4669 Foundations of Information Management and Control
Peter Virag, Ph.D.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/16/23 to 02/19/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/14/23 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM EA.6.026
Wednesday 03/15/23 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM TC.4.05
Tuesday 03/21/23 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM EA.6.032
Wednesday 03/22/23 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM TC.5.15
Tuesday 03/28/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.3.03
Wednesday 03/29/23 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM TC.5.15
Tuesday 04/11/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 04/12/23 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM TC.5.15
Tuesday 04/18/23 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 04/19/23 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM TC.5.15

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 % of participation is required (at least 8 out of 10 lectures). 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 2023: 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:


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Last edited: 2023-01-05