This course introduces concepts of business process modeling using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) industry standard. Participants will learn the elements of process models and their precise meaning. We cover business processes within organizations and also interacting processes involving several organizations, i.e., we investigate process orchestrations and process choreographies. We will also look at techniques to analyze business processes from a formal perspective. The course centers around concepts and language to describe and analyze business processes. It does not cover methods on how to model, improve, monitor or implement business processes. Still, a deep understanding of business process models is a useful basis for these activities.
Sunday, October 27, 2013 23:00 (UTC) to Tuesday, January 07, 2014 22:55 (UTC)
Language: English
IT Technical Principles

Course information


Business process models play a central role in describing, analyzing, improving, implementing, and monitoring business processes. They can serve as communication medium for professionals with different background and expertise, ranging from business administration, quality management and organizational development to process improvement, systems architectures and software development. The aim of this course is to provide a common understanding and a common language to improve the communication between these professionals during all phases of business process management projects.

This course introduces concepts of business process modeling using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) industry standard. Participants will learn the elements of process models and their precise meaning. We cover business processes within organizations and also interacting processes involving several organizations, i.e., we investigate process orchestrations and process choreographies. We will also look at techniques to analyze business processes from a formal perspective.

The course centers around concepts and language to describe and analyze business processes. It does not cover methods on how to model, improve, monitor or implement business processes. Still, a deep understanding of business process models is a useful basis for these activities.

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Course contents


  • Week 1:

    Introduction to Business Process Management
  • Week 2:

    Basic Business Process Modeling
  • Week 3:

    Week 3
  • Bonus:

    Bonus
  • Week 4:

    Week 4
  • Week 5:

    Week 5
  • Week 6:

    Process Choreographies
  • Exam:

    Exam

How to enroll


If you would like to enroll for this course, there are no formal prerequisites or limitations. The course is free and open for everyone. Just register for an account on openHPI and go for the course!

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Dates and Statistics


This course was held from Oct 27, 2013 through Jan 07, 2014.

15558 learners enrolled.

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Professor Dr. Weske is chair of the business process technology research group at Hasso Plattner Institute of IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research interests include all aspects of business process management and decision management. Dr. Weske has published twelve books and over 200 scientific papers in journals and conferences. He is on the steering committee of the BPM conference series, a member of ACM, IEEE, and GI. Dr. Weske has published a textbook on business process management. In 2009, he co-founded Berlin-based software company Signavio. He is also chairperson of the Business Process Management Academic Initiative, which aims at strengthening teaching and research in business process management.

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