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ITU

Bachelor of Science in
Global Business Informatics

The Programme

Would you like to contribute to business solutions that help bringing people and continents closer together? Would you like to promote cultural and economic development and create appropriate forms of cooperation and organisational opportunities when IT is put to use? In that case the three-year BSc programme in Global Business Informatics will appeal to you. The programme is taught in English.

IT affects all aspects of society and people’s lives well beyond what we consider technical. Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of how technologies are designed and put to use in social and organisational settings.
This programme emphasises qualitative approaches to understanding IT, and its global significance, and involves private business as well as public and non-profit agencies. How organisations engage in developing IT strategies and governing their enterprises across countries and differences, including various professions, and gender, as well as how ordinary people put technologies to use in their everyday work environments are key questions addressed in this programme.

Programme Structure

The programme equips students with interdisciplinary competences, where you learn to appreciate the theoretical contributions from the different disciplines as well as their practical implications. Theories and methods are taught in close connection to their practical applications and span from computer and information science to social sciences and the humanities.

The first year, IT in a social context, offers contemporary theories and perspectives on how to analyse media and technology as an integral part of society, work and social practices as well as a basic introduction to IT at a technical level, databases and big data.

The second year, IT in businesses, deals with basic business terminology, organisational theory, enterprise systems and information management and state of the art in applying process perspectives on modeling IT and work in organisations in order to improve business processes.

The third year, IT in the global world goes in depths with the idea of globalisation and the dynamics in bringing various cultures to interact in technological mediated contexts, as well as management challenges in governing IT under those circumstances.

Electives and bachelor project
The electives and the bachelor project offer an opportunity to shape your own profile. As electives you can choose between a number of courses offered at the IT University at bachelor’s level, or even take electives at a different Danish or international university. The bachelor project can be done in groups or individually.

The course list offers descriptions of all courses offered at the IT University.

Course of study for BSc in Global Business Informatics
1. Semester IT & the Social Context Society & Technology
(15 ECTS)
IT Foundations
(7,5 ECTS)
Networked Media & Communication
(7,5 ECTS)
2. Semester IT & Work Design
(15 ECTS)
Database Use & Design
(7,5 ECTS)
Global Project Management
(7,5 ECTS)
3. Semester IT & the Enterprise Enterprise Systems & Information Management
(15 ECTS)
Business Foundations
(7,5 ECTS)
Organisation & Process Theory
(7,5 ECTS)
4. Semester IT-enabled Process Improvement
(15 ECTS)
IT & Business Process Modelling
(7,5 ECTS)
Philosophy of Science & Technology
(7,5 ECTS)
5. Semester IT & the Global World IT, Globalization & Culture
(15 ECTS)
IT-enabled Supply Chain Management
(7,5 ECTS)
Elective
(7,5 ECTS)
6. Semester Bachelor Project
(15 ECTS)
IT Governance & Quality Management
(7,5 ECTS)
Elective
(7,5 ECTS)

Project movie

How are business, technology and LEGO connected?

As part of his bachelor project in Global Business Informatics, David has made a collaboration with LEGO, where he has studied what motivates software developers. Watch the video where he talks about the project and learn more about Global Business Informatics.

Malte, Imke, Elida and Konrad help a company making new IT solutions

Malte, Imke, Elida and Konrad are studying Global Business Informatics. As a part of a project they are developing a business intelligence solution for a company. Watch the video where Malte tells about the project and about helping a company in developing new IT solutions.

Future

With a bachelor in Global Business Informatics you will hold the academic title of BSc (Bachelor of Science).

This qualifies you to continue your studies in a master’s programme at the IT University or another Danish or foreign university in the areas of science, social science and technology.

Career Prospects

The competencies of Global Business Informatics and the global perspective of the programme prepares you for a career in both Danish and global/international context, working as e.g.:

  • Project coordinator
  • Process analyst
  • Quality professional
  • IT architect
  • Support Chain Manager
  • Business developer 
As Project coordinator, you can function as project manager and coordinate projects and various tasks. You will be the connecting link between all stakeholders of the project and ensure continuous communication between all levels of a company and its partners – nationally and globally.

Process analyst observes and documents work processes and can then adapt IT systems and organisations to each other.

As Quality professional, you can make quality measurements of the company’s IT solutions, interpret them and initiate improvement projects. You can also develop quality systems in accordance with international standards.

As Support Chain Manager, you can design education programmes for users, make analyses of the use of IT systems, help users use IT systems and suggest qualified system changes to make them more user friendly.

As Business Developer, you actively contribute to the creation of business and social value within and across organisational and institutional complex ecosystems. Being aware of organisational theories and business tools, you are equipped to design strategies and innovate.
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Teaching

The teaching methods are mostly informal and dialogue-based, inspired by a student centered learning approach. They combine lectures, and group exercises, and more uniquely fieldwork in companies, where students work closely with employees at many levels. Students work with many different companies from the United Nations, Dong Energy, SAP, Copenhagen Municipality, Taxa as well as smaller enterprises.

Global Business Informatics is developed in cooperation with the business community and designed to give you the opportunity to collaborate with companies and organisations in various projects.
Global collaboration is an important part of the Global Business Informatics programme. Therefore, it is carried out in English and many professors you will meet have an international background. You will work in groups with students from all over the World. Making this collaboration work in spite of differences is an important learning experience in the programme. As a Global Business Informatics student you will improve your English skills, take part in an international study environment and have an excellent opportunity to create an international network.

Project example: mapping out the environmental challenges in Bolivia

An example is a GBI bachelor project based on a global collaboration between actors in Denmark and Bolivia, working on mapping out the environmental challenges in Bolivia. In this project students travelled to Bolivia to research the possibilities of implementing an electronic mapping system based on the geographic information system Quantum GIS.

Through a socio-technical approach the goal was to map out the challenges of the implementation of a technology in an organizational and social setting, much different from the western setting of which the technology was developed.

GBI student Sidsel Thaarup ellaborates:

"In collaboration with the NGO Engineers Without Borders, the Catholic relief organization Caritas, and the municipality of Coroico in Bolivia, we are working on a sustainable solution for the environmental challenges present in Coroico. Since 2013 the organizations involved have worked towards defining a large Environmental Plan that has the goal of creating a general improvement of the environment in the municipality, together with raising the environmental awareness of the local citizens of Coroico.

In this project our job has been to help them implement an electronic mapping system based on the geographic information system Quantum GIS. A geographic information system is a tool that gives the users the possibilities to digitally create and analyze geographic information, establish and edit geographic maps and present the results in a clear way. By being more aware of which regions have a higher risk of for example lower quality of water, the local communities can more effectively redirect their developmental initiatives and by that raise the local conditions of life in an effective a sustainable way."

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Exchange

You also have a good opportunity to study a semester abroad as an integral part of your BSc in Global Business Informatics.

The IT University has exchange agreements with universities around the world. To Global Business Informatics students, we recommend:

Students

Harvard Collaboration

During spring 2014, an online collaboration arose between ITU's Global Business Informatics' students and students at Harvard University as to how we use the internet. Students at the courses Society and Technology at the IT University and Exploring Race and Community in the Digital World at Harvard University in the USA met online to exchange digital autobiographies with descriptions of the students' first experiences with the World Wide Web and how they use it today.

Society and Technology, a first year, first semester course on the Global Business Informatics program about the inseparability of society and technology, is taught by assistant professor Rachel Douglas-Jones and she first met her American counter, lecturer on African and African American Studies at Harvard Carla Denny Martin, when they both studied at the American university back in 2007.

“The idea for this collaboration arose when Carla and I met up during a research trip I made to Harvard in spring 2014. I knew she was teaching Race and Technology because we had already reconnected over Twitter, and we realised our students sometimes struggled to contextualise their own experiences with different technologies, some of which defined eras of their lives. So using the old fashioned pen pal idea, we proposed to put our students in touch with one another, so they could share digital autobiographies,” explains Rachel Douglas-Jones.

What makes a digital citizen?

In the digital autobiographies the students reflected on their own trajectory so far with technology, specifically IT. The purpose was to give students opportunity to get to know the different experiences of their peers on another continent and allow them to use this reflection to sensitise them to the national, historical and infrastructural specificities of their engagement with digital technologies, and to help them see how the experiences of their peers around

“The ambition was to see this reflexive moment inform how the students engaged with the texts as the course progressed, and the realisation that their perspectives and experiences are not necessarily shared by their age-peers world over was certainly evident,” says Rachel Douglas-Jones.

“As an international teacher myself, I was surprised by the role of Danish social media networks in their childhoods, and also by the centrality of gaming both for the Danish and American students. Discussions about the Danish CPR number and American Social Security numbers led to in depth discussions of the role of the state, questions of data privacy and the different expectations held by Danish and American students. What does being a ‘digital citizen’ mean in these two different countries, for example?”

To trust or not to trust

Three themes were central in the international meeting: The American realisation that the Internet is English and the challenges that might pose for non English speaking people. Gaming as introduction to the Internet, and - now that a life is led online - trust. The first gave the American students food for thought. The second, it turned out, was a common trait for all nations involved, while the third showed great differences in terms of both a sense of online security and trust in government and other official authorities.

“It was interesting to see that where the role of gaming - and using one’s parents computer - in childhood sociality and as introduction to the web was very similar, the Danish and American students almost couldn’t be more different when it came to trust. The NSA scandal probably plays a big part here and the American students couldn’t believe how much information Danes readily give authorities online and the high level of trust they put into the security of NemID for instance,” says Rachel Douglas-Jones and recommends others to seek out collaborations like this.

“Collaborations such as this provide an opportunity to link students across national borders and encourage discussion about common issues for which they might have quite different experiences and starting points. I found the students were very engaged when they got comments back from the American students and were able to ask questions in return. Also, I got the impression that there was a lot of enjoyment in discovering commonalities and discussing differences, such as the CPR number, NemID and uses of different languages online.”

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A Working BSc

Admission Figures

  • In 2017, Global Business Informatics will admit approximately 60 new students. 
  • 10 % will be distributed through quota 2 and 5 % through quota 3.
  • Indicative average mark from 2016 in quota 1: 8,0.

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Studievejledning

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