students will be able to describe the defects inherent in the traditional waterfall model and explain how other methods aim to answer its defects, and other challenges in information systems development (ISD). In particular, students will be able to use and apply socio-technical methods like SSM and ETHICS and their underlying techniques in re-planning and developing the sub-systems (automated and non-automated) and work-flows in an organization. Students will also learn how to analyse the differences and similarities of philosophies underlying ISD methods. This will give students the ability to compare methods with each other, assess and give arguments for a decision as to which method is suitable for an ISD project in an organization. In addition, students will be able to describe the issues relating to the management of global information systems.


What is information systems development (ISD) and waterfall method, socio-technical methods like SSM and ETHICS, miscellaneous methods or frameworks like Agile, ISAC, PRINCE2, business process re-engineering, rapid application development, evolutionary approach. Managing global systems.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 20h, exercises 24h, homework 30h, essay 30h, examination 30h.

Target group 


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Bachelor studies recommended

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Avison, D., Fitzgerald, G. (2006) Information Systems Development, methodologies, techniques & tools. 4th Edition. London: McGraw-Hill; Laudon, K.C., Laudon, J.P. (2010) Management Information Systems, Managing the Digital Firm. 11th Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education. Chapter 15: Managing Global Systems.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Examination, accepted essay, accepted exercise assignments



Person responsible 

Tero Vartiainen

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended System Design Methods for Information Systems  Course  Pasi Karppinen  30.08.21 -09.05.22

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