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"I want to know god's thoughts ...the rest are details" Albert Einstein
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in advanced organizations supports all business processes, promotes communication between the company, its suppliers and customers, as well as communication between the company and state institutions. ICT is the basis for electronic business and commerce and enables the creation of virtual communities.
Effective use of these options can significantly increase the success of organizations in the global economy. Advanced organizations require that their employees have knowledge of effective use of ICT in activities which individual employees are responsible for. Top managers are expected to have the knowledge of using ICT to improve efficiency of business processes and increase the competitiveness of the entire organization. Studies of this field of minor specialization provide the future managers with knowledge that will give them competitive advantage in the labour market.
The goal of minor specialization is to equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of applied informatics that complements the knowledge gained in their major specialization.
Students will learn how information systems and information technology supports financial, logistical and business processes in the company, and how to facilitate and accelerate decision-making processes at the operational, tactical and strategic management level.
At the same time, in a number of subjects students will work with ICT experts and learn about the ICT community, and how to solve problems in this area.
In the compulsory subjects, students learn the principles of development and management of information systems in organization. They learn how to develop and integrate information strategy with business strategy, how to define informatics services based on the requirements of business processes, and how to support these services either internally within the company or externally using outsourcing.
Students will become familiar with the structure of information systems and key business applications (ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning, SCM – Supply Chain Management, CRM – Customer Relationship Management), and with reference models of business process management, that include the knowhow of the best companies. They will learn the principles of management of IT projects, and have an opportunity to apply these principles in practice.
Optional subjects extend the acquired knowledge in specific areas such as reengineering of business processes, business – IT relationship management, Internet commerce, development and use of applications such as Business Intelligence (applications for strategic and tactical management of an organization) or Competitive Intelligence, teamwork and workflow, analysis of ICT market, creation and use of websites and information portals.
For admission to minor specialization the students do not need to have specific knowledge of ICT. The knowledge acquired in the basic Informatics course is sufficient for admission. Compulsory subjects are not technologically oriented, but focus on application of technology and on management issues.
Studies of minor specialization are completed with a Final State Examination.
Following the approval of the supervisor of the specialization, students can write their diploma thesis on topics taught in the minor specialization and they can defend the thesis at the Final State Examination.
Graduates are able to work in different types of organizations as experts in promoting entrepreneurship through ICT. Many graduates of the specialization are self-employed or are employed in multinational consulting firms that help other companies to improve the efficiency of business processes using advanced information and communication technologies. Significant competitive advantage of the graduates is the combination of two types of knowledge – knowledge and skills in the field of the major specialization (finance, trade, logistics, marketing, etc.) and the knowledge of Applied Informatics. Such graduates are in great demand by the ICT industry.
Minor specialization Informatics in Business is not available to MSc students in the areas offered by the Department of Information Technologies, the Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering and the Department of Systems Analysis.