Information Technologies Services Management


The course's main objective is to present an overview of IT Service Management, strategically aligned to business needs, with a set of practices defined by ITIL 4 (Information Technology Infrastructure Library).

ITIL 4 brings ITIL up to date in 2019 by re-shaping much of the established ITSM practices in the wider context of customer experience, value streams, and digital transformation, as well as embracing new ways of working, such as Lean, Agile, and DevOps.

Through practical exercises, it will be possible to understand the importance of having internationally recognized integrated practices for the management of IT services and its application to real cases.

Additionally, this course prepares students for the international certification in "ITIL 4 Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management", recognized by the "United Kingdom Cabinet Office" as part of the "UK Government's portfolio of Best Management Practice".

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Manuel Gonçalves Soares


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English


The course is taught in English. Portuguese Students may choose to respond to the exam questions and deliver the project in Portuguese. However, the group presentations must be made in English if there are Erasmus students present.


- ITIL® Foundation, ITIL 4 edition, AXELOS
- ITIL® Foundation Essentials - ITIL 4 Edition - The ultimate revision guide, Claire Agutter, IT Governance Ltd
- Other materials provided by the teacher.

Teaching method

The curricular unit is based on theoretical and practical lessons. A variety of instructional strategies will be applied, including lectures, slide show demonstrations, questions and answers. The sessions include presentation of concepts and methodologies, real cases, discussion and interpretation of real work experiences. The practical component is geared towards solving problems regarding a complex and realistic case study, including discussion and interpretation of results.
A set of specific per group work packages in four consecutive sprints to be completed independently in extra-classroom context is also proposed. The overall work packages compose a significant applied body of knowledge for IT service management that can be integrated and reused.

Evaluation method

1st call: project (40%), test (50%), continuous appraisal (10%)
2nd call: project (40%), final exam (60%)

Subject matter

LU1 - Module 1: Course Introduction
LU2 - Module 2: Service Management: Key Concepts
LU3 - Module 3: The Guiding Principles
LU4 - Module 4: The Four Dimensions of Service  Management
LU5 - Module 5: Service Value System
LU6 - Module 6: Continual Improvement
LU7 - Module 7: The ITIL Practices