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Business Process Management

Business Process Management
  • Code:  BUS1TF103
  • Extent:  5 cr (135 h)
  • Semester: 3
  • Language:  English
  • Level:  Core studies
  • Type:  Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Student has passed 1-2 semester compulsory courses or has the equivalent knowledge and skills.

Learning objectives

The student 

  •  understands the role of business processes and BPM in the business environment
  • is familiar with general business process development principles
  • is able to identify, analyze and design business processes
  • understands the use of modelling techniques as means of gathering business requirements in IT-development projects
  • can present business processes by using the most common standard modelling techniques
  • is familiar with the basic business processes in integrated IT-systems

Course contents

  • The basic principles in and objectives of BPM
  • Process maturity and IT/process development
  • BPMN modelling – descriptive (level 1)

Cooperation with the business and other organisations

Guest lecturers, analysis project

International dimension

Methods, examples and ways of working apply approved and widely used international standards and disciplines of the global ICT and business community.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures and workshops 64 h
  • Team assignments, individual assignments and self study 79 h
  • Exam 3h
  • The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

To get a passing (P) grade and exemption from the course, student must display and demonstrate the competence by certificates from earlier studies or work experience covering the course objectives and contents. It is possible to participate in the competence demonstration only once before taking the course.

Teacher responsible

Ralf Rehn, Pasila

Course materials

  • Course books
    • ERP and Business Processes Hans van der Hoeven  2009
    • BPMN Method & Style, Bruce Silver 2009
    • Business Process Change, Paul Harmon, 2007
  • Additional material
    • Slides and material on e-learning site
    • Handouts, printed copies and articles

Assessment criteria

The course is evaluated on a scale 1-5.

Grade 5 (90 %) Grade 3 (70 %) Grade 1 (40 %)

The student:

  • has a very good knowledge of Business Process Management (BPM) main principles and ideas
  • is very familiar with business process development principles
  • has good skills in identifying, analyzing and designing business processes
  • has a very good understanding of modelling techniques in the requirements engineering process
  • is very fluent in presenting business processes by using modelling techniques
  • has a good knowledge of the business processes in integrated systems environment

The student:

  • has a good knowledge of Business Process Management (BPM) main principles and ideas
  • is familiar with business process development principles
  • has basic skills in identifying, analyzing and designing business processes
  • has a good understanding of modelling techniques in the requirements engineering process
  • is fluent in presenting business processes by using modelling techniques
  • has a  basic knowledge of the business processes in integrated systems environment

The student:

  • has a basic knowledge of Business Process Management (BPM) main principles and ideas
  • have some knowledge of business process development principles
  • has some skills in identifying, analyzing and designing business processes
  • has some understanding of modelling techniques in the requirements engineering process
  • is able to present business processes by using modelling techniques
  • has some knowledge of the business processes in integrated systems environment

Assessment components and their respective weights

  • 50% assignments, participation and team and individual contribution
  • 50% exam

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.