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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

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)

STUDENT STORIES

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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A formula for success: theoretical knowledge + practical experience

The programme is built on three pillars.

  1. 1

    1. 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.

  2. 2

    2. 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.

  3. 3

    3. 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.
Click on the individual courses for further information.

  1. 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
  2. CourseSWSECTS
    Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science
    Mathematics II 23
    Theoretical Computer Science and Logic 23
    Algorithms and Data Structures I 23
    Computer Systems
    Database Systems
    Database Systems - Theory 22
    Database Systems - Exercise 23
    Technical Foundations of Computer Science 22
    Networking Technologies and Management Systems I 22
    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
  3. 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
    Reflections on Critical Algorithm Studies
    Reflections on Computer Science, Society and Ethics 11
    Critical Algorithm Studies 22
    Process Management 23
    Computer Science and Law 23
    Research and Scientific Working
    Scientific Skills and Writing 22
  4. 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
  5. CourseSWSECTS
    Practical Training Semester
    Practical Training Semester (22 weeks à 30 hours) 028
    Practical Training Coaching Seminar 12
  6. CourseSWSECTS
    Data Science and Emerging Technologies
    Current Trends and Emerging Technologies 22
    Computer Science and Society
    Reflections on Computer Science, Society and Ethics 11
    Elective 1: Business Process and Enterprise Technologies
    ERP-Consulting
    Customizing 36
    Data Transformation and Data Warehousing 33
    Integrated Value Flows 23
    Business Application Integration 34
    Elective 2: Bio Informatics
    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
    Biological Foundations of Bio Informatics 23
    Algorithms and Tools in Bio Informatics 23
    Big Data for Bioanalytics and Medicine 46
    Research and Scientific Working
    Bachelor Seminar and Bachelor Paper 18
    Bachelor Exam 02
    Social Skills
    Communication and Presentation Skills 11

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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Our Team

Get to know the core team of our bachelor degree programme Informatics.

  • Prof.(FH) Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Deepak Dhungana | Head of Institute Digitalisation and Informatics / Programme Director Informatics - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Deepak Dhungana
    Head of Institute Digitalisation and Informatics / Programme Director Informatics

    Head of Institute Digitalisation and Informatics / Programme Director Informatics

    Prof.(FH) Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Deepak Dhungana

    Core Competencies
    • Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Software Architecture, Systems design- analysis and validation
    • Adaptability and Flexiblilty in Systems design, Configuration and Re-configuration of systems, Product Line Engineering
    • Data-driven Systems, Business Analytics and Monitoring, Industry 4.0
  • Mag.(FH) Nicolas Aron
    Corporate Relations / Department of Business
  • Alessio Gambi, PhD
    Professor Department of Science and Technology
  • Prof.(FH) Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Roger Hage
    Programme Director Digital Business Innovation and Transformation
  • Prof.(FH) Mag. Gerhard Kormann-Hainzl
    Professor Department of Science and Technology
  • Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. Sarita Paudel
    Professor Department of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Rubén Ruiz Torrubiano
    Professor Department of Science and Technology

Application and admissions – the next steps

You've found a course that's a perfect fit? Great – you’ve already taken the most important step! We’ve put together an overview to guide you through the next steps.

What are the admission requirements for bachelor programmes?

To qualify for admission to a university of applied sciences bachelor degree programme, you must have an Austrian school-leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Do you have a school-leaving certificate issued outside Austria?

We’ll check to make sure it’s equivalent to an Austrian certificate in accordance with section 4 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act (FHG) when you’ve sent us all the relevant documentation via our online application tool. If it is not an equivalent, you’ll receive information on the supplementary examinations you’ll need to pass. In a nutshell, you will have the option of completing a summer school and the necessary supplementary examinations at IMC Krems or look for an external provider. In that case, you might consider our cooperation partner, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria: It offers a one-year International Foundation Programme which provides you with all the necessary qualifications you need in order to start your studies in Krems.

What proof of your language skills is required for our English-language bachelor degree programme?

We’ll assess your English language proficiency at your interview, so there is no need to provide additional evidence of your English skills. 

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Do you still need to complete your military or alternative service?  If you’re a male Austrian citizen, we strongly recommend completing your compulsory national service before beginning your studies. This will allow you to finish your degree with no interruptions and start your career without delay afterwards.

 

Application interview

We would like to get to know you as a person:
As part of the online application you will have to write a statement of motivation and a short essay on a topic relevant to the degree programme. Predefined questions about your motivations as well as the requirements and topics for your essay can be found in the online application. You choose one of the suggested topics, conduct research to broaden your knowledge, deal with the issues and bring your own point of view to the essay. Your answers are to be entered in the fields provided.

Your statement of motivation and your essay form the basis for your application interview. Every applicant has an opportunity to introduce themselves in a face-to-face discussion, usually with the degree programme director. In addition to the personal introduction and your motivation to study, the applicant and the interviewer discuss the topic selected and the arguments used in the essay, as well as the topic’s relevance for the degree programme.

The application interview is held in the language of instruction of the degree programme and can take place either online via Microsoft Teams or in presence.

After the application interview, your statement of motivation, the essay and your performance throughout the interview are assessed on the basis of the content-related remarks, the manner in which they express themselves and the arguments used.
 

Interview dates

There is usually a selection of dates to choose from, with quotas allocated for each date. You can select a preferred date and time slot for your admission interview during the online application process. In order to still benefit from the full selection of dates, we recommend that you submit your application in good time.

Get an overview of the dates for your programme.

Admission Interview
27/01/202324/02/202320/03/202331/03/202327/04/202328/04/202312/05/202326/05/202315/06/202327/06/202329/06/202305/07/202306/07/2023

After you have successfully completed your online application, your application will be checked for completeness and correctness. As soon as this process is completed, we will inform you by e-mail and confirm the date for your admission interview. We will send you the Microsoft Teams Meeting Link in a separate e-mail a few days before the application interview date.

Application for the next study year possible from 01/12/2022
Application deadline for EU nationals 15/04/2023
Application deadline for non-EU nationals 15/04/2023

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