Information Systems & Service Design

Engineering Interactive Systems

Engineering Interactive Systems (EIS)

This lecture will take place despite the current restrictions caused by COVID-19. All lecture units will be made available online via ILIAS and supplemented by various online interaction formats. In addition there is the possibility to articulate technical and organizational questions at any time via the corresponding Ilias forum.

Course Description

Computers have evolved from batch processors towards highly interactive systems. This offers new possibilities but also challenges for the successful design of the interaction between human and computer.  Interactive system are socio-technical systems in which users perform tasks by leveraging interactive technologies in a specific context in order to achieve specified goals and outcomes. 

This course introduces key concepts and state-of-the-art engineering principles for interactive systems along the entire lifecycle. Specifically, the human-centered design process will be connected to established concepts from the software and information systems engineering field. Students understand how the underlying principles are connected and are able to select and apply state-of-the-art methods, techniques and tools for the successful engineering of interactive systems. 

The course is complemented with an engineering capstone project, where students in a team create a running software prototype of an interactive system.

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to introduce key concepts and principles as well as state-of-the-art methods, techniques and tools of modern interactive systems engineering. We look at interactive systems from an end-to-end perspective, covering the key phases of discovery, design, development, and operations. The lecture is complemented with a capstone project, where students apply the knowledge from the lecture.

When students have successfully completed this course, they should be able to:

  • describe key concepts and principles of modern interactive systems engineering along the entire lifecycle
  • explain and apply design & development methods, techniques, and tools
  • build an interactive system using state-of-the-art technologies in a team

The course is offered by the Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM) at the Department of Economics and Management of KIT. It is designed for master students in industrial engineering & management as well as information systems. Students from other disciplines (e.g. computer science, mechanical engineering) are also invited to participate.

Course Requirements

The course is offered by the Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM) at the Department of Economics and Management of KIT. It is designed for master students in industrial engineering & management as well as information systems. Students from other disciplines (e.g. computer science, mechanical engineering) are also invited to participate.

Grading

The course has two grading components: Exam (60%) and Capstone Project (40%). First, there will be a 60 minutes closed-book / closed-notes exam consisting of short-answer and analytical questions. Second, teams work in a capstone project on a real-world problem provided by an practice partner and deliver a presentation as well as a document. Both grading components need to be passed (grade 4.0 or better). A fail in either the exam or the capstone project results in a fail of the entire course. There is no retake possibility for the capstone project. Thus, if you fail the capstone project, you need to retake the entire course in the upcoming year.

Registration and Organization

This course is limited to a capacity of 50 places. The capacity limitation is due to the attractive format of the accompanying engineering capstone project. Strong analytic abilities and profound skills in Javascript are required. Students have to apply with their CV and transcript of records.
The language of instruction is English. For specific dates and location of the lecture, please check the Website or portal. All questions regarding content, organization, and certificates are answered by the responsible single point of contact for the lecture as documented on the research group website.

Please sign up here: https://portal.wiwi.kit.edu/ys/3852


Contact: Sven Scheu