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813630S Software Business Development, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 813630S  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Software Business Development  Abbreviation Software Busine 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Karin Väyrynen 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work


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The course unit is held in the autumn semester, during period 2. It is recommended to complete the course in the first or second year of Master’s studies.


Learning outcomes 

The course provides insights to business development on a business, company and industry level. After completing the course, the student is able to plan how business is being developed over the whole life cycle of the business and company, conduct market and business analyses, identify different sources of financing for business operation, evaluate different strategic business options and select a business model adequate for the present and future situation of the company.


The course takes three points of view: company start-up, established business, and software industry. The course introduces the concepts of business idea, business plan, software business models and strategies, and the software value network.


Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching


Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 24h, exercises 12h, course assignments 78h, exam 20h. The course assignments will be conducted as group work. 


Target group 


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

The recommended prerequisite is the completion of the following courses prior to enrolling for the course unit: 811174P Introduction to Software Business, 813316A Business Process Modelling and 813620S Software Business and IT Management.

Recommended or required reading 

Refer to the course web pages


Assessment methods and criteria 

This course unit utilizes continuous assessment. Lectures are for the most part voluntarily, but participation is recommended. The students will write course assignments which will be assessed. In addition, there will be an exam at the end of the course which will be assessed. The assessment of the course unit is based on the learning outcomes of the course unit.




Person responsible 

 Karin Väyrynen

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