Cases in Top Management Decision Making SS 2016




Wochentag, Zeit und Ort
see dates below
Date of first class: 18 April 2016


1. General Information

The course can be selected to complete the unit “ACM09: Advanced Accounting on specific topics I” or ACM15 “Electives on Accounting I”. 6 Credit points will be awarded for passing the course. To achieve these points, the students have to attend the lectures and apply what they have learnt by writing a short seminar paper (12 pages). No further examinations are required. Classes will be held in the summer semester.

Class dates in the upcoming summer semester:

Day of week      Date     Time     Venue
Monday     18 April 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372
Monday     25 April 2016      08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372 
Monday     02 May 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372
Monday     09 May 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372
Monday     30 May 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372
Monday      13 June 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372
Monday     27 June 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372
Monday     04 July 2016     08:30 – 10:00; 10:15 – 11:45     J 372

Contact: Henrik Schirmacher MSc

The application deadline was March 31, 2016.


2. Learning objectives

The unit aims at conveying the following skills and competencies:

  • Enhance and supplement the students’ know-how of accounting issues,
  • Advance an integrated way of thinking by connecting different topics, and
  • Enhance communication skills in English, both in oral discussion and by writing a paper.


3. Contents of the course

The course deals with various topics concerning the use of Management Information Systems (MIS). After outlining the composition and establishment of these systems, different areas in which MIS are used in business practice will be introduced. Among others, these include the composition of business plans or performance measurement. For each of these topics an overview will be given and the interdependencies between them will be highlighted. Each topic will be covered in a lecture and the contents will be illustrated by a continuous case study throughout the semester. The following figure shows the organization of the course.


4. Seminar paper

To pass the course students need to write a seminar paper of 12 pages. Several topics will be offered, which are all comprehensive topics. They include contents from different lectures dealt with during the course, so that the students need to combine the different issues and understand the interdependencies. Attendance of the classes will be necessary in order to write a good paper. The deadline for the paper submission is 28 October 2016. Thus, students can use the period between the semesters to compose their work, allowing them a high degree of flexibility. However, students should be aware that in this case, enrolment at the examination office is necessary for the mid-semester examination period of the winter semester 2016/17. Alternatively, paper submission is also possible with a deadline on 12 August 2016. In this case, students need to enrol at the examination office for the mid-semester examination period of the summer semester 2016. Their results are then part of this semester and will be published in September 2016. In addition to being the requirement to earn the credit points for this course the paper provides students with a good opportunity to practice and advance professional writing in English, a skill that can be useful both for their short-term (master’s thesis, dissertation...) and long-term (working in an international environment) future.


5. Course documents

The necessary documents will be available on Learnweb.