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The four semesters

ICTE 2019 Curriculum

New Curriculum from September 2019!

Last modified: 12.12.2018

The four semesters of the master’s programme in Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University campus Copenhagen equal a load of 120 ECTS. The largest part of the programme is common for all students:

  • All courses and projects on the 1st and 2nd semester
  • One mandatory course on “Managerial economics and entrepreneurship” (5 ECTS) on the 3rd semester, and
  • The master’s thesis on the 4th semester

The remaining 25 ECTS consist of electives. Please note that a course might not be offered, unless at least 10 students sign up.

For further information and legal provision, etc., please consult the programme curriculum. For further descriptions of courses and projects, please consult the module descriptions.

1ST SEMESTER; SERVICES AND PLATFORMS

As mentioned above, all courses are mandatory in the programme’s 1st semester, where you will carry out one project of 15 ECTS and attend three courses of 5 ECTS each.

Courses

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. 

Internet technologies and service architectures

The second 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.

Innovation and business models

In the third course, 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.

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.


2nd semester; ICT services: Design and architectures

In the 2nd semester, there is one project of 10 ECTS and four courses of 5 ECTS each.

COURSES

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.

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.

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.

User experience and computer ethics

This course prerequisites basic knowledge of human-computer interaction (HCI).

Through this course, you will become able to understand the relation between HCI, interaction design and user experience. You will learn about different methods to design interaction of ICT systems, and you will be able to understand the concept and applicability of computer ethics. You will among others learn how to apply the concepts of usability and user experience both to screen-based and non-screen-based interactive systems and to identify possible computer ethical issues related to an ITC system and/or the context in which it is used.

The 2nd semester project

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.


3rd semester; electives

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.

3rd semester elective courses (5 ECTS)

Choose one elective course module. Please see descriptions below.

 

The mandatory course: 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.

THE elective course modules

Algorithmic content exposure

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.

Green ICT – sustainable business development

This 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.

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.


4th semester; master’s thesis

There are no courses on the 4th semester, as this semester is entirely dedicated to your master’s thesis.

Upon completion of the 4th semester, you are Master of Science in engineering in Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship.
 

Options for your 3rd and 4th semester summed up

 

                            3rd semester

    4th semester

option a

A regular semester with one mandatory course (5 ECTS),
two elective courses (10 ECTS) and a semester project (15 ECTS)

30 ECTS master’s thesis

option b

Academic internship in Denmark or abroad (25 ECTS)
+ one mandatory course (5 ECTS) under option A.
30 ECTS master’s thesis

optiob c

Long master’s thesis. The following combinations are possible:

Master’s thesis (45 ECTS) + one mandatory course (5 ECTS) under option A
+ two elective courses under option A (10 ECTS) on the 3rd semester.

Master’s thesis (50 ECTS) + one mandatory course (5 ECTS) under option A
+ one elective course (5 ECTS) under option A on the 3rd semester.

PBL - COMPULSORY FOR ALL NON-AAU BACHELORS

All bachelors enrolled in the programme who have not obtained their bachelor's degree from Aalborg University must take part in a course on problem based learning (PBL) as part of the 1st semester project. In case non-AAU bachelors get credit transfer for the 1st semester, they will be asked to take part in a course ensuring that they are trained in working according to the PBL-model. Read more about PBL here.

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