PA2578 Product and Requirements Management for digital environments

Single subject course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2021

It is no longer possible to apply to this option

The goal of this course is to offer substantial training in continuous requirements engineering and product management for a digital environment. This includes an understanding of how digitalisation changes the environment that companies and government organisations are operating in and what products and services are going to be transformed into digital forms. The course revisits the business models that digitalisation offers for software-intensive products and services and help participants to increase the understanding of how to increase the economic and organisational benefits from digitalisation. The course prepares the students to handle requirements for software-intensive products in digital environments using cost-efficient methods and processes. The course discusses the challenges that large-scale requirements engineering brings. The course connects to the industrial practice of requirements engineering and product management for software-intensive products and services.


  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 25%
  • Period : 2021-January-18 until 2021-June-06
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: It is no longer possible to apply to this option
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory: none, Voluntary: none
  • Main field of study: Software Engineering
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: Download
  • Entry requirements: At least 90 credits of which at least 60 credits are within a technical subject.


The course includes four modules
1. Digitalisation in work environment – possibilities and challenges associated with digitalisation in the working environment and the relationship between digitalisation and business models, products, and services offered.
2. Value, strategy, and business models – how digitalisation impact the identification and quantification of value in your environment and how to plan product strategies for software-intensive products and services.
3. Requirements engineering and prioritization – processes, methods, and templates used for managing and prioritizing requirements.
4. Product and release management – processes and method for creating product strategies and realising them in a series of product releases with desired functionality and quality.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

• Be able to explain the challenges and possibilities that digitalisation brings.
• Be able to explain how digitalisation is going to impact business models and routines.
• Be able to explain the challenges with requirements management and software product management.
• Be able to explain the challenges with planning and delivering software-intensive products and services.
Competence and skills

• Be able to analyse the possibilities and challenges from digitalisation of their working
• Apply business modeling techniques for planning software-intensive products and services
• Apply appropriate techniques and methods for large-scale requirements engineering
• Be able to plan the content of software-intensive products and their delivery strategy
• Be able to analyze important value aspects that digitalization impacts and changes
Judgement and approach

• Describe and clarify the challenges associated with and be able to apply the appropriate techniques and methods to overcome the challenges associated with continuous requirements engineering and product management. Both in terms of processes and techniques.
• Describe and clarify how digitalisation impacts their working environment and organisation they belong to and if it can lead to new processes, products, or increased revenue or product quality.

Course literature and other teaching material

Material such as research articles and other course materials is provided via the course?s online platform and recommendations for further reading.

Course literature and other teaching material

Material such as research articles and other course materials is provided via the course?s online platform and recommendations for further reading.

Learning methods

The teaching takes the form of online lectures, recorded video material, together with written material, literature, and research literature. The tasks are designed to help the student reflect on past experiences, literature, and research articles, and relate these to each other. During the course, communication, feedback, and discussions with teachers and other participants will take place via e-mail, the course's learning platform, and online meetings. The examination takes place through written reports. Instruction is given in English.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


  1. Krzysztof Wnuk
Course Manager
  1. Krzysztof Wnuk

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.



The course will be graded G Pass, UX Insufficient, supplementation required, U Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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