Vorlesung: Grundzüge der Wirtschaftsinformatik / Lecture: Introduction to Business Information Systems

Bundeswehr University Munich, HT 2008

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2009-10-01: Exam Results of second attempt on September 29, 2009.

2008-11-10: The exam has been tentatively scheduled.

2008-10-07: The HT2008 Web page has been set up.

Exam & Study Guide

The exam has been tentatively scheduled for January 13, 2009, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., room 35/2210 A.
As for relevant contents: Relevant are all materials covered in class or in the reading assignment. In particular, prepare for the following topics:

1. All questions from the tutorial.

2. Programming in Python:Python will be a substantial part of the exam. We will present complete programs or code snippets, and you will have to decide what will happen when you start the respective program. Options may include

a) various alternative screen outputs,

b) the option "Something else, but not an error" and

c) the option "An error message".

So you will need to understand exactly what the respective program is doing. We will not go beyond the language subset that was covered in class, but we expect that you really understand this subset. Guessing will not help in this part of the exam!

Learning Goals

This class will explain the use of computer technology for business purposes. Students will learn how IT and the organizational perspective on enterprises mutually influence each other, and how this can be exploited for more efficient business operations. Also, the foundations of computer hardware, software engineering, and typical business applications will be introduced. Eventually, students will learn to use computer technology effectively and efficiently for business purposes. They will understand the transformation of the business world currently in progress and be well prepared for a career in today's dynamic and global economy.

General Information

  • Lecture:Tuesdays, 13:15 - 14:45, Auditorium Maximum (Building 33)
  • Tutorial and Exercises: (Begin: October 16, 2008!)
    *Mondays, 15:00-15:45, Building 33 Room 2111
    • Thursdays, 09:45 - 10:30, Building 43 Room 4/126
    • Thursdays, 15:00 - 15:45, Building 33 Room 2111
  • Exam Date: January 13, 2009
    • Time: 8:00 - 9:00
    • Classroom: 35 / 2210A

Note 1: The tutorials are 45 minutes each. The directory of courses lists them as 90 minutes, though.
Note 2: The fourth section of the tutorial on Thursdays, 16:45-18:15 has been cancelled, because all students can be accommodated with the remaining slots.



  1. Hansen/Neumann: Wirtschaftsinformatik 1. Grundlagen und Anwendungen, 9. Auflage, Lucius & Lucius/UTB
  2. Hansen/Neumann: Wirtschaftsinformatik 2. Informationstechnik, 9. Auflage, Lucius & Lucius/UTB
  3. Wigand/Mertens/Bodendorf/König/Picot/Schumann: Introduction to Business Information Systems, Springer, 2003

Available a e-book on campus:

Programming in Python

Lecture: Schedule and Materials

WI1 = Hansen/Neumann: Wirtschaftsinformatik 1; WI2 = Hansen/Neumann: Wirtschaftsinformatik 2; IBIS = Wigand et al: Introduction to Business Information Systems.

Unit 1: Introduction (Oct 7)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page
Reading assignment: WI1, pp. 3-20, 101-150; IBIS, pp. 1-10

Additional reading: Leonard E. Read: “I, Pencil. My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read”, Dec. 1958

Unit 2: Central Processing Units (Oct 14)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page
Reading assignment: WI1, pp. 21-60; WI2, pp. 6-91; IBIS, pp. 11-17

Unit 3: Storage and Data Structures (Oct 21)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page
Reading assignment: WI2, pp. 93-211, 387-515; IBIS, pp. 55-78

Additional materials:

Example of precision problems in MS Excel
Video: Differences in Precision (two calculators)

Unit 4: Input and Output Devices (Oct 28)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Reading assignment: WI2, pp. 213-300

Unit 5: Software (Nov 4)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Reading assignment: WI2, pp. 301-385; IBIS, pp. 20-31

Unit 6: Programming in Python, Part I: Foundations (Nov 11)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Source code of the cash register demo: Cash Register

Reading assignment: See e.g.

Unit 7: Programming in Python, Part II: Towards Serious Programming (Nov 18)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Reading assignment: tbd

Unit 8: Design, Development, Deployment, and Operations of Information Systems (Nov 25)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Reading assignment: WI1, pp. 151-322; IBIS, pp. 169-194

Unit 9: Office and Enterprise Applications (Dec 2)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Reading assignment:

  • WI1, pp. 323-523 (Office Applications)
  • WI1, pp. 525-605; IBIS, pp. 93-16; WI1, pp. 771-835; IBIS, pp. 197-222 (Enterprise Applications)

Unit 10: Supply Chain, and E-Business Applications; Security (Dec 9)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Reading assignment:

  • WI1, pp. 607-770; IBIS pp 161-167 (SCM and E-Business)
  • Thome/Schinzer/Hepp: Electronic Commerce und Electronic Business. Mehrwert durch Integration und Automation, 3rd edition, Vahlen, Munich 2005, Chapter 1. (E-Business)
  • WI2, pp. 517-749; IBIS, pp. 34-51(Internet and Security)

Unit 11: Networks, Data Interchange, and the Internet; Exam Review (Dec 16)

Slides as PDF: one slide per page

Additional materials:


This section will contain materials for the tutorial complementing the lecture.

2008-10-15: Tutorial 1
2008-10-21: Tutorial 2
2008-10-29: Tutorial 3
2008-11-05: Tutorial 4
2008-11-11: Tutorial 5
2008-11-18: Tutorial 6
2008-11-25: Tutorial 7
2008-12-02: Tutorial 8
2008-12-10: Tutorial 9
2008-12-16: Tutorial 10

Sample Solutions

Video Recordings

In this section, you will find video recordings of our lectures. They should be available no later than a week after the actual lecture has taken place.

2008-10-07: Unit 1

2008-10-14: Unit 2

2008-10-21: Unit 3

2008-10-28: No video recording available (as announced in advance)

2008-11-04: Unit 5

2008-11-11: Unit 6

2008-11-18: Unit 7

2008-11-25: Unit 8

2008-12-02: Unit 9

2008-12-09: Unit 10

2008-12-16: Unit 11