Information Management


Course Objective

Through this course, students will study the topic of information
management in breadth and in depth. After taking this course, the
student will be able to:
1. Explain the strategic relevance of information systems for modern
organizations (Knowledge and understanding) (Applying knowledge and
2. Analyze the level of competition within an industry and determine is
implications for an information systems strategy; (Applying knowledge
and understanding)
3. Understand the impact of the advent of the internet on the management
of information within and between organizations; (Knowledge and
4. Identify the various phases in the development of an information
system; (Applying knowledge and understanding)
5. Model simple and moderately complex business processes with a formal
modeling technique (Petri nets); (Making judgements) (Applying knowledge
and understanding)
6. Analyze process models with respect to various behavioral properties.
(Lifelong learning skills)

Course Content

No organization can do without information systems. For some
organizations, such systems are even of strategic relevance, as they
offer a clear competitive advantage. Think, for example, of how Amazon
has become such a dominant retailer or how an organization as Uber has
conquered the taxi market.

This course explains the relevance and use of information systems in
modern organizations. We will briefly sketch how the role of information
systems has developed over the years to reach its current ubiquitous
level. Special attention is devoted to the rise of the internet and its
impact on traditional organizations, as well as the emergence of new
types of (cloud-based) organizations.

Reasoning from the organizational importance of information systems, we
will look into the way information systems are developed such that
organizations can achieve their objectives. We will pay considerable
attention to an important phase in information system development,
namely how we analyze and model business processes. For this purpose, we
will rely on the use of classical Petri nets.

This course will approach the topic of information management in breadth
and in depth. Breadth is achieved by giving an overview of all relevant
topics in the area of information management; depth is attained by
introducing students to a powerful, formal modeling technique that they
will learn to master in the context of organizational analysis.

Teaching Methods

This course consists of lectures and practicals.

Method of Assessment

Midterm exam (50%) and final exam (50%)


1) "Business Information Systems: Analysis, Design and Practice", 6th
edition, Graham Curtis and David Cobham. ISBN: 9780273713821.
2) "Modeling Business Processes", Wil van der Aalst and Christian Stahl.
ISBN: 9780262015387 (print), 9780262296465 (eBook).

Target Audience

BSc Information Sciences (year 1)

General Information

Course Code X_401085
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. S. Lusini
Examiner prof. dr. ir. H.A. Reijers
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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