Department of Informatics

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Content Management Systems

INFC50, Informatics, 7.5 ECTS credits

The course is offered on the fifth term of the Bachelor's programme in Design of Information Systems, to exchange students and as a freestanding course.

Course description

We are in an era where the traditional pillars of economic power - capital, land, raw materials, technology - are not the only determinants of success for a business. The future and success of a company largely depend on its ability to utilise its most valuable resource, the business knowledge. The experience and the skills of the staff and executives, the innovative ideas and creativity, the best business practices, the patent and the knowledge that a company has accumulated about its customers and its competitors are altogether the most valuable asset of the company. It is actually the only competitive advantage that a company has the potential to maintain in the long run.

In contrast to the past where businesses faced the serious issue of lack of information, today the phenomenon of information overload is common in every modern organisation and companies face difficulties on how to deal with it. The question is how an organisation can work with huge amounts of unstructured content in an efficient way? 

Therefore, the effective management of information and knowledge, or in other words, the management of the necessary content is of particular importance, since in this essence, content management allows the leverage of knowledge assets described above.

While technology is undeniably a very important aspect of content management, it is not the only one. People involved in it e.g. those who create it, save it, improve it, renew it, approve it or destroy it are in fact the most important aspect.

There is an urgent need in the labour market for experts who have the ability to recognise the needs of a management system and the skills to use and organise the content in such a system.

If we want to describe the content management in simple words, we would say that it is an iterative method of recognising the needs of a content system and the successful delivery of the desired content to those who are interested in it.

There are many definitions about what Content Management System is. The most common definition of a Content Management System (CMS) is an application (usually web based), that provides capabilities for multiple users with different permission levels to manage all or a section of content, data or information of a website project, or internet/intranet application. Managing content refers to creating, editing, archiving, publishing, collaborating on, reporting, distributing website content, data and information. Very often when we talk about a CMS, we talk about the web application that provides capabilities for multiple users with different permission levels to manage web page (content) without the need to have HTML knowledge (Web Content Management Systems, WCM/WCMS). When we also talk about Enterprise Content Management System (ECM/ECMS) we are talking about a large scale CMS or otherwise an application that provides the tools and capabilities to manage, store, and deliver content and documents tailored for a company's internal organisation, workflow and processes.

The course Content Management Systems deals with the matter of content management on a general level, describing information technologies supporting the process such as Joomla, WordPress, SharePoint, Drupal, Alfresco, Wiki, CourseWare and their effect on organizations. The course covers specific techniques and methods for supporting organisations in their handling of information. The objective of the course is for the students to achieve a profound understanding of computerised content management systems.

The course will address central themes related to content management by studying and analyse literature, news articles and empirical examples. In addition, the students will be introduced to a number of central theoretical perspectives including information structures and navigational patterns, architecture and modern content management systems, navigation within content management systems, searching for information within content management systems quality assurance. 

On completion of the course, students will have acquired knowledge on navigational patterns, different types of management systems, the connection between web systems and content management systems, problems and solutions within content management. The students will acquire theoretical knowledge about architecture, information structure, functionality as well as user analysis. The students will also, on completing this course, be able to employ this knowledge for designing, planning, implementing and evaluating content management systems.

The teaching will be done in the form of lectures, lessons, workshops, labs and supervision; examination through exams, practical work and group assignments.

COURSE director

Magnus Wärja
Phone: +46 46 222 48 86
Room: EC2-226

Magnus Wärja

Additional information

Course syllabus, in English
Course syllabus, in Swedish

Reading list for Autumn 2018


Basic level G2F
Teaching language: English
Offered: Autumn semester


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