Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme:Master Computer Science
Type of degree:FH MasterĀ“s Degree Programme
 Summer Semester 2022

Course unit titleDigital Transformation
Course unit code024912020601
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is deliveredSummer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week2
Year of study2022
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated4
Name of lecturer(s)Heidi WEBER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Digital transformation denotes the change of economy and society through the influence of digital technologies. This lecture deals with this change specifically regarding business processes in organizations. The focus of the lecture lies at the interface between management and technology.

Digitally based business processes need consistent planning and implementation in organizational and technological aspects. Demands of system integration and change management are of utmost significance.

Using a collection of case studies, the use of information technology within the organization as well as across organizations is considered in a number of important areas (e.g. logistics, health care, information technology, and services) in this course. In each case study, students must take different perspectives: The technical component of the analysis involves the proposal of suitable IT architectures. The management component is concerned with the analysis of the impact on business processes and their added value (for example: What is the competitive advantage of the proposed solution?) Do the cost advantages of outsourcing a service to a third-party provider outweigh the loss of control over the application and its related data?)" The third perspective concerns change management - how to deal with the changes that occur in every implementation of an initiative for digital transformation.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to analyze business processes, design and evaluate digital alternatives and their IT architectures, and accompany change processes in organizations from an IT perspective. They are able to present an overview of the possibilities and developments in digital transformation, contribute their IT expertise together with their competences in the area of business processes and change management into the development of new business opportunities in existing or new business sectors.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated lecture, case studies.

Assessment methods and criteria

Continual assessment. Evaluation of students contributions.

Handling/Presentation of the team work

2nd and 3rd attempt: written seminar work



Recommended or required reading

Hanna, Nagy K. (2016): Mastering Digital Transformation: Towards a Smarter Society, Economy, City and Nation. Emerald Group Publishing.

Rauser, A. (2016). Digital Strategy: A Guide to Digital Business Transformation. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Rogers, D. L. (2016). Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age. Columbia Business School Publishing. New York: Columbia Business School Publishing.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face with mandatory attendance

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