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Department of Information systems

Kristiansand, Norway
Information Systems

Summary

The University of Agder (UiA) is situated on the southern tip of Norway and is located on two campuses, in Kristiansand and Grimstad.

The university has 11 000 students and 1100 faculty and staff members. It is one of the youngest universities in Norway, but its history dates back to 1839 when the first teacher training institution in the region was established. It is a public university with state-of-the-art buildings on both campuses. Research is the foundation of all teaching activities at UiA and covers a wide variety of disciplines.

Being a driving force for societal and regional development, the university of Agder has close contact with industry, organisations and cultural institutions. It is an internationally oriented university in a region exposed to strong international competition. 

The department of information systems provides teaching and research at the intersection of technology, organisation and business administration. In addition to teaching academic programmes in information systems on all levels, the Department of Information Systems maintains close relations to the practice field.

The faculty contributes actively to research within the Information Systems field, and works closely with both public and private sector, typically through research clusters and centres.

Bachelor Programs

The study programme educates candidates who are able to work actively in system development projects, including analysis, design, construction and operation of information systems (IS). The programme has a compulsory basic part (120 ECTS) within the IT/IS field including some organizational theory and understanding of financial theory. The programme allows students to select electives in three different areas, 1) innovation by using information technology and information systems, 2) technical focus on software development and 3) organizational and societal use of IT and information systems.  Throughout the programme the candidates will learn how information systems may be developed and contextualized to assist organizations in implementing their business processes to realize possible benefits for the organization. The candidates will further be able to take part in operation, support, training for realization of benefits.

Master Programs

The Master's Programme in Information Systems educates candidates in managing development projects and change processes, using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Information Systems (IS) to achieve strategic goals. The Programmes has three main focus areas: 

Enterprise Systems
Both compulsory and elective courses ensure proficiency in strategic use of Enterprise Systems, including assessment of such investments. Students acquire skills by using tools for process modelling, and experience of various ERP systems. The candidates' understanding of the complex interaction between technological, social and organizational factors related to implementation and use of Information Systems is emphasized.

System Development and Design
Courses in System Development and System Development Methods give candidates knowledge and understanding of state of the art system development processes. Challenges related to specification, design, implementation, testing and evaluation are important factors, as are agile methods and other current methodical approaches to System Development. Project management is also a focus area.

eGovernment
Courses in eGovernment provide knowledge and understanding of how ICT/IS can contribute to modernizing and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public sector while upholding democratic principles like transparency and participation. Citizens' participation in political processes and right to co-determination through ICT/IS is a focus area, and students are provided with an overall understanding of the complexity and possibilities of relevant information systems for the public sector.

PhD Programs

The PhD specialisation in Information Systems consists of four components: core courses, methods courses, specialisation courses, and a dissertation. The coursework aims to provide the candidates with a) a thorough grounding in literature in Information Systems, b) a solid methodological foundation, and c) an opportunity for in-depth focus in areas relevant to Information Systems in which a candidate has specific interest. In addition to the courses offered by UiA, candidates will be allowed to take, subject to approval, doctoral courses offered by other national and international academic institutions.

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An Information Systems (IS) researcher has accomplished PhD in IS in May 2016. I have worked as PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Information Systems, University of Agder (UiA), Norway.The main task at UiA was to carry out research to undertake a doctorate study, and to assist in teaching of some courses by delivering lectures for bachelor and master students in different topics. The title of the thesis is “Realizing Benefits from Enterprise Systems”. Before that, I have accomplished my master of science in IT Management – Project Management stream (2011) from the British University in Dubai, in collaboration with University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester. However, realizing benefits and creating value from IT remains one of my research interest, combined with an interest in project management, enterprise systems, and IT-enabled innovations. My research appears in various international journals and conferences, such as International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management, Business Process Management Journal, CENTERIS, UKAIS, ECIME, and EMCIS. 

Formerly, I had worked as an IT professional for 15 years in Jordan, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates. My practical experience was focused in delivering information systems, gathering business requirements, systems design and modeling, database management, systems development and integration, training and support and team leadership in governmental entities, financial services and healthcare organizations. I am also certified as Project Management Professional (PMP), PRINCE 2 Foundation, and ITIL V3 Foundation.

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