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Module [Module Number] Basismodul Information Systems I [1277MBISY1]
Regular Cycle Winter Term
Teaching Form Lecture + Tutorial
Examination Form Exam
Teaching Language English
Instructor Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Chasin and Roman Zeiß
KLIPS Winter Term 2021-22 (Second Registration Phase)
Syllabus Download



  • Definition of sustainability
  • Sustainable development and sustainability challenges
  • Sustainability metrics and measures
  • The transformative potential of information systems for sustainability
  • Green IT
  • Green IS
  • IS as a sustainability problem
  • IS as a sustainability solution

Learning Objectives

On completion of this unit, students should be able to …
  • define and critically apply sustainability as characteristic of activities (e.g., business processes or individual behaviors).
  • distinguish and evaluate different sustainability metrics and measures.
  • understand the difference between green information technology and green information systems.
  • understand and apply different approaches to sustainable information systems development, use, and management.
  • differentiate and critically evaluate various sustainability requirements for information systems.
  • understand how information systems can enable digital solutions for sustainability.

Course Conduct

The course consist of three thematic blocks, each of which has multiple topics. For each topic, we will provide you with three types of learning materials:

  1. Knowledge content in the form of readings, web pages, and video lectures
  2. Group exercises that you can complete in groups on your own
  3. Live online sessions where we discuss questions around the knowledge content and the outcomes from the group exercises of the prior week.

The knowledge content will be made available online in advance so you can study the materials wherever and whenever, at your own pace and leisure. The live online sessions will be held via Zoom every Monday, 10:00-12:00. Logon details are provided on ILIAS. The group exercises will be announced one week in advance (e.g., in week 2, to be completed by and discussed in week 3).

Location: ZOOM and ILIAS

This course will be taught entirely online, using digital formats for teaching and learning. This allows maximum flexibility in learning the contents and progressing your learning at your own leisure and pace.

We will use the Zoom software for live online sessions. Details are provided on ILIAS.


Written Individual Exam (100%) of 60 minutes length.

  • First option: 9 February 2022, 15:00-16:00, Hörsaal C (building 105)
  • Second option: 25 March 2022, 15:00-16:00, Hörsaal II (building 100)

The exam will be completed as a pen-and-paper exam. More details will be provided on ILIAS once available.

Selected Readings

Relevant papers, videos, lecture slides and other learning materials will be made available via ILIAS.