Socio-informatics specialization

Computer science for the society of the future

Socio-informatics specialization (I9143-1)

Socio-informatics area of specialization

In the socio-informatics specialization, you will mostly be dealing with digitalization and its effect on society. You will research how user behaviour changes by looking at the interrelationships of society and computer science. For example, the way in which we communicate with each other has changed through software applications. Whats App, Facebook, Twitter and so on, are now part of our daily lives. But business models such as online banking and jurisprudence are also affected and must be adapted to new developments. In business your tasks will include the development of user-oriented and sustainable IT products, or the opening of new markets. You may design future-oriented software systems, particularly for large user groups. These could be social platforms for crowdsourcing or for customer loyalty. Or you may work on concepts for digital public participation, so-called eGovernment. The development of embedded systems, for example for smart homes or the automobile sector, could also be something you will work on in the future.

During your course, you will be taught methodology for IT, sociology and management. You will also look at techniques such as sustainability design and business canvas models, in order to identify the possible influence of IT products and to take these into account in design.

Programme structure

The bachelor programme takes 7 semesters and is clearly structured. In each semester you will take 5 modules which are generally completed with a graded assessment. The foundation level studies are completed after 2 semesters, the advanced level studies after 5 semesters. Your programme includes lectures, seminars and practicals in the area of computer science, software engineering, project and product management, information and communication management, languages and social skills. With the specialization modules in principles of social sciences, empirical methods, computer science in a social context, social networks and psychology of the IT market, you will have gain deep insights into the central aspects of socio-informatics. Further specializations can also be taken in the semester projects in the 4th and 6th semesters, in the internship in the 5th semester and in the 2 elective modules in the 6th and 7th semesters.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • General IT product management skills
  • Set up and use of modern information technologies in and for IT firms

Specialization:

  • Product management skills (Interdisciplinary knowledge of computer science and society) particularly the analysis of user groups and the design of software solutions for social issues)
  • Development of design principles and methods of realization for software with large user groups

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • International orientation
  • Communication and (re)presentation skills
  • Teamworking and leadership skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Strategic IT product management (development of new product strategies, innovation management, market strategies, customer loyalty, risk management, trend scouting): "Computer science for the society of the future"
  • Product management of software systems and IT services
  • IT services management

Job description and perspectives

The need for highly-skilled professionals in the IT sector is constantly growing. IT graduates are in high demand in the job market and have excellent career perspectives. Salaries expectations are also outstanding.

durch ihr praxisnahes, innovatives Studium

Graduates who specialize in socio-informatics have an innovative and workplace-oriented degree with specific social skills, and are thus ideally prepared for exciting and varied career pathways in product management. The international orientation of the programme offers outstanding job prospects in our strongly software-influenced world. Top rankings in employability confirm the high level of respect our graduates enjoy in IT firms.

Career pathways for Socio-informatics specialization

  • Strategic product management (development of new product strategies, innovation management, customer loyalty, trend scouting)
  • Product manager for software systems and IT services  (design, market launch and support of IT products)
  • IT services management

Employment sectors

  • IT firms
  • Software and communication industry
  • Service companies
  • Administration
  • Trade

Further academic qualification - master's degree

After completing your bachelor's degree you will be qualified to take our Computer Science or Mobile Systems master's degree. With a master's degree, you will be optimally prepared to take on management responsibilities or to do a doctorate.

[Translate to English:] Maren Rau
The interface between IT and management positions often needs a translator. This is what we are trained to do in our study programme. Every day I experience how important it is to be able to understand both especially in Requirements Engineering. That's why good IT specialists are also very sought-after in the automotive sector, too.
Maren Rau, Requirements Engineering, E/E Project Management and Integration/Research & Development (RD/EIP), Daimler AG, graduated 2014