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Kursusnavn (dansk):IT & Work Design 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):IT & Work Design 
Semester:Forår 2018 
Udbydes under:Bachelor i global virksomhedsinformatik (bgbi) 
Omfang i ECTS:15,00 
Min. antal deltagere:15 
Forventet antal deltagere:
Maks. antal deltagere:80 
Formelle forudsætninger:Information about the course of study
This course is part of the second semester in the bachelor’s degree in Global Business Informatics. 
Læringsmål:After the course the student should be able to:
• Define a research question within the area of workplace studies related to IT, process, and organization
• Identify, select, and analyze relevant material (theoretical concepts, methods, and empirical work) for the research question
• Conduct an ethnographic workplace study within an organization with the aim of re-configuring practices and technologies to support the particular organizational setting
• Report and communicate the project work (research question, theoretical background, methods, analysis, argument, and result) in relation to academic standards
• Argue and reflect essential challenges and theoretical concepts relevant when executing workplace studies to understand business and workplace realities 
Fagligt indhold:Today most new technologies are collaborative and supposed to support multiple, heterogeneous participants engaged in cooperative activities in various private and public domains. Designing, constructing, and integrating collaborative technologies within organizational settings requires carefully executed analyses of the particular organization in terms of IT strategies, work practices, and new technology opportunities. Workplace studies applying ethnographic field methods have proved to support such careful analysis.

In the course the students will be introduced to methods for conducting ethnographic studies with the aim of re-configuring practices and technologies to support particular organizational settings. The objectives of the course are thus to qualify the students to plan, participate, and report upon an ethnographic workplace study conducted within an organization with the aim of re-configuring practices and technologies to support the particular organizational setting. The students will learn to apply theoretical socio-technical concepts to argue, explain, and reflect upon workplace studies aimed at understanding business and workplace realities. 
Læringsaktiviteter:12 forelæsninger + lejlighedsvis øvelser i forbindelse med undervisningen

See the schedule here:

The schedule will be available shortly before the beginning of the term.
The schedule is 12 weeks with lectures, exercises and project work in groups with supervision. See blog for more information.

The starting point for both course work and project work is the introduction of methods for executing ethnographic fieldwork for design. It will be combined with introductions to fundamental theoretical concepts within the field of workplace studies. In the course work the students will be divided into groups of 5 participants that will plan and conduct a workplace study within an organization of their choice. Each group will hand in an academic project report of the workplace studies (in total 30 pages).

In the project work the groups will reflect upon their ethnographic workplace study in order to formulate a relevant research question, which they will investigate and finally report upon in an academic report. The project report will be a full academic report, where the students identify, define, analyze their empirical material which they already collected as parts of the course work. In this way the students can choose to focus more on e.g. ethnographic field methods, organizational theory, collaborative technologies, or other aspects connected to their empirical case, they might find interesting.

The students will be expected to read approximately 2 articles for each lecture. The exercises will be in the form of supervision as well as project work and other activities. One day a week will be dedicated to group work. The course will be planned in such a way that the students will be able to follow the course including all preparations, participation in class, exercises, empirical work, and readings using 20 hours a week in total. 

Obligatoriske aktivititer:Der er ingen obligatoriske aktiviteter. Vær venlig KUN at ændre denne tekst når der er obligatoriske aktiviteter./
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Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:D22: Aflevering med mundtlig eksamen suppleret af aflevering., (7-scale, external exam)

The duration of this oral exam is 30 minutes

Hand-in: Project report of 30 pages in total

Form of group exam: Mixed exam 1
See Study Guide -> Exams -> Course Exams -> Exam Forms for more information.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Randall, D., Harper, R., and Rouncefield, M. (2007): Fieldwork for design: Theory and practice. London: Springer.