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

Introduction to IT Systems (Wintersemester 2022/2023)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Dr. Anne Kayem (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Prof. Dr. Tilmann Rabl (Data Engineering Systems)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2022 - 31.10.2022
  • Prüfungszeitpunkt §9 (4) BAMA-O: 06.12.2022
  • Lehrform: VL / Übung
  • Belegungsart: Pflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 24

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

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.


References and reading materials will be provided on a per lecture basis.

Lern- und Lehrformen

After completing this module, you should be able to think critically about IT Systems in the digital health context.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the IT systems concepts, denitions, 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 reect on the suitability and sustainability of digital tools, applications, and information sites to improve health education


In order to obtain a grade on this course you must attend and pass both the mid and final semester presentation, and the exam. 

The course's grades will be based on a mid-and final semester presentation, and final exam. The presentations will be based on a software development project that is conducted for the duration of the semester.

Exam Type Number When Grade %
Mid-Semester Presentation  Group Size: 2 06.12 & 14.12.2022 20%
Final Semester Presentation  Group Size: 2 01.02.2023 30%
Final Exam (90 mins)   08.02.2023 50%


The first lecture is on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. 

For the duration of the semseter, lectures will hold weekly on:

  • Tuesdays, 11.00 - 12.30, (H.E. 51/52)
  • Wednesdays, 09.15 - 10.45 (H.E. 51/52)

Lecture materials and course announcements will be accessible on the HPI Moodle platform.