Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Introduction to IT Systems (Wintersemester 2023/2024)

Lecturer: Dr. Anne Kayem (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Prof. Holger Karl (Internet-Technology and Softwarization) , Lucie-Aimèe Frimelle Kaffee (Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems)

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 4
  • Credits: 6
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.10.2023 - 31.10.2023
  • Examination time §9 (4) BAMA-O: 26.10.2023
  • Teaching Form: VL / Exercise
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Module
  • Course Language: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 24

Programs, Module Groups & Modules

Digital Health MA
  • Brückemodule
    • HPI-DHBM-IT Principles of IT Systems


This is a bridging module aimed specifically at students with a background in health professions/life sciences. The goal is to provide a platform to enable students learn about the use of Information Technology (IT) systems in the healthcare environment. The module covers topics such as the use of digital patient data, secure messaging, e-health, computerised clinical decision-making tools, and the impact of IT systems on effective patient care. In addition, the students will learn about the impact of integrating IT systems in healthcare from the human resource, economics and government policy perspective. After completing this module, you should be able to think critically about IT Systems.


Syllabus (Brief).

  • Computer Basics
  • Operating Systems and Applications
  • Database Management Systems
  • Internet Technologies
  • Cyber Security
  • Software Development Basics
  • Networking and the Internet


  • Prerequisites: None
  • Software or Materials: Some knowledge of either one of Python, HTML/CSS, MySQL, Javascript would be good to have but is not required.


Will be provided on a per lecture or block basis.


  • Understand the IT systems concepts, definitions, and terms in digital health
  • Learn to critically analyse IT Systems’ use in healthcare
  • Learn to to identify the advantages and challenges of IT systems in healthcare
  • Ability to critique the integration of IT Systems into clinical work practices
  • Be able to reflect on the suitability and sustainability of digital tools, applications, and information sites to improve health education


There are no prerequisites for this course. The course’s grades will be based on a series of five (5) assignments that will each contribute a percentage towards the final grade, for a total of 100%. In order to obtain a grade on this course you must complete ALL the assignments. Submissions must be made individually. Late submissions, unless pre-approved, will incur a penalty of up to 5% of the assignment grade.

Exam Type Start Date End Date (Submission) Grade %
Assignment #1 01.11.2023 14.11.2023 10%
Assignment #2 15.11.2023 28.11.2023 10%
Assignment #3 29.11.2023 12.12.2023 20%
Assignment #4 13.12.2023 20.01.2024 30%
Assignment #5 29.01.2024 02.03.2024 30%


For the duration of the semester, lectures will hold twice a week as follows:

  • Mondays, 09.15 - 10.45, (Location: Room TBC; Online: Zoom)
  • Wednesdays, 13.30 - 15.00 (Location: Room TBC; Online: Zoom)

Zoom Credentials will be made available upon registration for the course on HPI Moodle.

To register, please do the following:

  • Search for Course either under: IITS-2023 or Introduction to IT Systems 2023
  • On prompt please provide the enrolment key: IITS-2023