SBWL Information Management and Control
The SBWL Information Management and Control is a Specialization Program consisting of five courses equaling 10 semester hours and 20 ECTS credits for the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences. It is offered to students majoring in Business Administration, International Business Administration or Information Systems. All courses of the SBWL are "prüfungsimmanent" according to its examination mode A ("Prüfungsmodus A"). This means that each course is individually graded based on at least three different assessment criteria.
Admission to the specialization is competitive and further requirements are needed in addition to the standard prerequisites for admission to business administration specializations. Priority will be given to students of the Studienzweig WI. The assignment of places will be based on study success in terms of a grade average over the following selected exams, which all need to be completed for admission:
Betriebliche Informationssysteme I (BIS I)
Accounting & Management Control (AMC I)
Accounting & Management Control (AMC II)
Wirtschaftsprivatrecht I (WiRe: Zivilrecht)
In addition, the following exams will be consulted, if completed by the candidate. It is not mandatory to complete these exams, but their successful completion will strengthen the case for admission:
Fremdsprachige Wirtschaftskommunikation I
Grundzüge der Modellierung
Betriebliche Informationssysteme II (BIS II)
Courses of the specialization are taught in English or German. To complete the SBWL candidates are required to be proficient in English AND German speaking, writing and reading.
Please note that co-registered students (students who register single courses at WU on behalf of their main degree at another primary university) cannot join sequencing courses. Students have to pass the basic courses before being allowed to attend specialization courses. We are very sorry, but we have to sign out all co-registered students from these courses.
The SBWL IMC can help you prepare with the advanced management skills and IT understanding needed to become a senior manager, auditor, analyst, controller or decision maker in the Information Systems Management field. The specialization is designed specifically for those with an interest in combining management with IT in attempt to achieve strategic and performance objectives in a variety of organizational settings including businesses, government and non-profits. The course integrates various managerial dimensions for developing IT and optimizing IT operations. You will not only focus on traditional efficiency and effectiveness considerations, but also, for example, on innovation capabilities, IT compliance, information security, maturity levels, and environmental IT sustainability. The specialization is of particular importance at this moment in time, when organizations are pressured by weakening markets and scarce capital resources, while becoming increasingly dependent upon IS performance.
Know how to make the right decisions that lead to high performance in IT projects and operations.
Understand the typical information systems, information assets and infrastructure in contemporary business.
Develop management skills while deepening your knowledge of information systems
Deliver innovations through projects in information systems, IT processes and services, either internally or as an outside consultant.
Understand how IS can be evaluated, controlled and audited.
Apply frameworks and methods to contemporary IS applications.
Acquire critical skills to prepare you for a senior-level position, such as Chief Information Security Manager, IT strategist, or IT risk manager.
Recommended Course of Study and SBWL Structure
The program structure of the specialization allows students to complete within two semesters. The necessary condition to enroll courses 2 to 5 is the successful completion of course 1. It is advised to take course 2, the second foundation course, immediately after passing course 1.
Our specialization program should provide students with a number of different career options, e.g.:
IT Manager / Decision Maker
IT Project or Program Manager
IT Change and Innovation Manager
IT Security Manager
Information/IT Quality Manager
IT Risk Manager
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