Master Program Business Information Systems Technology (BIST)






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Business Information Systems’ Technology (BIST)

Witold Abramowicz1, Heinrich C. Mayr2, Florian Matthes3, Bernhard Thalheim4

1 The Poznan University of Economics, Management Information Systems, al. Niepodleglosci 10, 60-967 Poznan,


2 Alpen-Adria-Universit¨at Klagenfurt, IWAS - Institut f¨ur Wirtschaftsinformatik und Anwendungssysteme,§

3 Lehrstuhl f¨ur Informatik 19 - sebis, Institut f¨ur Informatik der TU M¨unchen, Boltzmannstrasse 3, 85748

Garching, Germany

4 Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Institute of Computer Science, Information Systems Engineering,

Olshausenstr. 40, D-24098 Kiel, Germanyk


General Description of the Program

Nameof the program:


Business Information Systems Engineering

for European Integration and Transnational Network Economy

Objectives of the BIST Program: Graduates will have the following skills, knowledge, and values:

– Deep knowledge in information systems

– Integration of information systems and business foundations

– Broad business and real world perspectives

– Communication, interpersonal, and team skills especially for work in international teams

– Analytical and critical thinking skills

– Specific skills leading to the carries of information systems managers at the international level

Students backgrounds: It is assumed that entering students have a common background obtained through an undergraduate or bachelor degree in the field of business informatics. The program may also attract experienced individuals including IS professionals seeking to upgrade skills and to understand management issues, people seeking career changes, graduates in a variety of fields such as business etc. Those students may join the program by accepting a number of requirements of the BIST program limited by 30 credit points.

Carrier paths: The BIST program is designed to support traditional and emerging opportunities. Rather than being concentrated almost exclusively in large information systems groups in major and midsized corporations, job opportunities also exist in virtually all organizations. Career paths now include

– Consulting and systems integration

– International collaboration

– Information systems, computing, telecommunications, and networking infrastructure for European institutions

– Electronic commerce

– E-government

– Management of international projects ,

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To exploit these expanding opportunities, students must know not only technology but also the business and environment in which they will work. Typical job objectives are: advancement in current job, busi-ness analyst, CIO, consulting, electronic commerce specialist, e-government specialist, entrepreneur, first or middle IS management, integration designer, internal consultant, IT liaison, management con-sultant, manager of international projects, outsourcer/systems integrator, regional information officer (RIO), systems analyst/designer, and technical specialist.

Description of the BIST program: The BIST progam consists of three tracks:

IS core consisting of 15 units (45 ECTS points): The IS core block defines the minimal knowledge required of all BIST students. The core differentiates the BIST program from both computer science programs and IS concentration within the MBA programs.

Integration consisting of 3 units (9 ECTS points): The integration block addresses the needs of international organizations, institutions and corporations to integrate disparate internal systems and to communicate with external and international parties.

Career tracks consisting of 12 units (36 ECTS points): The careers track blocks consists of elective courses organized around careers such as electronic commerce, manager of international projects, or management consulting.

Additionally, each student prepares a Master Thesis (30 ECTS points)

Prerequisites of the program: The following blocks of courses are considered to be the kernel compe-tencies required from students enrolling the BIST program:

IS Foundations with courses in

– Fundamentals of Information Systems,

– Information Technology Hardware and Software,

– Programming, Data and Object Structures

Business Foundations based on courses on

– Financial Accounting,

– Marketing,

– Organizational Behavior

Students with inadequate backgrounds in these areas are required to take additional courses and will, therefore, require additional units to complete their degrees.

Planned extension of the program to PhD program Career opportunities for the first round:

Information Officer with enhanced skills in one of the two

Management of IT Infrastructures andTechnology Management

International Knowledge Management andTransregional Project and IT Management


BIST Program

2.1 Integration of the Program into International Curricula

The program is based on the IEEE curriculum for the Graduate Degree Programm in Information Systems (MSIS 2000).

2.2 Entry Conditions

The student has a bachelor or equivalent degree within one of the following three programs:

Bachelor in Computer Science (CC2004 curriculum of the ACM, AIS, and IEEE-CS) andMinor in Business Science


Bachelor in Information Systems (IS2002 curriculum of the ACM, AIS, and AITP) or


Bachelor in Business Science andMinor in Computer Science

(In this case the student must complete a number in courses which are in the Bachelor Program for Computer Science and are not yet completed within the profile. Furthermore, an entry examination is required before starting the program. Depending on the results of the entry examination the student is obliged to complete other requirements.)

In all other cases the study program management committee is obliged to define requirements for the participation. Requirements are based on the kernel competencies in the areas of IS foundations and business foundations. Students may be requested to complete all courses within these kernel competencies within the first year of enrollment. Requirements are limited to 30 ECTS points.

2.3 Teaching Language

All lectures will be given in English.

2.4 Course Schedule and Staffing

The program is scheduled for 4 terms.

2.5 Curriculum Building Blocks

Courses to be given within the program are grouped into the following four main parts:

Information Systems Core

The information systems core consists of five courses:

– Data management CAU, Klu, TUM

– Analysis, modeling, and design (Information Systems Engineering) CAU

– Data communications and networking TUM, Klu

– Project and change management Klu, Po

– IS policy and strategy Klu, Po

This requirement normally consists of 45 ECTS points.

Integration Core

Systems integration and collaboration is a pervasive aspect of IS practice. Traditional programs neither included synthesis not integration in the curriculum.

Integration can be viewed from four perspectives depending on the career track intended:

– Integrating the enterprise: This course is oriented toward what to build, not how to build it. It focusses on organizational and managerial issues at the level of the enterprise as a whole.

– Integrating international organizations, institutions, and corporations

– Integrating IS function: This course focuses on managing IS functions on a day-to-day basis. Its objectives are to design effective/efficient IS organizational processes, assess the impact of merging technologies, define human resource needs and management methods, IS governance alternatives, define the role of the CIO, and apply methods to measure and demonstrate the value of IS.

– Integrating IS technologies: This course is concerned with how to develop an integrated or collaborating IS enterprise or government architecture including evaluate and select from architectural and platform choices, priorities, and policies, assessment of the impact of emerging technologies, evaluate the role of standards, and evaluate effect of vendor strategies.


Career Tracks

Representative career tracks within the BIST are:

Data Management and Data Warehousing responsible partner: PUE

– Data Warehousing

– Knowledge Management

– Database Adminstration

– Database Systems Planning

Information Officer responsible partner: PUE called in MSIS: New Ways of Working

– Role of CIO

– Telecommuting and Virtual Organizations

– Workflow and Collaborative Work

– Advanced Project Management

– Multimedia

– Internet, Intranets and Extranets

International Knowledge Management responsible partner: Klu called in MSIS: Knowledge Management

– Knowledge Management and the Learning Organization

– Document Management

– Data Warehousing

– Data Mining and Knowledge Acquisition

Management of IT Infrastructures possible responsible partner: PUE

– Advanced Design Methodologies

– Integrated Systems Analysis and Design

– Advanced Project Management

– Systems Integration

– IS Consulting

Technology Management responsible partner: Klu

– Emerging Technologies and Technology Forecasting

– Globalization and Transregionalization

– Advanced Project Management

– Organizational Aspects of Technology Management

(Transregional) IT Management responsible partner: PUE called in MSIS: Global IT Management

– Transborder EDI and Data Flows

– Virtual Organizations

– Knowledge Management

– Transregional Cultural Implications for IS

(Transregional) Project Management responsible partner: PUE

– Advanced Project Management

– Advanced Change Management

– Outsourcing

– Virtual Organization or Telecommuting This requirement normally consists of 36 ECTS points.

Career tracks of the MSIS curriculum supported at a later stage by the BIST program:

Electronic Commerce supported at a later stage Career tracks of the MISE curriculum not supported by the BIST program

Academia (path to PhD)

Consulting Decision Making


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the first round:

Information Officer with enhanced skills in one of the two

Management of IT Infrastructures andTechnology Management

International Knowledge Management andTransregional Project and IT Management

Master Thesis

The students are obliged to prepare a master thesis within an international team forming virtual col-laborations (based on existing infrastructure). The defense of master theses shall be held in a commonly organized summer school.

This requirement normally consists of 20 ECTS points.


Contributions of the Partners

3.1 Courses and Lectures That Going To Be Integrated Into The BIST Programm

Due to this program the concentration on courses

responsible party for course CAU Klu PUE TUM Track

Advanced Project Management InfoOff, TechnolMan

Data Warehousing IntKnowlMan

Knowledge Management IntKnowlMan, TransregITMan Internet, Intranets, and Extranets InfoOff

Role of CIO InfoOff

Telecommuting and Virtual Organizations InfoOff, TransregITMan, TransregPro-jMan

Workflow and Collaborative Work InfoOff

Multimedia InfoOff

Document Management IntKnowlMan

Data Mining and Knowledge Acquisition IntKnowlMan Advanced Design Methodologies ManITInfrastr Integrated Systems Analysis and Design ManITInfrastr Advanced Project Management ManITInfrastr Systems Integration ManITInfrastr

IS Consulting ManITInfrastr

Emerging Technologies and Technology Forecasting TechnolMan Globalization and Transregionalization TechnolMan Organizational Aspects of Technology Management TechnolMan

Transborder EDI and Data Flows TransregITMan Transregional Cultural Implications for IS TransregITMan Advanced Change Management TransregProjMan

Outsourcing TransregProjMan

3.2 Structure and Integration of the Master into Existing Programs

The Master programmBusiness Information Systems Engineeringis a collaborative program of the four involved universities and is implemented as shown in the following diagram:

Partially replacing courses in the Master programs at

– University Klagenfurt

– University of Economics


for those students who switch to the Master program “Business Information Systems Engineering” by becoming enrolled for two terms at the universities of collaborating partners and taking courses in two of the tracks and with the information systems core and the integration core.

Enhancing the Master program Business Information Systems Engineering at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel. Students at CAU will enroll for two terms into courses at the partner universities in two of the tracks and with the information systems core.

CAU Bachelor Computer Science Minor: Business Bachelor Business Informatics University Klagenfurt Bachelor Computer Science Minor: Business Bachelor Business Informatics PUE Bachelor Computer Science Minor: Business Bachelor Business Informatics TUM Bachelor Computer Science Minor: Business Bachelor Business Informatics BIST Master courses at CAU Imported Courses BIST-Master Master Business Informatics Master Business Informatics Master Business Informatics Master courses of the programBusiness Information Systems Engineering

enhancing or replacing or becoming to be obligatory imported 6

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3.3 New Partner Universities

Joining Conditions: Any university in Europe may join the program as a full partner provided that

– an appropriate level of courses can be guaranteed,

– all partners agree, and

– the offers of the new partners match with the program.

Any university in Europe may join the program as an associate partner provided that


– University of Bolzano, Italy

– Kuwait University, Kuwait

– Indian Institute of Technology, Bangalore


Lectures provided by the partners

1 hour teaching = 2 EATCS credits

4.1 Kiel

Summer term both annually and biannually

– Database Systems I (Introduction into DB Technology) (annually)


– Database Systems IV (Database Systems theory) (biannually)

– Foundations of Business Informatics II (annually)

– Intelligent Information Systems - Content Management Systems (biannually)

– Collaboration of Information Systems (biannually)

Winter term both annually and biannually

– Database Systems III (Database Technology and Programming) (biannually)

– Theoretical Foundations of Business Informatics (annually)

– Database Systems V (Distributed Information Systems) (biannually)

– Internet Information Services (Collaborative Information-Intensive Web Systems) (biannually)

4.2 Klagenfurt


Summer term both annually and biannually (???)

– International e-commerce law, cyberlaw (carrier track)

– Customer relationship management (capstone)

– Application and web engineering (carrier track)

– Logistics systems (IS)

– Intelligent information systems (IS)

– Interactive systems (IS)

– Efficient management and team working (carrier track)

Winter term both annually and biannually (???)

– eBusiness systems (capstone)

– Application engineering (carrier track)

– Knowledge management (capstone)

– Architecturing and networking (IS)

– Mobile and wireless systems (IS)

– Distributed multimedia systems (IS) (4)

– Interactive systems (IS)

– Requirement engineering (IS)





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