Course of studies
The Bachelor’s program in Business Information Systems at the University of Mannheim usually takes six semesters. You can decide for yourself when you would like to study which subject. The subjects of business administration for example can be chosen completely free from a pool. The basic subjects of computer science and mathematics, however, are predetermined and in some cases build on each other. Therefore, it is recommended to follow our sample study plan at least in the first four semesters.
After the end of the fourth semester, you will have a good feeling about which subjects in computer science, business administration, and economics interest you the most and you can decide between different specialization subjects from the individual fields of study. The student council will be happy to help you in that matter at any time.
In the module catalog, you will find an overview of all subjects offered in the Bachelor of Information Systems at the University of Mannheim. Here you can also look up which subjects are compulsory and which subjects can be taken additionally.
You pass the orientation exam during your studies, i.e. without taking any further exams, by achieving a total of at least 30 ECTS points by the end of the third semester. As a guideline, however, you should have already achieved the number of ECTS after the second semester.
For a module to be credited, an examination takes place at the end of the module, which can take various forms. In addition to the classic written exams, which usually last 90 or 180 minutes, there are also practical performance assessments, oral exams, and presentations.
In the exams, you receive grades between 1.0 and 5.0 which are weighted with ECTS points and registered in your grade report. ECTS points roughly reflect the amount of time you spend on the subject in question during a semester. An exam is considered to have been passed if a grade of 4.0 or better has been achieved.
For some lectures on the basic subjects, you have to work on weekly exercise sheets during the semester. This is considered a certain preliminary work and serves as preparation for the exam.
If you fail an exam, you will automatically be registered for the next exam. Throughout your studies, you also have two “jokers” with which you can take a third examination attempt.
During your bachelor’s studies, you have to pass four soft skills with a total of nine ECTS. These are designed to complement your knowledge beyond the theoretical subjects. These are time management, presentation skills, rhetoric, and change and project management. In addition, another key qualification must be selected from a pool. You can read more about this in the module catalog.
As a student of Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim, you have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not obligatory but recommended by the university. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard study period is not affected. Most of our students complete either their fifth or sixth semester abroad. The application deadlines are usually in the second or third semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.
As a Bachelor’s student of Business Informatics, you have to take a seminar towards the end of your studies. You will usually take this seminar with a professor of your choice in an area in which you would like to write your Bachelor’s thesis later on. Your professor will assign you a topic, which you have to work out and present in front of a small group of seminar participants or write a paper about it. You will also receive a grade for this, which will count towards your final grade with 5 ECTS points.
In your Bachelor’s thesis, you will work on a topic from one of the departments of Computer Science or Information Systems over three months and write a thesis about it. You’ll discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. During the three months, your chosen professor will act as your supervisor and support you with any questions you may have.
Some professors prefer that you also take the seminar with them or listen to particular subjects as preparation for the Bachelor’s thesis.
Therefore, you should contact your potential supervisor early – from the fourth semester on. You can also find an overview of the Computer Science professors and their topics here. An overview of the Information Systems professors and their topics you can find here.