252-0820-00L  Case Studies from Practice

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersM. Brandis
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


252-0820-00 VCase Studies from Practice2 hrs
Mon13:15-15:00CAB G 51 »
M. Brandis
252-0820-00 UCase Studies from Practice1 hrs
Mon15:15-16:00CAB G 51 »
M. Brandis

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AbstractThe course is designed to provide students with an understanding of "real-life" computer science challenges in business settings and teach them how to address these.
ObjectiveBy using case studies that are based on actual IT projects, students will learn how to deal with complex, not straightforward problems. It will help them to apply their theoretical Computer Science background in practice and will teach them fundamental principles of IT management and challenges with IT in practice.
A particular focus is to make the often imprecise and fuzzy problems in practice accessible to factual analysis and reasoning, and to challenge "common wisdom" and hearsay.
ContentThe course consists of multiple lectures on methods to systematically analyze problems in a business setting and communicate about them as well as about IT management and IT economics, presented by the lecturer, and a number of case studies provided by guest lecturers from either IT companies or IT departments of a diverse range of companies. Students will obtain insights into both established and startup companies, small and big, and different industries.
Presenting companies have included avaloq, Accenture, AdNovum, Bank Julius Bär, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, HP, Hotelcard, IBM Research, McKinsey & Company, Open Web Technology, SAP Research, Selfnation, SIX Group, Teralytics, 28msec, Zühlke and dormakaba, and Marc Brandis Strategic Consulting. The participating companies in spring 2019 will be announced at course start.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipants should be aware that the provided documents supporting the cases are usually taken directly from the projects and companies being addressed, and thus differ very much in terms of presentation style, terminology, and explicitly provided contextual information.
Earlier participants have found it difficult to solve the exercises completely and to fully grasp the contents taught in the cases, if they were not able to attend the case presentation, and were just relying on the provided documents.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersM. Brandis
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered at the end after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Additional information on mode of examinationFinal exam in the first two weeks after the semester, exact date and time to be announced.

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