In addition to numerous research projects, seminars, theses and cooperation projects, the Lab offers also traditional courses. The respective courses are described with the following names in the module handbooks.

In the module handbook for Business and Engineering/Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen:

  • Geschäftsprozesse (GPRO) / Business Processes (BPRO)
  • Projektseminar / Applied Project Managment
  • Supply Chain Information Technology (SCIT)
  • ERP Systems and Digital Transformation (course development for the Bavarian Virtual University, BVU, in progress)

In the module handbook for Logistics/Logistik:

  • Business Processes in Logistics (BPLO)
  • Seminar A / Seminar B

BVU course on ERP systems and digital transformation

Together with the Chair of Business Education (Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspädagogik) at the University in Bamberg (Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Gerholz), the ERP Lab team around Prof. Dr. Alexander Dobhan and Dipl. Wirtsch.-Inf. Johannes Beckert are developing an online course about digital transformation for the Bavarian Virtual University (BVU). Opens internal link in current window

ERP systems and digital transformation

This course promotes the ability to act in an corporate environment, particularly with regard to digitalization. During the course, the central, integrating and digital topic of discussion will be Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and ERP-related application systems.

The starting point for students’ learning process are case studies in problem solving and situation analysis which include aspects of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation. 

The course consists of the following parts:  

Introduction to the case studies’ business processes

This relatively small part of the course relates to the software environment and the business processes that are the focus of the case studies of the third part. It is, however, less focused on production and more on all business processes in the field of activity of graduates of Business and Engineering.  

Introduction to ERP systems    

ERP systems are the central systems for the digitalisation of the operational fields previously described. As an integrating data hub, they are central basic systems for implementing digital trends such as IoT or Big Data in the environment of commercial business processes. ERP systems are already basic equipment for medium-sized enterprises as well as global corporations. The intensive study of ERP systems in the second module enables the participants to apply the theoretical methods and concepts in a practical way; secondly, the basis is created to assess the influence of new technologies (sensor technology, mobile ERP, etc.) on individual technical processes and areas of activity. During this module, participants have the opportunity to familiarize with several ERP systems (probably 3). They are supported by online video tutorials, handouts, FAQ section, board and online consultation of tutors and supervisors. To control the learning progress, there will be the task of modelling a simple exemplary process in an ERP system.

Case studies on digitalization of commercial business processes in ERP

Work on the case studies is the main part of this module part. In accordance with problem-oriented learning, students will be confronted with a case study which has to be worked on throughout the module duration. The thematic approach to the case study is chosen by the students on their own responsibility on the basis of the business processes of the first part and the introduction to ERP systems. Possible topics for the case studies may be 

  • IT infrastructure for automated service planning
  • App-Based status confirmation in material flow processing
  • Sensors as basis of digital siblings

Students will be assessed/graded for their work on the respective case study.