TH Köln

Master Digital Sciences

Documents for Study Program Accreditation

Module »Guided Project focused on Architecting and Coding Software« (GP-ACS)

Organizational Details

Responsible for the module
Prof. Dr. Stefan Bente (Faculty F10)
All professors in the study program
Both in German and in English
Offered in
Each Semester (Duration 1 Semester)
At all locations, or remote
Number of participants
minimum 2, maximum 20
Total effort 360h
Total contact time
48h (48h project supervision)
Time for self-learning
312h (containing 312h self-organized project work)
Project (during semester) in conjunction with a presentation
Competences taught by the module
Analyze Domains, Model Systems, Implement Concepts, Deploy Products, Apply Standardization
General criteria covered by the module
Digitization, Transfer

Mapping to Focus Areas

Below, you find the module's mapping to the study program's focus areas. This is done as a contribution to all relevant focus areas (in ECTS, and content-wise). This is also relevant for setting the module in relation to other modules, and tells to what extent the module might be part of other study programs.

Focus Area ECTS (prop.) Module Contribution to Focus Area
Generating and Accessing Knowledge 2

A Guided Project of this type deals with complex data on some level.

Architecting and Coding Software 4

This type of Guided Project focuses on Architecting and Coding Software. The exact kind of contribution will be defined in the individual project description.

Empowering Business 2

Participants in a Guided Project of this type needs to understand the underlying business domain(s).

Designing Innovations and Products 2

In a Guided Project of this type, some amount of innovation and creation is involved.

Managing and Running IT 2

In a Guided Project of this type, the aspect of managing and running the IT artefacts developed in it will be considered on some level.

Learning Outcome

Students will learn to work on a complex project in a team setting.

By implementing the project, the students will learn …

  • problem-solving skills,
  • self-management skills,
  • teamwork skills, and
  • the ability for independent scientific work.
  • methods and knowledge about the subject matter, by focus on practical experience.

This way, the students will be able to perform, plan, and lead similar projects in a professional context.

Module Content

Supervised work of a complex task in a research and development project (possibly in cooperation with external partners) in a team. The Lecturer defines the objectives of the project, and conducts a regular discussion on the progress, by means of intermediate meetings between Lecturer and team in intervals of not more than three weeks.

In addition, the Lecturer agrees at least two project milestones with the team. The milestone results will contribute in an adequate manner to the final grade. The Lecturer further agrees the form of communication and cooperation with the team, and reflects it in regular intervals with them. The projects are systematically supervised.

Accompanying these components, the student research the relevant literature independently.

Forms of Teaching and Learning

The students work on documentation of the project results, research state of the art technology, use problem-solving methods etc.

The overall grade is based on the project results, project report, presentation, and possibly other parts (at the discretion of the individual lecturer).

Learning Material Provided by Lecturer

Depending on the project.


Depending on the project.