Applied Computer Science
MSc in Applied Computer Science
What does it cover?
The four-semester Master’s programme explores in greater depth the mathematical, technical/IT and business administration knowledge that you have acquired in a Bachelor’s programme. You choose one of the following three specialisations:
- Integrated Networking: design, development and implementation of complex technical systems in the interdisciplinary field of information and communication technology
- Digital Media: design and implementation of interactive systems with multimodal input and output interfaces
- Business IT: complex, practical issues associated with business administration applications
Why choose this programme?
The study programme is geared to graduates of Bachelor’s programme in Computer Science or in an IT-related subject.
How is the programme structured?
The Master’s programme in Applied Computer Science is divided into three semesters of study and a final semester in which the Master’s thesis is prepared. You acquire sound, broad-based subject and specialised knowledge and learn the connections between various technologies and solutions. You also learn how to develop and apply scientific methods and research findings.
At every stage of the study programme, the teaching sessions are supplemented by lab exercises, practicals and project work. In addition, some courses are run in conjunction with practice partners, meaning that theory is immediately put into practice.
Specialisation in Integrated Networking
The aim of the specialisation in Integrated Networking is to equip students to design, develop and implement complex technical systems in the interdisciplinary area of information and communication technology, including wireless and mobile communication. In particular, students should be familiar with the challenges that they will face when designing, developing and implementing distributed multimedia systems and internet applications.
This calls, for example, for knowledge of the technical possibilities of integrating different network technologies and of the use of internet protocol (IP) – and hence the internet – to transmit different types of information (data, language, video). This includes technical hardware and software designs, methodological procedures to develop distributed and multimedia applications, network security and knowledge of business administration issues as well as of social and employment-related conditions for the introduction of networked multimedia systems.
- Peer-to-Peer Networks
- Network Security Engineering
- Advanced Multimedia Communcations
- Cloud Computing
- Network Management and Monitoring
- Cryptography and Formal Methods of IT Security
- Special Topics in Integrated Networking
In touch with practice and currrent research
To ensure that optimal account is taken of the modern, constantly changing requirements of the real world, we use our cooperation with the network producer Cisco to supplement the theoretical knowledge conveyed in the study programme. As part of Cisco’s education offensive, the Department of Applied Computer Science at Fulda University runs a “local Cisco Academy”. This enables students to gain two additional qualifications, the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certificates, which are both highly respected by employers.
The long tradition of providing academic training in telecommunications as a specific facet of computer science at Fulda University (in 1984 the Department of Applied Computer Science was the first university of applied sciences in Germany to introduce this specialisation) has enabled considerable experience to be built up. That experience has been fed into many projects and seminars but is also one reason why graduates of the Department today hold top management positions with renowned business companies. These connections in turn enable us to intensify research activities in the future-fit field of integrated networking.
Specialisation in Digital Media
The specialisation in Digital Media centres on theoretical and practical knowledge about the design and implementation of interactive systems that are able to merge multimodal input and output data meaningfully and thus to bring human-machine interaction progressively closer to the human communication model.
The objective of the specialisation in Digital Media is to develop technical systems whose primary user interaction takes advantage of new forms of multimodal communication. Graduates are familiar with the current methods of signal processing and pattern recognition, understand the underlying theoretical concepts and are able to expand these concepts and use them in their own innovative developments. They have sound knowledge of user-centred design theory as applied to digital systems and of the development of graphically interactive systems.
- Multimodal Pattern Processing
- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
- Computer Games
- Visual Effects
- Special Topics of Multimodal Human Computer Interaction
The Master’s programme in Digital Media responds to key innovations in information technology in recent years. The increasing diversification of the computer system into a number of different systems makes it necessary to include new forms of human-machine communication in IT training.
Specialisation in Business IT
The study programme is geared to students who have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Business IT and want to gain further qualifications in Applied Computer Science with a focus on Business IT.
Another aim consists of conveying the competences needed to equip students for employment in senior management positions.
In addition to a series of foundational formal, mathematical and technological modules in which students acquire the basic and IT-related skills, tuition is given on core business administration competences (e.g. strategic corporate management, financial management), business applications and quantitative methods, process management und system design.
Graduates should be able to solve complex, practical business IT issues by drawing on sound theory and are equipped to take up senior management positions.
- Business Game
- Business-Processes: Analysis, Evaluation and Re-Design
- Operations Research
- SCM Processes and Applications
- Special Topics of Business Information Technology (Master)
Where does it lead?
Graduates of this study programme work in virtually every business sector and size of company as well as in the public sector. The programme also provides an excellent basis for setting up one’s own business. Graduates are employed in specialist departments such as IT, organisation, development, strategy, controlling or marketing and can look forward to being promoted to management positions. A considerable number of them are in demand from consulting companies or software firms. Their work involves further developing their specialist area and they can also obtain further qualifications by studying for a doctorate.