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Module [Module Number] Ergänzungsmodul Wirtschaftsinformatik ll [1277EMWi02]
Regular Cycle Summer Term
Teaching Form Lecture + Tutorial
Examination  Form Portfolio
Teaching Language German
Instructors Dr. Janek Richter (Lectures) and Christian Hovestadt (Tutorials)
KLIPS Summer Term 2020: Lecture, Tutorial (Second Registration Phase)
Syllabus Download



  • Processes and important challenges in the development of IS
  • Alternatives for the realization of IS ("Make or Buy", Outsourcing, Software as a Service, etc.)
  • Process models for the development of IS (waterfall model, evolutionary development, agile software development)
  • Concepts and forms of project management for IS development
  • Project control and evaluation methods
  • Communication and leadership

Learning Objectives

Students …
  • recognize the challenges of information system (IS) development.
  • can evaluate, select and apply various process models for the development of IS based on their advantages and disadvantages.
  • understand traditional and new, agile, IS development process models.
  • can assess, select and apply the different organizational forms of project management for the development of IS based on their respective strengths and weaknesses.
  • are aware of the dangers of time pressure in IS development projects and are in a position to take appropriate countermeasures.
  • are able to develop solutions in small groups and present them in the plenum.

COVID-19 Situation

Unit Conduct

  • The course will run in a digital format while course attendance is discontinued by the University

  • We provide updates when the situation changes

  • We may switch back to an attendance-based model when this option becomes available again

  • Please see the Syllabus for more details

  • Formats for online teaching may vary:
    readings, ILIAS training modules (e.g. quizzes), live digital presentations, video lectures, video tutorials, or podcasts and interviews

  • Because this part of the teaching is entirely online, it will be important for you to exercise discipline and study at your own leisure and pace.


  • We currently assume that physical meetings will be possible again in the second half of the semester

  • Thus, we do not intend to change the assessment forms for now

  • However, if necessary, we have to adapt, and more information will follow

  • We implemented a case study challenge as a new format to gain bonus points and to train working remotely in a distributed team


Introduction and Organization of the Course

  • We will hold a webinar at the start of the semester to explain the organization of the course
  • Webinar will be held via a videoconferencing solution (Zoom) on:
    7 April 2020: 12.00 – 13.00, Zoom
  • Log‐in details will be made available via ILIAS

Course Schedule

  • Online Webinar Sessions: Each Tuesday, 12 noon (~45 min.), Zoom
    (changed weekday!)
  • Online Tutorial Sessions: Each Friday, 10am (~45 min.), Zoom
  • KLIPS Exam Registration and ILIAS Survey Deadline: 29th April 2020, 11:59pm
  • Case Study Challenge Submission: 15th May 2020, 11:55pm (via ILIAS)
  • Case Study Challenge Results Discussion: 19th May 2020, 12 noon (~45 min.), Zoom
  • IS Development Solution Submission: 17th July 2020, 11:55pm (via ILIAS)
  • Online eExam (1st option): 24th July 2020, 10:15-10:45 am
  • Online eExam (2nd option): 7th August 2020, 10:15-10:45 am


This course will be assessed as a portfolio exam.

1) Online eExam (50 points)
A 30-minute online eExam covering the whole lecture and tutorial.

2) Team Project (50 points)
Conceptually design an information system information system to solve a relevant business problem of your choice.

Required components:

  • Project overview and goals
  • Team members’ roles
  • Project risks
  • Milestones and project phases
  • Choice of systems development methodology including justification and adaptions
  • Plan of project structure (including work packages)
  • Cost estimation
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Ethical issues with the solution and in the development

You are not required to build or program the system.

Selected Readings

Information Systems Development [4th Edition]

David Avison and Guy Fitzgerald

2006, McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 978-007-711417-6

Available for rental at the university's main library and at the institute's library