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Specialized Module Courses

Digital Transformation

  • face-to-face: students attend on campus
  • hybrid: T4EU students attend online, home students attend on campus
  • blended: the course is largely online (for all students), but there may be face-to-face elements, for instance for project work, at the mobility week or a final exam
  • basic course (BC): knowledge in area of expertise
  • application course (AC): students apply knowledge to gain experience and generate societal transformative impact in limited scope

subject title

Algebraic Graph Theory

Main part of the course is the study of symmetries of graphs, and in particular graph families having high degree of symmetry such as vertex-transitive graphs, edge-transitive graphs, arc-transitive graphs and Cayley graphs. The method for counting the number of non-isomorphic graphs with a given number of vertices will be explained. Four standard graph products (Cartesian, direct, strong and lexicographic) will be introduced and their symmetries will be studied. Several open problems will be discussed, like for example the problem of existence of hamilton cycles in vertex-transitive graphs.
Distance-regular graphs and strongly-regular graphs will be studied.
 The computer package MAGMA will be introduced and used for basic computations related to the symmetries of graphs.
Prerequisits: Students are expected to have basic group theory knowledge as well as basic knowledge from permutation group theory.
Number of places for T4EU students: 25.

University of Primorska ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: hybrid Language: English
Start date: February 26, 2024

subject title

Data Programing

The rigorous “Data Programming” course teaches students how to use the tidyverse approach to efficiently analyze data using the R programming language. This method is renowned for being effective in the manipulation and analysis of data.
 Students will gain proficiency with the tidyverse package suite during the course, with an emphasis on modeling, data manipulation, and visualization. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on providing students with actual, hands-on training using real-world datasets so they may practice handling data and solving problems.
 Teaching students how to communicate their findings professionally is an important part of the training. They will gain knowledge of how to use Quarto and R Markdown, two sophisticated tools for combining narrative prose and R code to create dynamic, eye-catching reports and presentations.
By the end of the course, students will be confident in conducting comprehensive data analyses and presenting their results using modern data science tools. This course is suited for anyone aiming to develop solid data analysis skills using R.

Number of places for T4E students: 10.

University of Primorska ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online Language: English
Start date: February 19, 2024

subject title

Matlab and Data Analysis

In this course the participants will learn the basics of programming and in particular how to use Matlab for universal data analysis. It is a course for beginners. The aim is that participants without prior knowledge learn how to use Matlab for data analysis, statistical evaluation and presentation of results.
Course for PhD students or Bachelor’s program (see: https://t4eteam.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/WP3TransformingCurricula/EcBtZ-I36NZJlyQxIrIjrdIBxOskV93jMIJTFxevDUY3Ug?e=9qWkPc).


Prerequisites: Participants should know very basic statistics: mean, variance, standard deviation, standard error of the mean

Number of places: 15 BA Tracks

Saarland University ECTS: 1 | BC | Modality: online Language: English
Start date: Tuesday, April 2; Thursday, April 4; Tuesday, April 9; Thursday, April 11, 2024 – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM CET | Registration date: February 12, 2024 to February 25, 2024

subject title

Management of digital transformation

Digitalization and the associated technological breakthroughs offer enormous challenges and opportunities. Against this background, companies are faced with the question: How can competitive advantages be achieved and maintained in the “age of digital transformation”? The theory-based and action-oriented course gives students an insight into digital core technologies that drive the digital transformation of society and equips them with digital decision-making strategies and frameworks.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to (1) explain why and how digital technologies have an impact on companies’ business models, (2) explain why and how companies effectively integrate digital technologies and some are more successful than others, (3) systematically choose between different approaches to assess the potential of digital technologies and to implement and use them in companies. Syllabus.


Desired registration period:

  • Approx. 1 month before the start of the semester until 2 weeks after the start of the semester (Registration dates will be post-ed on the website – see Syllabus).
  • For summer semester approx.: March 2024

Course end:

  • End of the lecture period: 26.07.2024

Examination period:

  • The three weeks after the end of the lecture period

Point of contact: marcel.aksoy@uni-saarland.de; benedikt.schnellbaecher@uni-saarland.de

Saarland University ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: hybrid Language: English
Start date: April – September 2024 (Exact dates will follow but should begin on Monday 22, April 2024 / 12:00 pm – 2 pm (lecture) & 2 pm – 4 pm (tutorial) | Registration date: February 12, 2024 to March 24, 2024

subject title

Symmetry in graphs

The aim of this course is first to introduce the most commonly studied form of symmetry in graphs, namely that of vertex-transitive graphs, and then to study combining vertex-transitivity with other kinds of symmetry, such as arc-transitivity and edge-transitivity.  Vertex-transitive graphs can be described as graphs in which no two vertices can be differentiated from each other, and similarly for other kinds of symmetry.  Vertex-transitive graphs are not only interesting mathematically, but are often used as ‘uniform’ models, particularly in theoretical computer science.   Additionally, they are a frequent class of graphs used to try to understand difficult problems, not necessarily related to symmetry.  The course will start at the beginning, and will also cover any necessary permutation group theory.  A particular aim will be to prove some celebrated work of W.T. Tutte on s-arc-transitive graphs, with some applications of those results.

Only available to students attending the T4EU week.

Further information:

University of Primorska, University of Trieste ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: T4EU week in-person component at the University of Trieste (Italy) and the University of Primorska (Slovenia) + online component | Language: English | Start date: 20.05.2024

subject title

Digital Marketing and Consumers Behaviour

In the contemporary landscape, consumers are equipped with internet-connected devices wherever they go. Gone are the days of relying solely on TV ads, billboards, or salespeople for guidance on the best products and services. Digital consumers now prefer conducting their own research online, delving into a plethora of product information, comparisons, reviews, and free trials available on the internet.

Before making purchasing decisions, today’s consumers invest significant time in exploring various product categories, brands, and services. The entire process of researching or casually browsing before buying should be seamless, devoid of obstacles. Consumers anticipate high-quality offerings at affordable prices, and the power of a genuine recommendation from fellow consumers is unmatched in successful marketing.

With technology and social media, consumers can easily share their honest opinions and experiences, reaching a broad audience. Emotions play a pivotal role in a buyer’s decision-making process, whether positive or negative, increasingly influencing purchases. Marketers must integrate emotional connections with consumers into their advertising campaigns and website design to resonate effectively.

Online shopping has become the predominant purchasing channel globally, and as the urgency to address climate change grows, consumer habits are spotlighting environmental concerns. Digital consumers, constantly connected through various devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers, are better informed than previous generations. They leverage the latest technologies daily to stay updated on products, services, prices, and competition.

Only available to students attending the T4EU week.

Further information:

University of Primorska, University of Trieste ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: T4EU week in-person component at the University of Trieste (Italy) and the University of Primorska (Slovenia) + online component | Language: English | Start date: 20.05.2024