Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor International Business Administration Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Business Process Management with ERP-Systems
Course unit code 025027051504
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Frank KÖRSGEN

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Tools and Techniques in Business Process Management

Course content

Business standard software (ERP) overcomes conventional hierarchical and function-oriented structures. Distribution and material management, production, inventory management, financial accounting are integrated in a continuous processing flow of business transactions across departments and divisions. ERP software enables a comprehensive and interdisciplinary integration of business models and issues into a computer system.

Motivation and introduction:

1. Integrated business information systems (ERP) serve as the backbone of the application architecture of an enterprise.

2. ERP systems cover many areas of the business application spectrum and form the basis for the optimisation of business processes.

3. Understanding the functioning and performance of ERP systems is therefore absolutely necessary to create organisations of companies.

In this course unit, students learn all the relevant basics of integrated standard business software using the example of ERP. Students work on specific examples and exercises and simulate realistic everyday situations in companies. The practical session aims to complete a transaction from customer order to billing including the necessary master data (customers, suppliers, materials etc.) using SAP ERP. The functionalities are taught by working on exercises and case studies in the system.

Learning outcomes


  • Students are able to describe the use of ERP systems on the basis of processes of industrial practice.

  • Students are able to outline the main functions and performance of integrated ERP systems.

  • Students can name the benefits of comprehensive master data management (customers, suppliers, routings, bills of material, etc.).


  • Students are able to explain the dimensions of integration of ERP (material management, production planning and control, sales and finance) and to show the complexity of the integration of an ERP system.

  • Students are able to explain the relationships between organisational units of internal and  external accounting and other organisational units of ERP systems. Students can also explain basic logistical processes involved in a typical value chain of a manufacturing company.


  • With the sample company IDES, students can realistically and directly capture and reflect the operational processes in an ERP system based on practice-oriented data.


  • Students can prepare customised data using reporting and analysis tools and are able to carry out a comparative examination of the results of the evaluation and reasonably determine order-specific effects of an order fulfilment process (balance sheet etc.).


  • Students are able to devise and sensibly outline an integrated value chain from order processing to invoicing using an ERP system.


  • Students can understand tangential, integrated processes from accounting and materials management and possibly production and thus holistically assess and evaluate the benefits and capabilities of ERP systems.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, discussions and educational talks, working on a documented case study

E-learning: online video solution of individual case studies (for pre-processing and post-processing)

Assessment methods and criteria

Comprehensive written examination (100 %)

Completion of learning units within the case study



Recommended or required reading

Körsgen, Frank (2015): SAP ERP Arbeitsbuch. Grundkurs SAP ERP ECC 6.0 mit Fallstudien. 4. Auflage Köln: Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Kappauf, J.:Logistik mit SAP: Umfassender Überblick über alle Logistikfunktionen von SAP SCM und SAP ERP, inkl. Einführung in SAP S/4HANA (SAP PRESS) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. Mai 2017

Hansen; Mendling; Neumann (2015): Wirtschaftsinformatik. München: De Gruyter.

E-Learning Platform „eduBITE“ (Educationg Business and Information Technologies), Blendet Learning.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance