Case Studies from Practice - Spring 2017


The end-term exam for "Case Studies from Practice" will take place as follows:

Monday, June 12, 10-12, HG E3.


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, non-straightforward situations in business. It will help them applying their theoretical Computer Science background to IT challenges in business and will teach them respective principles, methods, and experiences.


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. The cases illustrate the environment in different companies – from startup to large global enterprises, different job profiles – from software developer through company founder and top manager, and different perspectives – from external consultant or business partner to employee, manager or owner. 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 Selfnation (lessons learned from a startup company), Open Web Technology (developing a customer-centric digital strategy), Teralytics (Big Data in practice), avaloq (distributed agile software development), Credit Suisse (IT complexity in investment banking), and Marc Brandis Strategic Consulting (various). Others will be confirmed as soon as possible.


Course Hours


  • Mon, 12:00-14:00 ML F 38


  • Mon,  14:00-15:00 ML F 38


Marc Brandis