Project seminars

A project seminar as part of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Information Systems at the University of Münster is a practice-oriented course that aims to apply theoretical concepts in real-world, complex problem environments. Students typically work together in teams to plan, manage, and implement a project, often in collaboration with industry partners. Emphasis is placed on applying previously learned concepts, including teamwork, project planning, developing a business concept relevant to the project, designing appropriate software architecture, implementation, and testing. In addition, intermediate and final results of the project are presented, and participants write scientific texts and work with state-of-the-art software tools. The experience gained is not only valuable for the seminar itself but also serves as excellent preparation for the Master's thesis. In addition to technical learning objectives, the project seminar promotes soft skills such as presentation techniques, academic writing, and teamwork.

The Chair of Digital Innovation and the Public Sector, commonly known as DIPS, regularly offers project seminars, specifically focusing on the intersection of sustainability and digital innovation.

In the summer semester of 2023, Master's students at the University of Münster worked on several teaching cases in the project seminar on sustainability and digital innovation. The seminar aimed to employ teaching cases to foster a deeper understanding of the interface between sustainability and digital innovation for students regardless of their specific field of study, taking into account the multi-layered complexity of the topic, including economic, social, and environmental aspects. In the teaching cases, students’ understanding of the intersection between sustainability and digital innovation is progressively deepened using the specific Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) for affordable and clean energy.

The project seminar emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication as students present their interim and final results and write academic papers on topics within the project seminar. This comprehensive approach not only enhances students' academic knowledge but also trains soft skills such as presentation skills, academic writing, and collaboration, which are vital for professional and personal development in various fields. The project seminar, therefore, combines theory and practice to address real-world sustainability issues, preparing students for future challenges in their careers.