Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll
Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems

Prof. Dr. Markus Tepe
Political System of Germany


Dr. Christine Prokop

+49 441 798-2459

Study Program (12 ECTS)

The lecture series is intended to provide PhD students with essential basic vocabulary and concepts in RTG relevant fields to communicate effectively with each other across disciplines. The lecture/seminar plan covers 18 ECTS. These ETCS points are composed of active participation in two introductory lectures (2 x 6 ECTS) and two seminars on career development (2 x 3 ECTS). The two introductory lectures are lectures in those disciplines outside the original course of the PhD student’s study and need to be passed successfully.

Set of introductory lectures from which the team of supervisors and the PhD will design the individual lecture/seminar plan:

Basic concepts in Computer Science

Introduction into Human Computer Interaction (6 ECTS) (inf100) 

In this module, the students gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamental problems that arise from the field of human-machine-interaction. They learn the methodical and technical bases for the design, realization, and evaluation of usable interactive systems and apply them in practical projects in teams. The course contents include a wide range of interaction techniques, especially for mobile and ubiquitous applications, as well as elements of interface design, user-oriented design processes and methods, usability standards, laboratory studies, and field experiments. The curriculum offers the possibility to design novel interfaces and realistic prototypes. For practical assignments during studies, a well equipped Digital Fabrication Lab is available.

Human Computer Interaction and Brain Computer Interfacing (3 ECTS) (psy 220 lecture)

The goal of the lecture is to provide students with basic skills required to plan, implement and evaluate devices for human computer interaction. This cycle will be showcased with the example of a brain computer interface (BCI). The lecture will discuss advantages and disadvantages of different neurphysiological measurement methods, cover data analysis techniques that allow to assess human cognitive states from the brain data, and introduce evaluation techniques for the BCI-system.

Product Engineering (6ECTS) (inf657)

Introduction into the the base concepts of product engineering covering strategic product development, methodologies of product genesis, systems engineering and design methods and creativity. The lecture gives a overview of mechatronic systems development and is accompanied by a practical introduction in mechanical CAD based construction and additive production technologies.

Fundamental Competences in Psychology I: Psychology (6ECTS) (inf970)

This module introduces students to basic concepts and theories in the domains of (a) biological psychology (b) and cognitive psychology, as well as neuro-physiological measurement methods for research in humans.

Fundamental Competences in Psychology III: Experiments and Studies (6ECTS) (inf972)

Introduction into the fundamental of experiments in experimental HCI. This module is designed primarily to introduce master students on how to conduct research studies and emphasizes the skills and knowledge necessary for them to sound methods for (a) designing and conducting experimental studies, (b) quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing results from the study, and (c) report and discuss experimental results.

Basic concepts in Social Science

Introduction to Sociology (sow019, 6 ECTS)

The lecture explains central concepts of sociology (sociology, sociological questions and explanatory strategies, social action, social roles and norms, values and social control, socialization, deviant behavior, social inequalities, social structures and social systems, power and domination, social conflict and social change, organizations, institutions and society). These terms are to be located in the context of selected sociological debates and theories.

Introduction to Political Science (sow021, 6 ECTS)

The lecture offers an introduction to the most important concepts, methods and research contents of political science. The actors, mechanisms and institutions of political systems are presented on the basis of an empirical-analytical research orientation that concentrates on developing and testing theories on political science phenomena. The lecture provides an introduction to government systems, electoral systems, party systems, interest groups and social movements, mass media, legislature, judiciary, public administration and international relations.

Introduction to Social Science Research Methods (sow239, 6 ECTS)

The first part of the lecture first defines what empirical work means and provides an overview of the research literature on the scientific-theoretical foundations of empirical social research. The second part of the lecture will focus on the presentation of existing empirical survey methods and the evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of these methods in relation to certain types of research questions.

Political System of Germany and European Union (sow031, 6 ECTS)

The lecture provides sound knowledge about the composition and functioning of the most important institutions of the political system in Germany and the European Union. Participants will learn about the constitutional and procedural contexts of policy-making in Germany and the EU in order to develop a deeper understanding of law making in Germany and the EU.

Information Technology Law

Legal Informatics/Information Technology Law (wir806, 6 ECTS)

The lecture addresses a wide range of legal conflicts, arising especially from internet use. Participants will be introduced to basic legal concepts such as intellectual property rights, personality rights or consumer rights. European and national regulations will be explained and compared. The seminar deals with the basics of information law. The subjects are IT law, IT contract law, eCommerce law and other legal issues of digitization. Excluded is the topic of data protection which is taught in a special lecture.

Data Protection Law (wir860, 6 ECTS)

The lecture introduces, as a starting point, to the basic legal concepts of privacy protection and informational self-determination. Then the European regulations of data protection like the GDPR will be discussed in detail. Practical knowledge about the drafting of a data protection declaration for certain technical purposes is also included.

Career Development (6 ECTS)

The two seminars/workshops on career development are a compulsory component in each PhD candidate’s lecture/seminar plan.

Creative Scientific Presenting and Writing (3 ECTS)

The seminar/workshop focuses on essential techniques for effective writing and presentation of scientific information, and includes a session on the publishing process and on ethics of scientific publication.

Career Development (3 ECTS)

Possible career options and paths within and outside academia will be brought to the students’ attention by several initiatives. The graduate school OLTECH offers regular courses/lectures on career planning.

Research Methods Workshops (6 ECTS)

Among the key prerequisites for being successful in today’s scientific community are multidisciplinary competencies. In addition, many new discoveries are made by scientists applying a technique that is well-known in one area of research on a subject where that technique has not previously been used. Therefore, one key aspect of the RTG study program is to provide PhD students with the specific methodological skills required in their field of research (to the extent of 6 ECTS).

Peer-Teaching (3 ECTS)

Following the peer-teaching concept, all PhD students will participate in organizing interdisciplinary method workshops (3 ECTS). Students will be grouped by their existing method skills and prepare an introductory workshop on a key research method in their domain (e.g. simulation techniques, data mining techniques, programming with tensor flow, programing VR experiments, programing survey experiments, etc.).

Methods School (min. 3 ECTS)

PhD students are encouraged to participate at method schools that offer intensive method workshops on a unique research method that is essential for their research project (min. 3 ECTS). High quality providers of these special method courses in the domain of social sciences are, for example, the Summer and Winter School in Methods and Techniques by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis as well as the GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Mini-Symposia (Summer Schools) (9 ECTS)

The doctoral researchers organize mini-symposia (2-3 days) on topics that cover the main features of the RTG. They will plan the program with a mixture of talks given by the PhDs and external speakers, invited by the students. These activities will be credited as parts of the PhD qualification program and will take place every year (3 x 3 ECTS = 9 ECTS).

Multidisciplinary RTG Seminar

This obligatory multidisciplinary colloquium is held every month and organized in rotating order by the PhD students. During the colloquium the PhD student introduces their research question and topic of their PhD project introduce the employed research method and report their recent findings to the multidisciplinary audience (graduate students, PIs, other interested scientists of the faculties).

Example of a complete qualification program of a RTG graduate

  ECTS Semester
Study Program    
Introduction to Sociology 6 1
Introduction to Social Science Research Methods 6 1
Career Development    
Creative Scientific Writing 3 2
Career Development 3 5
Research Methods    
Peer-Teaching 3 2
Method School 3 3
1st Year 3 2
2nd Year 3 4
3rd Year 3 6
Multidisciplinary RTG Seminar    
Monthly - 1-6
Sum 33  


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