Business informatics is an interdisciplinary subject at the interface of business administration and computer science. Business informatics is concerned with the development and deployment of IT and communications technology-based solutions to resolve business problems, and with the analysis and assessment of the suitability of new information technologies for application in practical business environments. Business informatics places less emphasis on the acquisition of pure hardware and programming expertise and allows students to focus more on developing their abilities to create IT-based solutions and to work collaboratively to implement solutions in company and corporate environments. In addition to introducing students to the fundamentals of information processing, the B.Sc. programme in business informatics aims to teach students the analytical skills required to solve problems in business economics.
The interdisciplinary character of business informatics provides students with numerous options to pursue specialist interests during their degree studies and in their subsequent careers.
The six-semester programme has a definite practical focus. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.). Over the course of the three-year programme, students will be taught the fundamental facts, concepts and methods of business informatics, computer science and business administration. Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to solving practical problems in business informatics in their subsequent careers. The Bachelor’s programme is a first-degree programme after which qualified graduates can enrol for the consecutive Master’s degree.
|Schedule||Part-time and full-time|
|Presence of students||On-campus and on-line|
The learning objectives include:
- Theoretical and practice-oriented skills of the most important notations and approaches for the information systems modeling
- Development of data, process, organizational and object oriented models (e.g. ERM, EPK, UML). Students acquire skills to analyse structural aspects of business situations and transform them into information models using modelling notations, as it is necessary in e.g. requirements engineering for new information systems and introduction of standard software.
- With the help of information architecture frameworks (ARIS), students learn how to use information models in computer science projects in a meaningful way and how to design procedure models. Regarding different levels of abstraction gives an impression of structures, strengths and limitations of notations and procedure models (meta modelling). Students are able to acquire organizational know-how and apply it in the design of business information systems.
This course has the intention to practice collaborative business process management in an international environment using realistic scenarios. For each scenario, a concept for outsourcing parts of the business from an American to a German enterprise has to be developed. This includes organizational rules, a description of collaborative business processes and an IT concept. In each scenario, a group of students from UdS represents a German company and a group of students at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania represents an American company.
This course imparts knowledge on data models and data base systems:
Ability to conduct data modeling: Conceptual data modeling, Enterprise data modeling (especially Entity-Relationship-Diagrams)
- Ability to use data base languages (especially SQL)
- Knowledge on data/information warehouse: Concepts and practical solutions
Knowledge on Knowledge Representation and Processing: Knowledge Engineering, Knowledge Management, Business Intelligence
Information systems in the service sector are characterized by applying information technology in an increasingly complex service environment. This course teaches the basics of IT management, including topics like IT-Controlling, enterprise architectures, system architectures with mobile and cloud computing as well as data modeling with practical examples.
The course „Management of Information Systems“ deals with the product-oriented design of enterprise information processing. “Product” is understood to be the entire application system resp. application system landscape to design and organize. The course focus lies on teaching the procedure models as well as methods and instruments necessary to design application systems in a logical-conceptual way.
After participating in this course, students should:
- Know, explain and evaluate basic procedure models, methods and instruments for system design
- Analyse and model real problems and processes
- Acquire skills in team working, communications, organization and presentation
Process Mining represents the connection between model-based process analyses and data-oriented analysis techniques. New insights into time-related log data can be gained through concepts from the field of data mining and their adaptation to the special features of process data. In this course, both the theoretical basics and the practical application with supporting software tools will be taught.
The course is based on the online course "Process Mining: Data Science in Action" of the Technical University Eindhoven. Over a period of 12 weeks during the semester, the course content is provided to the students in the form of book chapters and videos, which are compiled by the students themselves, with an effort of 2 SWS for learning the content. The theoretical parts are supplemented by two-hour exercises, which take place every two weeks (6 sessions in total). The exercises are focused on the presentation of solutions to the exercise sheets, which are provided at the beginning of each topic block, i. e. the processing time per exercise sheet is 2 weeks. The exercises are worked on individually. Instead of a final exam, each student will work on and present an individual case study. The lecture will be given in English and the tutorial will be held in German. English speaking students are welcome.
Integrated information systems make a valuable contribution to service-oriented economies, such as retail, transportation, logistics, tourism, or healthcare. Besides the information functions in the service sector, this course examines in particular the technical bases of service management. Topics like service strategies, service quality, demand forecast and management, capacity planning and queues, ITIL and IT service infrastructures are covered in practical exercises and case studies.