The course focuses on information management and information technology issues. It teaches the essential technical and organizational basics for the development, storage, communication, presentation, search and analysis of information and knowledge in all its forms. This includes in particular the following topics: database and information systems, information modeling, information analysis, content management systems, social aspects of information science, digital libraries, basics of the information economy and electronic media.
The course differs from a computer science course in its explicit focus on existing organizational, social and administrative structures (publishers, libraries, authorities, companies, etc.), the inclusion of topics related to digital media and the emphasis on socio-political issues. Due to the emphasis on application, the technical and theoretical basics of computer science are less of a focus than in a classic computer science course. At the same time, at least five mathematics or computer science modules, which are attended together with computer science students, also convey in-depth knowledge of core computer science topics such as software development, algorithms and relational databases.
The course differs from a library and information science course in that it focuses more strongly on the technical fundamentals of information management, the inclusion of formal and mathematical principles and the greater transfer of knowledge about the design and development and operation of information processing systems.
A characteristic of the course is the great freedom in choosing individual areas of specialization, which is expressed in the very high elective component. The individual focus is only determined after an orientation phase of approx. One year, in which the study plan is relatively fixed and both “mother subjects” are studied roughly equally
Modules from the offer of the Institute for Library and Information Science and the Institute for Computer Science:
Diverse perspectives open up for graduates of the degree program on the job market. You can be hired in positions that require information, system and user modeling and research as well as applied systems development. The offers in IT professional fields such as application support, application analysis, databases, IT consulting or technical editing are continuously high.
Compared to a core IT specialist, graduates of the planned course open up further professional fields in the classic "information areas" of library, specialist information, scientific organization, publishing and archive. Compared to a graduate of the library and information science course, the course also addresses those professions that require design and development skills for information systems.
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