0759 Foundations of Information Management and Control
Peter Virag, Ph.D.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/21/22 to 10/07/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/11/22 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM D3.0.225
Wednesday 10/12/22 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM TC.3.05
Tuesday 10/18/22 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM TC.5.13
Wednesday 10/19/22 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM TC.5.15
Monday 10/24/22 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM TC.4.05
Tuesday 10/25/22 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM TC.3.01
Monday 10/31/22 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 11/02/22 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM D5.0.002
Tuesday 11/08/22 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 11/09/22 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM TC.4.05

The course covers the following areas:

  • Information Systems  - The purpose and benefits in a digital enterprise
  • Information Systems, Organizations and Strategy
  • IT infrastructure - Hardware components, Cloud computing, Servers etc.
  • Telecommunications, the Internet and Wireless Technology
  • Enterprise applications - ERP, Supply Chain Management Software, CRM software 
  • Common roles in the IT department I.: The IT Analyst - Development process models, requirement engineering
  • Common roles in the IT department II: The Test Manager - Test cycles, functional and non-functional test methods 
  • IT Security - Threats, tools, management and financial aspect of security
  • Social issues of Information systems - Ethical and moral dimensions of IS
  • The Hype cycle


Course book: selected chapters from Laudon, Jane P., Laudon, Kenneth C. (2017). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 15th or 16th Global Edition. Pearson Education Limited


WU library has a few hard copies and it is also available for download through the WU library website. Talk to the library staff if you need help with the download. 

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand what an information system is and how it can help organizations 
  • Understand the interaction effects of information systems and organizations
  • Understand the basics of the most important hardware, software and operating systems used in a business context
  • Understand the concepts of the software life cycle and the associated quality assurance
  • Know the fundamentals of computer networks including the Internet
  • Know the positive and negative effects of Information systems on the society  
  • Know the common IT threats and about protective measures
  • Know current trends of IT with the help of Gartner's Hype cycle
Attendance requirements

Offline and online format:

80 %. Participation is necessary at the first lecture to secure your spot.



Teaching/learning method(s)

Offline format: 

Lectures in lecture halls, video cases, written case studies, student group presentations in lecture halls.


Online format:

Lectures as conference calls, online video cases, preparing presentations as homework, online presentations in groups in conference calls




Offline format:

2 closed book assignments during lectures (2x15 points)

2 video summaries of topics (2x15 points)

Group presentation (20 points)

70-80: 1, 60-69: 2, 50-59: 3, 40-49: 4,  0-39: 5


Online format:

  • Video summaries of the topics (50 points)
  • Group presentation (20 points)
  • Bonus points with active participation (10 points)

63-80: 1, 56-62: 2, 49-55: 3, 42-48: 4,  0-41: 5

Note for SS 2022: the course is taught in presence mode and follows the offline format.


Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

This course is part of the SBWL Information Management and Control.

Students need to first enroll into this SBWL successfully and then into this course.  

Please see the website of the SBWL:

1 Author: J. Laudon and K.C. Laudon

Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm

Publisher: Pearson
Edition: 15 or 16
Year: 2019
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
Last edited: 2022-04-13