The Certificate Programme Systemic Management
Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rolf Arnold; apl. Prof. Dr. Fritz B. Simon
Systemic approaches in Human Resources
Systemic thinking has become increasingly popular in the last decades. Numerous fields of application implement systemic approaches that are taking root in consulting, coaching and project management in human resources in particular.
The German-language distance learning programme is aimed at professionals in managing, consulting or organising positions including executive boards, human resources and organisation development and business consulting.
Objective and degree
The Certificate programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire scientifically-based systemic competencies.
Graduates of the Certificate programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern as well as a university certificate.
The Certificate programme comprises eight compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Theory of systemic thinking and action,
- Social systems,
- External- and self-regulation of learning.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The Certificate programme has a standard period of study of two semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once or twice per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern. All written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 15 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, submit a portfolio task and take an examination, et cetera (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,450 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
The Certificate programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The Certificate programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rolf Arnold (TU Kaiserslautern) and apl. Prof. Dr. Fritz B. Simon (Witten/Herdecke University). The Certificate programme Systemic Management is organised in cooperation with the Carl-Auer Verlag.
The Certificate programme has undergone an internal quality assurance process within the TU Kaiserslautern's system accreditation.
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All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.