Information Systems and Service Design (ISSD) Seminar

Course Information

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. 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, and to communicate all deadlines at the start of the seminar.

The course will comprise the following meetings and dates:

Session / Deadline / Date Date Time Location
Kick-Off Meeting 8.05.2019 14:00 - 15:30

Röser Building (Fritz-Erler Straße 23): 2nd floor, Seminar Room 255

Topic Assignment 11.05.2019 - -
(Optional): Structured Literature Review Method Session 15.05.2019 14:00 - 15:30 tba
Submission Deadline Search String 5.06.2019 12:00 -
(Optional): Q&A Session 10.07.2019 14:00 - 15:30 tba
Submission Deadline Presentation File 14.07.2019 12:00 tba
Presentation Session 17.07.2019 13:00 - ~17:00 depending on number of students. The session will be split into two groups if there are more students. tba
Submission Deadline Final Seminar Thesis 2.09.2019 12:00 -

We are currently moving to building 05.20 ("Allianz Building"). We will announce the meeting rooms and locations as soon as possible.

Course Requirements

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

Within the seminar, students have to prepare a seminar thesis comprising up to 20 pages.

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. All templates and materials will be distributed after the initial kick-off meeting.


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