Seminar: Information Systems and Service Design

  • Type: Seminar
  • Chair: ISSD - Information Systems and Service Design
  • Semester: SS 2018
  • Place:

    will be announced

  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Alexander Mädche
  • SWS: 3
  • Lv-No.: 2540557

Course Description

Information systems is an ever-changing field of study with numerous facets and research topics emerging. With this seminar, we aim to provide students with the possibility to independently work on state-of-the-art research topics in addition to the knowledge gained in our lectures.

In the seminar, participants will get deeper insights on current research in the field of information systems. The seminar is conceptualized as a literature-based thesis project. Our research assistants offer a rich pageant of diverse thesis topics from our research clusters such as digital experience and participation, intelligent enterprise systems, or information systems engineering and transformation. Students can select among these topics individually depending on their personal interests.

The actual seminar topics will be derived from current research activities of the research group. To further support students with methodological skills for master or bachelor theses, students are expected to conduct a structured literature review (SLR).

Learning Objectives

Students will

  • focus on contemporary issues in the broad context of information systems to get an understanding of information systems in the large
  • carry out a structured literature search for a given topic
  • aggregate the collected information in a suitable way to present and extract knowledge
  • write a seminar thesis following academic writing standards
  • deliver a presentation in a scientific context in front of an auditorium

Course Content

Depending on the supervisor and the individual research focus. We provide new seminar topics in every semester.

Course Schedule

Will be announced. In general, there will be an inital kick-off session to introduce students who successfully applied into the method and the requirements, and to distribute topics among students.

Course Requirements

Master students can visit the seminar. For the registration to the seminar, students have to use the WiWi-Portal

Within the seminar, students have to prepare a seminar thesis comprising up to 20 pages. In case of a literature review, it is expected that students are reading approximately 30 to 35 relevant research papers.

Course Grading

The assessment consists of a seminar paper, a presentation of the results, and the contribution to the discussions within the presentation sessions. The final grade is based on the evaluation of each component:

  • seminar thesis (70%)
  • seminar presentation (20%)
  • contribution to discussion (10%)

Course Material

After the assignment of students to their particular topic, each student will receive some starting literature from his/her supervisor. Furthermore, templates for the seminar thesis and its presentation as well as the lecture content will be uploaded in the ILIAS Portal.


For submission of materials and organizational questions please contact Christian Fleig.