To supply the demand on highly educated experts in Applied Computer Science, the special field of System-Oriented Computer Science intends to educate people adequately. Particularly middle enterprises, representing the majority of the german job market, require this kind of qualification. Therefore the lectures are not focused on the development of discrete components of an information system (e. g. circuits, hardware, software, networks, databases etc.). Instead, students learn how to apply the latter components. The aim is to organize the cooperation of all parts in an integrated overall system, meeting the customers wishes. Since Applied Computer Science can be found almost everywhere, alumni of this special field are not bound to just one certain industry (e. g. vehicles, process automation, office automation etc.). It's rather a question of learning techniques to be able to familiarize with IT-systems in different industrial environments.
Furthermore the emphasis during the education is not only on one specific phase in the life cycle of an information system (e. g. design), rather the students pick up methods to shape, control and maintain the information system during the whole life cycle from analysis, planning and design over implementation, test and diagnosis to operation and maintenance. Students also practice teamwork and communication with different industries and special fields to understand adjacent scopes and integrate it to one functioning realisation. Thus, students are qualified for later project management and even consulting jobs.
A wide variety of lectures are offered:
One topic is focused on different methods and tools, used for system and software design in the sections of the life cycle (e. g. analysis, design, test, diagnosis, quality management, Tele-services etc.). To keep in mind the over-all system skills for abstraction and thinking in hierarchies are trained.
The second class of lectures examines interactions between computers and technical installations (e. g. devices, machines, vehicles, supply units etc.). Lectures provide knowledge about architectures and applications of serial system interfaces and computer networks to couple technical installations, automation systems, real time controllers, parallel interfaces, intelligent buildings, signal analysis etc..
The third topic covers man-machine interactions. In this field of interest interfaces between computers and human sense organs (e. g. eye, ear, tactile sense) as well as the perception of semantic formations are examined. Students learn how to design "understandable" interfaces and how to evaluate, measure and improve usability and ergonomics. Problems of the average user utilizing VCRs, cell phones and other devices from everyday life are well known. More often this point influences the success in the market of an innovativ product.
Customers more often require large information systems, able to solve problems of high complexity. The system specialist needs to be capable of analyzing the whole system and transforming the problem into a simplified model. Only with the help of this simplifications it is possible to analyse the behaviour of the original system. Another important point is the simulation of such models. That is why the students learn in the fourth group of lectures how they can use tools and environments to analyze, model, simulate and evaluate simulation results of large information systems.
Every student can profit from the interdisciplinary opportunities by selecting lectures according to his personal preferences. He has four options for specialization or combination: methods, interfaces between machines, man-machine interfaces, modelling and simulation. All lectures are independent without any prerequisites and can be combined freely. Furthermore the wide applicability puts students into the place to combine the knowledge with other lectures from different special fields, faculties and (even foreign) universities. Suitable classes can count as usual credits for applied computer science. Consultations for compatibility are offered.
In addition to the practice-oriented lectures labs are offered in well equipped laboratories. Students can find a working model of a factory, networked real time systems, simulators and networks for intelligent facility mangement. It is possible to programm and test interconnected microprocessors or measure parameters at man-machine interfaces. Not only students but also specialists from different industries use those opportunities. Interested students are welcome for a laboratory tour.
The institute for applied computer science is part of diverse practice-oriented research projects shared with industries. Therefore, student projects and topics for final year projects are practice-oriented as well. Often the elaboration is done in cooperation with partners from industries and other (foreign) universities.