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Programme:

Business Informatics

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Sciences and Technologies
Programme Code: N-MBI120C
Academic year: 2018 / 2019
Title: Master of Business Informatics
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for running of the program

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.
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, 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

- Can originally, critically, independently and creatively apply, use, develop and solve problems in new and unfamiliar environments in a multidisciplinary context of a real business and organizational environment.
- Can plan, implement and evaluate independent research issues in the domain of business and implement and apply different methods and methodologies of software development in commercial businesses.
- Can use a variety of software development tools and program them using shell scripts and compiled programs in standalone or web environments.
- Can in an original, critical and creative way participate in the process of solving problems in new, unseen or unknown environments for software development.

Making judgement

- In an adequate way can gather, analyze and evaluate data using modern tools and systems for certain economic and/or information and organizational issues, usually from the perspective of management and marketing.
- Argue ideas and concepts qualitatively and quantitatively from the business and organizational character using and implementing knowledge of information systems, corporate databases, and other software tools.
- Has the ability to adequately assess the required deadlines, resources and risks in the planning, development, deployment and maintenance of software, using appropriate tools.
- Can be tested, assessed and appropriately decide on a variety of possible IT solutions in commercial perspective.

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

  • [MCBI-01] [6 ECTS] Business Process Modeling
    Aims of the course program: Processes are the core technologies of all organizations for producing and delivering products and services that satisfy customer needs. Increasingly, in order to continue to serve their customers and remain competitive, organizations are required to continuously analyze, redesign, and improve their end-to-end core business processes in shorter and shorter time frames to achieve operational goals. Realizing this end-to-end business process integration requires an IT infrastructure that enables people, processes, and information to be integrated in a flexible manner. This course will explore how organizations can model business processes as the first step in achieving flexible and integrated business processes. The course will also examine the information technologies and architectures that show promise for enabling this business process integration. The course will provide students with the following: - A framework for understanding the design, control and improvement of business processes. Much of this material will be drawn from the field of operations management. - A methodology for analyzing, modeling, and designing business processes, including the use of simulation for measuring and comparing performance of various models. - Knowledge of the current and emerging information technologies and architectures as enablers of business process improvement, integration and automation.
  • [EMBI1030] [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.
  • [ECSIS-05] [6 ECTS] Information Systems Management
    The aim of this program is to give an overview of information systems from organizational and social perspective. The objective is to supply the students with the adequate balance of technical and organizational perspectives that will serve as a foundation for further studies in the field of information systems.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [ECSDE-01] Knowledge Engineering
    • [ECSDE-02] Web Data Mining for Business Intelligence
    • [ECSDE-03] Data Mining
    • [ECSDE-07] Database Programming
    • [EMCS-02] Data Visualization
    • [EMCS-03] Web Engineering
    • [ECSWMS-04] Sotware Development for Mobile Devices
    • [ECSWMS-07] Cloud Computing Technologies
    • [ECSSE-01] Software Project Management
    • [ECSSE-02] Software Testing and Analysis
    • [ECSSE-03] Requirements Engineering
    • [ECSSE-06] Software Quality Assurance and Risk Management
    • [ECSIS-02] IT Strategy
    • [ECSIS-03] IT Project Management
    • [ECSIS-09] Emerging Trends in Information Systems
    • [ECSIS-10] Electronic and Mobile Business
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [MFE01] Rhetoric
    • [MFE02] Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • [MFE03] Selected Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • [MFE04] Selected Advanced Topics in Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • [MFE05] Professional Communication
    • [MFE09] Labor Market
    • [MFE08] Methodology of Teaching
    • [MFE10] Philosophy of Social Sciences
    • [MFE11] Project Management
    • [MFE12] Optimization Methods
    • [MFE13] Ethical and Legal Issues in Information Technology (IT)
    • [MFE14] Protection of Human Rights

Semester 2

  • [MCBI2021] [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.
  • [SAD0102] [6 ECTS] Software Engineering
    The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of software engineering concepts. Initially the students will be introduced to the construction of a clear specification. In addition, the aim is to answer the following advanced aspects of software engineering: What key technical activities are conducted during the clean room software engineering process? How is component-based software engineering used to create systems from reusable components? How does the client/server architecture affect the way in which software is engineered? Are software engineering concepts and principles applicable for Web-based applications and products?
  • [MCBI2022] [6 ECTS] ICT Project Management
    The course introduces the area of ICT project management, presenting techniques and approaches and aiming to develop a critical awareness of the challenges and shortcomings of the area. The module builds on knowledge of Software Engineering and in other Information systems courses.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [ECSDE-01] Knowledge Engineering
    • [ECSDE-02] Web Data Mining for Business Intelligence
    • [ECSDE-03] Data Mining
    • [ECSDE-07] Database Programming
    • [EMCS-02] Data Visualization
    • [EMCS-03] Web Engineering
    • [ECSWMS-04] Sotware Development for Mobile Devices
    • [ECSWMS-07] Cloud Computing Technologies
    • [ECSSE-01] Software Project Management
    • [ECSSE-02] Software Testing and Analysis
    • [ECSSE-03] Requirements Engineering
    • [ECSSE-06] Software Quality Assurance and Risk Management
    • [ECSIS-02] IT Strategy
    • [ECSIS-03] IT Project Management
    • [ECSIS-09] Emerging Trends in Information Systems
    • [ECSIS-10] Electronic and Mobile Business
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [MFE01] Rhetoric
    • [MFE02] Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • [MFE03] Selected Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • [MFE04] Selected Advanced Topics in Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • [MFE05] Professional Communication
    • [MFE09] Labor Market
    • [MFE08] Methodology of Teaching
    • [MFE10] Philosophy of Social Sciences
    • [MFE11] Project Management
    • [MFE12] Optimization Methods
    • [MFE13] Ethical and Legal Issues in Information Technology (IT)
    • [MFE14] Protection of Human Rights

Semester 3

  • [MCBI3031] [6 ECTS] Business Intelligence and Analytics
    The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of several management science techniques and to provide some insight into how these tools may be used to analyze complex business problems and arrive at a rational solution. The techniques to be studied are forecasting, linear planning, simulation, and modeling. Cases of increasing complexity will be used to emphasize problem description, definition, and formulation. The computer will be used extensively throughout the course, primarily by using available programs to perform the calculations after the problem has been correctly formulated. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and implementation of results. In addition, we will examine the future of analytics.
  • [ECSIS-07] [6 ECTS] Systems Analysis and Design
    The aim of this cours is to enable students to uderstand and use the methodologies, techniques, tools and perspectives essential for systems analysts to successfully investigate and develop information systems requirements, as well as deliver solutions tailored to its requirements using standard modeling techniques such as structured modeling techniques, information engineering modeling techniques, and object modeling techniques. Moreover, understand the methods and constraints involved in creating a workable design from the results of using the above systems analytics.
  • [EMCS-01] [6 ECTS] Service Oriented Architectures
    The aim of this course is to establish an in-depth study of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) from three main perspectives: business, architectural and technological point of view. From business perspective, adopting SOA is essential to delivering business agility; therefore, the importance of SOA in industry will be explained. The architectural perspective will discuss different architectural models of software development, with focus on SOA design and design patterns. The technology perspective will provide students with the opportunity to gain the required experience to implement and deploy SOA solutions that will meet different functional and non – functional requirements.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [ECSDE-01] Knowledge Engineering
    • [ECSDE-02] Web Data Mining for Business Intelligence
    • [ECSDE-03] Data Mining
    • [ECSDE-07] Database Programming
    • [EMCS-02] Data Visualization
    • [EMCS-03] Web Engineering
    • [ECSWMS-04] Sotware Development for Mobile Devices
    • [ECSWMS-07] Cloud Computing Technologies
    • [ECSSE-01] Software Project Management
    • [ECSSE-02] Software Testing and Analysis
    • [ECSSE-06] Software Quality Assurance and Risk Management
    • [ECSIS-02] IT Strategy
    • [ECSIS-03] IT Project Management
    • [ECSIS-09] Emerging Trends in Information Systems
    • [ECSIS-10] Electronic and Mobile Business
    • [ECSSE-03] Requirements Engineering
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [ECSDE-01] Knowledge Engineering
    • [ECSDE-02] Web Data Mining for Business Intelligence
    • [ECSDE-03] Data Mining
    • [ECSDE-07] Database Programming
    • [EMCS-02] Data Visualization
    • [EMCS-03] Web Engineering
    • [ECSWMS-04] Sotware Development for Mobile Devices
    • [ECSWMS-07] Cloud Computing Technologies
    • [ECSSE-01] Software Project Management
    • [ECSSE-02] Software Testing and Analysis
    • [ECSSE-03] Requirements Engineering
    • [ECSSE-06] Software Quality Assurance and Risk Management
    • [ECSIS-02] IT Strategy
    • [ECSIS-03] IT Project Management
    • [ECSIS-09] Emerging Trends in Information Systems
    • [ECSIS-10] Electronic and Mobile Business

Semester 4

  • [CST-THESIS-120] [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and carry out more complex tasks related to their 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 the paper, taking into account the prevention of the usage of illegal means, such as plagiarism and infringement of copyright, which are prohibited by the Statute of SEEU.
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