The IMSE program (120 ECTS) is organised in four successive phases over two years, each providing the core knowledge and further advancing the skills of the incoming students.
The phases are as follows:
- Development and monitoring of software services (University of Stuttgart)
- Analysis of service enabled business processes (University of Crete)
- Design of software services (Tilburg University)
- Thesis: Services Science Topics (any location inside/outside Europe)
The first year comprises the first two phases: during the first phase students learn about middleware platform- and programming models to realise software services, while during the second phase they are trained in analysis and design of software services that realise global business processes.
In the second year, the emphasis shifts towards socio-economic analysis of service-enabled processes in service networks, and optimizing service network performance in terms of business-level key performance indicators (KPIs). The second semester of year two is devoted to thesis work.
Cooperation with both industry and research institutes, links the IMSE program in a controlled and sustainable manner with the professional sector. IMSE is not only fueled by knowledge and expertise from top quality research institutes but also by the imput from leading companies located on different continents, which again underlines the global orientation of the program.
The IMSE program progresses from service middleware up to the layer of service networks, where courses in higher-level layers built on prerequisite courses in lower levels. An overview of courses can be found in the table below:
Table 1: Partners and courses per IMSE layer
|Service Network||University of Crete||Digital economics; introduction to service networks and engineering; business processes and network simulations; internet knowledge management and innovation.|
|University of Stuttgart||Data-warehousing and Analytics|
|Business Process Management||University of Crete||Business processes, communities and business transformation; business processes and network simulations|
|Tilburg University||Service Oriented Architecture; Enterprise Architecture as a Business Strategy; Business Process Integration|
|Service Composition||Tilburg University||Service Oriented Architecture|
|University of Stuttgart||Workflow Management; Web Services.|
|Service Middleware||University of Stuttgart||Web services; Message-Based Applications; Service Management and Clouds.|
|Cross-cutting||Crete University||Greek for Beginners (elective)|
|Tilburg University||Dutch for Beginners (elective)|
|University of Stuttgart||German for beginners (elective).|