Structure of the Information Management Program

In the first study phase, the study program provides students with basic skills for the broad professional field of information management, mainly in the form of compulsory courses. This involves the development of theoretical and practical basic knowledge in the professional management of information held on various media. A considerable part of the first phase of studies comprises the acquisition of knowledge of applied computer science, especially the programming of databases. In addition, knowledge in the field of information research and information retrieval is taught and general basic courses are offered.

Already in the first phase of their studies, students can begin to specialize. During the second and third semesters students select two elective modules out of three. Only in the second study phase, i.e. after the first compulsory internship, does a deeper specialization take place. There are hardly any compulsory courses at this point. The wide range of elective modules that build on each other is divided into the following fields of competence:

Library:
Students in the field of competence Scientific Library qualify for independent work in scientific libraries in metadata management, information literacy and system library tasks. Following the successful completion, they are able to independently manage a small information facility and to work in a result- and team-oriented and flexible manner with a high degree of service and customer orientation. The career qualification "Scientific Services in Libraries (category 2)" can be awarded.

Knowledge Services:
The field of competence Knowledge Services is dedicated to core processes around information services and knowledge work. It teaches basic know-how on the acquisition, processing and provision of content, on the marketing and management of information products and services, and on methods for information and knowledge transfer.

Information Literacy:
In the field of competence Information Literacy, concepts for implementing training courses are developed on the basis of basic didactic knowledge and a selection of teaching methods. In a practice-oriented sub-module, students carry out these training courses and reflect on their teaching activities. The courses are aimed at students in libraries or employees in companies.

Media Expertise:
The field of competence Media Expertise covers both the history of the letterpress and print media as well as the knowledge of storage possibilities for audiovisual media. In this area, analogue and digital information mediums in the fields of photography, audio, film and video are examined with regard to their technical characteristics such as resolution and reproduction quality, storage and copying capability as well as further processing. In addition, research and documentation in the field of the above-mentioned AV media will be addressed and corresponding regulations will be discussed.

Data Science:
The field of competence Data Science offers modules for information retrieval, text and data mining and the application of these methods in scientific institutions. On the one hand, this field of competence should prepare for the increasing importance of text and data mining in the professional practice of information managers, especially in scientific libraries. On the other hand, this module is also intended to prepare students for subjects in the fields of machine learning, retrieval, data mining and computational linguistics in information science master programs.

Online Information Management:
The field of competence Online Information Management deals with the development, optimization and marketing of complex online offers. It includes the realization of multimedia and highly interactive internet projects as well as the review and improvement of the user experience and online marketing.

Firstly, the division of modules into fields of competence should enable a wide variety of study paths. Secondly, the grouping of electives in larger coherent fields of competence should lead to all students acquiring in-depth knowledge in two areas.

Of the 15 potential combinations, eleven are supported in the timetable, as they lead to job profiles in demand on the labour market. The remaining four combinations are not possible for capacity reasons.

Combinations:
Library and Information LiteracyClassical librarian who performs training
Library and Media ExpertiseLibrarian specialising in music, AV media or historical collections
Optionally museum or archive work
Library and Data ScienceLibrarian with IT knowledge
System librarian
Knowledge Services and Media ExpertiseInformation manager in a company with focus on the use of various media
Knowledge Services and Data ScienceTechnically oriented information manager
Research Data Management
Participation in data analysis, business intelligence, monitoring etc.
Knowledge Services and Online Information ManagementTechnically oriented information manager
Web Developer
Information Literacy and Media ExpertiseMedia instructor
Information Literacy and Online Information ManagementEducational use of web technologies
e-Learning
Media Expertise and Data ScienceParticipation in digitization projects
Research Data Management
Technical tasks in libraries and archives with AV collections
Media Expertise and Online Information ManagementPreparation of digital content for the Internet
Online Marketing
Publishing houses
Data Science and Online Information ManagementTechnically oriented information managers at the junction of information management and system development
Database manager
Learning contents of the individual fields of competence (available in German):
Grafik zu den Lerninhalten der einzelnen Kompetenzfelder
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