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IMSEM - Seminar Hot Topics in Information Management



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SS 2017 - WS 2019/20

Fakultät IV

EN 7

Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik

34351500 FG Datenbanksysteme und Informationsmanagement

Markl, Volker

Rabl, Tilmann

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Learning Outcomes

In this seminar you will learn the comprehensive preparation and presentation of a research topic in English. To achieve this you will have to read and categorize a scientific English text, conduct background research and present your findings.


Based on primary literature, provided by the teaching staff, and secondary literature, to be searched and found by the participants under guidance of the teaching staff, using research journals and articles published at important conferences in the areas of databases and information systems, information management, information modelling and model management, etc. conferences such as WWW, VLDB, or SIGMOD, CAiSE, MODELS or ICSE, one particular area of research will be covered in depth throughout the term. The concrete “hot” research topics will be given in the announcement for each term.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
IMSEM - Seminar Hot Topics in Information Management SEM 0434 L 476 WS/SS No information 2

Workload and Credit Points

IMSEM - Seminar Hot Topics in Information Management (SEM):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Plenary sessions 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Preparation/Individual work 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 90.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 3 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

At the beginning of the semester you will receive a set of primary literature. Then you should find and use secondary sources to research your topic assigned to you in the seminar, which should go beyond the supplied primary literature. Next to conventional sources like the internet you are required to use research journals and articles published at important conferences in the areas of databases and information systems, information management, information modelling and model management. A few weeks after receiving the primary literature, you will have to give a short presentation. The presented topic will be discussed by the seminar group for constructive feedback about the content of your talk. Then, continuously over the term, the participants will give their final long presentation about the topic area, including the secondary literature, of approx. 30 minutes. Finally, a 10-15 pages technical report describing and evaluating the topic is required by each participant. Details may vary and will be announced in the respective semester.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

This course is aimed at master students with a focus on database systems and information management and should be chosen after the 2nd master semester. To be able to participate you should have successfully completed 'Database Technology DBT' and one of the 'Advanced Information Management AIM' (1,2,3) courses. This seminar can be taken very well by students who are directly in front of their master thesis or have already completed it and are interested in a doctorate in information management. It is vital that you have a sound understanding of written and spoken English.

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
(Deliverable assessment) Seminar Presentation 50 oral 60 min.
(Deliverable assessment) Written Seminar Report 50 written approx. 20 pages

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

The exam will be done as a 'portfolio examination', including two deliverable assessments, totaling for 100 portfolio points: - seminar presentation (50 portfolio points) - written seminar report (50 portfolio points) The final grade according to § 47 (2) AllgStuPO will be calculated with the faculty grading table 2. (Die Gesamtnote gemäß § 47 (2) AllgStuPO wird nach dem Notenschlüssel 2 der Fakultät IV ermittelt.)

Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 16.

Registration Procedures

Students are required to register via the DIMA course registration tool before the start of the first lecture ( Within the first six weeks after commencement of the lecture, students will have to register for the course at QISPOS (university examination protocol tool) and ISIS (course organization tool) in addition to the registration at the DIMA course registration tool.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
Seminar specific literature (hot topics ...) will be published in the first lecture.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

This course addresses master students with a focus on database systems and information management after the first (master) term in Computer Science (Major field: System Engineering), Computer Engineering (Major field: Information Systems) and Industrial Engineering (If the capacities are sufficient: Compulsory Elective Module for all students)


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