Module Import 04WI2016 - Business Process Management (BPM)

Status: Published
Workload6 ECTS = 180 hrs
Credits, Weight6 ECTS, (n.s.)
Language of Instruction English
Semester (n.s.)
Duration1 Sem.
M/E Elective
Course No. Type Name MA/EL Workload Credits Contact Hours Selfstudy Group Size
04WI2016-1 Lecture Business Process Management EL 3 ECTS = 90 hrs 3 ECTS 2 hrs/week = 30 hrs 60 hrs 30
04WI2016-2 Exercise Business Process Management (n.s.) 3 ECTS = 90 hrs 3 ECTS 2 hrs/week = 30 hrs 60 hrs 30
Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Install and conduct a business process management project based on process models in a company
  • Collect requirements of a business process modeling project and specify a process modeling language formally that fits the requirements
  • Ensure that process models are built in a way that they are useful to gain benefits for a company: make them understandable for everyone: “disambiguate” them
  • Create process models that are suitable for different user groups
  • Analyze process models to find inefficiencies or compliance violations with model query languages
  • Understand and apply formal approaches of business rules for process models
  • Know how to merge process models automatically
  • Understand and apply automatic approaches of process mining

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04WI2016-1 - Business Process Management (BPM)

The lecture is on conceptual, formal, and technical aspects of Business Process Management. It strongly focuses on technical, i.e., non-managerial aspects, in particular, process models and all we can do with them to support a business. The lecture is built around the business process lifecycle, which describes how business processes can be designed, implemented, customized, executed, monitored, analyzed, evaluated, and, in turn, re-designed with the help of process models. We will introduce concepts and methodologies that support individual stages of the process lifecycle. The lecture will be a mixture of classic presentations, discussions, creative work and practical work with BPM tools. In particular, the BPM course covers the following topic areas:

  • history, basic terms and methodologies of BPM
  • business process modeling
  • business process management tools
  • formalization of business process models
  • unambiguous process models
  • multi-perspective process models
  • model analysis / model query
  • business rules in process models
  • model merge
04WI2016-2 - Business Process Management (BPM)

The tutorial on Business Process Management covers all topics of the corresponding lecture.

In particular, the tutorial is on applying the concepts, models, methodologies and algorithms introduced in the lecture to specific application scenarios.

As a result, the students will be able to analyze BPM problems in industry, select appropriate solution approaches and apply them accordingly.

The tutorial deepens the topics of the lecture conmceptually, and furthermore, applies corresponding software tools that implement correpsonding methodologies.

Teaching Methods

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We expect you to know the process modeling notations of Event-driven Process Chains (EPC) and the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and how to use them.

Furthermore, as we will formalize several concepts of process models in the lecture, we expect you to know basic concepts of set theory, functions and relations. A good introduction to such concepts can be found in Chapters 1 and 2 of Partee, B. H.; ter Meulen, A.; Wall, R.: Mathematical Methods in Linguistics. Dordrecht 1990.; Also “Preliminaries” from Partee 1979, Fundamentals of Mathematics for Linguistics, which is downloadable here:

We expect either a bachelor's degree from FB4 of the University of Koblenz-Landau or to pass an inaugural examination (see below).

Examination Methods

The credits can be gained through a written examination at the end of the semester. By taking part in the exercise, participants can gain extra points for the examination. In order get admission for the examination, participants must either hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Koblenz (Wirtschaftsinformatik, Informationsmanagement, Informatik oder Computervisualistik) or pass an inaugural examination (60 minutes) at the beginning of the semester.

Credit Requirements

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04WI2016-1 - Business Process Management (BPM)

Becker, J.; Kugeler, M.; Rosemann, M.: Process Management. A Guide for the Design of Business Processes. 2nd edition, Berlin 2011.

Weske, M.: Business Process Management. Concepts, Languages, Architectures. 2nd edition, Berlin 2012.

Clarke, E. M.; Grumberg, O.; Peled, D.: Model Checking. Cambridge 2000.

Delfmann, P.; Steinhorst, M.; Dietrich, H.-A.; Becker, J.: The Generic Model Query Language GMQL – Conceptual Specification, Implementation, and Runtime Evaluation. Information Systems 47 (2015) 1, S. 129-177.

Delfmann, P.; Breuker, D.; Matzner, M.; Becker, J.: Supporting Infor­ma­tion Systems Analysis Through Conceptual Model Query – The Dia­gramed Model Query Language (DMQL). Communications of the Asso­ciation for Information Systems (CAIS) 37 (2015) 1, S. 473-509.

Responsible / Organizational Unit
Delfmann, Patrick / Institute for IS Research
Additional Information

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04WI2016-1 - Business Process Management (BPM)

Slides, literature and BPM tools

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