1174 Business Information Systems
Dr. Peter Cilek, Dr. Manuela Hirsch
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
01.09.2020 bis 13.10.2020
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Hinweise zur LV
Die Lehrveranstaltung wird nur im WS angeboten.
Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Montag 19.10.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 09.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 23.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 21.12.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 11.01.2021 09:00 - 15:00 TC.1.02

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

Due to the COVID 19 situation the classes in Business Information Systems will be held in full distance mode via Teams and (if possible) presentations at WU in January. Presentations by people who can not be present due to the actual COVID 19 can be held via Teams as well. The sessions in MS Teams can be found at

The mode for assignments, grading etc. remains unchanged.

Inhalte der LV

The course aims to show the relationships between the operational processing of information to provide goods and services and the derivation of management information from these operational data. To illustrate these relationships, Peter presents important types of Information Systems from a technical point of view and Manuela presents the adequate management control methods.

Typical functionalities are derived from business processes and their potential implementation in IT systems is shown. Methods to analyse the data generated in these systems are presented as well as their integration in the processes to manage a company.

The importance to establish a close connection between operational processes and the Information Systems to derive information for management decisions is stressed.


The lecture covers the following content:


  • Fundamentals of information and Information Systems
  • The company as a system of various sub-systems
  • Fundamentals of cost accounting
  • Cost classification, typical cost behaviour, methods of cost allocation, relevant costs for decision making
  • Cost-benefit analysis of Information Systems
  • Evaluation models (hedonic wage model, BSC, market response models)
  • Design and typical functionalities of ERP-systems
  • Design and typical functionalities of MIS
  • Investment decisions, considering IT related factors
  • Optimal production program, Break-even analysis
  • Budgeting
  • Design and typical functionalities of Supply Chain Management Systems
  • Make-or-buy, ABC-Analysis, order planning, cash-to-cash cycle
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Markets
  • Potential advantages and possible business models
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Activity Based Costing
  • Target Costing
  • Lifecycle Costing/Total Cost of Ownership

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

By the end of this course students should:

  • have an holistic view of an enterprise
  • see the dependencies of operational data and management information
  • know the relations beetween different divisions of an organisation
  • know basics on different kinds of business information systems
  • know basics on modern methods of controlling
  • know the connection beetween controlling-systems and operational IT-systems

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Due to the COVID 19 situation attendance of the classes is not mandatory. Whether the attendance of presentations (11.1.2021) will be mandatory (in person or via Teams) is to be decided depending on the actual situation in January.


This course will be mainly taught in lecture style. Theoretical contents presented during the course have to be applied working on the case studies. Students will be given individual feedback on their assignments and have the possibility to correct them in order to improve their grades.

Written discussions take place at most once in a lecture. They last for 20 to 25 minutes and will be related to the topics of the lecture (i.e. last 2-3 slides presented). There is no need for any special preparation to answer the discussions. The grades will be granted for the presentation of your individual point view and the pro´s and con´s related to it. Typical discussions may be on giving practival examples, personal appraisments of methods/technologies presented etc.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Assessment is based on

  1. assignments on case studies based on given questions (group work, 3-4 persons; 60%)
  2. final presentation of the assignments (group work, 3-4 persons; 20%)
  3. written discussions based on the contents that are actually presented in the lecture (individual work; 20%)

Grading is based on this scheme :

score                    grade   
0 - 60 %               5  (fail)
60,5 - 68 %          4  (sufficient)
68,5 - 77 %          3  (satisfactory)
77,5 - 86 %          2  (good)
86,5 -100 %         1  (excellent)


Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

by appointment

! Important information !

The Covid19 pandemic causes several uncertainties for the upcoming winter semester starting on October 5th. If possible within the valid health regulations, the Information Systems program plans to fully return to the usual mode of classroom teaching with mandatory attendance. Nonetheless, an additional “plan B”-scenario for distance and/or hybrid teaching will be prepared for every class, which can be enabled if needed.

The program management will reevaluate the situation in September and decides then whether the classes will indeed start in the usual mode or in an alternative scenario. This decision will be announced in the syllabus until September 25 [for the classes starting in the mid of the semester until November 13].

We’re aware that the issue of visa is currently delayed and we’ll include this matter into our considerations. Should you be affected by such a delay, please inform us as soon as possible via

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