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„IMIS Online“

Part-time certificate programme

With the certificate programme, you have the opportunity to obtain qualifications in the disciplines of international management and/or business informatics and to further develop both your professional and personal skills.

The programme comprises a semester-defined selection from the 13 modules of the Master’s course “ International Management and Information Systems – Online (IMIS Online)”. The certificate programme gives you the opportunity to acquire application-oriented and at the same time scientifically sound expertise in a subject area without having to take up an entire study course. At the same time, you will familiarise with the study course IMIS Online and, if you meet all the requirements, you can later switch to the study course while obtaining credits for the work you have already done.

All modules are conducted entirely in English and basically online. Some modules may include supplementary in-class lectures. The online learning environment fosters your media and virtual social skills systematically, and due to the English-language teaching and the international background of the students, your language and intercultural skills are also developed.

All further training modules are targeted towards extra-occupational studies and are aimed at working people who want to acquire new knowledge and further their education apart from their job. You can complete each module with a certificate of attendance or a qualified further training certificate.

Latest technologies enable a sophisticated distance learning programme. E-lectures, web-based trainings, interactive exercises and the use of the Moodle learning management system ensure that self-study is flexible and oriented towards individual learning processes.

Due to the uniform assessment with credit points in the ECTS standard, you can transfer the further training certificates to the degree course IMIS Online or to other degree courses at accredited universities in the European higher education area. Any examination achievements can later be transferred to the degree course IMIS Online.

The certificate programme lasts one semester per module. The university certificate serves as proof of your acquired qualifications for employers and at the same time it demonstrates your interest and motivation for part-time further education activities.

Each module of the certificate programme comprises 5 credit points; 25 hours of work are required per credit point. This corresponds to a total of 125 hours of work per module, spread over a period of approx. 4 months. However, the actual effort required depends to a large extent on your individual learning requirements and your learning pace. Experience has shown that you do not have to invest all your free time in part-time studies.

Each module is completed with a portfolio examination, which consists of various semester-related elements (e.g. knowledge tests, smaller seminar papers, case studies, practical tasks, etc.).

You can take the following modules:

Winter semester

  • International Management
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • International Economics
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Management Accounting & Finance
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Business Informatics
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Business Marketing Management
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Leadership & Change Management
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Information Management
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Business Intelligence
    (5 Credit Points / ECTS)

Summer semester

  • Business Process Management
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • E-Business
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
    (5 Credits Points/ECTS)
  • Digital Product & Project Management
    (5 Credit Points / ECTS)

Business Informatics

The module imparts skills and application-oriented knowledge from fundamental areas of business informatics, such as computer systems, computer networks, operational application systems, database systems, software engineering, and management support systems. In addition, more specific topics, such as the business process management, which is important for today’s dynamic and highly competitive as well as IT-influenced business world, fundamentals of data security and data protection, and information management as leadership actions in IT, will be dealt with.

Business Intelligence

The first part of this module comprises basic concepts of business intelligence, e.g., data warehouse, the ETL process, OLAP, and data mining. The second part is based on the theoretical and practical learning of an entire ETL process using case studies provided by the SAP University Alliance. The third part of the module concentrates on learning and using data mining processes and tools. Students are confronted with new developments in the area of business intelligence.

Business Marketing Management

Introduction to Business Marketing Management (Definition and Characteristics, Rationality and Specific Investments in Business Markets); Understanding Business Customers: Organizational Buying Behavior (Org. Buying Process, Forces Shaping OBB, Buying Center); Selecting Customers and Creating Customer Value (Value of Customers, Value for Customers); Customer Relationship Management in Business Markets (Transaction vs. Relationship Customers, Managing Customers & Customer Relationships); Services and Flexible Market Offerings (Role & Characteristics of Services, Constructing Product-Service-Bundles); Pricing (Importance and Overview of Pricing Tools, Conjoint Measurement, Value-Based Pricing, Competitive Bidding); Personal Selling (Organizing Sales Force, Key Account Management). The contents will be taught in three steps: 1. in-class teaching activities (summer camp), 2. teaching and applying contents to real case studies online (blended learning) using interactive learning tools on Moodle/eLearning platform (e.g. Wikis, Forums, Video-Conferences), 3. students develop their own case study about a particular B-to-B related decision of a real company and its analysis against the learnt background (e.g. in the company in which students are working).

Business Process Management

The module contains six parts: First, as introduction, targets and strategies of process management and of operations management are critically discussed. In part two, the focus is put on the design of products and services (product design, criteria, specialties of service design). The third part is about strategies and methods for the design and management of business processes (business process design, business process management, value stream mapping). In part four, concepts and methods for managing the manufacturing efficiently are critically analyzed. Part five shows the possibilities for continuous improvement (quality management, TQM, ISO, Six-Sigma, risk management). The last part paves the development path of product and process management towards "Industry 4.0" (Industry 4.0 as new development paradigm, implementation of Industry 4.0).

Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Students receive in-depth knowledge of business start-ups (entrepreneurship), the characteristics of entrepreneurial behavior within organizations (intrapreneurship), and the management of innovation. A number of creative techniques and ideation methods are introduced, as well as processes for implementation. After completing this module, students should understand the unique opportunity of entrepreneurial behavior and should possess advanced knowledge and skills necessary for a) becoming a driver of innovation in established organizations or b) setting up a new, innovative business.


In the first part of the module, students elaborate the basics of e-commerce and e-business, they discuss the dynamic development of the technological infrastructure and company-specific diffusion of e-business and e-commerce concepts. The second part concentrates on strategies and applications, in particular the customer relationship and the supply chain management as well as the electronic procurement. Furthermore, e-business models and their specific characteristics are covered, e.g., with regard to network effects, another focus is put on digital marketing.

Enterprise Resource Planning

After discussing the main idea of ERP systems in contrast to alternative solutions (Best of-Breed), the core business processes in SAP ERP are covered. After this, the module focuses on the strategic value of ERP systems, using the live simulation ERPsim. Finally, ERP system implementation and configuration are addressed and current developments, e.g., InMemory databases, are dealt with.

Information Management

After covering the conceptual foundations of Information Management and looking at the dynamic development of the relevant socio-technical environment this module focuses on Managing Information, Managing Information Systems, Managing Information and Communication Technologies, and the Management of the Information Management Function. A complete set of process management, process modeling, and process mining will provide the basics of optimizing business. In addition, the IT-Infrastructure Library (ITIL) & COBIT, which contains a collection of best practices for IT Service Management, is dealt with. Moreover, a practical project in content management system will enhance the concept of implementing information management knowledge.

International Economics

The module comprises three main areas: the European Central Bank (ECB) and its monetary policy, European integration and foreign trade. The starting point is a detailed introduction to the German and European economy. The first focus is put on the ECB's role in the institutional mix, the refinancing process of commercial banks, and the transmission process of monetary policy. Recent developments like virtual currencies are also dealt with. Focus two covers the process of economic integration in general as well as in the specific context of the European integration. Recent developments (Brexit etc.) are discussed. In the third focus, foreign trade topics, i.e., exchange rate systems, the formation of exchange rates in a small and open economy as well as the essential theories of pricing (UIP, PPP) are thematized.

International Management

The module consists of three parts: 1. Development and Future of International Business and Globalization, 2. Developing International Strategies: Markets, Production, Innovation, 3. Intercultural Management & International Human Resources.

Leadership & Change Management

The module discusses principles involved in organizational change and outlines how to manage that change. In particular, the role of leadership and teamwork is addressed, with special emphasis on industrial organizations. Initially, we will analyze how an organization works, how change affects organizations, the most common types of organizational change, as well as management tools and techniques required as an organization passes through various stages of the change cycle. On that basis, the selection of a leadership style appropriate for a team performance context, how to build trust between team members, how to truly empower others and how to manage the conflicts that arise over task performance and interpersonal issues will be discussed. Where appropriate, examples and case studies of change management and leadership styles in managing change are used. The module contains three parts: 1) the foundations of organizations, 2) strategies for planning change, 3) implementation of change in corporations and how to manage it.

Management Accounting & Finance

Part I: Management Accounting: Control Systems and Performance Measurement, Shareholder Value, Incentive Systems; Part II: Investment Decisions: Investment Criteria and their Critical Evaluation, Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, Project Analysis; Part III: Financing: a) Risk: Risk and Return, Diversification, Market vs. Unique Risk, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Weighted Average Cost of Capital und Company Valuation b) Financial Analysis and Planning: Long-Term and Short-Term Planning, Liquidity c) International Financing: Foreign Exchange Markets, International Investment Decisions. Each chapter will be followed by case studies, which require the application of learnt contents to real-life company situations. The exercises and case studies will be solved with MS Excel. Solutions will be discussed in international teams via the e-learning platform Moodle by applying its various tools of electronic co-operation (wikis, tasks, video and electronic material uploads, video conferences, badges etc.). Optional Excel courses are offered to provide a rather homogeneous Excel knowledge in class.

Costs & Degree

The costs for participating in the modules of the certificate programme, including supervision and examination, amount to € 850 per module and semester.

After the successful completion of a module, you will be issued a certificate of further training from the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. If an examination is assessed as insufficient, you will be issued a certificate of participation, provided you have worked on at least 75 percent of the contents and participated in at least 75 percent of the synchronous course elements.

The further training certificate includes the exact name of the completed module, the number of ECTS credits obtained as well as the examination grade of the module and is issued in both English and German. The credits achieved can be transferred to the study course "International Management and Information Systems - Online" (as well as to other study courses at accredited universities in the European higher education area).

Admission Requirements

University degree

The admission requirement for the certificate programme "International Management and Information Systems" is a first academic degree.

Professional experience

Proof of relevant qualified professional experience of at least twelve months.

Language requirements

Proof of qualification: TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based) or 232 (computer-based) or 91 (internet based); IELTS score of at least 6.5 on the rating scale (a score of at least 6.0 in reading comprehension and writing is required). The burden of proof does not apply to applicants who have acquired their general or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution.



The summer semester starts each year in April and the winter semester in October.
Information about the modules offered in the following semester with forms for enrolment are provided here.

Modules offered: Winter Semester 2023

You can take the following modules in the winter semester 2023:

  • International Management
  • International Economics
  • Management Accounting & Finance
  • Business Informatics
  • Business Marketing Management
  • Leadership & Change Management
  • Information Management


Please send the completed registration form together with the application to audit modules and the required attachments by postal mail or fax to the following address:

Fachhochschule Südwestfalen
Fachbereich Elektrische Energietechnik
Center for Business Education
Jennifer Beckmann | Zertifikatsstudium
Lübecker Ring 2, 59494 Soest

Fax: +49 (0)2921 378 3409

You can choose the study modules you want to take in the upcoming semester in the form.