Teaching

Our course offerings in the winter term 2020/21

Also this winter we will be there!

In the winter term 2020/21 we will continue to offer our range of courses for students to the usual extent. However, in order to act contrary to the further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we try to avoid direct contact as far as possible. This will also result in some changes for teaching and especially for the supervision meetings. Please note the following points:

  • In general, all members of our research group can be contacted by e-mail or telephone at the contact details given.  Under certain circumstances, individual staff members may be on vacation for a few days. You will then receive a corresponding automatic reply by email.
  • For supervision meetings regarding seminar papers and final theses, please contact your supervisor as usual. Before each conversation, try to send a temporary version of your respective work to your supervisor so that a common basis for discussion is available in the telephone or video conversation. As preparation for these indirect conversations it is recommended to prepare concrete questions or an agenda in advance.
  • For students projects, please apply first by email to the contact persons named in each case. Depending on the project, you will then receive further information on the next steps.
  • Applications for seminar papers are also initially submitted as usual via the webpages in the WI portal. The dates and deadlines mentioned here will be retained for the time being.

Teaching

We regard teaching and attending to students as a core responsibility. Therefore our doors are always open for students. We prefer to teach our courses in a highly interactive manner. Currently, all programmes that we offer require students to speak German fluently. Nevertheless, we do provide information on our courses in English for those who are considering enrolling on one of our programmes in future. If you are interested in studying with us, please contact Dr. Jens Gulden.

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Study abroad

There are many good reasons to study abroad for a semester. Find out about the possibilities with which we can help you plan and carry out your semester abroad.

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Bibliographical references

In the following you will find some reading hints, which are mainly recommendations for participants of our master courses. Although these recommendations are not obligatory readings, we strongly recommend the selected contributions because they are suitable as a complement and deepening of the lecture material. In order to facilitate access to the works, we have supplemented the individual titles below with brief notes to support selective reading.

For general attunement and reflection

  • Jaspers, K. (1980). Die Idee der Universität (Nachdruck der 1. Ausg., Berlin 1946). Berlin: Springer.

In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and the devastation wreaked on German universities by the Nazis, the philosopher Karl Jaspers presents his ideas of the university as a special place in society, where freedom and knowledge are also ends in themselves, and who therefore exhorts teachers and students to assume special responsibility. The partially antiquated-looking language is to be placed against the historical background. Apart from that, the short script is still very topical. Foreword and introduction can be found here.

Recommendations for participants of our master courses

  • Frank, U. (2019). Linguistic Structures in the Light of the Digital Transformation: Addressing the Conflict Between Reference and Change. In K. Bergener, M. Räckers, & A. Stein (Eds.): The Art of Structuring: Bridging the Gap Between Information Systems Research and Practice (pp. 41–54). Springer

In this article, Prof. Frank examines the fundamental challenges that the investigation and design of digital transformation poses for business informatics as a science. On the one hand, Prof. Frank discusses the central role of language and conceptual models. On the other hand, he examines how the concept of possible worlds as well as carefully designed narratives can contribute to developing a scientiffically sound orientation for digital change. Not necessary to follow the lecture, but suitable to put the topics into a larger scientific context. Download here

  • Frank, U. (2011). Multi-Perspective Enterprise Modelling: Background and Terminological Foundation (ICB Research Report No. 46).

Although the title of this research report suggests that it is mainly relevant for the lecture Enterprise Modelling II, it is also relevant for the lectures Integrated Business Information Systems I+II. First of all this research report deals with the clarification of basic concepts (especially chapter 3 "Information Systems") is therefore also important for IBIS. The further chapters then deal with the basics of conceptual modelling and enterprise modelling, which is more in the focus of EM II. Download here

Please pay attention to the literature references for the individual lectures, as we give them in the respective Moodle courses.

Literature search

For your literature search we advise to you the following internet links for gathering information. When you cannot access a publication's full text via the university network (VPN), please use the offer to order articles through the library or contact your supervisor.

Web siteBeschreibung
ACM Digital LibraryDigital library of ACM publications, full texts from university network
IEEE Digital LibraryDigital library of IEEE publication
WirtschaftsinformatikScientific journal for Wirtschaftsinformatik, supervisor can provide individual article on request
Scientific Literature Digital Library (CiteSeer)Database for publications in Informatics and Information Sciences, full texts usually linked and free access
Computer Science BibliographyBibliography of publication in Informatics, provided by the University of Trier, no full texts
EBSCOhostAmerican database with literature databases and full text databases
JSTORDigital library for journals, books and primary literature, full texts from university network
SpringerLinkOnline library for science, technology, and medicine