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Programme:

Information Systems and Management (2022/2023)

Study Cycle: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Faculty: Contemporary Sciences and Technologies
Programme Code: N-PhDISM
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Doctor of Sciences in Information Systems and Management
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for starting of the program

Description of the program

Information systems and services are an essential part of everyday life, whether it is personal, social, or professional work or life. Trends point out that these tools are invaluable to businesses since they support their day-to-day processes, data processing and by use the latest technologies help businesses in making strategic decisions, and by this ultimately fostering digital innovation.

The third cycle of doctoral studies in Information Systems and Management at the Faculty of Contemporary Sciences and Technologies supports traditional IT technologies with an emphasis on business orientation towards industry. This expertise is a widely known discipline in continental Europe. It focuses not only on technical issues, but also on information systems and structural approaches to modeling and analyzing business processes and problems towards better management of various processes in private or public management. The program is particularly important because it offers and requires scientists to conduct innovative research that addresses the complex and exciting interconnectedness of technology and information systems, economics, public policy, and governance.

The program is a continuation of the education of the staff, who have completed the undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The program will provide a higher degree of training in scientific, research and professional fields and in their independent research activities, as well as in academic and professional careers. Through this study process, students will gain academic, intellectual, and technical competencies and communication skills through various forms of preparation for research work. Rapid changes in society impose and require a new approach to preparing the new generations with scientific titles, and the goal is to create managers with new views and ways of thinking, developing skills for predicting the future, and accepting the challenges and opportunities offered by business in the 21st century.

Doctoral studies in Information Systems and Management cover a wide range of topics and issues, but some key areas that are proposed but not limited to include:

  • Economy of digitalization;
  • Analysis of large-scale data, including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence;
  • e-Government and Smart Society Services;
  • Finance and banking services;
  • Information security and privacy;
  • Transdisciplinary business services such as:
  1. Building Information Modeling (BIM) - Digital Transformation in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry (AEC);
  2. Health care and IT;
  3. Mobility and digital transport;
  4. Digital rights, data protection and policy management, and others.

The program provides continuing education of personnel, who have completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The program will enable the highest level of scientific-research preparation in the professional field and own research activities, as well as in professional and academic career. In this process of study, students will be equipped with competencies and academic, intellectual and technical communications skills through various forms and will be prepared for scientific research work. Rapid changes in society impose and require new approaches for preparing new generations of scientific knowledge to the needs of the knowledge-based society and are dedicated to the global labor market in the field of Information Systems and Management.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Possession of knowledge and understanding in the field of Information Systems and Management.
  • Ability to develop and implement original and creative ideas in environments of overlapping or interconnected areas of field of Information Systems and Management.
  • Ability to apply interdisciplinary knowledge and demonstration of specialist competencies in field of Information Systems and Management.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Ability to critically, independently and creatively solve problems in new, previously not encountered or environments for which has no prior experience in a multidisciplinary context of real organizational environment.
  • Planning, managing and evaluation of independent research in the field of Information Systems and Management implementing appropriate Calculator tools, environments and technologies.
  • Creativity and originality in the interpretation of the knowledge of e-technological processes and appropriate use of computer-based tools and environments based on defined techniques for research and investigation.
Making judgement
  • Ability for creative integration and synthesis of knowledge from many areas related to media processes and use of computer tools and techniques.
  • Ability to deal with complex situations related to process-specific technologies, the identification of appropriate specialized domain instances on the internet and informatics and making sound judgments in situations lacking complete information or data based on personal, social and ethical principles and responsibilities related to the application of knowledge and understanding.
Communication skills
  • Ability to clearly and unambiguously communicate conclusions, results, studies and knowledge of Information Systems with the ability to adapt to the style and form of expression for non-specialists.
  • Competence for critical, independent and creative argumentative research, evaluation methodologies and proposing and defending new hypotheses.
  • Ability to initiate, conduct, and taking responsibility for individuals and groups in cases where communication, organizational and informatics competencies are of essential importance.
Learning skills
  • Ability to identify personal needs and directions for individual and autonomous additional education and its performance independently and autonomously in the Information Systems areas.
  • Ability to assume responsibility for continuous individual learning in specialized and new e- technologies.

Semester 1

  • [C2012] [10 ECTS] Quantitative Research Methods
    This course introduces students to problems in econometrics, including the specifical choices and functional forms, prevention of abuse of the assumptions of the classical linear model, the elements of probability and statistics Econometrics, intuition and theoretical estimate regression models with one or more variables performance of original empirical research, extension of the general linear model, the structure of the dynamic model and evaluation of variables with limited depending, etc. This subject is designed for students who are preparing for the preparation of the doctoral thesis project. The main goals of the course are to offer students tools to conceptualize their thesis regarding finding research questions and the creation of data collection methods qualitative analyses. The course is focused on problems quantitative methods and techniques, such as statistical analysis, texts related to theory and testing hypothesis. Equally important are topics of descriptive and causal inference, longitudinal comparative research and case study. Advanced information data collection will be offered for working with text. The goal is to analyze the qualitative data finally putting all theoretical and practical intoxicating function design and writing of the thesis. Epistemological aspects of the subject will materialize through issues. What is the theory of knowledge, which is knowledge, as it comes to scientific knowledge and truth?
  • [C2013] [10 ECTS] General Economics and Theory
    The objective of this course is the make the students aware of the advanced principles of economics and also the contemporary issues. This course will help the student in deciding their area of research interest. Specifically, the aims of the General Economics and Theory course are to enable students to: - develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and concepts and their real-world application; - develop an appreciation of the impact on individuals and societies of economic interactions between nations; - develop an awareness of development issues facing nations as they undergo the process of change.
  • [DET0103] [10 ECTS] Advanced Topics in Information Systems
    The study program goals: Study of advanced concepts from the field and terminology of information systems. - Information systems and advanced concepts: hardware, software, networks - E-world: advanced choice for e-business and e-commerce - Evolutionary Processes To learn more about information systems and advanced technologies that improve business values and different business processes across the organization. To apply concepts with different management disciplines, during the process of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and decision making. Understand the redesign process of organizations using information systems. To describe the role of information systems in decision making. To consider information security as well as ethical and social questions. Become familiar with the Internet, electronic commerce (e-commerce) and electronic business (e-business). Students will be enabled to work on projects, individually or in groups, who by nature can be case studies, scientific-research projects, development projects or practical work.

Semester 2

  • [C2017] [10 ECTS] Research Methods in Computer Sciences
    The aim of this course program is to introduce research methods concepts in Computer Science to PhD students that are going to peruse in their research, understand the strengths and weakness of each of these methods, how to choose suitable method(s) for their investigations, how to carry out investigations using these methods, properly identify the threats associated with these methods and how to deal with them as well as reporting the results of these investigations.
  • [10 ECTS] Professional Elective Course
    • [EET0102] Advanced topics in applied statistics for data processing
    • [EET0112] Advanced topics of security in Information Technology
    • [EET0115] Advanced Big Data Analytics
    • [EET0114] Advanced Topics from the Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Other Fields
    • [EDEC0101] Advanced Econometrics
    • [EDBA0102] Entrepreneurial Management - Advanced Level
    • [EDBA0101] Knowledge Management, innovation and competition
    • [C2014] Behavioral Environmental Economics
    • [E2708] Virtual, Augmented and Extended Reality in Information Systems
    • [E2709] Advanced topics in Healthcare and IT
    • [E2710] Advanced topics in Building Information Modeling (BIM)
    • [E2711] Advanced topics in Mobility and Digital Transport
    • [E2712] Аdvanced topics in Digital Rights, Data Protection and Policy Management
  • [10 ECTS] Professional Elective Course
    • [EET0102] Advanced topics in applied statistics for data processing
    • [EET0112] Advanced topics of security in Information Technology
    • [EET0115] Advanced Big Data Analytics
    • [EET0114] Advanced Topics from the Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Other Fields
    • [EDEC0101] Advanced Econometrics
    • [EDBA0102] Entrepreneurial Management - Advanced Level
    • [EDBA0101] Knowledge Management, innovation and competition
    • [C2014] Behavioral Environmental Economics
    • [E2708] Virtual, Augmented and Extended Reality in Information Systems
    • [E2709] Advanced topics in Healthcare and IT
    • [E2710] Advanced topics in Building Information Modeling (BIM)
    • [E2711] Advanced topics in Mobility and Digital Transport
    • [E2712] Аdvanced topics in Digital Rights, Data Protection and Policy Management

Semester 3/4

  • [DET0105] [20 ECTS] Preparation and submission of the application for the topic of doctoral dissertation-res
    After the second semester, students begin their activities for the development of the plan on his/her doctoral dissertation. Activities include the definition of literature, defining hypothetical framework, the definition of the work methodology and determination of the individual plan as well as the first public presentation. If necessary, can be held elective courses for this purpose.
  • [DET0106-S3] [10 ECTS] Doctoral seminar with a presentation of the report I
    Candidates will submit a list of all seminars attended, which are relevant to their field and/or their research interest at anywhere in the world, on the attached prescribed form to their supervisors for acknowledgement. These seminars should be research in nature. A report should be written by the students in his/her own words for each seminar attended. The report summarizes key points and provides students’ critical assessment. The student is typically required to initiate a discussion with fellow researchers on the topic to help him/her write the report.

  • [DET0107] [10 ECTS] Researching and organizing a workshop for research practice
    Researching and organizing a workshop for research is an integral part of the study program. Candidates will enhance their knowledge, broaden research outlook, and improve thinking and communication skills. Attendance and participation in workshop, together with the related discussions with fellow researchers on topics addressed in the workshop, will aid in the candidate skills of conducting the dissertation.
  • [C2301] [15 ECTS] Publications
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.
  • [C2021] [5 ECTS] Student Mobility
    During the fourth semester the student is obliged to visit and contribute to a relevant institution abroad for a period of at least one week. The aim of PhD students’ mobility is to request candidates to present, exchange and discuss their research work with their colleagues from other countries for improving the quality of their dissertation. For the realization of mobility, the student brings evidence to the mentor.

Semester 5

  • [DET0109] [20 ECTS] Presentation of research results
    At the end of the 5th semester, after the research activities under the individual plan, overall results of this phase of the paper and the research will be presented publicly by the candidate.
  • [DET0106-S5] [10 ECTS] Doctoral seminar with a presentation of the report II
    Candidates will submit a list of all seminars attended, which are relevant to their field and/or their research interest at anywhere in the world, on the attached prescribed form to their supervisors for acknowledgement. These seminars should be research in nature. A report should be written by the students in his/her own words for each seminar attended. The report summarizes key points and provides student’s critical assessment. The student is typically required to initiate a discussion with fellow researchers on the topic to help him/her write the report.

Semester 6

  • [C2300] [30 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation
    Continuing the work of doctoral dissertation. Submitted thesis (dissertation), accepted by the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty and submitted to committee members and begins the procedure of public defense.
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