Research Group for Applied Software Engineering
Forschungsgruppe für Angewandte Softwaretechnik

Practical Course: iPraktikum WS2020/21

Attention: Due to ongoing development with respect to the Corona Virus, the exact dates of the course, as well as the on-site meetings are subject to change. We will inform all participants ahead of time if any dates, times or locations for meetings, presentations or lectures change.

Course description

In this course you develop a mobile application in the context of a larger system architecture. Depending on the project, you work with application servers, machine learning algorithms, smart sensors, intelligent clothing, wearables like the Apple Watch or micro-controllers.

You get to know the workflows, activities and tools of state-of-the-art agile software engineering, in particular agile hardware/software co-development, from requirements engineering to system delivery. In particular, you learn Apple’s programming language Swift, UI frameworks like UIKit and SwiftUI, and Server-Side Swift. In addition, you will gain hands-on knowledge in the fields of system modeling, usability engineering and continuous integration and delivery.

For this course, industry partners provide real problem statements. You get real team and project experience while working tightly together with a real client towards a real deadline.

At a glance

  • Credits: 10 ECTS
  • Course type: Bachelor/Master Practical Course
  • Possible module numbers: IN0012, IN2106, IN2175, IN2128, IN4049
  • Participants: 80-100 students
  • Info Meeting: Friday, July 10, 3pm-4pm. (Info meeting slides)
  • Regular Meetings/events: See "Schedule". Attendance is mandatory at all events and lectures.

Related courses


  • Participating students are familiar with the concepts of object-oriented programming in e.g. Objective-C, Java, C++ or C#.
  • Prior knowledge in Swift or macOS is helpful but not required. 
  • You do not necessarily need any own Apple Devices to take this course. We have a lab equipped with iMacs which you can use 24/7 with a key card, but in this case you should be prepared to have time to work on campus.

How you can prepare for the course


Event/Meeting Date Time Place Purpose

Info Meeting

Friday, July 10, 2020

3:00pm - 4:00pm


You get an overview about the course, its prerequisites and learning outcomes. We also inform you about the application process. (Info meeting slides)
Intro Course

October 26 - November 4, 2020

(mandatory sessions on weekdays October 26-30, 2020 and November 2, 2020. Voluntary lab time on October 31 & November 3 - November 4, 2020, homework due end of November 4, 2020)

9am - 6pm

(exact schedule will follow)
Online, tools will be announced prior to the start of the intro course
You get an introduction into Apple's programming language Swift in a five-day course. You attend our sessions and complete homework exercises with the help of your tutors. Attendance is mandatory, we promise a great time.
Attention: If you cannot attend during this week, do not apply for the iPraktikum this semester. You will receive homework which you will have to complete until November 4, 2020 to take part in the course, so please plan to invest enough time.
Kickoff Meeting Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:30pm - 9pm Interims HS 1
Our customers present the problems they want you to solve. You can then prioritize the projects.
Design Review Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:30pm - 9pm Interims HS 1
Your team presents the current status of your system to the whole course and the customers.

Client Acceptance Test

Thursday, February 11, 2020 4:30pm - 9pm Interims HS 1
Show off your finished applications to the whole course and the customers.
Weekly course meeting Thursdays 4pm - 6pm Interims HS 1
Learn about concepts, methods and tools relevant to the whole course through hands-on exercises. Attendance is mandatory in all course-wide meetings.


The application process is structured as follows:

Application steps

  • Feel free to attend the info meeting (Friday, July 10, 2020, 3pm-4pm) (Info meeting slides)
  • Fill out the application form below by July 21, 2020, 11:30pm.
  • Prioritize the Bachelor/Master Practical Course "iPraktikum" in the matching system of the faculty (by July 21, 2020, 11:30pm)
  • Your application for the iPraktikum can only be considered if you submit the application form and prioritize the Bachelor/Master Practical Course "iPraktikum" in the matching system by July 21, 2020, 11:30pm.
  • The application period is now closed.


Results of previous semesters

iPraktikum team & contact

Email us with questions at ios (at)

Prof. Dr. Stephan Jonas Prof. Dr. Bernd Brügge Lara Marie Reimer Marko Jovanović Paul Schmiedmayer

Prof. Dr. Stephan Jonas

Prof. Dr. Bernd Brügge
Lara Marie Reimer
Marko Jovanović

Paul Schmiedmayer