What +2 is required for JEE Advanced Advanced

Chair of Information Systems and Business Modeling

Advanced Topics in Information Systems 1 (ATIS1) is designed as a first approach to literature from information systems research. The research area Information Systems (IS) deals with technical and behavioral problems in the development, use, administration and effect of computer-based information systems, i.e. socio-technical systems made up of technology, organizations and people. IS is the English counterpart to German business informatics.

ATIS1 presents research strategies and methods in IS research and demonstrates their use in selected publications. The aim of the course is that the students develop new skills to read scientific texts critically, to think about them, to analyze, to interpret and to evaluate them. This course serves as an introductory event to science and as a subsequent research seminar.

ATIS1 is a highly interactive course where students read, prepare and discuss texts. In each session, one research method is highlighted through the discussion of one or more exemplary journal articles. The discussion is led by the course participants. For every situation, students are expected to read the texts assigned to them, prepare them and write them down. As a rule, this is at least one book chapter and a journal article, to which questions are then answered in writing.

After completing the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand selected research approaches, strategies and methods (e.g. design research, surveys, experiments)
  2. explain the underlying philosophical problems
  3. To read journal articles critically and to question them and, to a certain extent, to be able to evaluate the quality of research articles
  4. to have acquired knowledge about IS research that is not otherwise conveyed in the course of studies (and the knowledge of how and where research contributions are published, e.g. magazines, conferences or workshops).

The course is based on the premise that active participation supports learning. This pedagogical approach requires all students to prepare fully for the sessions and to be actively involved in the process.

All students should participate in the discussions, in particular through:

  1. Applying the concepts presented in the articles to be read
  2. responding to the comments of fellow students
  3. bringing up and justifying a contrary opinion
  4. comparing previously treated case studies
  5. asking relevant questions
  6. sharing personal insights that are useful for discussion.

In addition, all students must give a 30-minute presentation in English on a research paper. The students are expected to discuss the results of this assignment with their fellow students.

Course language
The language of the course is English.

The exam takes the form of a written exam (in English).

Time schedule
The course takes place every two weeks instead of three-hour sessions.

Book about the course
Oates, Briony: Researching Information Systems and Computing, Sage, London, UK, 2006 (UB: E30 TTI1132 + 1 and E33 TTI1132 + 1, +2, +3, +4, +5).

The students should already have successfully completed the seminar paper and at least one course from the "Business Modeling" or "Integration of Business Information Systems" area. Subsequent participation in "Advanced Topics in Information Systems 2" (ATIS2) is recommended, but not mandatory. However, in order to have 6 ECTS credited in the compulsory elective area 1 in the master’s business informatics, it is absolutely necessary to successfully complete both modules (ATIS1 and ATIS2).

target group
The course is aimed at students in their final year of study and is ideal for those planning to write a research-intensive master's thesis.