Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme:Bachelor Computer Science - Digital Innovation
Type of degree:FH BachelorĀ“s Degree Programme
 Summer Semester 2022

Course unit titleElective Seminar: Corporate M&A and IT-Due Diligence
Course unit code083121160304
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Elective
Semester when the course unit is deliveredSummer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week2
Year of study2022
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated3
Name of lecturer(s)Markus FEDERAU

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content
  • Importance of M&A
  • Process of a M&A transaction from the buyer and seller's point of view
  • Meaning and dimensions of due diligence
  • IT due diligence: checklists, report formats, example exercises
  • Determination of company values and purchase prices
Learning outcomes

In the course of corporate transactions, IT due diligence is becoming increasingly important with digitization. Buyers and sellers want to know the contribution of technology and IT to the business processes of the company and how IT supports the growth of the company. In addition to company growth, developing customer value and scaling the business model are key factors for investors. To design optimal and sustainable solutions for start-ups or corporate transactions, it is important to understand and use the many opportunities. The aim of this course is to give an insight into M&A processes including the basic methods of company evaluation and to highlight the importance including the main focus of the IT due diligence, since many companies have now introduced digital processes or even the business model is based on digitization.

Theoretical and methodological know-how (T/M)

  • Students know how to identify the key steps and associated tools of an M&A process and understand the meaning, process, and focus of due diligence associated with a business transaction.
  • Students are able to describe the procedure and the typical analysis fields and instruments in an IT due diligence as well as the basic methods of business valuation.
  • Students recognize and are able to explain the importance of IT due diligence for the success of a business transaction, depending on the industry and business model of the target company. In addition, they are able to describe role models in an IT due diligence and know what contribution they can make in an ideal IT due diligence.
  • Students can use checklists and other templates to create a project plan for an IT due diligence and are able to extract so called "red flag reports" or short-term action plans from a detailed IT due diligence report.

In addition, self-competences (S) such as learning competence and motivation, responsibility, ethical competences, entrepreneurial competences, scientific work, expressiveness, appearance and transfer competences (T) such as analysis and presentation / communication skills, assessment and problem-solving skills are trained.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course: 2 THW

Lectures, group work with presentations

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Team Project and presentation (50 %)
  • Written Exam (50 %)


Recommended or required reading
  • Hoffman, Jim (2015): IT Due Diligence Checklist: Fourth Edition. 4. Aufl. Alzhan Development LLC.
  • Sherman, Andrew J. (2018): Mergers and Acquisitions from A-Z. 4. Aufl. New York: McGraw-Hill Education Ltd.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

In-class lecture: Compulsory attendance

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