IS 301: Foundations of Information Systems


  • Introduction and basic definitions in the field of information systems as well as design and structure of information systems
  • Technological Foundations: hardware and software components, basic functionalities of computer systems and networks, basics of database systems
  • Development of information systems: project management and development processes, selected methods for analysis and design
  • Management of information systems: IT Management Framework, Business/IT Alignment, IT Organization, IS Investment, IS Adoption

Learning outcomes
Students are able to explain the interplay of information technologies, human beings and organizations. They comprehend how information systems are structured and are able to explain the basic functionalities of computer and database systems. Students know the different approaches for the development of information systems and know the basic techniques for the analysis of demands and the design of information systems. They understand the operative and strategic processes for the management of information systems.
They are aware of the factors influencing the development and management of information systems, the perspectives of different stakeholders, and can evaluate related decisions.
Students are able to analyze requests expressed in natural language and translate them into structured database queries. They can analyze requirements for an information system and can present them in a structured format, especially using behavior and structure diagrams.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS5 SWS
Exercise class2 SWS5 SWS
Tutorial1 SWS2 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (90 min)
Restricted admissionno
Further informationRegistration via student portal required for Tutorial!
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationB.Sc. BWL
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2
LiteratureRelevant literature will be provided in the course.
Course outlineThe course covers the following topics:
  • Introduction and Basics of Information Systems
  • Technological Foundations
  • Basics Databases
  • IT in Organizations
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Design and Development of Information Systems
  • Information Systems Projects
  • Emerging Technologies
Additionally, guest lectures provide insights into industry practices.