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Software Processes specialization

Control IT processes in companies

Software Processes specialization (I9135-1)

Software Processes specialization

In the Software Processes area of specialization you will learn about IT processes in businesses. You learn how to plan, organize and coordinate complex project processes. Your expert knowledge will enable you to recognize customer wishes and requirements and to integrate these into development. As a product strategist your IT know-how will be in high demand at the all-important interface between development and the market. It will be your job to ensure that products are developed in a user-oriented manner and can be quickly adjusted to new market trends.

Your position at the interface between clients and software developers will demand a high level of communication skills. These varied skills will allow you to manage and steer complex product management processes within businesses in order to design viable IT products with a high level of customer acceptance. As an expert with considerable know-how of software process management, you will be highly sought after in the booming software and services market.

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.

You gain practical experience already during your course through the  2 integrated projects in the 4th and 6th semesters. In the 5th semester you do an internship in a software company of your choice. If you wish you can do your 6th semester abroad - and we'll help you find a suitable university. In the 7th semester you complete your degree by writing your thesis, generally within a company.

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: Software Processes

  • Product management skills (Interdisciplinary knowledge of computer science and market/customers)
  • Knowledge of complete software life-cycle

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

  • Product manager for software systems and IT services
  • Ability to work in various areas of the software life-cycle, particularly in software marketing and quality management
  • Ability to work in international environment (management of distributed development projects)

Job description and perspectives

The need for highly-skilled professionals in the IT sector is constantly growing. IT graduates with management skills and IT processes know-how are in great demand in the job market. You have excellent career perspectives and salary expectations.

Career pathways

  • Product management for software systems and IT services
  • Development of new IT product strategies
  • Employment in various areas of the software lifecycle ( e.g. product design, software marketing, quality management)

Employment sectors

  • IT firms
  • Software and communication industry
  • Service industry
  • Administration, trade

Qualify further with a master's

After completing your bachelor's degree you will be qualified to take one of the two master's degrees we offer, Computer Science or Mobile Systems. With a master's degree, you will be optimally prepared to take on management responsibilities or to do a doctorate.

Besides teaching the principles of computer science, the course also covers the core skills of project and product management, marketing and sales, moderation and communication, and languages and social skills. The programme prepared me in the best possible way for my career start as a product manager at the interface between development, marketing, sales and the customer.
Kevin Hetzel, Product Manager Cloud Solutions, M&M Software GmbH, St. Georgen, Graduate 2017