MSc Lecture/Exercise Workflow Management

+++ The first lecture is on: Thursday, 2019-10-24, room F 413 (10:15h). +++
+++ The room for the slot on Monday is A 308 +++
This module consists of a lecture and corresponding tutorial.

Modul: 04WI2021

Lecturer

 

Information from KLIPS

Lecture

Preface

The lecture Workflow Management is a new course of the Exam Regulations 2019 (PO2019). It was formerly known as Digital Communication (PO2017, PO2012). Both courses are fully compatible, have the same contents and can be counted mutually.

Topic

The lecture Workflow Management introduces you to the fundamentals of automated and partly automated business processes. We will strongly focus on practice-oriented process automation aspects. The lecture especially discusses methodical, technical and organizational aspects of workflow management. The course consists of a lecture and an accompanying exercise. The exercise is organized as a case study, which will be worked on by groups of 4-5 students.

The topics of the lecture are, amongst others, workflow management basics, workflow management standards, Petri Nets as a basis for workflow modeling, workflow modeling languages, process-workflow transformation, role resolution, and workflow management systems.

The accompanying exercise simulates different B2B scenarios, where one company outsources parts of its business processes to another company. In each B2B scenario, two of the exercise groups will work together, where one group simulates the outsourcing company, and the other group simulates the company adopting the outsourced processes. An example is a car rental company that outsources the insurances of the cars to an insurance company. The first task is to build business process models out of a scenario description. The business processes are modeled by each exercise group. Each group pair, i.e., the groups that work together in a scenario, also provides a description of how and where the B2B processes interact. In a next step, the process models are transformed into workflow descriptions using a workflow management system. Thereby, the systems of the two companies are independent, i.e., later on, they will have to communicate via messages. Finally, the groups implement their workflows. In a final presentation, they show how their workflow management systems work and how they interact with their corresponding partner system.

Important

The course Workflow Management is held in semi-blocked style. This means that from October to late November, we will mostly hold lectures BOTH AT LECTURE AND TUTORIAL TIMES. After that, we offer weekly tutorials that accompany the extensive case study work on workflow implementation, which has to be done in homework. The results of the case study must be presented at the end of the semester.

Language

The lecture will be held entirely in English to open it for non-German speakers. However, in case everyone speaks German, we will change to German.

The lecture and the exercise dates will not alternate regularly. I.e., we will organize exercise dates whenever they fit to the lecture topics and the progress of the case studies.

Preconditions

It helps you (but it is not mandatory) if you know basics of business process modeling (ideally, you have already visited BPM and/or BS). Furthermore, it is a precondition for this course to be capable of programming in Java.

How to get Credits

The course is worth 6 ECTS, and at the end, you will get one single combined grade. It consists 50% of a written examination (60 minutes) on the topics of the lecture and 50% of the results of your case study work (this is because the exercise makes a considerable amount of work!).

The case study grade consists of part-grades you will get for intermediate and final presentations of your case study work. There will be three presentations: one on the process models (15% of the case study grade), one on the workflow models (15% of the case study grade), and one on the finished and running (!) B2B workflow management systems (70% of the case study grade)

The course can be counted for the following Master programmes:

  • Master Wirtschaftsinformatik: elective Wirtschaftsinformatik
  • Master Informationsmanagement: elective Wirtschaftsinformatik
  • Master Web Science: elective
  • Master Computer Science: elective Computer Science
  • Master Computer Vision: elective Computer Science

Particular Topics and Timetable

All dates and topics can be found in UniConnect

Written Examinations

All dates and topics can be found in UniConnect

Literature and Material

If applicable, we will provide any relevant literature. All documents (if electronically available), slides and tools will be uploaded and made accessible on UniConnect. Inaugural reading is not necessary. We will introduce all relevant basics in the lecture.

Registration

Please register for the lecture on KLIPS so that we can estimate the number of participants. Furthermore, you need to register on UniConnect with your University of Koblenz e-mail address to get access to the literature and material pages.

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