Informatics: Decision Support Systems
Course · 7.5 credits
The course aims to give an introduction and overview of Decision Support Systems (DSSs), which encompass a variety of concepts and theories about decisions, biases, data, systems, and governance of decision-making. Decision-making stands as a central activity for individuals, teams, and organisations.
In the introduction, the course presents a broad perspective on what influences decision-making at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Furthermore, some key concepts, theories and methods of group decision making, along with the utilization of computer-supported technologies, such as Group Support Systems (GSS) and Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS) are also introduced. As a second theme, the course explores the evolution of DSSs by examining various types of DSSs. Thirdly, the course introduces dimensional modeling, data warehousing and OLAP as pivotal concepts that contributed to the emergence of Business Intelligence. Finally in the fourth theme, the course addresses challenges and future trends in the domain of DSSs, encompassing the establishment of an organizational environment that facilitates DSS.
For the group project, students must work in teams to create an application designed to function as a data-driven DSS catering to various stakeholders within the fictitious international fashion company “Evans & Carther”. Through the group project the students should acquire knowledge on how to develop applications serving as data-driven DSS for different stakeholders and use cases.
The teaching method consists of lectures, guest lectures from industry and/or academic experts, seminars, computer laboratories, and individual supervision through office hours and group supervision.
The course doesn't require any programming and database knowledge, but having such knowledge can be advantageous, since Qlik Sense is used for the group project. As part of the course enrollment process, Qlik Sense licenses are allocated to students in the beginning of the course.
Requirements and selection
General and completed courses corresponding to SYSA21 Informatics: Introduction to Information Systems, 30 ECTS credits, and SYSB13 Information Systems: IS and Business Development, 30 ECTS credits. English course 6/B.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Start Autumn Semester 2024
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
1 November 2024 - 19 January 2025
You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 15 000
First payment: SEK 15 000
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.