Semester Offering: January

Most ICT applications are developed in projects for which a number of innovative ideas have to be created and critical decisions need to take place. This course provides a practical approach to the project design process for ICT applications. The focus is on the use of creative idea generation and problem solving methods, and assessment of appropriate ICT design methods. These issues will be demonstrated through a relevant ICT-application design project implemented by the students, and resulting in a project design document.


Discovering Relevant Topic for ICT Project Design, Defining and Selecting of ICT Design Methods, Formation of the Project Team, Defining the Expected Outcomes, Writing and Presenting an ICT Project Plan.


Information and Communication Technology Applications: Users and Producers, Managing IT-Projects.


I  Discovering Relevant Topic for ICT Project Design

1. Using creative design methods (seminars, brainstorming)
2. Description of the topic and setting limitations
3. Recognizing potential stakeholders (users, customers, funding organizations etc)

II  Defining and Selecting of ICT Design Methods

1. Identification of potential design methods
2. Setting selection criteria for design methods
3. Selection of an appropriate application design method

III  Formation of the Project Team

1. Identification of knowledge and expertise needed in the project
2. Defining roles of team members

IV  Defining the Expected Outcomes

1. Mapping of potential applications
2. Re-evaluation of the design
3. Implementation plan

V  Writing and Presenting an ICT Project Plan

1. A group of 3-4 students produce a project plan for the selected design option. Key elements of the project plan will be presented and evaluated in common workshops.


Formation of Groups, and Roles, Instructions for Project work and Doing Project Proposals
Discovering the Topic, Objectives, Stakeholders, Limitations
Determining of Phases and Schedule, Resource Allocation
Group Supervision
Selection of Methods, tools, and techniques
Steering group-meeting
Clarifying Software Efforts
Clarifying Budget, Costs, Financials
Defining of Risks, Critical Success Factors, Software quality
Group Supervision


Lecture notes, handouts from listed reference books


Hughess, B. & Cotterell, M: Software Project Management. Glasgow , MacGraw-Hill, 3 rd Edition, 2002
Korhonen, T. & Ainamo, A.: Handbook of Product and Service Development in Communication and Information Technology , Boston , MA : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003
Pressman, R: Software Engineering  Practitioner's Approach, New York , MacGraw-Hill, 6 th edition, 2005
Whitten, J., Bentley, L. & Dittman, K.: System Analysis & Design Methods, New York ,
MacGraw-Hill, 6 th edition, 2004


Communication of the ACM
Journal of Management Information Systems
The Journal of Collaborative Computing
International Journal of Information Management
Information System Research


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts:
mid-semester exam (20%),
final (3 0 %) and
assignments ( 50 %).
Closed-book examination is used for both mid-semester and final exam