Course details

IT Service Design and Implementation

INI Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 4 credits

The course deals with the entire life-cycle of IT services, i.e. from processes of service strategy management to processes of continuous improvement of services. Service Strategy: A new service development, a service portfolio, requirements analysis, pricing services, a strategic process. Service Design: Risk analysis, sustainability of services, a service catalogue, metrics for services, service levels, supplier management. Service Transition: Asset management and configuration of services, testing of services, change management, knowledge management. Service Operation: monitoring of services, incidents and problems. Continual Service Improvement: Identifying opportunities for improving services, methods of evaluation of services, processes of continual service improvement.

Guarantor

Course coordinator

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Completion

Classified Credit

Time span

  • 22 hrs lectures
  • 4 hrs exercises
  • 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

  • 40 pts written tests
  • 60 pts projects

Department

Lecturer

Instructor

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will understand the life-cycle of IT services and processes for support and documentation of the life-cycle. They will learn how to make a service portfolio and a basic financial analysis of services in the portfolio, to draft contracts for providing services in terms of a customer (consuming the services from internal or external suppliers) and in terms of a service provider, to design services and prepare documentation for their deployment, to evaluate deployed services, to prepare a plan for continual service improvement and to propose service modifications according to the plan. Students will be able to acquire and apply knowledge and skills in design and implementation of IT services in the appropriate context. Students will be able to actively participate in the design and implementation of IT services in an organization and will have a basic knowledge of IT services according to ITILv3.

Learning objectives

The goal of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the issues of design and implementation of IT services, to make them familiar with the processes and resources for support and documentation of all phases of IT services' life cycle, and to provide practical knowledge on design and implementation of IT services.

Why is the course taught

Knowledge of ITIL is important for understanding the keywords of IT support such as an incident, problem, requirement, configuration, back-out strategy, etc. and activities related to these words. This is essential for all IT staff (IT support of all levels, developers implementing requirements/bug-fixes, team leaders, customer IT department members consuming system/services, etc.). Understanding ITIL is also a frequent demand for IT employers.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The subject assumes a basic knowledge of software engineering within the scope of course Introduction to Software Engineering (IUS), especially the knowledge of information systems operation and service management and management of software projects.

Study literature

Fundamental literature

  • Majid Iqbal, Michael Nieves. ITIL Service Strategy. The Stationery Office, 2007. ISBN 978-0-11-331045-6.
  • Vernon Lloyd, Colin Rudd. ITIL Service Design. The Stationery Office, 2007. ISBN 978-0-11-331047-0.
  • Shirley Lacy, Ivor Macfarlane. ITIL Service Transition. The Stationery Office, 2007. ISBN 978-0-11-331048-7.
  • David Cannon, David Wheeldon. ITIL Service Operation. The Stationery Office, 2007. ISBN 978-0-11-331046-3.
  • George Spalding, Gary Case. ITIL Continual Service Improvement. The Stationery Office, 2007. ISBN 978-0-11-331049-4.

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction: Structure and objectives of the course, organization of projects. IT Service and its life cycle in ITILv3: Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation, and Continual Service Improvement.
  2. Service Strategy: The process of a new service development (demand and supply), the value of a service, service types, scalability and dependencies of services, a service portfolio, a pipeline and a service catalogue; specification of the first part of the project.
  3. Service Strategy: Detailed requirements analysis, types of service providers, evaluation of resources, cost and pricing of services (financial analysis), the strategic process; specification of the second part of the project.
  4. Service Design: Sustainability of services, risk analysis; presentations of the first part of the project.
  5. Service Design: Business and technical service catalogue, service metrics and measures, capacity, availability and security of services, service levels.
  6. Service Design: Management of suppliers and operational level agreement/underpinning contract), preparation of a service level agreement; presentations of the second part of the project and specification of the third part of the project.
  7. Service Transition: Asset management and configuration services (a configuration item), testing of services (testing strategy and V-model), a proposal to a service change and its implementation.
  8. Service Transition: Deploying of services and usage of a service design package, knowledge management; presentations of the third part of the project and specification of the fourth part of the project.
  9. Service Operation: management and monitoring of services, requirements management, incidents and problems, formation and flow of events associated with the services.
  10. Continual Service Improvement: Reasons for continual improvement of services and benefits assessment (return and value on investment), identifying opportunities for improving services (the FOCUS method); presentations of the fourth part of the project and specification of the fifth part of the project.
  11. Continual Service Improvement: Methods of evaluation of services (critical success factors, key performance indicators, metrics and measurements), a model of continual service improvement process, the Deming's cycle and processes for service improvement, a service improvement plan.
  12. ITIL process implementation; presentations of the fifth part of the project.
  13. A final test.

Syllabus of numerical exercises

A selected part of the project of your choice will be presented by a team within the selected lectures:

  1. Service Portfolio.
  2. Financial Analysis.
  3. Operational Level Agreements/Underpinning Contract + Service Level Agreement.
  4. Service Design Package.
  5. Service Evaluation Report + Service Improvement Plan + Request for Change.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

A group project aimed at the design of IT services according to a given specification. The project consists of five parts (each part takes approximately 2.5 hours for a team member):

  1. Service Portfolio.
  2. Financial Analysis.
  3. Operational Level Agreements/Underpinning Contract + Service Level Agreement.
  4. Service Design Package.
  5. Service Evaluation Report + Service Improvement Plan + Request for Change.

Progress assessment

  • a group project composed of five parts (each of 10 points, 50 points in total)
  • a presentation of selected parts of the project at the lecture (10 points)
  • a final test (40 points)

Controlled instruction

  • submission of a group project's results (a design documentation of IT services according to a given specification); excused absences are solved by the guarantor.
  • a presentation of selected parts of the project at the lecture; excused absences are solved by the guarantor.
  • a written test took individually; there is no resit; excused absences are solved by the guarantor.

Exam prerequisites

To pass this course and to get credits a student must gain at least 50 points (of 100 points).

Schedule

DayTypeWeeksRoomStartEndCapacityLect.grpGroupsInfo
Wed exam 2023-01-04 C228 10:0010:50Zápočtový test
Thu lecture 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 10., 11., 12., 13. of lectures E112 10:0011:509999 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Rychlý
Thu other 2022-10-13 E112 11:2011:35Prezentace: Portfolio služeb (Service Portfolio)
Thu other 2022-10-27 E112 11:2011:35Prezentace: Finanční analýza (Financial Analysis)
Thu other 2022-11-10 E112 11:2011:35Prezentace: Dohoda o úrovni provozních služeb/Podpůrná smlouva + Dohoda o úrovních služeb (Operational Level Agreement/Underpinning Contract + Service Level Agreement)
Thu other 2022-11-24 E112 11:2011:35Prezentace: Balíček návrhu služby (Service Design Package)
Thu other 2022-12-08 E112 11:2011:35Prezentace: Hodnotící zpráva o službě + Plán na zlepšení služby + Požadavek na změnu (Service Evaluation Report + Service Improvement Plan + Request for Change)

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
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