Lecture | Information Systems

Process Management and Application Systems


Application systems are ubiquitous in the business environment and appear in different forms. Although the general concept includes, for example, word processing software, the course focuses on e systems that are used exclusively in the business environment, i.e., enterprise systems. In this way the lecture builds on basic skills learned in the modules data management, software engineering and information management. Teaching methods are lectures, exercises, and lab exercises using different ERP systems and short presentations by students. An application system is a system of software components to manage certain tasks in a business environment. The lecture application systems provides basic knowledge for the design and the use of application systems in enterprises and enterprise networks. Initially foundations of information modeling (e.g., function, organization, process modeling) will be intensified. Structure and function of selected application systems (especially ERP systems) are treated in depth and practiced in different systems. Guest lectures from the practice round out the lecture program. In tutorials, the course content will be repeated and applied in a problem-oriented way.

Learning outcomes

Academic: Students can describe basic properties and functions of different classes of business application systems (e.g., ERP, MRP, PLM, CRM, SRM, SCM) and their integration. Students deepen their understanding of different modeling methods and implement them to solve real-world problems. They can describe different (standard) business processes in companies and their integration. Furthermore they can identify and use strategies and tools to analyze and present the business potential of enterprise systems. Students will identify organizational challenges and obstacles related to enterprise systems, as well as analyze and resolve them. They recognize the potential benefits and characteristics of distributed application systems and use them to develop innovative network-based business models. Soft skills: Students learn and deepen the problem-solving capabilities in small groups as well as presentation skills during the presentation of their results. Through self-study the content of the course is deepened. Searching and analyzing academic literature is practiced by preparing for class.
Number of credit hours per week 4
Course eligibility Compulsory
Presence of students On-campus