Master Basis Module (MBM)

The Master Basic Module (MBM) is intended to enable an early consolidation of the selected major (Studienrichtung). Pre-defined literature and an oral exam (25 min) delimit the MBM. Thus, the following three sections outline the process of getting started and concluding an MBM successfully.

1. Process

The process of organizing an MBM is simple and follows the regulations of the department (Lehrbereich für Informatik).

The optimal steps as follows, are required to obtain from Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller a MBM.


  1. Collect a meeting date and time with Prof. Stiller's secretary, Ms. Monika Ohl.
  2. Prepare your plan of studies (lectures and timing) in the Master program of the IFI on paper.
  3. Select one of the standard topics below.
  4. Download the MBM registration form (Anmeldeformular) (PDF, 85 KB) and complete it with your personal data.
  5. Visit Prof. Stiller at the date and time negotiated (meeting date and time).

In preparation for the meeting, the following details will be tackled. Don't forget to carry with you all the data on paper as listed above.


  1. Discussion about the plan of studies
  2. Selection of the topic
  3. Time frame for exam to be sketched (final date will be fixed via e-mail)
  4. The registration form and the plan of studies will be kept by Prof. Stiller and forwarded to the department (Lehrbereich Informatik).

2. Standard Topics

The following list of topics is considered standard for the Communication System's Group area of teaching and research:

a) Communication Systems - Tanenbaum Book: Computer Networks (5th Edition, 2011)

b) Network Security - Stallings Book: Network Security Essentials (6th Edition, 2017)

c) Blockchains and Bitcoin - based on a list of papers and book(s) from 2016-2018

d) Cloud Computing - Antonopoulos/Gillam Book: Cloud Computing: Principles, Systems, and Architectures (2010)

e) Mobile Communications - Schiller Book: Mobile Communications and selected papers (2000-2017)

f) Network Management - Bergstra/Burgess Book: Handbook of Network and System Administration (2007)

In case of other topics of interest, the personal meeting with the supervisor may determine that it is suitable or not. Please make sure to have the relevant material in form of a book with you.

3. General Hints

All relevant regulations of the department (Lehrbereichs für Informatik) can be found at Master Studies IFI. An important Note: Registrations to an MBM are binding. Until four weeks after the formal meeting a cancellation is possible. For later cases the Section 4.2 of the regulation of studies (Studienordnung) do apply. E.g., a later cancellation can only be allowed in case of a formal doctor's certificate of health, which needs to be handed in three days after the exam date has been determined (including the exam date itself). Otherwise, the exam will be marked as failed.

The basis for the exam is defined by the books listed above and/or the detailed list of references negotitaed during the meeting.

On the exam timing: Exams will be run regularly during term and teaching times. Otherwise, an early pre-planning is required and has to be mentioned during the meeting. Note that the exam's date need to be before the end of the lectures of the second term. In case of a second go, the exam needs to be passed before the start of the third term.

Concerning the preparation time, we cannot determine a full-fledged plan. But based on experiences made in the past, some 3 month are needed to get the content well settled and understood.

In case your may be unsure about any of those steps above, please contact the department (Lehrbereich für Informatik) at an early stage.