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Master Digital Sciences

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Business Information Systems (BIS)

Specialization within Master Digital Sciences

The field of study prepares students to take on bridging functions at the interface between business and information technology. In particular, this includes the ability to develop a deep understanding of the business activities of a company, to penetrate economic fields of action and to derive requirements for IT as well as potentials of digitization in order to contribute to the success of the company through their implementation.

The focus is on the strategically oriented development of socio-technical systems in which customers, employees, business partners, and other stakeholders are supported through the integration of operational or inter-operational digital applications. Accordingly, the spectrum covers internal, inter- and cross-company processes and includes both value-creating and administrative and decision-supporting task areas.

In view of the rapid progress of digitization, the demand for a responsive IT landscape that is aligned with corporate goals and meets all quality requirements despite all dynamics has become a critical factor for the company. For this reason, the course of study is geared to the requirements of executives and management consultants who combine in-depth knowledge of business models with a high level of technical expertise.

Graduates should be able to proactively implement corporate goals in design fields by evaluating offered technologies, standard application software, individual solutions as well as services, leading development and implementation projects in an interdisciplinary manner and developing the IT architecture into an innovative factor. In doing so, they follow a holistic approach by considering individual needs and social aspects in addition to economic ones.

Alumni Profiles ("Personas") and Example Curricula

In the most important field of action Empowering Business of the Business Information Systems field of study, the focus is on analysis, evaluation as well as synthesis competencies for the creation of data and process transparency. In addition, the further development of a business process model and the optimization of business processes through digital services, the technical specification of customer-specific adaptations, the development of solution concepts and the automation of business processes are of great importance. This also applies to assessing the potential of digital services in business models and to prioritizing business requirements according to effort and business benefit. Graduates of this field of study have a wide range of tasks at their disposal. Examples include the further development of the business application landscape (ERP, CRM, data warehouse/data marts, databases, server/cloud solutions, middleware, etc. and IT interfaces (APIs, web services, EDI, etc.), the provision of digital technologies and methods, and the operation of digital services. Both in-house development and the introduction or customizing of standard software must be taken into account. In preparation for these diverse topics, emphasis is placed on the methodological skills needed to process and introduce technologies and tools. Since graduates work in a communication and collaboration-intensive environment, the corresponding competencies are specifically promoted.

Below, you find a number of alumni profiles with their specific example curricula.

Application Manager (Application Developer)

Graduates of this profile are involved in the design and implementation of the infrastructure to support the application landscape. To do this, they must be able to access specialist domains, understand business processes and identify the specialist requirements in complex processes as well as optimization potential.

Based on this, graduates of this profile map the requirements to solution modules (standard or individual software). In addition, they examine the cost-effectiveness and security of IT solutions (standard versus individual software, on-premise versus cloud solutions, etc.). Finally, they select methods for implementing and rolling out solutions, and are responsible for introducing and operating applications.

The role described here can be found in all large corporate or government IT organizations.

The subsequent table contains an example curriculum for this alumnus profile.

Customize this example curriculum to fit your own needs, using our Study Planner! The Study Planner is an interactive tool that you can use to plan the modules you want to attend.

   Mapping to Focus Areas
Term Acronym Module ECTS AR ACS DIP EB GAK MRI
1. Semester (WS) MUU Management und Unternehmenssteuerung 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
DDD Domain-Driven Design of Large Software Systems 6 0 5 0 1 0 0
DDM Data Driven Modelling 6 1 2 0 1 2 0
MSG Management Simulation Game 6 0 0 2 4 0 0
WDB Wettbewerbsstrategien im Digital Business 6 0 0 3 3 0 0
   Subtotal 30 2 7 5 14 2 0
2. Semester (SS) EAM Enterprise Architecture Management 6 0 0 0 3 0 3
RE Requirements Engineering 6 0 4 0 2 0 0
MDS Modern Database Systems 6 1 2 0 0 3 0
PM Projekt Management 6 5 1 0 0 0 0
QS Qualitätssicherung 6 1 4 0 1 0 0
   Subtotal 30 7 11 0 6 3 3
3. Semester (WS) GP-TS-EB Guided Project with Team Supervision, focused on Empowering Business 18 6 2 2 4 2 2
IDE Interaction Design 6 1 1 4 0 0
GP-ID Guided Project (small), focused on Interdisciplinary Topics 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
   Subtotal 30 8 4 7 5 3 3
4. Semester (SS) MA Masterarbeit mit Kolloquium / Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Contribution depends on topic
   Total 120 17 22 12 25 8 6

Business Analyst (Process Manager)

Graduates of this profile document and analyze the corporate landscape and its processes. In doing so, they model processes, data, rules and other corporate artifacts, structure them and embed them in a corporate architecture.

To this end, graduates of this profile examine complex interrelationships with the help of analytical methods. They identify potentials for structural process improvements, evaluate them and design solution concepts for them. In this way, they contribute to the further development and improvement of organizations.

The role described here can be found in all large IT organizations of companies or public authorities. It is typical for demand IT, in which a large part of the software development is covered by external service providers and/or standard software.

The subsequent table contains an example curriculum for this alumnus profile.

Customize this example curriculum to fit your own needs, using our Study Planner! The Study Planner is an interactive tool that you can use to plan the modules you want to attend.

   Mapping to Focus Areas
Term Acronym Module ECTS AR ACS DIP EB GAK MRI
1. Semester (WS) WDB Wettbewerbsstrategien im Digital Business 6 0 0 3 3 0 0
INM Innovation Management 6 1 0 4 1 0 0
MUU Management und Unternehmenssteuerung 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
PMI Process Mining 6 1 0 0 2 3 0
ITC IT Consulting 6 0 0 1 4 1 0
   Subtotal 30 3 0 8 15 4 0
2. Semester (SS) AMI Current Approaches to Marketing and Innovation 6 0 0 2 4 0 0
EAM Enterprise Architecture Management 6 0 0 0 3 0 3
RE Requirements Engineering 6 0 4 0 2 0 0
PEM Performance Management 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
BPM Business Process Management 6 0 2 0 4 0 0
   Subtotal 30 1 6 2 18 0 3
3. Semester (WS) GP-TS-EB Guided Project with Team Supervision, focused on Empowering Business 18 6 2 2 4 2 2
GP-ID Guided Project (small), focused on Interdisciplinary Topics 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
OR Operations Research 6 0 0 1 1 4 0
   Subtotal 30 7 3 4 6 7 3
4. Semester (SS) MA Masterarbeit mit Kolloquium / Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Contribution depends on topic
   Total 120 11 9 14 39 11 6

Business Analyst (in English, 3 semesters)

This graduate profile corresponds to the profile “Business Analyst (Process Manager)”, but a purely English-language variant is outlined here (see exemplary study plan).

Graduates of this profile document and analyze the corporate landscape and its processes. They model processes, data, rules and other corporate artifacts, structure them and embed them in an enterprise architecture.

To this end, graduates of this profile examine complex interrelationships with the help of analytical methods. They identify potentials for structural process improvements, evaluate them and design solution concepts for them. In this way, they contribute to the further development and improvement of organizations. Applications.

The role described here can be found in all large IT organizations of companies or public authorities. It is typical of demand IT, in which a large part of the software development is covered by external service providers and/or standard software.

The subsequent table contains an example curriculum for this alumnus profile.

Customize this example curriculum to fit your own needs, using our Study Planner! The Study Planner is an interactive tool that you can use to plan the modules you want to attend.

   Mapping to Focus Areas
Term Acronym Module ECTS AR ACS DIP EB GAK MRI
1. Semester (WS) ABIA Advanced Business Intelligence and Analytics 6 0 0 0 2 4 0
WDB Wettbewerbsstrategien im Digital Business 6 0 0 3 3 0 0
PMI Process Mining 6 1 0 0 2 3 0
INM Innovation Management 6 1 0 4 1 0 0
MSG Management Simulation Game 6 0 0 2 4 0 0
   Subtotal 30 2 0 9 12 7 0
2. Semester (SS) BPM Business Process Management 6 0 2 0 4 0 0
EAM Enterprise Architecture Management 6 0 0 0 3 0 3
GP-TS-EB Guided Project with Team Supervision, focused on Empowering Business 18 6 2 2 4 2 2
   Subtotal 30 6 4 2 11 2 5
3. Semester (WS) MA Masterarbeit mit Kolloquium / Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Contribution depends on topic
   Total 90 8 4 11 23 9 5

Business Analytics Consultant (Data Analyst, Data Manager)

Graduates of this profile support companies and organizations in identifying the potential for operational use of data. They prepare structured and unstructured, internal and external data for companies and apply methods of statistics, simulation and machine learning to company data.

Typically, graduates of this profile are responsible for organizational roles such as data quality management, master data management, data governance/compliance or data security.

The subsequent table contains an example curriculum for this alumnus profile.

Customize this example curriculum to fit your own needs, using our Study Planner! The Study Planner is an interactive tool that you can use to plan the modules you want to attend.

   Mapping to Focus Areas
Term Acronym Module ECTS AR ACS DIP EB GAK MRI
1. Semester (WS) AML Advanced Machine Learning 6 1 2 0 0 3 0
DDM Data Driven Modelling 6 1 2 0 1 2 0
LOD Linked-Open Data and Knowledge Graphs 6 1 0 1 0 4 0
PMI Process Mining 6 1 0 0 2 3 0
RSN Recherche in (sozialen) Netzwerken 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
WAM Web Audience Measurement und Web-Analytics 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
   Subtotal 30 4 4 1 3 18 0
2. Semester (SS) AMI Current Approaches to Marketing and Innovation 6 0 0 2 4 0 0
BPM Business Process Management 6 0 2 0 4 0 0
EAM Enterprise Architecture Management 6 0 0 0 3 0 3
MDS Modern Database Systems 6 1 2 0 0 3 0
PEM Performance Management 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
   Subtotal 30 2 4 2 16 3 3
3. Semester (WS) GP-TS-EB Guided Project with Team Supervision, focused on Empowering Business 18 6 2 2 4 2 2
GP-ID Guided Project (small), focused on Interdisciplinary Topics 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
SPV Sicherheit, Privatsphäre und Vertrauen 6 1 0 1 0 0 4
   Subtotal 30 8 3 4 5 3 7
4. Semester (SS) MA Masterarbeit mit Kolloquium / Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Contribution depends on topic
   Total 120 14 11 7 24 24 10

Business Intelligence Consultant

Graduates of this profile advise companies and organizations on how to efficiently gather information from various sources on the effectiveness of measures, the current situation of the company and the business environment, and how to generate forecasts on future developments.

In doing so, they support the design and implementation of the corresponding infrastructure, provide key performance indicators and analysis or forecasting functionality in the form of reports, stories, information self-service tools, etc.

Graduates with this profile are employed by all larger companies and organizations, either as external service providers or as in-house consultants.

The subsequent table contains an example curriculum for this alumnus profile.

Customize this example curriculum to fit your own needs, using our Study Planner! The Study Planner is an interactive tool that you can use to plan the modules you want to attend.

   Mapping to Focus Areas
Term Acronym Module ECTS AR ACS DIP EB GAK MRI
1. Semester (WS) ABIA Advanced Business Intelligence and Analytics 6 0 0 0 2 4 0
DDM Data Driven Modelling 6 1 2 0 1 2 0
MSG Management Simulation Game 6 0 0 2 4 0 0
MUU Management und Unternehmenssteuerung 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
AML Advanced Machine Learning 6 1 2 0 0 3 0
   Subtotal 30 3 4 2 12 9 0
2. Semester (SS) EAM Enterprise Architecture Management 6 0 0 0 3 0 3
GP-TS-EB Guided Project with Team Supervision, focused on Empowering Business 18 6 2 2 4 2 2
PEM Performance Management 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
   Subtotal 30 7 2 2 12 2 5
3. Semester (WS) MA Masterarbeit mit Kolloquium / Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Contribution depends on topic
   Total 90 10 6 4 24 11 5

Strategy Consultant

Graduates of this profile advise companies/organizations on how to optimally support their business processes with the use of digital technology. In doing so, they identify potential for improvement in organizations and translate business requirements into corresponding technical and non-technical solution concepts. In addition, they critically evaluate business opportunities in order to continuously identify and assess business potentials, risks and impacts of new digital technologies and solutions for the entire company. This serves to develop business models for digital products and services and to be able to plan and control their implementation.

Furthermore, graduates of this profile can strategically align and implement IT architectures/infrastructures and application systems according to requirements, develop project strategies and design (sub-)projects in an agile manner. They translate corporate strategies into IT strategies and then operationalize these with regard to infrastructure and application management as well as IT operations. This enables them to organize and manage large and complex change programs and productive operations.

Graduates with this profile are employed by all larger companies and organizations, either as external service providers or as in-house consultants.

The subsequent table contains an example curriculum for this alumnus profile.

Customize this example curriculum to fit your own needs, using our Study Planner! The Study Planner is an interactive tool that you can use to plan the modules you want to attend.

   Mapping to Focus Areas
Term Acronym Module ECTS AR ACS DIP EB GAK MRI
1. Semester (SS) AMI Current Approaches to Marketing and Innovation 6 0 0 2 4 0 0
BPM Business Process Management 6 0 2 0 4 0 0
ITSTR IT Strategy 6 0 0 2 0 0 4
PEM Performance Management 6 1 0 0 5 0 0
PM Projekt Management 6 5 1 0 0 0 0
   Subtotal 30 6 3 4 13 0 4
2. Semester (WS) ABIA Advanced Business Intelligence and Analytics 6 0 0 0 2 4 0
INM Innovation Management 6 1 0 4 1 0 0
PADT Psychological aspects of digital transformation 6 2 1 2 1
ITC IT Consulting 6 0 0 1 4 1 0
WDB Wettbewerbsstrategien im Digital Business 6 0 0 3 3 0 0
   Subtotal 30 3 0 9 12 5 1
3. Semester (SS) EAM Enterprise Architecture Management 6 0 0 0 3 0 3
GP-TS-EB Guided Project with Team Supervision, focused on Empowering Business 18 6 2 2 4 2 2
GP-ID Guided Project (small), focused on Interdisciplinary Topics 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
   Subtotal 30 7 3 3 8 3 6
4. Semester (WS) MA Masterarbeit mit Kolloquium / Master Thesis with Colloquium 30 Contribution depends on topic
   Total 120 16 6 16 33 8 11