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Software Engineering for Business Applications (SEBA Master)

Last modified May 17


  • General Information (Summer Term 2023):
    • The lectures will be held onsite in Garching.
    • The interactive central exercises (optional) will be held online via Zoom.
    • Assignments will be distributed via Moodle and must be handed in at the respective deadlines via GitLab.
    • The graded presentations will be held onsite in Garching.
    • Please register regularly for the course, later on all information will be provided via Moodle.
    • The registration on TUMonline will be open from 01.03. until 09.04. There is no FCFS. Information Systems (M.Sc.) receive a guaranteed place. Remaining places are distributed via TUMonline.


Organization of the Module

This module is declared as project work and consists of a lecture and a practical part. The practical part (project) is conducted through multiple assignments where students come up with a business idea and develop a web application using the MERN stack thereby applying the concepts presented in the lecture and central exercise.

The project will be done in teams consisting of exactly four students. In general, registered students are randomly assigned teams. However, students can also form a team by writing an email containing the names and matriculation numbers of all team members to until April 17th 2023 (Subject: “SEBA Master – team proposal”). Only one email per team is required.

Please make sure that each of the team members is registered for the lecture on TUMonline.

Due to capacity constraints regarding supervision the amount of total places is limited to 160 (40 teams). Since this module is mandatory for students of Information Systems (M.Sc.), they are given precedence. If you've just finished your bachelor degree and about to start your Information Systems, M.Sc. in summer semester 2023 but are not officially enrolled yet on TUMonline, please send an email to with your letter of admission.

Over the course of the semester, we will have 3 presentation blocks. Each presentation block lasts 3-4 days and has approx. 12 slots in total (~3-4 slots per day). We will assign each student team to one of these 12 slots for each presentation block. Each team must be present only in its assigned slot. In each slot there will be 4 student teams, each of them having max 20 min for presentation and discussion.



The master course SEBA Master: Web Application Engineering provides the necessary theoretical foundations to design and develop state-of-the art web applications. Next to the technical aspects to develop applications for the web, business aspects are covered with the most common business models and explained with real-world examples.

The students learn how to design web sites from the scratch including patterns for recurring problems. Technical aspects for the development of web applications are presented along with generic platforms and architectures. Students participating in the exercise apply this knowledge in individual projects that cover all aspects from the lecture with the design and development of a web application.  

  1. Web Site Genres
    • Business Models on the Web
  2. Web Site Design Process & Patterns
    • Key Issues of Customer-Centered Web Design
    • Knowing Your Customers
    • Involving Customers with Iterative Design
    • Additional Viewpoints and Aspects
    • An Overview of Web Design Patterns
  3. Developing Single-Page Web Applications
    • HTML & CSS Concepts
    • JavaScript Basics
    • Web Components
    • Single-Page Applications
  4. Developing Single-Page Web Applications with React
    • Web Application Framework Comparison
    • Basic Concepts of the Chosen Framework
    • State Management
    • Navigation and Routing
    • Client-Server Communication
    • Consuming RESTful Services
  5. Building REST-enabled Backend Services
    • Target architecture and development environment
    • Event-driven architecture and asynchronous I/O operations with node.js
    • Creating REST interfaces using Express
    • Using document oriented database storage: MongoDB example
    • Enabling user authentication on the web service using JSON web token (JWT)
  6. Advanced Topics in Web Application Engineering
    • Real-time Web Applications
    • Hybrid Web Applications  
  7. High Performance Web Applications
    • Database options for web applications
    • Scaling web applications 


Lecture and exercise dates

Number  Date Time Room Topic / Content
L01 17.04.2023

14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching) 0 Introduction

1 Web Site Genres

L02 24.04.2023

14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

2 Web Site Design Process & Patterns


25.04. - 28.04.2023

09:00 - 17:00

onsite / Zoom

Feedback Appointment with Advisor: Business Idea, VPC, and BMC

A01 30.04.2023 23:59 GitLab Submission Deadline Assignment 1



10:15 - 11:45

Zoom FAQ A2
L03 08.05.2023

14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

3 Developing Single-Page Web Applications



09:00 - 18:00

onsite (Garching)

Room 01.12.035

Presentation: Customer Journey, Personas, Mockups, Data Model





14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

4 Developing Single-Page Applications with a Specific Web Application Framework (React)




GitLab Submission Deadline Assignment 2



14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

5 Building REST-enabled Backend Services

D03 23.05.2023

10:00 - 12:00

Zoom First Steps with MERN



14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

6 Advanced Topics in Web Application Engineering



14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

7 High Performance Web Applications

Special Guest



14:15 - 15:45

Interims I, Hörsaal 2 (Garching)

Guest Lecture by Netlight

A03 20.07.2023 13:00 GitLab Submission Deadline Assignment 3


09:00 - 20:00

onsite (Garching)

FMI 01.10.011

Final Presentations




Lecture Presentation Central Exercise Guest Lecture Submission Deadline


Assessment Method / Grading

The student's performance is primarily assessed on the basis of presentations and deliverables in the context of a project work assignment consisting of three milestones.

The individual milestones are defined as follows:

  1. Business Idea and Business Model (10%)
    Contents of the assessment:
    • Identifying, explaining and developing business models in the web
    • Develop your business model with BMC and describe your product's value proposition
    • Presentation of your specific business model
  2. Customer Journey, Personas, Mockups, Data Model (15%)
    Contents of the assessment:
    • Selecting and applying patterns for web application design
    • Explaining a user-centered, iterative development process and applying it in a team
    • Create your software architecture by using UML standards
    • Explaining and selecting state-of-the-art technologies for the implementation of web applications
      (This encompasses both client- and server-side aspects)
    • Explain the main features of your web application by creating a customer journey
    • Create mockups which cover your customer journey
  3. Final Prototype (75%)
    Contents of the assessment:
    • Quality and complexity of your developed web application
    • Explaining web-based integration techniques
    • Presenting scientific topics to an audience
    • Presentation of the final prototype of your web application

Additional skills: Presentation, rhetoric, team communication, project work

Each team presents the results of each assignment in a 10-minute (20 for final) presentation, followed up by a 10-minute discussion.



Knowledge and skills at the bachelor's level (Informatics/Business Informatics) in software engineering, programming and databases.


Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students understand successful patterns of customer-centric web sites, and they are able to explain their business and social impacts. They understand the technological challenges that arise in the implementation of industrial strength web applications. They are able to address purposefully these technological challenges using commercial and open source systems and technologies as well as proven technical architectures. At the end of the lecture they have sufficient knowledge to contribute to scientific and development projects in this area.



“Exploring ES6” – Axel Rauschmayer, Ecmanauten,

“Business model generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changes, and Challenges” - Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, John Wiley & Sons, 2010

“Don't make me think! Web Usability: Das intuitive Web” - Steve Krug, New Riders Press; 2 edition, 2005

“Designing the Obvious. A Commonsense Approach to Web Application Design” - Robert Hoekman, New Riders Press; 1 edition, 2006

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„Express – Web Framework for Node.js“ –

„Official React Tutorial “ –,

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