0324 BIS Seminar
Univ.Prof. Dr. Verena Dorner, Kenneth Qua, MSc (WU)
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/10/21 to 09/29/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/05/21 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.5.28
Tuesday 10/19/21 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.5.04
Tuesday 11/09/21 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.5.28
Tuesday 11/16/21 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.5.28
Tuesday 12/14/21 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM Online-Einheit
Tuesday 01/11/22 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.5.28
Tuesday 01/18/22 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.5.28
Tuesday 01/25/22 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM D2.0.382

The seminar at the Institute of Digital Ecosystems will address timely topics in the areas of Digital Ecosystem design and mechanisms, the use of new technologies for product development in Digital Ecosystems, and user behaviour and modelling. Topics include but are not restricted to:

- Power distribution and rule-setting in digital ecosystems

- Roles and hierarchies in digital ecosystems

- Game-theoretic perspectives on digital ecosystems

- Case studies of digital ecosystems

- Human-centric digital ecosystems

- Modeling and predicting user behaviour in digital ecosystems

Each seminar group is supervised by at least one researcher from the Institute of Digital Ecosystems. The seminar is designed for project work in teams of 2 to 3 students. Each participant writes his/her own seminar paper (about 15 pages A4 according to standard scientific criteria).

The seminar offers three general types of work: in-depth theoretical work, case studies and/or practical work including implementation, experiments and experimental design, and/or empirical data analysis.

Learning outcomes

The seminar will help you

- Hone your critical thinking skills

- Practice independent scientific work

- Improve your scientific writing and presentation skills

- Gain in-depth knowledge in your chosen topic

- Learn how to conduct a small research project

- Learn how to conduct empirical studies, experiments and case studies in the field of information systems

- Learn how to conduct structured literature analyses in the field of information systems

Attendance requirements

Standard FS (=”Forschungsseminar”) attendance policy applies. Attendance in the first unit and overall for 80% of the time is required. Attendance in the first unit is mandatory (unqualified absence will result in deregistration from the course). For more information on the WU FS attendance policy please refer to
See below for mandatory attendance policy in the first unit.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The seminar format is interactive. It will be taught in a combination of lectures, group and individual presentations, and class discussions, culminating in the submission of the seminar thesis. Lectures will provide students with the tools for researching their chosen topics as well as present best practices for scientific work, writing and presentation. Each group will have regular meetings with their supervisor to discuss their progress and present their work to the other students. All students will be expected to give feedback and engage in class discussion on the first intermediary presentation as well as the final individual seminar paper presentation.


The evaluation of performance consists of all documents produced during the seminar, all tests, and participation in the seminar, group coordination and the quality of the project presentations. The content, methodology, problem-solving skills, structure and creativity will be taken into account.

60% Seminar paper
30% Seminar presentation and accompanying materials (e.g., slides)
10% Active participation in discussions and quality of feedback

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Successful completion of course 1 (“Basics of ICT” / “Grundzüge der IKT”) of the SBWL Business Information Systems.
It is strongly recommended to also have completed course 2 to 4 of the SBWL before commencing with this course.
If you hold a valid registration for the course but are unable to participate, please deregister during the open registration period in LPIS. Your spot can be granted to other fellow students.
Spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis during the registration period.
After completion of the registration period, available spots will be allocated to students on the waiting list who have no valid registration for the relevant curricula's point. Students will be ranked by their study progress as determined by the vice rectorat for teaching ("hardship principle"), not by their rank on the waiting list.
Important Note: The participation in the first unit is mandatory; students who fail to come forfeit their place to students on the waiting list (in the  sequence of the waiting list). Students can excuse themselves if the reason for missing the first unit is serious and will concern only the first unit.

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Last edited: 2021-05-11