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Enterprise Architecture

  • Fall 2020
  • Section 01D
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/12/2020 to 12/05/2020
  • Modified 08/10/2020


An introduction to the theoretical and practical issues related to Enterprise Architecture (EA). EA is the organizing structure for business processes and IT infrastructure. Top performing organizations know how to design their business processes and IT infrastructure for success of their current operations, and the most successful companies know how to expand their EA to enable innovation and to seize a competitive advantage for the future. This course will introduce students to EA concepts and will equip students with design thinking tools and knowledge needed to extend an organization's EA. Specific emphasis will be placed on using SAP enterprise systems design tools. Same as MGNT 4330.


Richards Col Upper Division RCUD
CISM 4310

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Gelareh "Ellie" Towhidi

Office Hours

The best way to contact me is through email using CISM 4330 as the subject line. 

Meeting to work together on the lab assignments is not possible due to social distancing rules. Please email me for a virtual appointment.

  • Online Office Hours:
    • Tuesdays: 11:00AM-12:30PM & 2:00PM-3:30PM, virtual by appointment 
    • Thursdays: 11:00AM-12:30PM, virtual by appointment or in-person by appointment 

If this time frame does not work for you, we can schedule a virtual meeting at a mutually convenient time.

Meeting Times

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Miller Lab 2327 is open during class times for you.


An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture

  • Author: Scott A. Bernard
  • Edition: Third Edition Paperback 2012
  • Additional Readings (will be posted on CourseDen):
    • Readings on Enterprise Recourse Planning, ERPsim Lab, HEC Montréal.
    • Participant’s Guide on Logistic Game, ERPsim Lab, HEC Montréal.
    • ERPsim for SAP HANA Reference Guide, ERPsim Lab, HEC Montréal.
  • Software requirements:
  • Open SAP Courses: course registration link will be posted on CourseDen


Successful organizations use Enterprise Architecture (EA) as a business strategy. EA is the organizing structure for business processes and IT infrastructure. Top performing organizations know how to design their business processes and IT infrastructure for success of their current operations, and the most successful companies know how to expand their EA to enable innovation and to seize a competitive advantage for the future. This course will introduce students to how EA is used as a business strategy and a business enabler. A final research project will include design thinking methods and the use of SAP enterprise system tools to extend an organization’s EA.


Course Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration.
  • Develop Business Process Flow Diagrams.
  • Describe the structure and components of an Enterprise Architecture.
  • Develop an Enterprise Architecture Model.
  • Develop a plan to implement an Enterprise Architecture.
  • Describe how businesses can use Enterprise Architecture as a business strategy.
  • Develop an Enterprise Business Intelligence Application using SAP BI data analytic and decision making tools.



EA 1-2 Readings 10%
BPM Assignment 10%
SAP Lumira Assignment 10%
ERPsim Logistics EA Team Project 25%
ERPsim Logistics BI Team Project 25%
OpenSAP Certificate 10%
Final Exam 10%
Total 100%


*If you do not register for ERPsim, you will lose 10% of your final grade and will not be able to participate in ERPsim Team Projects.



A:  90% and above

B:  80 – 89.99%

C:  70 – 79.99%

D:  60 – 69.99%

F:  59.99% and below



Course Schedule will be posted in CourseDen. 

Course Policies and Resources

  • Students must CHECK “ANNOUNCEMENTS” ON COURSEDEN ON A DAILY BASIS for any newly released information or changes concerning this course.
  • Students are responsible to find out about any changes in due dates and course content.
  • It is your responsibility to keep up with the due dates and the work.
  • If you need accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course, please let the professor know as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week. I will do my very best to accommodate any legitimate need.
  • All assignments/projects must be uploaded correctly to the designated CourseDen submission folder by the deadline. Submitting your assignments/projects via email attachments are not acceptable and will NOT be graded.
  • Only UWG issued e-mail addresses will be answered by either the professor.
  • No emails are checked or answered within the CourseDen environment.
  • Emails are usually answered within 24 hours. Students should not expect a response during non-business hours, which includes nights, weekends, holidays, and school breaks. 
  • Scholastic Dishonesty: The State University of West Georgia Academic Honesty Policy will be enforced. You can read this policy at
  • Each student is required to complete and submit his/her own work. Copied work will be considered plagiarism and will result in academic discipline.
  • The professor reserves the right to change any part of this document including the schedule and/or requirements.


College/School Policies

Wolf Pact

Having read the Honor Code for the University of West Georgia, I understand and accept my responsibility to uphold the values described therein and to conduct myself in a manner that will reflect the values of UWG and the Richards College of Business so as to respect the rights of all UWG community members. As a UWG student, I will represent myself truthfully and complete all academic assignments honestly and within the parameters set by my instructor.

I understand and accept that if I am found guilty of violations (through processes due me as a UWG student and outlined in the UWG Student Handbook), penalties will be imposed.

I also recognize that my responsibility includes a willingness to confront members of the UWG community if I feel there has been a violation of the Honor Code.  

Ultimately, I will conduct myself in a manner that promotes UWG as the best place to work, learn, and succeed for my generation, and those to come!

About the Richards College of Business

To become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders.

We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences.

Strategic Goals and Values

Student Success
Admit quality students and provide them with an education that is rich in experiences and engagement opportunities to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.

Academic Success
Recruit, retain and develop faculty and staff by providing sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master-level curricula, to conduct research and other professional activities, and to support engagement with all stakeholders.

Operational Success
Recruit, retain and develop administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.

Ethical Values
The Richards College of Business community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and business partners) share a commitment to the principles of honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, accountability for personal behavior, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. In addition, we strive to continuously improve our abilities to recognize unethical behavior and to make ethical and moral decisions.

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance:

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance:

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.


Proctored Exams/Online Instruction: Students should be aware and plan ahead for the possibility of having to complete all courses and/or exams online or in a proctored environment. This means talking with your instructors about what minimum technical requirements (software and hardware) will be required should your class move online or a student's personal needs dictate. This also includes making plans for internet access at whatever location participation may occur.

Virtual or in-person proctored exams, if your instructor should require them, may result in an additional cost to the student. Please discuss these details with your instructor or see the information provided here.

Face Coverings: Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia institutions, including the University of West Georgia, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Student FAQs: For more information about UWG COVID-19 guidance for students visit the Student FAQ webpage


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