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Programme syllabus:

Master's Programme in IT Management, 120 Credits

Swedish name: Masterprogrammet i IT Management

This programme syllabus is valid: HT10 and valid until HT18 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Programme code: SAIMM

Credit points: 120

Registration number: 502-1441-10

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry Requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) within the social sciences from an internationally recognised university. Special requirements: 90 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Informatics, Business Administration, Education, Psychology, Political Science, or Sociology (or equivalent). If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester.

Degree

After completing the program, 60 credits, students may, on application, obtain a Filosofie Magisterexamen in accordance with the Local Qalifications Ordinance approved by the Vice Chancellor, see
http://www.student.umu.se/english/getting-your-degree/degree-requirements/?languageId=1
Filosofie Magisterexamen translates in English to Degree of Master of Science 60 credits. The degree is awarded in the main field of study, Information Science with emphasis on IT Management.

After completing the program, 120 credits, students may, on application, obtain a Filosofie Masterexamen in accordance with the Local Qalifications Ordinance approved by the Vice Chancellor, see
http://www.student.umu.se/english/getting-your-degree/degree-requirements/?languageId=1
Filosofie Masterexamen translates in English to Degree of Master of Science 120 credits. The degree is awarded in the main field of study, Information Science with emphasis on IT Management.

Description of the education for current education cycle

Second cycle educations should build substantially upon knowledge the students retained during first cycle studies or the equivalent.
Second cycle education shall involve a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities relative to first cycle education and, in addition to what applies to first cycle education
- further develop students' ability to independently integrate and use knowledge,
- develop students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable independence or for research and development.
Higher Education Act 1 cpt 9 § (Högskolelagen 1 kap 9 §)

National goals for current degree

Degree of Master of Science 60 credits
Knowledge and Understanding
For Degree of Master of Science 60 credits, the students should be able to
- show knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both an overview of the field and deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field and insight into current research and development, and
- demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.

Skills and Abilities
For Degree of Master of Science 60 credits, the students should be able to
- demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and to analyze, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information,
- demonstrate the ability to independently identify and formulate questions to address and to plan and use appropriate methods to carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits;
- demonstrate the ability to verbally and in writing present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different types of  groups, and
- demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development or to work in other advanced contexts.

Ability to Evaluate and Approach
For Degree of Master of Science 60 credits, the student should be able to
- demonstrate the ability within the main field of study to make judgments with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development,
- show insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the human responsibility for its use, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for the personal competence development.

Degree of Master of Science 120 credits
Knowledge and Understanding
For Degree of Master of Science 120 credits, the students should be able to
- show knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both a broad knowledge of the field and deeper insight into certain parts of the field and insight into current research and development, and
- demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.

Skills and Abilities
For Degree of Master of Science 120 credits, the students should be able to
- demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyze, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information,
- demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively  identify and formulate questions to address, to plan and to use appropriate methods to carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits and by so doing add to the knowledge development and to evaluate this work.
- demonstrate the ability in both national and international contexts, to verbally and in writing present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different types of  groups, and
- demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development or to work independently in other advanced contexts.

Ability to Evaluate and Approach
For Degree of Master of Science 120 credits, the student should be able to
- demonstrate the ability within the main field of study to make judgments with regards to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development,
- show insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the human responsibility for its use, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for the personal competence development.


Higher Education Ordinance, Appendix 2 - System of Qualifications (Högskoleförordningen, Bilaga 2 – examensordningen)

Local goals for current degree

Degree of Master of Science 60 credits, Main Field of Study: Informatics, Specialization: IT Management
For this Degree of Master of Science Degree 60 credits the student should after the completion of the program be able to;
- understand, explain and apply theories and methods for the development of information technology (IT) and organizations,
- understand, explain and analyze the complex interactions between people, technology and design,
- analyze and evaluate strategies for IT-related innovation,
- analyze, evaluate and design innovation processes within the IT area.

The student should also
- demonstrate the ability to communicate in English within the main field of study and
- demonstrate the ability to, problematize and analyze the program’s central theories and concepts, from a gender science perspectives.

Degree of Master of Science 120 credits, Main Field of Study: Informatics, Specialization: IT Management
For this  Degree of Master of Science 120 credits the student should after the completion of the program be able to;
- understand, explain and apply theories and methods for the development of information technology (IT) and organizations,
- understand, explain and analyze the complex interactions between people, technology and design,
- analyze and evaluate strategies for IT-related innovation,
- analyze, evaluate and design innovation processes within the IT area.
- analyze and design different types of organization of IT and related resources,
- analyze and design different IT strategies,
- actively participate in research and development in IT management, and
- actively and independently assess the personal need for further knowledge and to further develop their skills, abilities and knowledge in IT management.

The student should also
- demonstrate the ability to communicate in English within the main field of study and
- demonstrate the ability to, problematize and analyze the program’s central theories and concepts, from a gender science perspectives

Examination format

See current course syllabus

Grades

The program applies a three-point grading scale with the grades, Pass with distinction, Pass and Fail, unless otherwise stated in the syllabus for a particular course. Those who pass an exam may not retake the exam for a higher grade.

Transfer of Credits

Students have the right to have a previous education or work experience assessed for transfer of credits. For more information see Higher Education Ordinance as well as: http://www.umu.se/english/education/student-support/getting-a-degree-from-umea-university/transfer-of-credits

It is possible to appeal to the Higher Education Appeals Board upon receiving a negative decision on transfer of credits. A negative decision should also be motivated in writing.

General

In the program outline it is shown which courses are mandatory or elective. Elective courses can be chosen from the range given by the departments represented in the program. Choice of optional/elective courses is made in consultation with the Program Coordinator. The courses are in the order listed under the heading Outline. The order of the courses may be subject to change. For information on how individual courses are set up see the different course syllabus.

Thesis
For a Degree of Master of Science 60 credits the student must have completed a thesis within the program worth at least 15 credits in Information Science.

For a Degree of Master of Science 120 credits the student must have completed a thesis within the program worth 30 credits in Information Science. The thesis may comprise of less than 30 credits (a minimum of 15 credits) if the student has already completed an independent work in the second cycle of at least 15 credits in Information Science or equivalent from an international education.

Deferment of studies

Deferment of enrollment may be granted if there are extenuating reasons. Examples of extenuating reasons are social, medical or other extenuating circumstances such as child care, student union assignments or postponed leave according to the law (1974:981) on employée’s rights to time off for education. Application for deferment is to be submitted to Student Services.

A negative decision on deferment of enrollment may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board.

Approved leave from studies

A student admitted to the program can apply for an approved leave from the program. The application is submitted to the Program Study Advisor. An approved leave of absence with a guaranteed seat may be granted for the following reasons: social, medical or other extenuating circumstances such as child care or student union assignments.
Negative decision concerning the possibility to resume studies after an approved leave of absence can be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board.

Discontinuation

Students who leave their program shall notify their Program Study Advisor of the discontinuation.

Other

Access to courses in the program is governed by the course syllabus.

Outline

Valid from: HT07

Semester 1

2IN066

IT Innovation 15 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Information Science: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Mandatory

2IN067

IT Development 15 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Information Science: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Mandatory

Semester 2

2IN076

Magister Thesis in Information Science with Specialisation in IT Management 15 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)

Information Science: second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)

Mandatory

2IN068

IT Strategy 15 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Information Science: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Mandatory

Semester 3

2IN071

IT Organisation 15 credits

Advanced level

Information Science: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Informatics: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Mandatory

Electives 15 hp.

Semester 4

2IN077

Master Thesis in Information Science with Specialisation in IT Management I 15 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Information Science: second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Mandatory

2IN068

IT Strategy 15 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Information Science: second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Mandatory

2IN078

Master Thesis in Information Science with Specialisation in IT Management II 30 credits

Advanced level

Informatics: second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Information Science: second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Mandatory