The Faculty of Organizational Sciences is a member of the University of Maribor and has a seat in Kranj. With more than 60 years of tradition in the field of education and scientific research - within the PEOPLE-PROCESSES-INFORMATION triad that forms the foundation of expert and managerial work in organizations - the Faculty has seen more than 15,000 of its students graduate. The Faculty of Organizational Sciences covers the theory and practice of organizing business and work systems, information systems, human resource and educational systems.
The essential aim of the Programme is to train the candidates for their career paths in the field of Information Science and, thus, provide them with the knowledge and skills required by the expert in the field of Information Systems. Such experts are oriented to the field of solutions’ integration, realised with the use of information technology and business processes, with the purpose to meet the information needs of the business and, thereby, ensure the efficient and effective achievement of the company’s set goals. An Information Systems Expert has a crucial role in the identification of needs and demands for an organizational information system and is active in its specification, design, and implementation. Moreover, such experts must have a good understanding of organizational principles and practices in order to act as a bridge between the technical and managerial departments in the organization and, therefore, enable them to work harmoniously. In addition to that, the Information Systems Experts are also included in the design of the technologically based communication systems and systems to support the collaboration in the organization.
After completed studies, the graduate is capable of managing the business processes in an organization from the organizational-informational aspect with the purpose of improving the business aspect of organization and increasing its effectiveness and competitiveness. During the studies, the graduate obtains the following knowledge and skills:
A wide perspective on the management from the organizational, informational, economic, and project aspect,
Ability to analyse the business processes from the information aspect and the perception of the importance of the information system in ensuring an effective and efficient performance of the organization,
Ability to analyse the needs for information in the business system of the organization and in the organization’s environment,
Ability to design and implement the organization’s information system, considering modern trends of information technology development and cooperating with the users from practice,
Knowledge of methods and techniques for a professional training of users for the needs of development, use and maintenance of the organization’s information system,
Qualification for understanding the role and importance of comprehensive programme solutions that contribute towards the improvement of an organization’s performance and understanding of the operation of individual components (modules) of such solution,
Ability to implement an individual component of a comprehensive programme solution into practice, while considering the comprehensive solutions and the problematic of connection with similar solutions by business partners,
Capability to develop the prototype solutions given the problem, defined together with the client – ability to present the idea of solution to the client and propose the conditions and limitations of its implementation.
Profile of a graduate
A graduate shall have the capabilities of organization and implementation of the computerisation for the support of business processes in the organization.
The essential objective of the Master's Study is to build professionals for the organization and management of information systems, to provide the students with broad business knowledge, perspective, and good understanding of the business world that needs the information solutions. The students shall acquire analytical and conceptual knowledge and general competences, which will enable them:
- To be the problem solvers and critical thinkers,
- To use the system concepts in the process of understanding and identification of problems,
- To be able to apply both the traditional, as well as new concepts and knowledge,
- To understand that the system is composed of people, processes, hardware, software, and data.
The students have to acquire the skills for an effective interpersonal communication, ability to work in a team, and ethical principles of the profession.
Moreover, the objective of the Organization and Management of Information Systems Master Study Programme is also to train the students for the design and implementation of solutions with the aid of the Information Technology in the way of improving the organization’s operation. Therefore, the graduate has to:
- Understand and model the organizational processes and data, define and implement the technical and procedural solutions, manage the projects, and integrate the systems,
- Master the techniques of data and information collection, conversion, transfer, and storage,
- Apply the Information Technology in order to help the individuals, groups, and organizations in achieving their goals.
The information activity in organization systems operates both internally as well as externally, but it may also present a fundamental activity of an organization. The perspectives of personal development in the field are excellent, as the profession covers broad professional fields and is in constant contact with new knowledge and technologies. Additionally, it can be said that it is among the most sought after professions in the EU.
A Master’s degree in the Organization and Management of Information Systems is centred primarily on the creation, research, and management of information systems and technologies. The Programmes’ contents are designed so that the acquired knowledge, besides the theoretical foundations, is focused also on the practical use at different levels of organization and management of business systems. Thus, the Master of Science is also equipped with the knowledge necessary for the work with technologies, supporting the use of information systems in various fields of Industry, Finance, Insurance, State Administration, Health Care, Education, Science, and Research.
The Master’s study is designed so as to enable the acquisition of knowledge from the fields of Information Systems, Information Technologies, Programme Engineering, and Computing. Moreover, the basic knowledge from the methodological subjects, Organization and Management, Economics, and Project Work enable a successful work in the multidisciplinary project groups, where the Master of Sciences can act creatively in a team, in a leading or other operational function.
With the acquired knowledge and experience from the field of Information Technologies, the Masters of Science are ready to lead, direct, propose, and coordinate the cooperation among the colleagues from the professional fields – the clients and internal and external developers of information systems. The extensive theoretical basis, gained during the studies, allows a critical approach towards the problems and the ability to recognise the demands of the environment, time, and long-term effects. Due to the broad spectrum of knowledge, the Masters of Science are trained for the planning and development of strategic information systems (management information systems, decision-support systems, etc.).
After the completed studies, the graduates are equipped with the tools necessary to solve even the most complex problems, and are able to solve the problems in a broad field of work. In addition to that, the graduates also master the managerial skills needed for an effective management of the organization.