Module WS 2015/2016

The course starts with an exam in the first session.
Exam subjects are available in Moodle.

A general introduction to SAP and handling of the software is provided in the first session of the course Enterprise Systems. Please make sure to attend this session in case you do not have some prior experience with SAP software.

The course focuses on conceptual principles, implementation and operations of Business Intelligence solutions, based on SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA. The main learning outcomes are:

  • Conceptual foundation
    • The Data Warehouse theory
    • In-Memory column based solutions
  • Market overview
  • SAP NetWeaver BW Data Modeling & ETL
  • SAP Business Explorer
    • Query
    • Front End Tools
  • SAP BusinessObjects Front End Tools
  • In Memory Computing with SAP HANA
In this course we discuss some statistical methods that can help to take decisions in business using data. After reviewing the basic concepts of ''Testing and Estimating'', usually known from an introductory course on probability theory and statistics in any bachelor program, we introduce and discuss some aspects of ''Multiple Linear Regression Analysis'', which can be regarded as one of the practically most relevant statistical techniques.

  • graphical and numerical characterizations of random variables and their distributions
  • framework and basic applications of testing hypotheses and estimating parameters
  • ordinary least squares method and its properties
  • parameter estimation in multiple linear regression
  • classical linear model assumptions and model diagnostics
  • inference in multiple linear regression
  • model specification techniques
  • model selection techniques
  • introduction to the software package R
The course focuses on collaboration, collaborative work and modern collaboration tools in a business environment. Students will apply their knowledge in a hands-on collaboration project with partners.

  • Understand the concepts of collaboration and collaborative work
  • Learn how IT can be used in order to support collaboration
  • Learn about the potentials and limits about collaboration technology
  • Learn about investment decisions of organizations regarding collaboration technology
  • Experience collaboration with team members from other countries

Collaborative Business is an evolving topic in the area of Information Systems. It supports flexible cooperation and enables new modes of value creation in loosely coupled networks. Furthermore, collaboration can be a source of process innovation and value creation throughout a company.

In this module students are introduced to concepts of inter- and intraorganizational collaboration and cooperation.

Besides theoretical concepts of communication and collaboration, the students are brought in touch with state-of-the-art collaboration technology. They are motivated to experience these tools in praxis and are guided through a collaboration experience.

Virtual teams are formed and perform collaboration tasks throughout the whole semester.
The course takes place in cooperation with MIS lecture / MSc Information Systems. Please see for further details regarding course content.

The course focuses on enterprise systems (ES), which are large-scale application software packages that support end-to-end processes, information and document flow, several kinds of reporting, and data analytics in different kinds of organizations.

  • Benefits of enterprise systems
  • Lifecycle of enterprise systems
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) systems
  • Supply chain management (SCM) systems
  • Latest technological developments
  • Case study: Enterprise processes in SAP
Transition Module - please contact the module director for details about passing the module

> Introduction to law, including contract law and general terms and conditions
> Introduction to intellectual property rights
  • Trademark law
  • Design law
  • Patent law and utility model law
  • Copyright law
> Certain aspects of domain law
> Licensing
> Software development agreements
> Certain aspects of unfair competition
> Introduction to E-Commerce and E-Signature

Further information for writing the master thesis

Please note the changes in deadlines as of SS16:

Exposé: February 1st (summer term) and July 1st (winter term)
Master's Thesis: June 30 (summer term) and November 30 (winter term)

Submissions and deadlines

  • The master's thesis must be submitted until February 1st (for the winter term) and August 1sth (for the summer term) to the the central service desk.
  • The submission of master's thesis must include: (1) a CD ROM containing thesis' digital copy (at the central service desk) and (2) direct submission of thesis' digital copy to the supervisor and co-supervisor (via e-mail).
  • If any of the dates above falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline is automatically extended until the next working day. Please also check the opening times of the central service desk, especially during summer months.

  • The already scheduled dates of the commencement ceremony can be found in the menu bar on the left

  • The registration for the commencement ceremony is handled by the study administration. Dates of the commencement ceremony are given in the menu bar located on the left / topic commencement ceremony

Submission of master's thesis must be accompanied by:

  • A CD ROM containing thesis' digital copy (to be handed in at the central service desk)
  • Direct submission of thesis' digital copy to the supervisor and co-supervisor (via e-mail)

The Study and Examination Regulations and the Guidelines for Academic Work contain the necessary regulations. >>Link

In case of any questions please contact the module director or Ms.Leona Chandra (

Please consider especially the following aspects:

  • The thesis proposal is written in accordance with the supervisor and the co-supervisor. Both should be team members of the institute of information systems. External supervisors (e.g. of the student's employer) are usually integrated as an additional practical supervisor. In this case there are a supervisor, co-supervisor and a practical supervisor involved in a thesis project. An external co-supervisor can be agreed in exceptional cases only (please check with the administration office of the institute if a personal data sheet is necessary for this person).

  • The official editing time is defined on the thesis proposal and may not exceed 22 weeks. A shorter editing time is possible.

  • While editing the master's thesis a colloquium with the supervisor must be held.

  • The dates and deadlines given in this module description are the last possible dates for the adhering presentation and defense. Thesis submissions made after these deadlines are presented at the following date for presentation and defense.
Process management refers to the operation, improvement and innovation of business processes. The course covers fundamental frameworks, models, and methods in process management.

  • Business process operation
  • Business process change
  • Strategic alignment
  • Governance
  • Quality management
  • Six sigma
  • Process management skills
  • Organizational culture
The module provides an introduction to research methods.

  • Introduction to research
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Design science research
  • Introduction
    • Object-oriented software systems
    • Software development methodologies
  • Requirements analysis
  • Domain analysis
  • UML
  • Behavioral modeling I
    • Use cases
    • Use case diagrams
    • Activity diagrams
  • Structural modeling
    • Class diagrams
  • Behavioral modeling II
    • Sequence diagrams
    • State chart diagrams
  • UI modeling
  • Quality of models
  • Project tasks
In the module Topics in IS Research, students develop an exposé for their master’s thesis.