Case Studies from Practice

Exam review: 

  • Thursday 28. July 2016:  9:30-11:30 (CAB F 78)
  • Wednesday 3. August 2016: 14:00-16:00 (CAB F 78)


  • Final exam: 08 June 2016 at 10:00 in HG F 3.
  • Mid-term 21 March in HG G5 (45 minutes)

Course description

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of “real-life” challenges taken from corporate settings and teach them how to address these.

Course Program and Materials 


By using case studies that are based on actual IT projects, students will learn how to deal with complex, not-straightforward problems. It will help them to apply their theoretical Computer Science background to real life situations and will teach them fundamental principles of IT management and challenges with IT in practice.


The course "Case Studies from Practice" bridges the gap between computer science at ETH and the industry. In interactive case studies company representatives present the diversity of challenges in the daily routine and work of computer science graduates from ETH. As an integral part of the course, non-technical skills such as business problem-solving, communication and presentation, interviewing and relationship management are discussed and trained.

The course is particularly suitable for students who want to gain an overview of the different working areas and want to prepare for entrance into professional life.

Presenting companies so far include Deloitte (how to develop innovative technology solutions for a luxury retailer), Selfnation (lessons learned from a startup company), Credit Suisse (investment banking case), HP (business continuity management), 28msec (product pricing in a software startup company), Open Web Technology (developing a customer-centric digital strategy), Teralytics (Big Data in Practice), and Marc Brandis Strategic Consulting (various). Others will be confirmed as soon as possible.


Course Hours


  • Mon, 12:00-14:00 ML F 36


  • Mon,  14:00-15:00 ML F 36


Marc Brandis