Learning areas and competences

On the OST Business Information Technology degree program, you will develop skills in the five fields of study in addition to learning specialist knowledge. As a successful manager, not only must you have the relevant expertise, you must also be methodically astute, be able to work well in teams and know your strengths and weaknesses. The course therefore teaches abilities such as critical self-reflection, competent communication skills and teamwork. Combined with relevant specialist content, this makes the Business Information Technology program unique.

Study contents:

  • System-oriented management
  • Basics of computer science
  • Mathematical economics and statistical economics 
  • Enhanced basics
  • Practical projects and Bachelor's Thesis

System-oriented management

In the learning area ‘system-oriented management’, you will deal with selected theories, concepts, methods and instruments of management theory, accounting, economics and law. Studying in this learning area follows a systemic approach and focuses on the design of organisations taking into account the relevant environment. The learning content in this area promotes your systemic and networked thinking.

This learning area includes mathematical foundations of computer science, basics of software engineering (especially object-oriented modelling), programming and architecture of application systems, specific algorithms, data and data structures for applications in business information technology as well as the construction and realisation of database systems.

In this learning area, you will deal with learning content that integratively combines knowledge from business administration and computer science. This learning area covers topics such as information and process management, data management, development and operation of information systems, knowledge management, business intelligence and analytics as well as aspects of digital transformation.

In the learning area ‘enhanced basics’ we teach you the application of mathematical and statistical analysis and research methods. In addition, modules in the field of culture, society and languages make an important contribution to your comprehensive personal development. In this area, you will learn to assess future developments within global networking and to identify the causes of political, natural and human-geographical conflicts. This will enable you to act responsibly in your professional and everyday life. In the foreign language English, the focus is on the economic language. You expand your understanding of listening and reading and develop your speaking and writing skills further.

The learning area of ‘integration and practical projects’ is a special feature of the St.Gallen Business IT studies. No other university places such emphasis on your intensive involvement in specific practical issues. In this area of learning, you can apply the acquired specialist, methodological, social and self-competences in practice. On the basis of a concrete assignment from business practice, you will learn to implement your knowledge in an integrative way. You will conduct surveys for real business situations using a wide range of analysis instruments and project management methods. The project is carried out as accompanied self-study with coaching by experienced Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences lecturers.