PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

“I started to train as a certified nurse, also mindful of job security. What I had overlooked then, though, was the scope for promotion so I eventually reconsidered my options. Job security has remained an issue, of course, since IT has become an integral part of work, and project management is getting more and more important. In addition, guaranteed career paths and prospects have also been something I have kept in mind with my decision to study PM and IT.

Astrid Gsottbauer, BA, Alumna

 

Qualification awarded
Bachelor degree programme (6 semesters, 180 ECTS credits): Bachelor of Arts in Business; abbreviated: BA

Level of qualification
Bachelor degree programme: first cycle, ISCED 5A, EQF level 6

Specific admission requirements
Admission to a bachelor degree programme at a university of applied sciences is granted on the basis of the Austrian higher secondary school leaving certificate (Reifezeugnis), its foreign equivalent, or the successful completion of a special university entrance examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung). Students of compulsory lower schools who have completed additional schooling in the form of apprenticeships as skilled workers may also take a vocationally based examination acknowledged as equivalent to the higher secondary school leaving certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung). Admission to universities of applied sciences is based on a selective admission process.
The admission process for the bachelor programme Project Management and Information Technology consists of a written application, an interview and a multiple-choice test.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)
Applicants who have acquired certain competences through prior learning can apply for the recognition of these. If the competences were acquired within the framework of a formal learning process (university or equivalent, or other recognized training / education institutions), the programme director decides on the basis of the documents provided (transcripts, course descriptions, etc.), if the prior learning credits can be transferred. If competences have been acquired in a non-formal or informal context, applicants can request a competence ascertainment test. If the applicant passes this test, the competences acquired through prior learning will be credited. Applications for recognition of prior learning have to be submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the semester in which the course is situated. Students must substantiate a request for recognition of prior learning with original documents or officially authenticated copies.

Recognition of study abroad periods
Before the study abroad period every prospective mobile student draws up a learning agreement which has to be approved by the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. In case of changes in the study programme the learning agreement may be amended. All changes have to be approved by both the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. After the mobility period students hand in their transcripts of records to the mobility coordinator, who will facilitate the recognition based on the signed learning agreements and the approved changes. The credits obtained at the host institution in accordance with the learning agreement are automatically transferred into the transcript of records of the UAS bfi Vienna with their original titles and a reference to the host institution, where the study abroad credits were obtained.

Qualification requirements and regulations
The bachelor programme Project Management and Information Technology does not require prior knowledge beyond the level of general university entrance qualification.

Profile of the programme
The bachelor programme Project Management and Information Technology is a 6-semester programme to be studied either in full-time or in career-parallel (Career-parallel programmes are designed for working students and take their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks and classes are held on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.). form. It can be divided into 7 subject areas:

  • Project Management: PM Basics lays the foundation for training in different PM methodologies for the full project cycle, with a focus being put on IT projects.
  • Information Technology: Basics of Information Technology and Programming are followed by Software Engineering and Databases.
  • Business Administration: Basics of Business Administration and Financial Accounting followed by Managerial Accounting and Business Management.
  • Law: Private Law and PM-related Law (EU Law and IT Law)
  • English: English is taught throughout semesters 1 to 5 to continuously improve students’ language skills.
  • Soft Skills: focus on developing personal competences that enable students to take on leading roles in project and work teams.
  • Methodology Expertise: a solid background in Mathematics and Statistics is equally important to enhancing Process and Quality Management skills as well as competence in Scientific Methodology and Academic Writing.

 

The first part of the programme (semesters 1-3) is dedicated to acquiring the basics.
The second part (semesters 4-6) strongly focuses on theory-practice interrelations, with a minimum three-month work placement and a one-year student project commissioned by a real company as major components. The curriculum also includes electives – a specialization in either Project Management or IT – and two bachelor theses: the first to be written in the 5th semester in the field of either Project Management or Business Administration, the second in the 6th semester in IT.

Key learning outcomes
Project Management & Information Technology bachelor graduates are able to:

  • work in project teams and complete project-specific tasks on their own,
  • assess organisations appropriately based on their IT expertise,
  • grasp an enterprise holistically in its relevant environment,
  • apply principles of data and process modelling in the enterprise context,
  • perform in an international work environment due to intercultural management combined with work-related English skills,
  • run small teams as project managers, and realize projects successfully.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
The specific dynamics of information technology (IT) affects the organizational structures of numerous companies. Complex IT products are originating less and less in typical entrepreneurial organization forms, but increasingly in project organizations. For future IT management staff, this means that profound technical knowledge alone is as insufficient as pure (project) management competence.
The UAS bachelor programme Project Management & Information Technology combines these two areas and provides academic and practical application-oriented training at university level.

Graduates of Project Management and Information Technology (bachelor degree programme) are qualified to work as:

  • project assistants/managers,
  • project managers especially in IT projects,
  • IT specialists (system designers, system analysts, service managers, CRM managers, information managers, data warehouse managers, product managers, accountants, knowledge managers, process managers, quality managers),
  • business consultants.

 

Access to further studies
Graduates of UAS bachelor degree programmes may enrol in master programmes at universities and UAS.

Course structure diagram with credits
  Project Management and Information Technology BA (PDF, 116.71 KB)

Course descriptions in German
Course descriptions in English

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Every exam can be repeated twice, with the third examination in front of a panel of three assessors. After a negative panel exam, a student may apply to the degree programme director to be permitted to repeat the year (once only). As per the examination modalities outlined in the curricula, achievement may be assessed on the basis of oral or written exams, or project-related work. Oral examinations are open to the public (Source: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research Unit III/7).
Final examination: For UAS bachelor degree programmes, two independently written papers, so-called bachelor theses, are to be produced; the concluding bachelor examination is taken in front of a panel of three assessors.

Austrian Grading Scheme (PDF, 38.95 KB)

Additional information about the grading system is provided in the Transcript of Records (ToR) and the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
For UAS bachelor degree programmes, two independently written papers, so-called bachelor theses, are to be produced. The final examination in the bachelor degree programme is an oral panel exam on the relevant subjects of the curriculum. Requirements to be permitted to take the final exam: all courses have been completed, the internship has been confirmed and the two bachelor theses (one in BA or PM, one in IT) have been assessed positively.

Mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning…): full-time, career-parallel

Programme director or equivalent: Ina Pircher, tel.: ++43-1-7201286-50