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Course syllabus

Course description

In line with the principles of the SIGMA alliance, the SIGMA Global Virtual Course: Digital Transformation examines from various (disciplinary) perspectives how processes of Digital Transformation can be implemented in a responsible way to address economic, societal, and environmental challenges. Students will be introduced to the topic of datafication and the ambivalence that arises at the intersection of information and human values. They will be familiarized with theories on empowering individuals and society through skilled use of digitized processes and concepts of service management and ethical business models in the digital economy.

Online Modules

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Case Cast

In this assignment, students work in cross-university teams to elaborate on a solution to a complex, real-world-oriented scenario. This challenging task requires students to discuss, evaluate and agree on an approach to a problem without a predefined solution. They need to select and apply appropriate concepts and methods from different disciplines and conduct targeted research to complement their argumentation. The group members need to organize their time by the others' schedules and manage the steps of the project in a limited period.

The Case Cast is the final outcome of the group work. A short video pitch presented in a screencast PowerPoint presentation that explains the group's proposal in a concise way.

Find more information on the group work in the section: Helpful information for students

Reflection Paper

The reflection paper is elaborated in individual work. It is handed in and graded by the lecturer of the home university. For questions on the reflection paper, please refer to the lecturer of your home university.

Course assessment

Online modules

Case Cast

Course grading

The SIGMA Global Virtual Course will be graded based on three elements: The online quizzes, the CaseCast and a reflection paper.

Grading key:
Online Quizzes (individual work)20 % (24 points, 6 modules, 4 points each)
Student project (group work)50 % (60 points)
Reflection paper (individual work)         30 % (36 points)
  • The CaseCast will be assessed by your group supervisor according to rubrics, which provide information on what your supervisors will expect you to do in your CaseCast.

  • Since the participating institutions have different grading systems, you might also have additional tasks (e.g. homework essays,...). If this is the case, the lecturer(s) of your home university will let you know.


Questions regarding course administration

Claudia Böck, M.A.

Claudia Böck, M.A.