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Örebro University School of Business

Course Syllabus


Informatics, eGovernment, Second Level, 7.5 Credits


Course Code: IK4008 Subject Area: Field of Technology
Main Field of Study: Informatics Credits: 7.5
    Subject Group (SCB): Informatics/Computer and Systems Sciences
Education Cycle: Second Cycle Progression: A1N
Established: 2006-11-07 Last Approved: 2008-04-10
Valid from: Autumn semester 2008 Approved by: Head of School


Aims and Objectives

General aims for second cycle education

Second-cycle courses and study programmes shall involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to first-cycle courses and study programmes, and in addition to the requirements for first-cycle courses and study programmes shall
- further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge
- develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work.

(Higher Education Act, Chapter 1, Section 9)

Course Objectives

The student should after the course
- be able to understand and analyze theories and practices within electronic government.
- be able to understand and describe uses of information- and communication technology (ICT) within the public sector
- be able to analyze and critically reflect on the relation between eGovernment theories and practices
- be able to describe and based on a scientific ground argue for citizens different conditions to use ICT from a demographic, international and multi-cultural perspective
- be able to identify and assess sector-related design problems
- have the ability to find, analyze and evaluate information for scientifically grounded knowledge creation and the ability to communicate the results in a scientifically and formally correct manner.


Main Content of the Course

The course consists of five parts:
1. eGovernment: definitions, development, and functions
2. The citizens: ICT in the public sector, usage patterns, benefits for the citizens, digital divides, eParticipation
3. The organization: production, integration, cooperation, responsibility
4. Technology: Design, applications and interface
5. Scientific writing


Teaching Methods

Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, and practical work. Participation in practical work and seminars is mandatory.

Students who have been admitted to and registered on a course have the right to receive tuition and/or supervision for the duration of the time period specified for the particular course to which they were accepted (see, the university's admission regulations (in Swedish)). After that, the right to receive tuition and/or supervision expires.


Examination Methods

Written examination, 4.5 Credits. (Code: 0100)
Examination consists of following:
- eGovernment: definitions, development, and functions:
citizens, organization and technology
- Scientific writing
Participation during seminars, 1.5 Credits. (Code: 0200)
Examination consists of following:
- eGovernment: definitions, development, and functions:
citizens, organization and technology
Demonstration & documentation of project task, 1.5 Credits. (Code: 0300)
Examination consists of following:
- Design, applications and interface

For further information, see the university's local examination regulations (in Swedish).


Grades

Unless otherwise prescribed in the course syllabus, a grade is to be awarded on completion of a course. The grade is to be determined by a teacher specifically appointed by the higher education institution (an examiner) (Chapter 6, Section 18, Higher Education Ordinance).

Unless the higher education institution prescribes another grading system, one of the following grades is to be used: fail, pass, or pass with distinction (Chapter 6, Section 19, Higher Education Ordinance).

Grades used on course are Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).

Written examination
Grades used are Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).
Participation during seminars
Grades used are Fail (U) or Pass (G).
Demonstration & documentation of project task
Grades used are Fail (U) or Pass (G).

For further information, see the university's local examination regulations (in Swedish).


Specific entry requirements

Completed studies corresponding to 180 ECTS credits from an institution of higher education or 90 ECTS credits in one major subject: basic, intermediate and advanced level.

For further information, see the university's admission regulations (in Swedish).


Transfer of Credits for Previous Studies

Students who have previously completed higher education or other activities are, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, entitled to have these credited towards the current programme, providing that the previous studies or activities meet certain criteria.


For further information, see the university's local credit transfer regulations (in Swedish).


Other Provisions

Grades:
Grades used on course are Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG). Participation during seminars and demonstration of practical work are given the grade Fail or Pass. Written examination is given the grade Fail, Pass or Pass with distinction. In order to receive the grade Pass with distinction for the entire course the participation during seminars and demonstration of practical work shall be passed and the written examination has to be performed with distinction.

Remaining tasks should be completed as soon as possible according to the teacher's instructions.


Reading List and Other Teaching Materials

Required Reading

Heeks, Richard (2006)
Implementing and Managing eGovernment
Sage Publications Ltd, ISBN/ISSN: 81-7829-634-9, 293 pages


Additions and Comments on the Reading List

Additional course material will be made available at the department./ Övrigt studiematerial tillhandahålles av universitetet.


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