Department of Business Administration, Economics, Information Systems and Business Law

Siegen, Germany
Information Systems


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Bachelor Programs

The course of studies “Bachelor of Science in Information Systems” leads to an undergraduate first degree which is practice-oriented and inter-disciplinary, providing the graduate with a first professional and scientific qualification. Information Systems is a scientific discipline undergoing continual innovation. For this reason, particular emphasis is placed on a firm scientific and practical foundation. This foundational knowledge enables students to systematically and independently acquire further knowledge. Mathematical, computer-scientific, business administration and law aspects together with the integrative topics of information systems form an inter-disciplinary qualification. The study contents are equally distributed over the three fundamental disciplines Information Systems, Computer Science and Business Administration. In addition, key qualifications are trained, such as the ability to work scientifically and in a team; communication and conflict resolution skills; inter-disciplinary studies and taking responsibility in selected modules as well as within the Information Systems modules. The aim of the studies is to equip oneself for the changing and diverse tasks in the various professional fields of Information Systems Management and to be trained to deal at any time with new problem areas and in so doing to apply the acquired expert knowledge properly and responsibly.

The course of studies “Dual Studies - Bachelor of Science in Information Systems” leads to an undergraduate first degree supporting work practice through a fully integrated combination of university studies and working in the industry. A working contract with a company besides the matriculation allows the graduates to gain a scientific qualification as well as an early work experience. The order of study is structured in lecture phases at the University of Siegen and working phases in a company. This special program aims to allow the students an early integration in an industrial working setting and the chance to apply the gained knowledge from the lectures in practice. Most lectures at University are equal the study program "Bachelor of Science in Information Systems." It includes a mix of mathematical, computer-scientific, business administration and law aspects as well as integrative topics of information systems and forms an interdisciplinary qualification. Furthermore, dual students receive some lectures focussing particularly on practical topics.

Master Programs

The course of studies "Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction" is designed as a post-graduate study program for graduates in the fields of Informatics, Engineering and Media Studies. Siegen's HCI Master was developed in a practice-oriented and interdisciplinary manner teaching the students the capabilities and knowledge for conducting a human-center design approach for socio-technical systems. The concept taught in Siegen differs from classical usability studies evolved from the field of work psychology and ergonomics. Researchers in Siegen are convinced that classical quantitative approaches, e.g. lab studies, reduce the human to his role as user and his tasks. The aim of Siegen's research and teaching concept is to focus on the whole human and therefore use particularly qualitative methods evolving from ethnographical field and grounded theory. The program takes four semesters and consists of mandatory modules, elective modules and supplementary modules taught interdisciplinary. The composed courses cover all fields related to the development of social-technical artefacts: This includes the areas of social psychology, design, informatics, media and business administration. Master graduates of the HCI Master have available a broad range of methods and techniques for conducting a successful human-centered design progress focussing on usability and user experience.

The course of studies "Master of Science in Information Systems" is designed as a consecutive study program for graduates in Information Systems or any other programs with a main focus on Informatics and Management. The master is nationally oriented and builds up on the "Bachelor in Information Systems". It aims to provide the students with concepts in terms of information technology and economy as well as with knowledge about tools und their usage in organisations for designing and influencing business processes. In order to meet today's requirements of an internationally and highly connected economy the main focus is set on supporting distributed values chains and processes across organisational boundaries and locations. The lecture's contents derive from the fields of information systems, business administration or informatics and the concept of elective modules allows the students to decide on their specialisation in the course of their studies.


Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Course contents: accounting as a branch of business accounting; basis of accounting; ongoing bookkeeping in commercial and industrial operations; booking special transactions, esp. loans, factoring; leasing, tax and securities; financial statements in the bookkeeping, esp. depreciation, attributions; prepaid expenses and accruals.
Course content: introduction to C++ programming language; introduction to the concepts of formal languages; introduction to complexity theory; recursive algorithms; dynamic data structure ; algorithms on trees; graphs and elementary algorithms on graphs; search algorithms, hashing, sorting algorithms
Course Content: architecture of application systems; selection and implementation of standard software; industry-specific applications; industry neutral applications; sectional systems; business intelligence; supply chain management; IT organisation
Course contents: basic terms and accounting objectives of cost accounting; delineation of cost accounting from external accounting; expiry of cost accounting; cost accounting; cost center accounting; cost accounting; imputed income statement; selected decision bills
Course contents: fundamentals of operational financial processes; instruments of capital budgeting (investment calculations as decision support, static methods of investment appraisal, dynamic methods of investment appraisal); forms of capital raising (overview of the types of financing, external financing, internal financing, liquidity management); financial analysis (capital structure models, financial ratio analysis, shareholder value concept).
Course content: object-oriented analysis with UML; basics of Java programming language; object-oriented design with UML and Java; Java recess; design patterns; functional programming with standard ML; recursive data structures; recursive algorithms, higher-order functions, polymorphism
Course contents: productive systems as object of cognition of business administration; fundamentals of production theory: analysis of input-output relationship productive systems; fundamentals of cost theory: analysis of the cost-volume relationship of productive systems; production and cost theory as a generator of information for the operative production planning; formulation and solution of decision problems
Course Content: methods of systems analysis, modeling with model types of Unified Modelling Language (UML); data modeling, esp. of graph-like documents, with class diagrams; implementation of analytical data models into relational database schemes; meta models; Model Based Software Engineering (MBSE) using the example of EMF; state models; software generation from state models

Dual Studies - Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Course contents: document, posting record and account as the basis of the balance sheet and income statement; accounting of goods and the production process; monetary transactions; special book cases on the balance sheet; special book cases on the profit and loss account; annual closing entries; Basic terms and accounting objectives of cost and revenue calculation; definition of cost accounting from external accounting; expiry of cost accounting; cost accounting; cost center accounting; cost accounting; fundamentals of operational financial processes; instruments of investment appraisal; forms of capital raising; financial analysis
Course contents: features, functions, objects, main problems of planning; informational foundation; forecasting as part of the planning; phases, tools and models of operational planning; features and construction principles of planning systems; organisational planning; broad strategic planning; Fundamentals of leadership, leadership of oneself and coaching; staff assessment; teamwork concepts; team development; conflict in and between groups; management, organization and corporate culture
Course contents; productive systems as object of knowledge of industrial management; fundamentals of production theory: analysis of the input-output relationship of productive systems; fundamentals of cost theory: analysis of the cost - quantity relationship;
Course contents: basics ( installation duties, functions of the financial statements, principles of proper accounting and general clause); elements of the financial statements; management report; audit and disclosure of financial statements; problem structuring process; decision models in procurement, production, sales and financing; differential calculus; linear programming; simulation; heuristic planning
Course contents: SW development process and process models; methods of system analysis; data modeling with entity relationship diagrams; modeling with the Unified Modeling Language; basics of project management; architecture of information systems and database management systems; relational systems; conceptual basis and the relational algebra; SQL; query processing and optimisation; design redundancy-free database schemas

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

Block seminar
Course contents: Interface, interaction and participation concepts; Basics of artistic and applied design languages and communication processes; Strategies of Visual Design; Basics of audio-visual and performative communication; Awareness of perception, analysis of interface concepts, open-mindedness in the design process; Multi-vocal communication, interaction and attention for participation, content in Community Media
Course contents: concept, scope and historical development of media law as a practice area; communication freedoms of Art. 5 GG as "constitution" of media law (freedom of expression, press freedom, freedom of broadcasting, film freedom); against rights: constitutional protection of those affected (Human dignity, general personal rights)
Course contents: basics of internet economy; segments of e-business; Electronic markets and virtual marketplaces; e-procurement-business models; basic knowledge of the transaction cost theory; transmission of transaction costs theoretical framework to electronically supported transactions of e-business and e-commerce

Master of Science in Information Systems

Course contents: enterprise resource information; theories of information management; strategies of information provision; IT service management; organisation of information provision as a service (such as ITIL ); IT governance; IT portfolio management; information modeling; business process reengineering; business process governance; process-oriented quality management; skill set of a process manager
Course contents: hardware and software architectures of distributed systems; time and state in distributed systems, synchronisation; replication and consistency; network file systems; distributed shared memory; fault tolerance; distributed programming with Java RMI


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