Integrated Information Systems

IS 405 for Bachelor's program (Business Informatics)

General Information

Fall 2023
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl (Lecture)
Alexandru Plecan (Exercise)
Course Format Lecture and Exercise
Credit Points 6 ECTS
Language English
Grading Written Exam (100%)
Exam Date tba (90 minutes)
Information for Students Course schedule: Portal²
Kursmaterialien: ILIAS  

Course Information

  • Brief Description

    This course outlines fundamentals of business process modeling based on event-driven process chains (EPC) and business process model and notation (BPMN). It demonstrates the capability of business processes to integrate primary and secondary functions in a firm. The main part of the course focuses on the business functions architecture of integrated information systems in industrial companies. In particular, functional interdependencies will be outlined in order to understand how business functions interact when horizontal or vertical business processes are executed. Finally, fundamentals of management support systems, such as data warehouses and business intelligence systems, will be addressed.

    This course is designed for Business Informatics students. It requires a profound level of conceptual systems design and development skills. Exchange students from other disciplines like Business Administration or Management may attend this course if they have already acquired profound knowledge in the domains of information systems and information technology.

    During the course, students will have the opportunity to work with ERP@School, a basic ERP systems which demonstrates the logic and interdependencies between business functions. The use of the system requires basic systems handling knowledge since it has to be conducted in self-learning sessions.

    Aim of Module

    The participants of the lecture will be able to model complex business tasks with the help of well-established modeling methods. Furthermore, the students will be in the position to discuss the potential of the use of integrated information systems in manufacturing companies and to resolve comprehensive process dependencies.

    After attending the lecture and exercises, students will be able to

    • model business processes based on contemporary modeling techniques
    • understand and discuss the requirements, characteristics and effects of integrated information systems in industrial firms, including their functional interdependencies
    • accomplish function-specific tasks in the context of an integrated information system
  • Course Outline & Schedule

    Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl


    Date Time Topic Room
    20.10.2023 10.15 am – 1.30 pm Introduction,
    Modeling Data and Business Processes
    SO 108
    27.10.2023 10.15 am – 1.30 pm Research & Development,
    Marketing & Sales
    SO 108
    3.11.2023 10.15 am – 1.30 pm Procurement SO 108
    10.11.2023 10.15 am – 1.30 pm Production SO 108
    17.11.2023 10.15 am – 1.30 pm Shipping,
    Customer Service,
    Finance, HR & Accounting
    SO 108
    24.11.2023 10.15 am – 1.30 pm Business Intelligence,
    Wrap Up and Exam Q&A
    SO 108
    15.12.2023   Exam  
  • Exercise & Tutorium

    Lecturer Alexandru Plecan


    Date Time Topic/Case Room
    26.10.2023 5.15 pm – 6.45 pm tba O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal
    02.11.2023 5.15 pm – 6.45 pm   O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal
    08.11.2023 5.15 pm – 6.45 pm   O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal
    16.11.2023 5.15 pm – 6.45 pm   O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal
    23.11.2023 5.15 pm – 6.45 pm   O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal


    Date Room
    24.10.2023 O 151
    31.10.2023 O 151
    7.11.2023 O 151
    14.11.2023 O 151
    21.11.2023 O 151
  • Reading List

    • Mertens et al.: Grundzüge der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 7th edition, Springer 2001
    • Mertens: Integrierte Informationsverarbeitung, 2 volumes, volume 1, Operative Systeme in der Industrie, 16th edition (older editions can be used as well)
    • Wigand et al.: Introduction to Business Information Systems, Springer 2003

The lecture will be held as a hybrid event. It will take place physically in Mannheim and can be followed “live” via Zoom. Further information about the format of the course will be given in the first lecture.

Alexandru Plecan

Alexandru Plecan

Contact person for Integrated Information Systems

For further information please contact Alexandru Plecan.