Spring ½ 2003

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering 5715

Modeling of Integrated Information Systems

Course Syllabus

Edward Williams, Instructor


Purpose: Provide a firm grounding in the following:

  1. Definition of and business-case motivations for ERP (enterprise resource planning)
  2. Importance of integrated information systems to ERP
  3. Methods of designing and modeling information systems, particularly the UML [Unified Modeling Language]
  4. Introduction to the ARIS [ARchitecture of Information Systems] software modeling tool
  5. Introduction to the SAP R/3 [Systems, Applications, and Products in data processing, Revision 3] information system integration suite.

Course location:

Our assigned classroom is 213 SB [Science Building], on the second floor.  Some of our class time (specific announcements to be made later) will be in the laboratory 196 ELB [Engineering Laboratory Building], which I will have reserved for our use.  ARIS and SAP R/3 software are available there.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Importance of ERP – what it is, how to achieve it
  3. Relationship of integrated information systems to ERP
  4. Design and modeling of integrated information systems
  5. Laboratory sessions on ARIS
  6. Lecture and demonstration of SAP R/3
  7. Review and recapitulation

Course texts and references (alphabetically by first or only author)

  1. Bancroft, Nancy H., Henning Seip, and Andrea Sprengel. 1998. Implementing SAP R/3: How to Introduce a Large System into a Large Organization, 2nd edition. Greenwich, Connecticut: Manning Publications Company.
  2. Buck-Emden, Rüdiger. 2000. The SAP R/3 System: An Introduction to ERP and Business Software Technology. Harlow, England: Addison-Wesley, an imprint of Pearson Education Limited.
  3. Curran, Thomas A., and Andrew Ladd. 2000. SAP R/3 Business Blueprint: Understanding Enterprise Supply Chain Management, 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Incorporated.
  4. Davis, Rob. 2001. Business Process Modelling with ARIS: A Practical Guide. London, UK: Springer-Verlag.
  5. Fowler, Martin, with Kendall Scott. UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, 2nd edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Addison Wesley Longman, Incorporated.
  6. Langer, Arthur M. 2001. Analysis and Design of Information Systems, 2nd edition. New York, New York: Springer-Verlag.
  7. O’Leary, Daniel E. 2000. Enterprise Resource Planning Systems: Systems, Life Cycle, Electronic Commerce, and Risk. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  8. Scheer, August-Wilhelm. 1999. ARIS – Business Process Frameworks, 3rd edition. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
  9. Scheer, August-Wilhelm. 2000. ARIS – Business Process Modeling, 3rd edition. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
  10. Shtub, Avraham. 1999. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): The Dynamics of Operations Management. Norwell, Massachusetts: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  11. Stevens, Perdita, and Rob Pooley. 2000. Using UML: Software Engineering with Objects and Components, updated edition. Harlow, England: Addison-Wesley, an imprint of Pearson Education Limited.

Reference #4 should be available in the campus bookstore.

Course grading administration:



Percent of Grade

Midterm examination

28 May 2003


Final examination

25 June 2003


Term project

Due 18 June 2003


Short essays

Intermittent throughout


Class participation



The term project will be done in teams of (probably – class size is as yet an unknown) three people.  All other assignments are to be done individually.

Statement from Office of the Provost on academic ethics.  Specifically, this class runs under the honor code governing all College of Engineering classes.

Availability of help:

I plan office hours Mondays through Thursdays 5-6pm, and by appointment.  Email address williame@umdsun2.umd.umich.edu.

Internet Resources

If you have not already done so pertinent to a previous course, enroll as a student at the web site http://vlt.engin.umd.umich.edu/.  Then enroll as a student in this course using password "IMSE5715".  I urgently recommend vigorous participation in the course via this web site resource.

The university’s Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology laboratory page: http://www.engin.umd.umich.edu/~msist/index.php?t=laboratory&h=3&m=3&type=4 provides very helpful manuals and on-line tutorials.

The web site http://www.bpic.co.uk/erp.htm provides useful introductory information on ERP.

The web site http://www.omg.org/gettingstarted/what_is_uml.htm is a valuable resource for exploring the Unified Modeling Language.

The web sites http://www.pera.net/Methodologies/ARIS/ARIS.html and http://www.iwi.uni-sb.de/teaching/ARIS/aris-i/aris-e-i/ provide useful overviews of ARIS.  The corporate homepage of the ARIS provider, IDS-Scheer, is http://www.ids-scheer.de/.

The SAP R/3 "commercial headquarters" web page is: http://www.mysap.com/.  A university-correlated, related page is at http://www.sap.com/usa/company/innovation/educationalliance

The site http://www.ciudadfutura.com/sap/sap/info/BAPI/bapi_04.htm provides overview of SAP business objects.

The site http://www.intelligenterp.com/columns/archive/index.shtml provides access to a wide variety of "white papers" on SAP usage.

For “on-line books” on SAP, go to http://wizard.umd.umich.edu/ (this site is well worth knowing about anyway!).  Click on “Keyword” and then enter “SAP R/3” in the next window.  The titles that come up are well worth “checking out” electronically.  After you have created a personal account (doing that is free), the “books” can be checked out electronically for six hours at a time.

Trademark Acknowledgments

“ARIS” is a registered trademark of IDS Scheer Aktiengesellschaft, Postbox 10 15 34, 66015 Saarbrücken, Deutschland.

“SAP” is a registered trademark of SAP Aktiengesellschaft, Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing, Neurottstraße 16, 69190 Walldorf, Deutschland.