Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Information and Communication Technologies

Starting group code

HTK19S1

Forms of study

Full-time studies

Structure of studies

Individual courses

Intended competence

Contact information

Karhulahti Mika

Karhulahti Mika

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358405668036

Description

ICT competence is needed more and more with digitalisation in producing and utilising all modern services. It is estimated that ICT will grow into the field with the most employees in the world by the end of this decade. The digitalisation of services, implementation of new innovations and quick progress of technology apply to all fields. The degree programme in Business Information Systems can turn the students into professionals whose skills are of high value among this change.

Although the degree programme focuses on web and game development, the skills learned can also be applied in more conventional ICT positions as well as positions in other fields utilising digitalisation.

The degree programme concentrates on project work, which makes it possible to deepen one’s knowledge in various fields: the students can develop information systems, produce, write scripts for and program games and create graphics or other digital content. The creation of online shops, for example, is also possible during the studies.

Key learning outcomes

In the degree programme in Business Information Technology, graduates also understand the basic principles of information management from the point of view of developing the operations. They can specify, design and test software, databases and user interfaces. They can document and interpret documentation while maintaining software, for example, and they are able to design and implement training.

Graduates also understand the nature of various ICT projects and project activities as a whole in the organisation. They understand the importance of systematic operating methods in project work and are able to act responsibly in various projects. They can use and apply the methods of both ICT and multidisciplinary project design and management. They understand the significance of digitalisation and can utilise its opportunities. They can identify risks in both ICT projects and entrepreneurship and prepare for them.

Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in ICT understand the key processes and functions of business, and they understand the importance of IT as a part of the organisation's functioning and its role in developing the operations. They understand the particular product development process of information systems or game development from ideas to a finished product and its management, marketing and commercialisation. They are capable of creative concept design and utilising various innovation methods. They have the basic knowledge and skills related to entrepreneurship. They understand the importance of agreements, offers, licences and copyrights in their own work, and they know how to serve customers.

Through projects carried out during their studies, professionals who have graduated from the degree programme in Business Information Technology have also specialised further in a particular fields of ICT or business competence that actively utilises ICT technologies. Such fields can be, for example, programming web-based applications and services, game development, e-business, social media or other new innovations as a support for business and marketing, entrepreneurship, information systems that support business, or graphic communication that utilises digital media.

Professional growth and know-how

The total competence target of the degree programme in Business Information Technology is divided into competences constructed during 3.5 years. During each study year, the students acquire the capability of mastering working-life oriented themes on a certain level; they have been divided as follows:

  • First year Basic ICT skills
  • Second year: ICT project skills
  • Third year: ICT professional
  • Fourth year: ICT expert

The first year of Business Information Technology starts with the basics, including studies in programming, databases, web development and content production. The courses of Web business operations and Game development technologies are offered as specialisation options.

In the beginning of the second study year, students deepen their competence in the course alternatives of Web application development or Game content development in addition to learning software development and other important skills. The spring of the second study year features practical product development with the goal of creating game software or other types of software. This work takes place as a part of the Ticorporate Demolab project team.

In the third year of study, students can deepen their competence and develop their own product ideas or start-ups at the Ticorporate Product Lab, or they can focus on advanced studies or complete a practical training or an international exchange study period.

Students may complete a part of their studies in the joint study path of entrepreneurship at JAMK, or by participating in the labs of the Future Factory operation model. The focus of these studies is on deepening innovation and development competence.

Working life cooperation and learning

Studies in business information technology include customer-driven project studies as a mandatory component. Various kinds of commissioned projects are also implemented as part of a number of courses. The mandatory practical training is completed in a workplace that best supports the competence profile of each student.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).

Graduation

To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Professional profiles of graduates

The profile of graduates of the degree programme in Business Information Technology features especially the production of applications built on a web platform, game development, project competence and entrepreneurial work, as well as the mastery of modern ICT technologies.

Examples of the employment of graduates of the degree programme in Business Information Technology and the skills required by the positions:

  • Game entrepreneur
  • Country manager for Finland for an international online shop, interaction skills, online business and online store technologies
  • Product manager, various technologies
  • Production manager, marketing, web technologies, business
  • System developer, information systems that support businesses and their development
  • Software designer, programming, design, specifications and project work
  • Expert in the management of outsourced IT applications, specifications, information management tasks and technologies
  • Entrepreneur, information system infrastructures and related technologies.

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on a master’s degree programme. A master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

Planning

The competence needs of the respective sectors have been frequently discussed with the working life representatives. Efforts have been made to develop the education and training on a regular basis with due consideration given to the different views. Direct feedback on the degree structure has been requested from the working life representatives selected.

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