4947 Business Information Systems II
Dr. Everist Limaj, MSc (WU)
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
01/31/22 to 02/25/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Monday 02/28/22 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.02
Tuesday 03/01/22 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.02
Wednesday 03/02/22 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.02
Thursday 03/03/22 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.02
Friday 03/04/22 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.02
Thursday 03/10/22 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM TC.3.05

Modern organizations have to take an interdisciplinary approach to efficiently process data, information and knowledge, which, in turn, influence all functional areas of a business and sustain competitive advantage. As a result, information technology and business have become inextricably interwoven. Learning to identify and formulate the requirements of information systems and engaging in process optimization will be particularly important for graduates of economic science disciplines over the course of their career.

This course is designed to provide students with an integrated view of key concepts and tools related to modeling business processes based on the ARIS framework.

ARIS (Architecture of Integrated Information Systems) is an integration concept developed from A.-W. Scheer comprising a holistic view of business processes. In ARIS, the complexity of business processes is reduced by their decomposition in views (organizational, functional, data, control and product/service) and their description on different levels of abstraction. In this course, we will treat all views, but only at the top level of abstraction (requirements definition).

In order to bring the theory closer to the subject, concrete models will be drawn using software tools.

The focus of the course is on business process modeling and data modeling. Process modeling will be done by means of Event-Driven Process Chain (EPC) and Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) techniques.

Learning outcomes

Participant of this course...

  • ...gain a basic understanding of the importance of models in operating practices.
    • Models as communication tools
    • Models as a basis for solving business problems
  • ... are able to identify areas of application and limitation of modeling
    • Consulting projects
    • Software implementation
  • ...can read and understand process and data models
    • Understanding notations
    • Using modeling tools (ARIS concept, Aris toolset)
Attendance requirements
  • This is a course with continuous assessment (PI), therefore an overall attendance of at least 80% is required.
  • If there is an important reason for the absence (e.g. illness confirmed by a medical certificate), the student can miss maximally 1 out of 5 units.
  • Unexcused absence in the first half an hour of the first unit leads to the loss of place in this course!
Teaching/learning method(s)

Mode of conducting the course: In-class teaching (presence)
-Teaching/learning methods: Lectures, oral presentations
-Student contribution: In-class exercises, Discussions, Group work, Individual work


    • Oral Examination (5%)
    • Written exam (50%)
    • Project work (45%)

           Grading Scale
           Up to 50% (unsatisfactory)
           Up to 62,5% (sufficient)
           Up to 75% (satisfactory)
           Up to 87,5% (good)
           Over 87,5% (excellent)

    • Expected workload:
      2 semester hours per week = 4 ECTS Credits = 100 hours workload for each student.
    Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists
    • Registration is done via WU’s online course and exam information and registration system (LPIS).
      • In case of non-participation, please make sure to de-register to give the opportunity to other interested students on the waiting list to participate!
    1 Author: Dumas, M.; La Rosa, M.; Mendling, J.; Reijers, H. A.

    Fundamentals of Business Process Management.

    Publisher: Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg
    Edition: 1
    Remarks: English language (pp. 1-31)
    Year: 2013
    Content relevant for class examination: Yes
    2 Author: Davis, R.

    ARIS Design Platform - Advanced Process Modelling and Administration

    Publisher: Springer-Verlag, London
    Remarks: English language (pp.9-28)
    Year: 2008
    Content relevant for class examination: Yes
    Type: Book
    3 Author: Hansen H. R.; Mendling, J.; Neumann G.


    Publisher: de Gruyter-Oldenbourg Verlag
    Edition: 12. Auflage
    Remarks: German language
    Year: 2019
    Content relevant for class examination: Yes
    Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
    Type: Book
    4 Author: Becker, J.; Kugeler, M.; Rosemann, M.
    Title: Prozessmanagement

    Publisher: Springer-Verlag
    Edition: 7
    Year: 2012
    5 Author: Davis, R.; Brabänder, E.
    Title: ARIS Design Platform

    Publisher: Springer-Verlag, London
    Year: 2007
    6 Author: Weske, M.
    Title: Business Process Management - Concepts, Languages, Architectures

    Publisher: Springer-Verlag, Berlin
    Year: 2007
    Recommended previous knowledge and skills
    The positive completion of the course "Betriebliche Informationssysteme I"
    Availability of lecturer(s)
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    Last edited: 2021-10-25