MSc Lecture/Exercise Workflow Management (formerly known as Digital Communication)

+++ The inaugural examination is on: Tuesday, 2018-10-23, room G 309 (14:15h). +++
+++ The first lecture is on: Thursday, 2018-10-25, room F 413 (10:15h). +++
This module consists of a lecture and corresponding tutorial.

Modul: 04WI2021

Lecturer

 

Information from KLIPS

Lecture

Topic

The lecture Workflow Management (formerly known as Digital Communication) introduces you to the fundamentals of corporate communication in automated and partly automated business processes. We will strongly focus on practice-oriented communication 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 will be organized as a case study, which will be worked on by groups of 4-5 students.

The topics of the lecture will be, amongst others, workflow management basics, workflow management standards, Petri Nets as a basis for workflow modeling, workflow modeling languages, process-workflow transformation, role resolution, workflow management systems, application invocation, and selected topics from research.

The accompanying exercise will simulate 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 will be to build business process models out of a scenario description. The business processes will be modeled by each exercise group. Each group pair, i.e., the groups that work together in a scenario, will also provide 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 one B2B are independent, i.e., later on, they will have to communicate via messages. Finally, the groups implement their workflows. In a final presentation, they will show how their workflow management systems work and how they interact with their corresponding partner system.

Important

The course Workflow Management will be 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.

Please note that you have to pass an inaugural short examination to get access to the course. We have to do this because in past semesters several students joined our courses who came with different expectations and different presumed knowledge, and who had problems to follow the courses later on. If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Computer Science of the University of Koblenz-Landau (FB4) or/and you are a WI student, then you DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THE INAUGURAL EXAM. The exam will be conducted on the first tutorial date, which is Tuesday, 2018-10-23 at 14:15h in Room G 309.

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. Students who do not hold a B.Sc. from the Faculty 4 (Fachbereich 4: Informatik) at the University of Koblenz or are students of MSc in WI need to pass a pre test. Further Information will be published in the UniConnect Community.

How to get Credits

The course is worth 6 ECTS, and at the end, you will get one single combined grade. It will consist 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).

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.