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Informatics bachelor degree programme

Would you like to play a creative role in shaping the ways in which we will live and work in the future? Are you also interested in technology-related fields? Then our Informatics programme is the perfect choice for you!

One thing’s for sure: informatics has had a bigger impact on developments in how we live and work than any other field over the past few decades, and will grow in significance over the years to come.

The degree programme: Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc)

As of autumn 2019 the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems will offer the english taught Bachelor degree programme Informatics. 

Informatics is a key driver of innovation that is fuelling advances in many aspects of working and everyday life. Computers make it possible to model and predict economic, ecological and social developments; bioinformatics supports the development of new drugs; and thanks to machine learning, large volumes of data become clear and readable, while pattern recognition turns it into a valuable resource with a variety of potential applications. Informatics opens up new options for creating economic added value, protecting the environment and saving lives.

IMC Krems’ English-language Informatics Bachelor degree programme is aimed at people who are interested in technology-related subjects and want to play a creative part in shaping aspects of the way we will live and work in the future. The programme includes a specialisation in data science, as well as electives with a strong practical focus: Business Process and Enterprise Technologies and Bioinformatics.

Graduates can look forward to a wide range of career options, including in software development, information-based decision making and IT consulting. They will be in strong demand both in Austria and abroad, with a skills set aligned with future requirements.

This programme provides you with a broad, non-industry-specific education in informatics and will qualify you for entry level roles in a wide range of organisations and industries, as well as advanced master-level study.

“Computer science is not about machines, in the same way that astronomy is not about telescopes.” (Edsger Wybe Dijkstra)

Informatics

Informatics graduates are experts in the ways in which science and technology can help us to process information, translate it into knowledge and then make this knowledge accessible in the form of services. Graduates can work as software developers, data scientists and IT consultants, and develop human-computer interaction interfaces.

The internet of things, Industry 4.0 and social media, as well as the exponential growth in storage capacity and the increase in cloud-based processing power are all synonymous with transformative information-based technologies.

Knowledge and advances in informatics are key drivers of innovation which lead to developments in other fields. This discipline puts a strong focus on teamwork and practical application.

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Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.
Pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing

A formula for success: theoretical knowledge + practical experience

The programme is built on three pillars.

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The basics

Semesters 1-4

In the first four semesters you will concentrate on the fundamentals of applied informatics.
Lectures in theoretical informatics cover the key aspects of information processing, as well as statistical methods and techniques. You will apply what you have learned in the practical and technical informatics courses , including projects in which you will be required to develop practical solutions.

We place a strong emphasis on software engineering. Utilising programming tools and methods, you will develop high-quality software systems.

Data science is another key area. You will learn the basics of how data from various sources can be made available and analysed in order to draw conclusions that help to answer specific questions. You will also study interdisciplinary models and systems for the application-focused generation of knowledge from data. Using visualisation methods, we provide insights that can be put to use in business and science.

In order to provide a sound knowledge base, IT and IT-security-related legal requirements are examined in connection with all of the fields of application covered on the curriculumYou will also critically reflect on and discuss the impact of data generation, data use and the related technology on individuals and society from different ethical perspectives.

As projects form an important part of the programme, you will carry out practical work from the very start of your degree. There is a web project in the first semester, a software project in semesters 2 and 3, and the data science capstone project in semester 4.

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Practical experience

Semester 5

Semester 5 is all about your internship. It is compulsory for all students and lasts 22 weeks. You choose where you want to do it – at a company or other type of organisation, or at an educational or research institution. In Austria or abroad? That’s up to you, too. More than half of our students use the internship as an opportunity to gain experience abroad. The internship semester, called the Practical Training Semester, is a unique chance to get a taste of life in another country, familiarise yourself with different approaches and pick up tips from other experts.

The IMC Career Center team and your lecturers will help you to find a placement where you can gain lots of useful experience for your future career.

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Electives

Semester 6

When you get back from your internship, you choose one of the two specialist electives: Business Process and Enterprise Technologies or Bioinformatics. This gives you the opportunity to specialise in the core fields of software development, business consulting and data science with a strong practical focus.

In the Business Process and Enterprise Technologies elective, you work on adapting and developing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for companies or other types of organisations. This involves applying the software development methods and fundamental interface technologies you have learned about in order to integrate business applications into ERP systems. You will get to grips with the transformation and storage of business data, as well as data warehousing technologies. The elective also features a practical ERP consulting project involving the implementation of key work stages.

In the Bioinformatics elective you work with data analysis methods in a bioinformatics context. You will compile and transform raw data sets, and analyse and interpret them using data science methods. You will also apply the fundamental principles of visual computing and the data techniques you have studied in order to analyse biological and medical imaging data. A practical bioinformatics project covers the implementation of key steps in the work process.

Curriculum

What can you expect from your studies? The curriculum provides an overview.
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CourseSWSECTS
Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science
Mathematics I
Mathematics I - Theory 23
Mathematics I - Exercise 23
Statistics and Probability in Computer Science
Statistics and Probability in Computer Science - Theory 23
Statistics and Probability in Computer Science - Exercise 23
Software Engineering and Data Modelling
Web Technologies 46
Programming I 46
Computer Science and Society
Introduction: Applied Informatics 11
General Business Administration 23
Social Skills
Intercultural Competences 12
CourseSWSECTS
Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science
Mathematics II 23
Theoretical Computer Science and Logic 23
Algorithms and Data Structures I 23
Computer Systems
Technical Foundations of Computer Science 22
Networking Technologies and Management Systems I 22
Database Systems
Database Systems - Theory 22
Database Systems - Exercise 23
Software Engineering and Data Modelling
Programming II 46
Design Methodology in Human Computer Interaction 23
Computer Science and Society
Reflections on Computer Science, Society and Ethics 11
Social Skills
Creative Thinking 22
CourseSWSECTS
Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science
Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Science 24
Algorithms and Data Structures II 23
Computer Systems
Networking Technologies and Management Systems II 23
Operating Systems 23
Software Engineering and Data Modelling
Software Engineering and Project Management 46
Computer Science and Society
Process Management 23
Computer Science and Law 23
Reflections on Critical Algorithm Studies
Reflections on Computer Science, Society and Ethics 11
Critical Algorithm Studies 22
Research and Scientific Working
Scientific Skills and Writing 22
CourseSWSECTS
Computer Systems
Distributed Systems
Distributed Systems - Theory 23
Distributed Systems - Exercise 23
IT Security
Risk Management 23
Cybersecurity and Data Protection 34
Data Science and Emerging Technologies
From Data Capturing to Analysis and Interpretation
Data Mining, Acquisition and Preparation 23
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics 34
Data Visualization, Presentation and Real-time Integration of Digital Products 23
Data Science Capstone Project 34
Computer Science and Society
Reflections on Computer Science, Society and Ethics 11
Research and Scientific Working
Bachelor Exposé Preparation 12
CourseSWSECTS
Practical Training Semester
Practical Training Semester (22 weeks à 30 hours) 028
Practical Training Coaching Seminar 12
CourseSWSECTS
Elective 1: Business Process and Enterprise Technologies
Integrated Value Flows 23
Business Application Integration 34
ERP-Consulting
Customizing 36
Data Transformation and Data Warehousing 33
Elective 2: Bio Informatics
Biological Foundations of Bio Informatics 23
Algorithms and Tools in Bioinformatics 23
Big Data for Bioanalytics and Medicine 46
Image Processing and Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine
Image Processing and Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine - Theory 22
Image Processing and Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine - Exercise 12
Computer Science and Society
Reflections on Computer Science, Society and Ethics 11
Data Science and Emerging Technologies
Current Trends and Emerging Technologies 22
Social Skills
Communication and Presentation Skills 11
Research and Scientific Working
Bachelor Seminar and Bachelor Paper 18
Bachelor Exam 02

Key features

What makes our Informatics programme so special? Here’s an overview.

A career in a field that is shaping the future

Informatics is a growing discipline. In future, it will have an even more significant impact on our lives. Business, the environment and health – informatics is leaving its mark in all of these areas. As an informatics expert you will be able to play a role in advances in these fields. You will have the knowledge and skills to address ethical and social questions as well as technical challenges. Informatics is influencing how we live and work, perhaps to a greater extent than any other discipline.

Excellent career opportunities

A degree in informatics lays the foundations for a career, not just a job. You’ll have plenty of options at the end of your degree. You can go into software development, information-based decision making or IT consulting. There will be strong demand for informatics graduates from various sectors – in both Austria and abroad. And English as the language of instruction will stand you in very good stead.

Be part of a team

The job profiles of informatics experts have changed over time, and so have employers’ expectations of university graduates. Today there’s a strong focus on teamwork and practical application. IT development frequently employs ‘agile’ methods, meaning that developers are required to work with a high level of personal initiative, often in self-managing teams. On our Informatics programme, you will learn how to complete tasks and find new ways of storing, sharing and exploiting data as part of a team. Because it’s team players who will shape the future.

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Key skills

When you graduate from the bachelor programme, you will have developed broad-based professional and theoretical expertise, as well as strong practical skills.

You will learn how to develop technical tools and software applications, including artificial intelligence algorithms. The skills required for working with large heterogeneous data sets are essential – data science expertise, in other words. Our graduates are able to generate and visualise information from data organised in real-time.

 

You will be able to maintain a strong user focus and think beyond the confines of your specialist field. These are skills that will boost your employability when it comes to developing interdisciplinary applications, involving areas of biology or business, for instance.

On this programme, you will learn how to independently conduct research to answer practical questions. This encompasses aspects such as researching academic literature, selecting appropriate methods and drawing conclusions, as well as formulating and providing the rationale for solutions.

Highly skilled, creative team players with a strong sense of responsibility: these are the type of graduates that we want to produce – people who society urgently needs in an age of automated data generation. Because informatics has a bearing on ethics and socials issues, too.

Career paths

Informatics graduates can enter a range of professions and sectors.

Courses on the programme are taught in English so you will be ideally prepared for the workplace – whether you’ve set your sights on a career in Austria or abroad. In many companies and organisations today, English is used internally as well as when communicating with business partners and customers. In additional to professional expertise, this degree will also equip you with the language skills you need to get your working life off to a great start or move up the career ladder.

  • Potential entry-level positions
  • Software development: front end, back end, web (for external or in-house clients)
  • Data science: data collection, cleansing, analysis and interpretation (for external or in-house clients)
  • IT consulting: advising clients and adapting software solutions
  • Business intelligence engineering: developing and operating ERP, DWH and BI systems (for and in companies)

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  • Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Deepak Dhungana - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Deepak Dhungana
    Programme Director Informatics

    Programme Director Informatics

    Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Deepak Dhungana

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