Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Living in a Digitally Augmented Lifeworld
Course unit code 800101022600
Language of instruction German / English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Karin Thea TROMMELSCHLÄGER, Bernd WENZEL

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The course "Living in a Digitally Augmented Lifeworld" can overlap with the course "Digital Transformation" in the computer science degree programme, as both deal with the topic of advancing digitalisation. However, "Living in a Digitally Augmented Lifeworld" focuses more on the personal and social effects, while "Digital Transformation" discusses the topic in the corporate world and from the perspective of IT leadership.

Course content
  • What is the Digitally Augmented Lifeworld?
  • What is Big Data?
  • The Digital Business Models
  • The Benefits and Threats of Digital Area
  • Personal approach to digital technologies

Learning outcomes

We are surrounded by a multitude of electronic or software-technical assistants and apps, which at first glance seem to make our lifes simpler and more comfortable. In this course we will raise our awareness of the middle and long term consequences these technologies will have on our lives, on our society, and on our country.

For this purpose we will

  • have a look at the ubiquitious availability of these technologies,
  • gain an understanding, how these technologies impact our lives
  • based on this understanding get an idea of the potential of these technologies,
  • analyse the positive and negative implications of these technologies on persons, societies, and countries,
  • eventually develop a vision of the necessary ethical boundaries for the usage of these technologies

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Student presentations
  • Case studies

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Discussion of a case study (with presentation)
  • Keeping a learning diary
  • Keeping/developing a glossary of terms



Recommended or required reading
  • Marguerite Johnson: Disruptive innovation and digital transformation: 21st century new growth engines 2021
  • Cathy ONeil: Weapons of Math Destruction, Penguin-Verlag 2017
  • Yvonne Hofstetter: Sie wissen alles, Penguin-Verlag 2016
  • Yvonne Hofstetter: Das Ende der Demokratie, C. Bertelsmann-Verlag 2016

During the term we will find additional sources for sure.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face with mandatory attendance