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Programme:

Business Informatics

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Sciences and Technologies
Academic year: 2019 / 2020
Title: Master of Computer Sciences / Field: Business Informatics
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation

Business Informatics (BI) is a widely known discipline in continental Europe. Even though it is similar to Information Systems, it focuses more on the technical issues, including Information Systems and structural approaches for modeling and analyzing of the business processes and problems.

BI is particularly important in the field of economy and enterprise environment, which is characterized by strategic joining, outsourcing, physically distributed operating environments and global business partnerships. New strategies, techniques, tools and technologies for the development of an appropriate field such as BI will be the main objective of the programme at the South East European University.

Understanding both business and informatics is of huge importance to the work of all business professionals, including the executive managers who determine the strategic organization direction, the information professionals who design and deliver new information services; accountancy and finance managers who use information systems for managing the finances and business reports; and marketing and sale managers who use information systems to follow customer purchase and promote new products.

Business Informatics is a study of the Information Technology in business context. The information have become the key business resource which lead to the creation of new careers for the individuals who understand how to operate with the information. These “knowledgeable workers”- people who understand how to store, retrieve, analyze and inform information- currently have a promising and productive career which is imposed on them.

This balance also reflects the relation between the theoretical and practical subject content acquired through lectures, instructions, seminars, sessions in computer laboratories and self- study. The course knowledge is acquired through different approach methods including exam sessions, in-class tests, tutorials, individual tasks, group work and presentations. Students are expected to demonstrate inventiveness and originality aspects.

The instruction objective is to provide students with quality study experiences which will provide them with best possibilities to understand the course fields and realize their maximum potential.

All the instructors at our Faculty are highly respected professionals who remain active in their fields, and realize personal contacts in the region and surroundings. A quality designed programme is also offered, in which the instruction entails real world experiences, practical work and cooperation with successful companies from the business field which will lead to fast employment.

With the Master of Science in Business Informatics at the South-East European University, the graduates will find employment in the fields of system development, software project management, ultimate users of IT support, programming, and as business system analysts, system analysts. For this reason, the individuals who have not only the ability to design technical, computer-based solutions, but also have the ability to notice the possibilities of IT from a business perspective, will be sought for employment by every organization. Students will be equipped with the following skills:

  • To manage information function in middle-size and big organizations
  • To analyze, plan and develop IT solutions which support the market needs.
  • To plan the required business analysis and business risk estimates.
  • To develop skillfulness, to contribute in the decision making, design and implementation of the changes in the business process.
Knowledge and understanding
  • Knowledge and understanding of business and informatics fields (economy, management, marketing, finances and, respectively, programming, databases, computer and information systems, networking and data engineering) on a level that extends the basic acquaintance of fundamental knowledge through elementary research oriented knowledge and ability to demonstrate expertise in the treatment of real-world problems in the area.
  • Able to develop and apply original and creative ideas within the environment which requires knowledge in the interdisciplinary, overlapping and cross-linked areas of business and informatics and express specialist competences in the same way.
 
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Able to originally, critically, independently and creatively solve problems in new, unseen or unfamiliar environments within the multidisciplinary context of real business or organizational environment.
  • Able to plan, perform and evaluate independent research and query in business domains implementing correspondent computing tools, environments and technologies.
 
Making judgement
  • Able to creatively integrate and synthesize knowledge across several areas related to business processes and using appropriate computing tools and techniques.
  • Able to deal with complex issues related to business processes, to address appropriate specialized instances both in business and informatics domains, make sound judgments in situations of lack of complete information or data, and based on personal, social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and understanding.
 
Communication skills
  • Able to clearly and unambiguously communicate study outcomes and knowledge to specialist audiences form both business and informatics fields along with the ability to appropriate the style and form of expression to non-specialist audience.
  • Have competency for critically independent and creatively argued research, to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques and where appropriate to propose and defend new hypotheses.
  • Demonstrate ability for initiating, leading and taking responsibility for a work of individuals and groups where business and informatics competences are crucial for the type of the position.
Learning skills
  • Able to identify personal needs and directions for individual and autonomous study and to perform it in self-directed and autonomous manner in the common business and informatics areas.
  • Able to take responsibility for ongoing individual and group learning in specialized business and informatics fields within the networked economy, including defining learning objectives for medium and longer terms.

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Organization Information Systems
    Introduction to the basic Information System (IS) concepts and principles in the context of business decision making. This course entails research in the field of Information Systems, as well as explanation of their importance within the contemporary organizations. The main course objective is to provide students with knowledge on how managers can develop and manage the potentials of the Information Technology in their personal professions and the strategic benefits for their companies.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course 1
    • Application of Innovative Technologies in Business Processes
    • Database Concepts
  • [6 ECTS] Free Elective Course 1
    • Rhetoric
    • Methodology of Teaching
    • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Philosophy of Social Sciences
Concentration: Students with previous education in Computer Science
  • [6 ECTS] Foundations of Economic Systems
    This advanced course emphasizes on applications of various economic models for the analysis of issues and debates related to micro / macro-economic policy and strategy. In this context analyzed are various microeconomic models such as patterns of demand and supply, models of minimizing costs, patterns of maximizing profits in conditions of perfect and imperfect competition, the optimal allocation of resources and more. Furthermore, this course covers the international business focused in the period of globalization, national differences in economic policy, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration and so on.
  • [6 ECTS] E-accounting
    The course aims to analyze the prism of accounting of information systems. The course also analyzes accounting from a business perspective and system perspective. After completing this course, students will be able to understand the internal processes in accounting, as these processes are related, what effect has each process in other processes, accounts and annual reports. This knowledge students can use in their careers as business analysts.
Concentration: Students with previous education in Economics
  • [6 ECTS] Concepts of programming
    Systems of programming with events and visual programming. Advanced programming techniques for organizing and operating with data. Applications: environment for working with object-oriented programming languages.
  • [6 ECTS] Computer Systems
    Internet databases, teleconferencing, learning using the Internet, electronic business and commerce, teleport, robots. Java programming language, and java server pages, java server faces, content providers, development and future communications with the Internet, new technologies.

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] E-commerce
    Commercial transactions in an electronic era, understanding of technology, transactions, marketing and trade, business, management and technical implementations of E-commerce. Students will first acquire leadership, planning and team management skills included in the initiation and development of highly technological endeavors
  • [6 ECTS] Database Management Systems
    Thorough research of the Intelligent Management Systems with databases in support of business decision making. Research on all the aspects of data modeling, database design and implementation of relational, object-oriented and semantic database. Relational database systems: architecture, theory and application. Relational data structures, integrated rules, mathematical description and data manipulation.
  • [6 ECTS] Strategic Information Technology Management
    The course describes the general concepts of information management and supports the development of skills and knowledge required for information managers. The most important management and strategy concepts are integrated, and problems such as management function and concepts, the strategy, organization and planning, as well as the examination of the method of using information systems as a strategic tool are also covered. The course objectives are to primarily generate introduction to the key elements of strategic management, the planning and organization in order to further develop understanding of the basic concepts and frames of strategic management through which the potentials of strategic information systems may be identified and evaluated.
  • [6 ECTS] Free Elective Course 2
    • Rhetoric
    • Methodology of Teaching
    • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course 2
    • Business Finances
    • Business Modelling and Process Innovation
    • Information Technology Project Management

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Business Process Analysis for Entrepreneurial Resource Planning
    The course provides students with introduction to the basics of Entrepreneurial Resource Planning Systems, with a special emphasis on how integrated information systems enhance business operations. The course is a detailed description of examining the principles required for understanding the data integration through different departments in every organization.
  • [6 ECTS] Service-Oriented Architectures
    Representation of XML documents. Describe the information in XML. Building blocks of Web services. Architecture of Web Services. Client server model. Web hosting services. Using Web services. SOAP Messaging. SOAP faults. Model for SOAP messaging. Data types. Transport of messages with SOAP. Defining data types and structures with XML schemas. Description of the interface of Web services. Samples of communication. UDDI registries. UDDI interface. Using UDDI to publish the service. Using UDDI to find services. Generating the UDDI WSDL. XML digital signatures and encryption. SOAP security updates. Security. NET 2.0 Web Services. Review na.NET. Classes for working with Web services.
  • [6 ECTS] System Analysis and Design
    The purpose of this course is to enable students with understanding and usage of methodologies, techniques, tools and perspectives essential for system analysts to successfully investigate and develop information systems applications by using standard modeling techniques, such as structure, modeling techniques, and techniques for object modeling. Students should understand and be able to use various technologies and tools for designing programs. Also, students should understand the methods and their limitations in creating a working design with the results obtained from systematic analysis.
Concentration: Students with previous education in Computer Science
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course 4
    • Financial applications of information systems
    • Managing Corporate Information Systems
    • Advanced Software Design
    • Advanced Algorithms
    • User Interface Design and Evaluation
    • IT for Competitive Advantage
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course 3
    • Financial applications of information systems
    • Managing Corporate Information Systems
    • Advanced Software Design
    • Advanced Algorithms
    • User Interface Design and Evaluation
    • IT for Competitive Advantage
Concentration: Students with previous education in Economics
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course 3
    • Advanced software design
    • Advanced algorithms
    • Financial applications of information systems
    • Managing Corporate Information Systems
    • User Interface Design and Evaluation
    • IT for Competitive Advantage
  • [6 ECTS] Elective Course 4
    • Financial applications of information systems
    • Managing Corporate Information Systems
    • Advanced Software Design
    • Advanced Algorithms
    • User Interface Design and Evaluation
    • IT for Competitive Advantage

Semester 4

  • [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex task of Master-Thesis. The module is designed to be fully practical and students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the thesis. The module has unique return result-to enable students to write the master thesis with minimal difficulties, and with maximum efficiency. The course aims to improve research techniques and style of writing paper, taking account to stop illegal means, such as plagiarism and infringement of copyright, which are prohibited by the Statute of SEEU.
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