Modules WS 2013/2014

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 starts with an exam in the first session at 08.30.
Subject matter of the examination: Motiwalla/Thompson (2011): Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5

Make sure that you bring a laptop with access to the moodle forum of the course.

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
> 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 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

  • Presentation in the colloquium (one month before final submission of thesis latest; Dates can be found in the course description "Colloquium")

In case of any questions please contact the module director.

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

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.

  • 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
This extra-curricular course aims at supporting students in defining their master thesis topic and in preparing an exposé. Participation is optional, but highly recommended to all students who are planning to write their master’s thesis in the following summer semester.
The module provides an introduction to process analysis.

  • Introduction to Process Analysis
  • Process Modelling (Petri-Nets, UML, EPC, BPMN)
  • Process Design and Redesign
  • Process Simulation
  • Process Flow Analysis

Additional information for the current semester: The first three days of the module will be an off-site event with overnight stay. You will have to pay the cost for the overnight stay in advance at the institute's administraiton office.

Further information will be sent to you by the lecturers Hagen Pöhnert and Dr. Ed Weiss
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 research
  • Literacy skills
  • 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 write and present a seminar paper on a contemporary IS-related topic.

In this years’ module, students can choose a specific topic from two main topic areas:
1) Social Media
2) Software Engineering