Master Vorlesung/Seminar Business Software

First sessions

Lecture: Tuesday, 18.04.2017
Seminar: Tuesday, 18.04.2017


Master's students.
Number of participants limited by room size.


Assessment and Grading

Lecture Course (2 SWS): 3 credit points
Seminar (2 SWS): 3 credit points
Total (4 SWS): 6 credit points

The grade for the complete module is a 50:50 composite of the Lecture Course (Vorlesung) examination grade and the Seminar grade. Both parts must be completed successfully in order to pass the module.

Note: Admission to the written examination is subject to the successful completion of the seminar. Information about the pass grade will be given in the first class of the semester.

Examination (Lecture Course)

Written main examination: 25.07.2017, 14:00-16:00h, room E 011
Written retry examination: 17.10.2017, 08:00-10:00h, room D 239

Attention: The retry exam will take place at the start of the next semester (you need to be still enrolled in your study programme). The next regular exam takes place at the end of the next course (and then possibly with new lecture material).

You may bring a HANDWRITTEN page (A4, double sided) to use in the exam (originals, no photocopies). The sheet has to be marked with your name and will be submitted with the exam. A paper dictionary is also allowed.

Course Description

This course gives an integrated view on business-related information systems. In modern organizations there are almost no business units that can work without the support of information systems. Consequently, every employee will have contact with an ERP system (e.g. SAP or Microsoft Dynamics NAV) at their workplace.

The course Business Software at the University of Koblenz-Landau aims to enable graduates to realize, analyze and manage the application areas, potentials and the organization-wide diffusion of Business Software in a company. It provides means and directions for future IT professionals (e.g. CIOs) to make decisions about the selection, the evaluation and the use of Business Software.

The course Business Software requires a fundamental prior knowledge about business management. It covers the most important business areas in a company: Sales, Marketing, Procurement, Production, Finance and Controlling are discussed from a Business Software point of view.

The theoretical part of the course gives a structured view of different types of Business Software and their application scenarios. The participants learn more about the business management context, the related business processes and the appropriate Business Software support. The emphasis in this discussion is on the user perspective.

Case Study Method

As the course progresses, the participants will adopt the role of IT professionals to solve concrete problem scenarios of real organizations. These problem scenarios are summarized in case studies that are presented from the organization's point of view. During the sessions the participants will discuss different courses of action to solve the given problem scenario and their consequences. Subsequently, the real solution will be explained and discussed. By that, the participants learn to analyze a given integration scenario, to identify potential problems and to conclude possible ways to come to a solution.

The lecture will mainly be held in the form of a dialogue. It is necessary to study the case study material before the session to be able to participate in the discussion.

Seminar Description

The seminar is organized as a scientific conference. Students are required to (1) conduct research about their given topic, (2) write down their findings in a seminar paper and (3) present their results in front of the scientific community (fellow students). In the course of the semester each student group will

  • write the first (full) version of the seminar paper
  • discuss their first (full) version of the seminar paper with the lecturers
  • present the findings in front of the fellow students and the lecturer(s)
  • complete the final version of the seminar paper

The specific dates for each deliverable will be announced in the introductory session.

Attendance for the Seminar

  • Strongly recommended: Introductory session during regular seminar slot
  • Strongly recommended: 2x90 minutes session on "Academic Writing" and working with literature during regular seminar slot
  • nx15 minutes paper presentations plus extra time at the end of semester (n=number of participants) regular seminar slot and/ or extra slot (multiple days, depending on number of participants)

Sessions, Enrolment and Attendance

The first session of the seminar will take place during the first lecture slot. Participation is strongly recommended for this session and all others.

Dates for the presentations as well as the exact times of the sessions are tbd due to the unknown number of participating students. We will inform participating students as soon as all seminar topics are assigned. Presentations will probably be held as a block course on an extra day (tbd, but potentially Friday, 14.07.2017).

For planning purposes, please register for the seminar course in KLIPS. Binding registration for the seminar and team formation will be done using the Teams! tool. Futher information will be available during the first session.

Attendance is compulsory for the presentations and other parts of the seminar as specified during the first course sessions.

Information about the seminar will mainly be shared through UniConnect (see section "Literature and Material").

    Available Topics

    General remark: Most of the following topics would benefit from an interview with a key informant (e.g. a specialist working in the portrayed company or industry) and cannot be written based on literature only. Important aspects that could be covered in the seminar paper are: specificity of the chosen industry or solution, technology description, future prospect, process-orientation.

    • Business Process Modeling with jBPM
    • Business Process Modeling with ProcessMaker Community Edition
    • Comparison of Task Management with Asana and IBM Connections
    • Knowledge Management with IBM Connections
    • Knowledge Management with Microsoft Office Sharepoint Online
    • Internal Employee Communication with Microsoft Yammer
    • Supporting Sales and CRM with ERPNext
    • Business Intelligence Visualization with RafaelJS
    • Building an Enterprise Social Network with Microsoft software
    • A topic of your choice

    Literature and Material

    All documents (if electronically available) will be uploaded and made accessible on UniConnect. Registration is available through the UniConnect SelfService using your Uni Koblenz-Landau email address.

    Slides from the first session are available here to distribute the initial information without accessing UniConnect:

    Please note: The course language will be English.