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IT managers work in companies at the interface between business and information-technology processes. They plan, steer, and monitor company IT, including its allocated resources, thus helping to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the enterprise. Moreover, they are in a position to evaluate modern information technologies and show where they can be of benefit in the design and optimization of the value creation process, whether locally or in an international business environment.
|Target Group:||Graduates of economics, industrial engineering and related subjects|
|Admission Requirements:||Targeted at graduates of six-semester bachelor‘s courses (180 ECTS credit points), one year of professional experience, sound knowledge of English|
|Career Prospects:||Executive tasks in technology-oriented companies|
|Duration of study:||Four-semester course (two years)|
|Quantitative Methods and Financial Mathematics||6 credits|
|Project Management and Management Techniques||6 credits|
|Organizational Development||6 credits|
|Elective: (1 of 2)|
|Corporate Management||6 credits|
|Distributed Information Systems||6 credits|
|Strategic Information Management||6 credits|
|International Management and Intercultural Communication||6 credits|
|Management of IT Projects and Quality||6 credits|
|IT Innovation Management||6 credits|
|IT Service Management||6 credits|
|Collaboration Engineering||6 credits|
Specialization (You choose two modules)
|IT Controlling||6 credits|
|IT Security Management||6 credits|
|Software Architecture and Concepts||6 credits|
|E-Business Management||6 credits|
Scientific Application and Project Studies
|Business Research Methods||6 credits|
|Specialization Elective (in one of the choosen modules)||6 credits|
|Project Work||6 credits|
|Thesis and Virtual Oral Examination||30 credits|
In the first semester, the focus is on broadening and deepening your knowledge in economic fundamentals. You will learn, for example, about quantitative methods and financial mathematics. These methods are crucial to rational decision-making in the context of IT. You will learn to apply your problem-solving skills to new and unfamiliar situations and to make scientifically sound decisions. You will be able to communicate your conclusions, the underlying information, and your rationale to specialists and non-specialists on a scientific level.
In addition you will learn about human behavior within organizations. These “soft skills” will be beneficial, for example, when implementing a new IT strategy or new IT processes within your company. Depending on the nature of your previous degree(s), you will choose as an elective either the business administration module “Corporate Management” or the IT-oriented module “Distributed Information Systems” to provide you with the background needed in future semesters.
Random events and their probability, conditional probability and independent events, random variables (basics and distribution), random vectors, descriptive and inductive statistics, cost accounting as a management tool and methods of cost type accounting, methods of cost center and cost unit accounting, short-term profit-and-loss computation, applied cost accounting, process cost accounting, direct costing, optimization of production, types of investment, investment risk management, risk strategies, capital budgeting (dynamic and static procedures), financial planning, leverage, private equity, internal and external financing, funded depreciation, collateral in credit agreements, leasing, factoring
Management techniques in the process of strategy formulation and planning, project management
Managerial behavior, managing organizations, process management, information management
Basics of business management, planning types and methods, strategic management and tools of strategic business management, planning systems and strategy development in practice, organization, human resources and strategy, strategy concepts and fundamentals of operational controlling; simulation calculation and reporting
Information and computer structure, representation of numbers, codes, and data types, operating systems, software development, introduction to programming languages and algorithms, architecture of distributed systems, processes, and threads, inter-process communication and synchronization, basics of protocols (ISO/OSI), device addressing, addressing, and routing in IP networks, application-to-application messages, reliable transmission, high availability, encryption and digital signatures, protocol layers: SSH and VPN, authentication/authorization (using Kerberos), networks with firewalls and proxies, attacks and how to avoid them
The core area focuses on building skills and expertise in the management of IT innovations, services, and projects, in general information management and quality management, and in collaboration engineering as well as international management and intercultural communication. The last three areas (international management, intercultural communication, and collaboration engineering) provide you with the competences needed for work in an international setting.
Principles of information management, organizational aspects of information management, implementation of information management, methods of strategic information management, IT and information strategy, components of information system strategy, approaches to information system planning, Enterprise 2.0
Strategies and strategic dimensions, basic terminology and theories of intercultural communication, methods (training, coaching, mediation, etc), language, meaning, and cultural pragmatics, cultural patterns, globalization, the collapse of culture, negotiating interculturally, the power variable
Core disciplines of project management, project planning responsibilities, efficiency of information systems, organizational project subfunctions, project controlling, project risk management, communication management, requirement engineering, change management, configuration management, process models, QM systems (e.g. ISO, Six Sigma), IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
Basics of innovation management, innovation process, success factors of innovation, elements of IT innovation management, organizational integration, IT innovation management and core processes
Services and IT services, service engineering and service management, service modeling and service design, organization of IT service management, customer- and service-orientation of information technology, measures of efficiency, quality and economy, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
Theoretical foundations of collaboration, collaboration technologies, social Web applications, Web 2.0 and social software, moderation and negotiating skills for collaboration, Harvard Negotiation Project, developing collaborative work practices, collaboration process design
The master‘s course in IT Management offers you the opportunity to specialize in different subjects. Of the four available modules, you choose the two that correspond best to your professional situation, your personal development targets, and your general interests.
Fundamentals of IT-Controlling, long-term instruments of performance management, Balanced Scorecard, portfolio management, short-term instruments of performance management (service-level agreements, contribution margin accounting, activity-based costing), controlling of IT projects
Significance of information security, risk and security, security organizations, methodical basics of management, defining security and recognizing and assessing risks, reporting, business continuity management, incident handling, computer forensics
Theoretical introduction to software architecture: fundamentals, definitions and terminology, framework, components, Web services, cloud computing, grid computing
Fundamentals of information technology, information exchange, Internet value chain, models and platforms, online marketing, e-shop, e-payment, mobile commerce, e-procurement, e-contracting, e-distribution, e-CRM, e-community
This area of practical scientific application consists of two parts: The research focus serves to develop your scientific competences in a series of phases. In the first phase, the Business Research Methods module lays the foundation for scientific work. Based on these principles, you complete an in-depth study in one of your chosen specialization electives. This work will provide optimal preparation for your master’s thesis and the associated colloquium in the final semester. In the applicationsoriented project work you extend your expertise, methodological competence, and interpersonal skills by solving an interdisciplinary task in selected areas of the degree course. Working in a team, you develop and document your results and defend these in front of a panel of experts.
This module supports students in understanding the research process. It provides a basic understanding of what research is and how it is carried out. It is particularly useful if students have not yet undertaken any postgraduate research. Furthermore, it focuses on research methodology and literature reviews. It explains how to carry out a business-related literature review and then use it to develop a hypothesis or theory regarding a business issue. Additionally, the module concentrates on statistical techniques for data collection, analysis, and drawing conclusions.
After completing the academic specialization, you will independently write a specialization paper.
You start your project work during the project workshop to lay the foundations in terms of content and organization. You complete a comprehensive group project that relates to the key competences and specialization. You can choose from various methods and forms, for example model or concept development, optimization, investigation, design recommendations, case study work, etc. Great importance is attached to an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates the competences proportionally and each to a sufficient degree. With this project work, you will demonstrate that you have the scientific and practical ability to deal with a comprehensive problem. With the final presentation, you will demonstrate that you are able to present content at a suitable scientific level to a professional audience with the aid of professional presentation techniques. Your line of reasoning and solution must be well structured and you must be able to justify and defend your overall concept against critical questioning on the part of the examiners.
Master’s Thesis and Virtual Oral Examination (30 credits)
With your master’s thesis, you will demonstrate that you have the ability to deal with a problem in the context of IT management within a specified time limit. It will be a demanding development project or concept development. The aim is to demonstrate the acquired problem-solving skills in the context of a practice-oriented task and to handle an academic discussion on the work in an virtual oral examination.
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At the end of your course, you will write a thesis. As part of this thesis, you will complete demanding development work or come up with a concept, with the aim being to demonstrate the skills you’ve gained – project-solving ability in particular – by applying them to a practical exercise.
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