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1st Semester

Mandatory courses 4 x 7,5 credits

Understanding ICT for development I, 7,5 credits

Course gives a general introduction to ICT for development presenting and critiquing current definitions of development, in relation to social and economic theories. It gives a brief history of development and highlights the role of ICT in development through specific themes: e-learning, e-business, e-governance and e-health.

ICTs for Developing World with Focus on Technology, 7,5 credits

The course provides an overview of how information and communication technologies function. The focus is on understanding the meaning of digital divide, the technology behind the Internet and other networks, devices that are low-power, robust and affordable, the significance of free and open access software, cloud computing, and Web 2.0 tools for developing world. In addition, challenges faced when implementing the technology in developing countries are addressed and knowledge on how to select the appropriate approach in a different setting is acquired.

Scientific Communication & Research Methodology 7,5 credits FMVEK

Computing as a discipline combines three academic traditions: the theoretical tradition, the scientific (experimental) tradition, and the engineering tradition.  Due to that combination, there is no clear methodological tradition in computer science.  This course introduces computer science students to the principles of scientific research: how to design, implement, and report a research study. The main focus of this course is in research design and reporting: students will learn how to align problem statement, aims, objectives, research questions, data collection and analysis, and reporting into a coherent and logically flowing whole.

Case studies of ICT4D projects, 7,5 credits

Applying case methodology, students will critically analyse and discuss both on-going and finalised ICT4D projects with the aim of building a well-informed understanding of the conditions and challenges of development projects from the theoretical and practical perspectives to development.

2nd Semester

Mandatory courses 4 x 7,5 credits

Understanding ICT for development II 7,5 credits

Theoretical perspectives to ICT4D and to the issues concerning innovative, transformative and sustainable design for development with the support of ICT are in focus. The course comprises four modules: critical examination of development, ethics of development, women and ICT for development and development for sustainable future.

Research Methodology for Computer and Systems Sciences 7,5 credits

Course deals with research strategies (case studies, experiments and survey), methods for data collection (questionnaires, interviews and observations) and software-based analysis (thematic, conversation and interaction analysis). Statistical and mathematical methods include descriptive and inferential statistics. Evaluation of data is included.

Project Management 7,5 credits

The course teaches you to understand and use basic methods and tools to manage projects. The course builds understanding of and provides guidance in the project's different parts - from feasibility studies and specification of demands to follow-up.

Special Topics in Technology for Development 7,5 credits

The course aims to address topics that receive particular attention with respect to ICT4D at the time the course is offered. Currently, the there are three topics addressed. 1) Mobile networks and ordinary mobile phones used to deliver various services in developing world; 2) Information security and privacy with accent on differences between developed and developing world; 3) Energy efficient technologies, use of renewable energy and appropriate disposal of ICT.

3rd Semester

Elective courses 15 credits
From Eligible Courses Autumn (or Field studies/practice 15 credits)
or Exchange studies info regarding exchange studies

Field studies/practice 15 credits

You have the option of conducting field studies/internship during this semester. This is an opportunity to get practical experience of ICT for development projects and/or organisations in this field. You can start working on the master's thesis by collecting empirical data in the field.You should find the practice placement yourself and independently administer your field studies. In case you will conduct field studies, we will provide supervision during your field period.

Mandatory course 1 x 15 credits

Dimensions of ICT for development 15 credits

Course will give an in-depth specialization to e-business, e-governance, e-health and e-learning. It runs in parallel with the internship aiming to combine theory and practice. The short essay concluding the course works as an introduction to the thesis work giving the student an opportunity to familiarise with the field of chosen specialisation.
4th Semester

Thesis work 30 credits