Modules SS 2015

  • Managing Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Operations Organisation and Organisational Behaviour
  • Project, Change and Conflict Management
  • Teambuilding

> Communication and Cooperation
> Motivation and Rewarding
> Coordination and Decision Taking
> Competence Management and Delegation
> Communication and Conflict Management
Theories of International Trade and International Finance aim at explaining underlying dynamics of economic and social developments in a global context. They also allow to investigate relations between market and industry structures and flows in goods, services and financial flows. Furthermore they serve in designing and evaluating the impact of macro-economic policies, currency fluctuations and trading regimes on economies, business strategy and operations.

The module aims at examining how national policies can, in theory, shape international trade and finance, and constrain the climate for international business. It extends this analysis to the international system discussing the role of international arrangements and institutions, e.g. the WTO, on international trade and investment.

Using a series of country-based case studies, students will have the opportunity to investigate how firms feel and master the impact of government policy and institutional set-ups in a specific nation state or economic region, for example China, India, the Arab World and South-America.

Contents of the module are:
  • Sources of international comparative advantages (differences in natural resources, technology and factor endowment)
  • Principles of strategic trade theory and geographic economic integration
  • Goals, instruments and impact of modern international trade policy in industrial and emerging economies
  • International trade agreements and organisations
Further information for master´s thesis submission

On Monday, August 3rd , 11:00 am the deadline for turning-in your Master’s thesis will expire - 4 linen-covered copies and 1 CD

IMPORTANT Information:
We also want to point out, that, as always during summer months, there are already reduced opening hours at the front desk, where you will need to turn in your copies.

  • 13 July – 17 July 2015: Mo – Fri from 8.30 – 11:30
  • 20 July – 24 July 2015: closed
  • 27 July – 14 August 2015: Mo – Fri from 8:30 – 11:30

Please let us know immediately if you are unable to drop the thesis off during these opening hours.

Further information for writing the master thesis

Please note the following deadlines:
  • Submission of the signed thesis proposal (Exposé) until 1st of Oct. (winter term) / 1st of March (summer term) to the secretary at the Institute of Information Systems.

  • 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 submission made after these deadlines are presented at the following date for presentation and defense.
The module provides an introduction to process implementation.

  • Introduction to Process Implementation
  • Process Automation (Workflow Management, Web Services)
  • Workflow Management (YAWL)
  • Process Mining (ProM)
  • Predictive Process Analytics (R)
Short description
The course covers the fundamentals of supply chain management, so it focuses on coordination problems related to the provision of products and services and the flow of goods.

  • Demand forecasting
  • Process flow analysis
  • Service process management
  • Inventory management
  • Location planning
  • Production planning
  • Scheduling
  • Network management

Learning objectives
  • Students will know about the main concepts, theories, and methods in supply chain management.
  • In a business game, students will recognize and analyze typical coordination problems along the supply chain.
  • In exercises, students will use analytical methods like linear programming, dynamic programming, regression analysis, and exponential smoothing, and state-of-the-art algorithms and heuristics like Silver-Meal and Branch-and-Bound.
  • In case studies, students will use these methods to identify business problems, generate solutions, and compare their solutions in terms of quality and accuracy.

  • The module involves interactive lectures with exercises to integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Case studies are used to show how the course contents are related.
  • A business game is used to illustrate typical coordination problems along the supply chain.
  • The e-learning platform Moodle will be used throughout the course for the dissemination of course material and discussions.

Entry requirements
  • Students are expected to have basic knowledge and skills in operations management.

Compulsory reading
  • Chopra, S., & Meindl, P. (2012). Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation (5th edition). Pearson: Edinburgh Gate et al.
The course focuses on systems development (SysDev), especially on developing web frameworks that can be used in online environments such as e-commerce platforms or online blog systems.

  • Web frameworks
  • Web development
  • Python programming
  • Django programming
  • Web applications
  • Latest technological developments
  • Project: E-commerce platform or blog system