DIGIB304-20B (HAM)

Digital Business Enterprise Implementation

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Management and Marketing


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: sade.lomas@waikato.ac.nz

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: anuradha.madurapperumage@waikato.ac.nz
: hongwei.jiang@waikato.ac.nz

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Lab Technician(s)


: nat.enright@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Most organisations, large and small, now buy and customise software (such as ERP, CRM, and SCM systems) rather than build systems internally from scratch. Therefore, the importance of managing the selection, implementation, and commissioning of significant software projects is extremely high. Enterprise Systems in the Digital Business Era projects involving such software usually brings huge changes to business processes and organisational structure, and careful management of the change processes is critical to the success of what are usually very expensive and organisation critical projects.

This course deals with issues of managing such software projects with lectures, guest speakers, and field visits, a group project, and hands-on practicals on the latest SAP ERP system - S/4 Hana. The practicals do not require programming language skills. The course is mainly about ERP systems, which is an industrial standard worldwide, particularly for any mid-sized to large organisations. The SAP ERP system, which is the most widely adopted enterprise system, is used in the practicals to provide hands-on experience and to build experiences and familiarity with the user interface. The content is not about the enjoyment of software but to know what would be in the real complicated industrial situation and thus to prepare for entering the job markets.

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Paper Structure

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For this semester, lectures will be available online in a more concise form. Interactive class discussions will be mainly conducted in the lab on campus while practice can be done in the lab as well as a remote distance by the university remote lab access. It is essential to have access to the lab in order to learn the content.

These materials are available via Moodle, which is the main communication platform for this course. Students are expected to use the material provided through the course only as a starting point and are expected to take on the responsibility to practice and learn from other related sources to develop both their self-understanding of the topic areas. Unless you have previous practical SAP ERP experience in the industry, the lecture is essential for you to understand what you are doing in the lab and to prepare for the assessments. You are expected to take the good initiative and responsibility for your self-learning.

The paper involves practical labs and the ongoing works from week 2 are checked by the lab tutor as part of the assessment. Thus, students are expected to go through all class materials from week 1 and are suggested to have early enrollments or enrollments before the semester commences to benefit from the expected learning processes.

The materials will be released before the lecture and lab hours. A student can do the practice anytime in the lab or via remote lab access but practical questions are normally answered via the dedicated lab hours on-site as very often the lab issues may need help closely. It can be difficult to find out a particular problem via remote distance such as an email. It is also encouraged that you can discuss and learn from your group mates to synthesise the learning experiences. Periodically, the TA will check systems records for each student's progress for assessments.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcome
    1. Students will become familiar with the functions of ERP systems and their implementation modules (Lecture material will support this learning objective.)
    2. Students will become aware of the organizational issues that impede the effective implementation of packaged solutions
      (Lecture material will support this learning objective)
    3. Students will be able to find and use resources about ERP systems management. (Group Assignment)
    4. Students will get hands-on experience with the latest SAP S/4 HANA ERP system (workshop materials)

    Self-directed learning
    This course will provide the opportunity for you to learn about the environment for major enterprise software systems, and have some limited hands-on experience with the SAP system, but it is not intended to produce a person who can immediately get a job as an SAP expert, but possible jobs at the user level. Many companies are using this product, and further commercial training is often supported by the employer that can be used to build your skills to the point where you may be considered for a level position working with the SAP product as an advanced expert. It is hoped that if you see yourself in a future career involving work with the SAP system, that you will take the opportunity to undertake some self-directed study (during this course and in parallel with what is required for this course) to acquire and build your skills to the point where you may be able to find a future career in this area.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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The assessments are listed on the table below.

More details, such as marking schedules, assignment explanations, and related documents, will be provided through Moodle.

For the workshop assessments, materials are uploaded with the weekly topics.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Practical Work
  • Other: SAP Systems and Moodle
2. Group Assignment
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Individual Conceptual Tests
5 Oct 2020
10:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Individual Practical Assessment
12 Oct 2020
No set time
  • Other: SAP systems and Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is not a specific textbook for this course. Lecture & Workshop materials are from SAP Inc. and the SAP Academic Alliance. The material will be available via Moodle before the lecture and the workshops. It is suggested that you bring lecture hand-outs to the class and take notes. It is expected that you will bring the workshop materials to the lab and work on the practical sessions. You may choose to use other devices to see those PDF files but then in the practical test, they are not allowed.

For copyright issues, a student should only keep a copy for the self-learning process in this class and extra copies should not be made for external distribution. Materials are from SAP with Global Bike Inc Data Set for S/4 HANA

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Recommended Readings

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The following books may be a helpful aid to enhance or extend your learning in this course and are recommended, but not required to be purchased. As the features of SAP change rapidly, look for the latest versions of reference books and the previous are for the understanding of existing markets (many companies are still using early versions of SAP) – the good ones do get updated and reprinted regularly.

  • Anderson, G., Nilsdon, C. & Rhodes, T. (2009). SAP implementation unleashed: a business and technical roadmap to deploying SAP. Sams Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana ISBN 978-0-672-33004-9.
  • Olaf Schulz, 2017. Using SAP: An Introduction to Learning SAP for Beginners and Business Users, Edition 3, SAP PRESS. ISBN 1493214047, 9781493214044
  • Venki Krishnamoorthy, Alexandra Carvalho, 2014, Discover SAP. SAP Press, Edition 3, Galileo Press. ISBN1592299873, 9781592299874
  • Venki Krishnamoorthy, Martin Murray, Norman Reynolds, Peter Teesdale. 2016, SAP Transaction Codes: Your Quick Reference to Transactions in SAP ERP, SAP PressEdition 2, Rheinwerk Publishing, SAP Press, ISBN1493213660, 9781493213665.
  • SAP S/4HANA: An Introduction (SAP PRESS) (3rd Edition) by Devraj Bardhan, Axel Baumgartl, Nga-sze Choi, Mark Dudgeon, and Asidhara Lahiri.
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Online Support

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Moodle is used as the class learning platform.
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Workload will vary as the course progresses through the early formative stages and on to the group work project. However, it is expected that you will spend a total of 150 hours on this course throughout the trimester, including class times.

Please note, we mainly answer practical questions during the lab sessions as it is very difficult to know what you have encountered via a distance. So please come to the practical sessions if you are able to and you need to show the tutor your progressive works at the end of each module (Navigation, SD, MM, PP, FI, CO) in the lab session.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Knowledge of operation management, supply chain management, accounting would help to understand the business flows in the SAP systems.
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Prerequisite papers: MSYS111 or MGSYS101 or MGSYS201




Restricted papers: MSYS358 and MSYS458

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