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Kursusnavn (dansk):Projektklynge: Global IT University: Globalt interaktivt samarbejde med studerende fra Peking University omkring softwareudvikling, e-business, design og usability 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Project cluster: Global IT University: globally interactive collaboration with students from Peking University on software development, e-business, design and usability 
Semester:Forår 2008 
Udbydes, digital design og kommunikation (ddk) 
Omfang i ECTS:7,50 
Min. antal deltagere:
Forventet antal deltagere:10 
Maks. antal deltagere:10 
Formelle forudsætninger:You are enrolled on one of the M.Sc. study programmes at ITU ("cand. it.") and you have earned at least 60 ECTS by the time the course starts. The course is a third-semester elective.

It is incidental that the course is placed under the ITU study programme Digital Design and Communication (DDK) - the course is equally relevant to ITU students from Software Development and Technology (SDT) and E-business (E-Buss).

If you are a third-semester student from another M.Sc. programme than DDK, SDT, or E-buss, but have similar competences or have an original idea for a project that you would like to work with students at Peking University, School of Software and Microelectronics (SSM) on, you are most welcome on the course.

You are expected to sign up for this course earlier than the general deadline, preferably before 1 November 2007. Additionally you are expected to spend a minimum of time communicating with the SSM students during 2007 in order to agree on a final project definition prior to the beginning of the spring semester.

The projects should preferably involve students with various different backgrounds. If there are more than 10 applicants, students will be selected on the basis of current study programme enrollment, and possibly a short interview. 
Læringsmål:The goal is to complete a joint project with students at SSM.

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Use various online tools to facilitate distance communication.
  2. Actively deal with challenges related to distributed teamwork, including the ability to;
    - Bridge interdisciplinary and cultural gaps in day-to-day communication with team members
    - Understand how to share information to have a successful collaboration
    - Conduct online conversation in a respectful manner
    - Reach a consensus within a conflict area

  3. Understand basic theories and gain practical experience with distributed project management, including the ability to;
    - take active part in the project definition and planning
    - take active part in the division of roles and responsibilities in the team
    - reflect on the dynamics of the individual roles and areas of responsibly in a project team
    - coordinate and carry out a dedicated part of the project process

  4. Demonstrate experience from taking part in a globally distributed software development team within a specialised area, such as: Business idea, Business strategy, Branding strategy, Requirement specification, Design, Usability, Software design, Programming, Testing

Fagligt indhold:The course is centered on 2 collaborative projects;
Project 1 - Development of and automated testing tool for web-applications
Project 2 - Development of an online store/sales platform

The SSM student will be involved in the actual software design, development, and testing

The ITU students from DDK and E-Buss will be involved in creating one or more of the following; an innovative business idea, marketing strategy, branding strategy, interface design, usability design/testing. ITU students from SDT will be working closely with the SSM student on the actual development of the software, and will hold an important role in facilitating communication on technical details between SSM and ITU.


The course will include required reading on distributed project management and teamwork, inter-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as material on the involved development issue.

At ITU the course will run during the entire spring semester 2008. Since the semester overlap between SSM and ITU is only 12 weeks, ITU students are expected to spend a minimum of time during the autumn of 2007 to establish contact to the students at SSM, in order to get acquainted and to reach an agreement of the project scope before the semester starts in 2008.

Each group will consist of approximately 5 ITU students and 5 SSM students. Each group will have both a supervisor at ITU and a supervisor at SSM.

Each group will interact through conventional Internet technology (email, chat, Skype, Google Docs ...). Due to the time difference between Copenhagen and Beijing (6 hours), students must be prepared to interact at odd hours.


How to sign up for the project cluster:
You sign up for this project cluster as if for a normal course. But please note that enrolment in a project cluster is not considered a binding course registration (only relevant to M.Sc. students).

NB! Students who are interested in participating should contact Marie Gottlieb at the International Office at ITU (room 2E11 / phone: 72 18 52 20 /
Deadline of application is November 1, 2007.

The project cluster will not appear on your diploma but the project that you register in the Project Base will of course appear when you have passed the exam.  

Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:X. experimental examination form (7-scale; external exam), 7-trins-skala, Ekstern censur

Since the project is a joint project with students at Beida, the exam form is individual liability and the project report must state briefly what the main contributions of each contributor to the project have been.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Papers on distributed project management and teamwork, inter-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as material on the involved development issue.  
Afholdelse (tid og sted)
Kurset afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
Mandag 08.00-10.00 Øvelser ITU 4A54
Mandag 10.00-12.00 Forelæsning ITU 4A20
Mandag 13.00-15.00 Øvelser ITU 4A54