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1st SEMESTER - Services and Platforms

ICTE starts in September with a semester project: "Services and Platforms".

Here you will have three mandatory courses:

  • Communication Systems
  • Internet Technologies and Service Architectures
  • Innovation and Business Models

You also get an introduction to Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Scientific Methods

The 1st semester project

The project is carried out under the overall semester theme of “Services and platforms”. The project work concerns combining networks and technologies in innovative ways for development of services and solutions. In the project, you must demonstrate that you are able to among others carry out a detailed analysis of a service, an application or a technical design and develop a well-founded requirement specification for the service. You must be able to identify service enablers and the specific requirements imposed by the service(s), and you should be able to conceptually construct relevant business models. Also covered in the project work are subjects such as service architectures and their technical and business-related aspects as well as user needs.

 

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Innovation and Business Models

You will learn about theories regarding business development based on communication, media and information technologies, including network economics, transaction costs analysis and business ecosystems. You will become able to apply theories and methodological tools on specific company and technology cases. In addition, you will obtain the competences to among others analyse and suggest appropriate and innovative business models for companies that offer communication, media and information services and products.

POPBL AND SCIENTIFIC METHODS

How to find the right problem for your semester project? How do you know if it is 'right' or 'good'? How to organise the group work and aggree on shared rules? In two submodules of the 1st semester project you will learn about "Project oriented Problem Based Learning" which is one of the characteristics of studying at Aalborg university. You will also get some tools to develop and discuss ideas for the semester group project. Finally, you will know why 'science' sometimes depends on one's perspective and approach, how different scientific methods produce different kinds of data, and why it is important that you do your own research.

Communication Systems

You will learn about PHY layer technologies and principles such as spectrum usage and limitations, advanced modulation and multiplexing techniques and channel coding in selected systems. In addition, you will work with mobile systems and technologies in the light of 3G, 4G and beyond 4G, mobile cellular access, Machine Type Communication and other similar 5G technologies. You will be taught about digital broadcast networks (radio and TV), such as cable, satellite and terrestrial networks as well as wired (broadband) networks such as DSL-, cable TV- and fibre-based infrastructures. 

We will look at the latency, through-put, jitter and other QoS parameters of different types of networks / transmission systems.  Furthermore, the course concerns broadband infrastructures, including also mobile and wireless networks like 3G, 4G and the 5G network - the ‘future Internet’.

You will become able to assess different solutions of distributing content, you will be able to discuss the potential in technologies such as HBB-TV (Hybrid Broadband Broadcast) and Over-the-Top (OTT) services such as Netflix and the like; will OTT replace traditional broadcast or will they complement each other?

Internet Technologies and Service Architectures

This course concerns the structure of the Internet and its design principles. You are going to work with programming models, service interfaces, Web 2.0, “enrichment” of services, cloud architectures, etc. In addition, you will learn about the key Internet technologies for content networking; representation, identification and transport. The aim is for you to be able to assess the potential and applicability of state-of-the-art Internet technologies, programming models and architectures in order to realise a given functionality.

2ND SEMESTER

The 2nd semester project is carried out under the heading “ICT services: Design and architectures”. This project module builds on knowledge obtained in the 1st semester project.

The objective is for you to learn to include the users in the design process of ICT services from initial requirement analysis phases to the final test, validation and deployment part. In addition, you will learn about privacy and computer ethics in ICT service design. You will become able to among others design and develop a concrete ICT service taking into account computer ethics and “privacy by design”/”privacy by default” principles. Included in the project work are as well subjects such as machine learning theories and algorithms, service architectures and ICT governance, etc.

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User Experience and Computer Ethics

It easy to agree that webpages, IT-systems and devices should be easy to use. It's more difficult to achieve this usability in the real world. Why it is difficult - is the topic of this course. We'll look at this both in theory and in praxis.

We will analyse interaction design solutions to try to understand - through theory - why ideals for usability and user experience sometimes are difficult to reach. We will discuss why "a user" is not a user, and how different use contexts and use situations dramatically change the usefulness of the interaction design. We will also discuss how the apparently simple or harmless goal of good usability and interaction design is strongly woven together with much more 'hot' discussions about business models, policy enforcement, user sovereignty and stakeholder interests.

This course is about how to prevent frustrated users - to put it short and too simplified. Interaction design is also about methods to understand how other people (than engineers) perceive the world and how they want their digital tools to function, even if they cannot express it in that kind of technical terms that can be included in a requirement specification. Interaction design is also about understanding the professional activity of designing: understanding the dilemmas in which designers are situated in.

We assume that you know basic user interface design and have some experiences with usabilty. If not, we will catch up on this. The course has its focus on theory and analyses, but contains also practical exercises and assignments to examine the problems we analyse. We work with interaction design not only for the PC-screen or tablet, but also for TV, cars, industrial plants and smart homes - embodied interaction.

Identity and Access Management

This course builds on knowledge obtained in the module “Internet technologies and service architectures”. Knowledge on basic security principles is an advantage. You will among others be working with security, privacy and trust. You will learn about access control, encryption, authentication, authorisation and identification, security architectures and national identity management frameworks such as NemID, etc. The aim is for you to be able to design secure services and secure architectures with controlled exchange of attributes between stakeholders and minimal disclosure of personal information.

Internet Services and Governance

The objective of this course is for you to obtain knowledge about the economics of provision of electronic communication services and infrastructures. You will learn about for example e-government services and citizen access, the techno-economics of Internet infrastructures and regulation of competition, user access and scarce resources, etc. You will among others become able to apply economic theory for analysis of market conditions for provision of Internet services as well as analyse the role of data protection and privacy in provision of public and private Internet services, etc.

Machine Learning

This course prerequisites academic knowledge of linear algebra, probability and applied statistics.

The objective is for you to learn about data modelling, key machine learning concepts such as feature extraction, cross-validation, generalisation and over-fitting and curse of dimensionality among others. You will become able to select and apply a range of different machine learning algorithms and techniques on specific problems.

3rd semester

In the 3rd semester, you have five different options described below:


OPTION A1: PROJECT AND THREE COURSES

PROJECT: ADVANCED ICT SOLUTIONS (15 ECTS)

During this project work, you will learn about design and development of advanced ICT solutions, including knowledge about how the institutional market-related circumstances interact with technology development. You will also learn about algorithms for data processing and semantic analysis and about how ICT applications and solutions can be deployed in order to address specific needs and improve efficiency in different application areas. Through the project work, you must among others become able to design and develop an ICT service or solution, incl. for example handling of converged media content and digital rights management (DRM), acquisition and processing of sensor information, e.g. bio-signals, etc. 

MANDATORY COURSE: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (5 ECTS)

Please see description below.

3RD SEMESTER ELECTIVE COURSES (10 ECTS)

Choose two elective course modules. Please see descriptions below.


OPTION A2: PROJECT AND THREE COURSES

PROJECT: SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (15 ECTS)

If you choose option A2, your project work will concern sustainable digital transformation. The objective is for you to learn about among others technologies as a socio-technical system and the economic and social potentials and challenges in the implementation of advanced ICT solutions. You will among others become able to apply approaches from managerial economics to the development of digital service provision and to analyse the role of business eco-systems in sustainable value creation and improvement of service quality.

MANDATORY COURSE: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (5 ECTS)

Please see description below.

3RD SEMESTER ELECTIVE COURSES (10 ECTS)

Choose two elective course modules. Please see descriptions below.


OPTION B: INTERNSHIP AND ONE COURSE

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP (25 ECTS)

An academic internship is an agreement between a company, you and your AAU supervisor and the study board for Electronics and IT. The purpose of an academic internship is for you to learn and apply theories and methods to address engineering problems in an industrial context. In addition, you will be introduced to business procedures and politics. An academic internship can take place in Denmark or abroad.

MANDATORY COURSE: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (5 ECTS)

Please see description below.


OPTION C1: LONG MASTER’S THESIS 1: 3RD – 4TH SEMESTER

You may choose to begin working on your master’s thesis on the 3rd semester.

PROJECT: MASTER’S THESIS (45 ECTS)
MANDATORY COURSE: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (5 ECTS)

Please see description below.

3RD SEMESTER ELECTIVE COURSES (10 ECTS)

Choose two elective course modules. Please see descriptions below.


OPTION C2: LONG MASTER’S THESIS 2: 3RD – 4TH SEMESTER

PROJECT: MASTER’S THESIS (50 ECTS)

MANDATORY COURSE: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (5 ECTS)

Please see description below.

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Algorithmic Content Exposure

This course is about the 'why' and 'how' of algorithmic recommendation of media content such as films, music and books, and of media content manegement in general. Imagine you should develop a personalised service that can recommend users film, music, books, articles etc. This course provides you with the tools to design a simple, yet powerful recommender system. To do so, we need to look at principles and systems for describing media content like books, films, audio, web content. We need also to look at ways to organise the media content and keep track of copyrights. And we need a method to analyse content that is not yet described - unstructed data. For this purpose we use Latent Semantic Analysis / Latent Semantic Indexing. This course is a hands-on course where we also critically discuss the value for users and other stakeholder of the services we design.

This course builds on knowledge obtained in the modules “Internet technologies and service architectures” and “Machine Learning”. The objective is for you to learn about among others the principles for algorithmic selection of content, e.g. as used in recommender systems, the key standards of media formats and representation of digital content, methods for dealing with Digital Rights Management (DRM), etc. In addition, you are going to work with preparation and integration of multimedia content in a service, including associated metadata, etc.

Cyber Security and Trust

The aim of this course is for you to become able to design cyber security measures for enterprises. Thus, you will learn to monitor, detect and respond to anomalies in cyberspace. You are going to work with trusted and open architectures, device security trends, cyber-attacks, security services and policies within public and private cloud networks, behavioural profiling and intrusion prevention tools, etc.

Internet Services and Governance

The objective of this course is for you to obtain knowledge about the economics of provision of electronic communication services and infrastructures. You will learn about for example e-government services and citizen access, the techno-economics of Internet infrastructures and regulation of competition, user access and scarce resources, etc. You will among others become able to apply economic theory for analysis of market conditions for provision of Internet services as well as analyse the role of data protection and privacy in provision of public and private Internet services, etc.

Green ICT – Sustainable Business Development

This elective course builds on knowledge obtained in the module “Innovation and business models”.

The purpose of this course is for you to obtain knowledge about among others the concept of sustainability and perspectives related to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and provide you with the skills to identify existing, new and emerging hardware, software and communication technologies for energy saving. You will learn to recognise the possible application area in which the deployment of ICT is expected to lead to better energy efficiency and to estimate their relative importance, etc.

Managerial Economics and Entrepreneurship

You will learn to prepare a business plan along with a detailed financial analysis of a given project. In the course, you will be working with subjects such as cost concepts, investment analysis, pricing strategies, life-cycle cost analysis of a specific ICT project, etc.

Industry internship - 3rd Semester

At the 3rd semester of ICTE you also have the opportunity to be an intern at a relevant company. The internship should be relevant for the semester theme.

Examples of internship companies:

4th semester - Master Thesis

There are no courses on the 4th semester, as this semester is entirely dedicated to your master’s thesis. The of your Master Thesis is within the themes of the specialisation you have chosen.

Examples of master’s theses

  • “Mobile Interaction with Interactive Out-of-Home Media – A User Study”: How can the process of connecting a poster with a smartphone be improved?
  • “Objective Evaluation of TV Pilots Using Smartphone-Based Biosignal Measurements”
  • “Personalised Medicine based on Patient Journals and Family Medical History Records”
  • "Personalized Interactive EPG based on HbbTV"
  • "HbbTV Business Model"
  • "Cloud computing - impact on business"
  • "'Discover a book' recommendation portal"
  • "Assessment and Normative Guidance of the Collective Mindset Maturity Regarding Open Data in Smart Cities"
  • "Improving the user experience of cars with Internet of Things"

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