content and qualification goals



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Karcher

tutorial instructor:

Dr. rer. nat. Peter Hillmann

M.Sc. Liu Peng  (BMW)


Module type

compulsory elective module for Master of Computer Science, Information Systems, CVB - Cyber Security,  

ME - Mathematical Engineering and CAE - Computer Aided Engineering

Trimester every fall trimester
ECTS Points 6
TWS 3 + 2 h



The module “Integrated Application Systems in Product Lifecycle Management” focuses on industrial, product-centered value chains. Since the beginnings of information technology, the computer-based development and administration of complex products and systems has been one of its most important fields of application. In the context of so-called computer-aided design (CAD), the computer replaced the drawing board of engineers and thus, initiated the digitization of the whole product development process. Today it is necessary to conceive and develop integrated application systems using procedures and methods of (business) computer science, and to adapt them to the permanently changing framework conditions of manufacturing companies. The spectrum of tasks ranges from the initial product idea to design, production and sales to the operation and maintenance phase of the products and systems – the so-called Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The enormous complexity associated with the provision of all data and documents of increasingly distributed and cross-company PLM processes can no longer be mastered without a correspondingly integrated application system landscape.

The module provides students with a sound insight into the application systems of Product Lifecycle Management. To start with, students are introduced to the requirements concerning integrated application systems and the corresponding PLM value chains. Following this general introduction, the module’s second part explores the architecture and interface difficulties of typical distributed PLM application systems in depth, illustrated by using practical examples. Finally, the topics of systematic, company-specific specification, initial version and customizing of PLM application systems available on the market are linked to the basis of standards and reference models. The module is round off by insights into specific case studies and projects from the industry.



qualification goals:

The module offers theoretically sound and at the same time practically relevant insights into application systems’ complex areas of use of in product-centered value chains. Participants acquire the skills and knowledge required for systematic and model-based specification, development, introduction and adaptation of integrated application systems. This includes a basic understanding of domain-specific requirements and a general understanding of the structure and function of the standard systems used. The superstructure of the module consists of the knowledge and skills related to model design, systematics of processes, reference models and standards.


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