5096 Grundzüge der IKT
Michael Sebastian Feurstein, MSc (WU)
Contact details
michael.feurstein [at]
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/20/19 to 02/22/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 02/25/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Monday 03/04/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Monday 03/11/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Monday 03/18/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Monday 03/25/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Wednesday 03/27/19 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Monday 04/01/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.07
Wednesday 04/03/19 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D3.0.222
Monday 04/08/19 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.4.03

The tremendous technological advances in information and communication technologies, especially in the Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems, have enabled the development of highly autonomous systems (i.e., robots) that act in the physical and virtual worlds. Information and the robots that are processing it are expected to be available everywhere and at all times.

Today’s E-Business relies on highly networked, data-driven ICT systems and machines taking autonomous decisions. Virtual and physical environments begin to merge surfacing in technology trends such as "industry 4.0", "drones" and "smart assistants". In the physical environment objects are identified, environment is sensed and interaction between computers and humans is pushed to the invisible. In the virtual environment behavioral data is collected. Business intelligence applications help to combine both information sources to gain new insights. But the ubiquitous availability of information and the autonomous machines using it impose risks which need to be minimized to protect humans and businesses.

Learning outcomes

After attending this research-guided course, students will be able to understand, describe and judge key information and communication technologies that support electronic business transactions and smart commerce environments.

Subject-related skills

  • Know what technologies are used for business in electronic environments (fixed/mobile systems, data collection (i.e. RFID), networks, localization technologies).
  • Understand the fundamental challenges in the emerging area of mobile and ubiquitous computing.
  • Understand the evolution of interfaces between humans and computers from direct manipulation to implicit interaction.
  • Judge on the impact technologies will have and how their technical traits and capabilities foster and limit their business use and deployment potential.

Transferable skills

  • Ability to analyze and judge the suitability of technical solutions and services in Business.
  • Ability to discuss research-oriented topics related to the design, application, deployment and risks of information technology in business contexts.
Attendance requirements

Standard PI (=”prüfungsimmanent” - continuous assessment of course work) attendance policy applies: In general, attendance is mandatory.

A maximum of 4 hours (or 20%) absence is acceptable. Please check back with the instructor per E-Mail if you have any questions regarding attendance.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course is taught in an interactive manner and guided by research. In addition to input from the instructor, students are expected to participate in in-class team assignments and deliver team presentations to peers. Moreover, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their obtained skills in a written exam.


There are three independently graded types of deliverables:

  • 2 types of classroom activities (together 40%)
    Activity 1 (30%): Regular team work and short presentations to peers
    Activity 2 (10%): Active participation in in-class discussions
  • Final exam (60%) - a minimum of 50% must be achieved on the final exam in order to pass the course

Classroom activities will encourage active participation in the classroom and engage students in discussions, short presentations, team work, as well as individual work in which students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge acquired throughout the course.

Grading of team work may be subject to peer evaluation. Regular attendance is a prerequisite for passing the course.

Grading scheme:

87.5% - 100%   = "Sehr gut"  (Excellent)
75% - 87.49%   = "Gut"   (Good)
62.5% - 74.99%  = "Befriedigend" (Satisfactory)
50% - 62.49%  = "Genügend"  (Sufficient)
Below 50%  = "Nicht Genügend" (Fail)

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Registration to AG “Einstieg in die SBWL Business Information Systems” (“Entrance into SBWL Business Information Systems”) in LPIS.

Students will be ranked according to the current entrance criteria by the WU vice rectorate for teaching and notified whether they have a spot in the course Basics of ICT.


Important note: Please be on time for the first unit! Attendance for the first session is mandatory for registered students. If you cannot make it to class in time please make sure to inform the lecturer via email 24 hours before the first unit takes place.

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Der Kurs wird auf Deutsch abgehalten. Das bedeutet, dass die LV-Leiterinnen in deutscher Sprache vortragen und auch die Diskussionen im Kurs auf Deutsch stattfinden. Das gesamte Lehrmaterial (z.B. Folien, Skripte, Artikel, etc.) ist jedoch in englischer Sprache gehalten. Studierende, die an diesem Kurs teilnehmen wollen, müssen somit sowohl die deutsche als auch die englische Sprache (mündlich und schriftlich) gut bis sehr gut beherrschen (Texte flüssig lesen, verstehen und zusammenfassen können).

Availability of lecturer(s)

by appointment


Feedback: The students are encouraged to provide feedback at any time to the instructor either orally or per E- Mail. 


Academic Dishonesty: Academic misconduct (plagiarism, cheating, etc.) will be prosecuted in accordance with the university’s policies and regulations.


Standard PI (=”prüfungsimmanent” - continuous assessment of course work) attendance policy applies: In general, attendance is mandatory.

A maximum of 4 hours (or 20%) absence is acceptable. Please check back with the instructor per E-Mail if you have any questions regarding attendance.

Last edited: 2019-01-16