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Courses in Winter Semester 2018/19

Teaching concept

Because of the many different bachelor's and master's degree programs, the Chair will be offering seven different courses in the field of Information Systems Research. As Figure 1 illustrates, there are at present three courses each taken from the areas of Economics and Business Administration. The seventh course integrates the two areas.

Of the seven, the course “Introduction to Information Systems Research” is offered as a compulsory course. In this course, which presently more than 500 students attend, a supplementary tutorial will be offered for the students to learn hands-on the basics of programming and databases in the PC pool. Two courses (“Business Intelligence” and “Optimization and Simulation”) are offered as an elective course in the new bachelor's program. As part of the lecture “Optimization and Simulation”, the basics of optimization, based on the Excel spreadsheet system, are discussed as a central theme with particular focus on linear and integer optimization. The lecture “Business Intelligence” introduces methods for analyzing very large databases. The course “Business Intelligence” is being offered for the first time in the Summer Semester 2013.

The course “Management of Information Systems for IMP Students” is offered especially for the new study program “Master in Information Systems and Network Economics”. The newly designed master course gives an overview of information systems and thus represents the link to the other courses. This course begins lecture for the first time in the Summer Semester 2012.

The course, “Computational Economics” is a compulsory subject for the English-speaking master, which is accompanied by a special tutoring program. As part of the exercises and tutorials, the practical use of various software packages is conveyed using a particular “hands-on approach”. The lecture “Computational Economics” facilitates the statistical software R.


Fig.1: Teaching Program 

The course “Advanced Computational Economics”, building on the course “Computational Economics”, presents an immersion into numerical methods. Similarly, dynamic and stochastic optimization principles are discussed and analytically derived.

The course, "Electronic Markets" illuminates electronic markets by both the sides of Microeconomics and of Business Administration. Here, the theoretical fundamentals of Auction Theory are first discussed. The Auction methods are especially computationally expensive in the auctioning of complex goods, which is why heuristics are needed that support the auction process as best as possible, while still retaining the positive economic characteristics. The Business Administration side of the course highlights electronic markets from the operator’s point of view. A practical case study illustrates the material vividly to the students.