Below you will find an overview of all Master's courses offered in the field of Business & Information Systems Engineering at the University of Bayreuth:
Master courses in english
- Emerging Digital Technologies (B1-6)Hide
The seminar takes place after a previous announcement, typically during the winter semester.
The seminar “Emerging Digital Technologies” is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build up necessary theoretical and methodological skills needed to conceptualize, conduct, and communicate the latest insights on different Emerging Digital Technologies. The block course will familiarize students with the essential basic concepts on a specific topic in one or several digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), or particular applications thereof. While selecting a new problem is a fundamental anchor for research’s relevance, a research’s ability to provide rigorous results depends on a toolkit of theories and methods. Therefore we will also address the fundamentals of different techniques and approaches in the block course.
In this context, theories provide the researcher with a sound basis by summarizing current knowledge and allowing a thoroughinvestigation and definition of their topic’s underlying phenomenon. They also provide the students with a theoretical lens to investigate their problems from the perspective that they are most interested in. Complementary to this, methods afford the student with the ability to produce reliable results, which allow them to derive both meaningful and trustworthy conclusions. This way, they can make sure that their results are not only entertaining but also scientifically valid. To apply the lessons learned in the block course, the students will write a “Research in Progress Paper” (English, approx. 10 pages) in teams of typically two students under the supervision of at least one Ph.D. student from the respective research area. While the students are writing their research in progress papers, they are supported by research assistants with practical and theoretical background in the context of emerging digital technologies in general and AI, Blockchain, and IoT specifically.
- Understanding the impact of emerging technologies on business
- Getting familiar with the concepts of a specific emerging digital technology
- Understanding the relevance of methods and theories in meaningful research
- Preparing and executing a research project
- Gathering knowledge of the essential quality criteria for scientific research
Block course with 4 or 5 days attendance phase, an individual research phase that lasts approx. 2 months, and a final presentation
The course will be graded based on the Research in Progress paper and its presentation.
- BWL – B 1-6, Ergänzungsmodul
- Spöko - Ergänzungsmodul
- Informatik B 1-6
- IWG B 1-6
- MeKuWi B-6
There are no prerequisites for attending this course. Exchange students are welcome.
The seminar places are limited to 20 persons. To register for a course, please send an e-mail with your curriculum vitae and a current grade sheet to email@example.com
For organizational questions please contact
Dr. Anna Maria Oberländer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Johannes Sedlmeir: email@example.com
- Strategic Information Management (V7-7)Hide
Offered in the winter semester.
The lecture “Strategic Information Management” is designed to make students familiar with contemporary topics and challenges related to the strategic management of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS). The lecture will emphasize the current technological, managerial and social disruptions of the digitalization and shed light upon their implications for companies. It stresses the strategic aspects of the topics introduced and shows how they are leveraged to generate sustainable business value.
The lecture will familiarize students with the various decision domains that IT strategy needs to incorporate and align, structured along a reference framework for strategic IT/IS management. The lecture introduces fundamental concepts of IT infrastructure, enterprise applications that will enable the students to understand the “IT world” as well as to communicate with IT experts in business settings. Building on these foundations, general principles of IT organizations, IT sourcing as well as different models of IT value generation will be introduced and contrasted. Moreover, the internal perspective of the IT organization will be complemented by investigating the value chain interfaces of IT. This includes the delivery of IT services, IT innovation management, IT/IS controlling, as well as the alignment of IT and business strategies. Finally, anintroduction to strategic management of emerging technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things) enablesstudents to understand the special role of emerging technologiesin information management.
Upon completion of this module, students are acquainted with the most important concepts, methods, and techniques for a business-oriented management of IT organizations. Thus, an overview of contemporary topics and challenges related to the strategic management of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) in the digital age is provided.
Furthermore, participants will be able to identify the principal constituents of IT strategies and have a sound understanding ofhow the various domains of IT management contribute to the overall value creation of the business.
The lecture comprises 11 sections, covering all important domains of Strategic Information Management. Reading materials are used in this class to provide students with both content and background for the topics introduced and discussed in the course. Students must prepare for sessions by reading the mandatory material to allow for an efficient classroom experience. Optional readings are introduced as part of the lecture and provide students with the opportunity to extend their understanding beyond the discussed material.
Tutorials will be used to apply the knowledge conveyed in the lecture (e.g., by discussing case studies), to discuss review questions, to clarify students’ questions on course content as well as to discuss suggested readings.
Students may opt to hold a group presentation on a voluntary base. Each group is exclusively assigned to one contemporary topic within the domain of strategic information management.Available topics will be announced in the first lecture.
- 60-min written exam
- 6 ECTS
Exam can be taken in English or German.
In case a student opted to hold a voluntary presentation, up to six (6) bonus points will be added to the result of the final exam
- BWL - V 7-7, Ergänzungsmodulbereich
- Wing - TOP
- Spöko - B-5
- Angewandte Informatik
- Introduction to Business and Information Systems ResearchHide
The lecture is offered in the summer term
Lerninhalte und -ziele
The lecture "Introduction to Business & Information Systems Research" is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build up basic theoretical and methodological skills needed to conceptualize, conduct, and communicate their own research. To do so, the lecture will familiarize students with the essential triad consisting of topic, methods, and theories. While selecting an exciting topic is a fundamental anchor for research's relevance, a research's ability to provide rigorous results depends on a sound command of theories and methods. In this context, theories provide the researcher a sound basis by summarizing current knowledge and allowing for a precise investigation and definition of their topic's underlying phenomenon. They also provide the students with a theoretical lens to investigate their topics from the perspective they are most interested in. Complementary to this, methods afford the student with the ability to produce reliable results which allow her/him to derive both meaningful and trustworthy conclusion. This way they can make sure that their results are not only interesting, but also scientifically valid. To support students in their preparation for their master theses, the course will introduce the most common methods used in business research by looking at examples from the Information Systems (IS) discipline. This includes how to carry out a literature review as well as qualitative (e.g., case study research) and quantitative (e.g., survey-based research) methods of empirical research. Furthermore, the design science paradigm will be discussed.
Lecture + Tutorial (2 + 1 SWS)
For further information including the course outline please download the lecture’s syllabus.
- The course will be graded on the basis of a written exam (English or German, duration 60 minutes) covering the learning objectives of the lecture
- 6 ECTS
Dr. Anna Maria Oberländer and Peter Hofmann
Master courses in german
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