IS205 Managing Information Systems

for F1T 2005

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Course Syllabus
Park Vision/Mission Statement

Park University Vision

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Park University Mission

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Instructor Info
Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
Park University
Tel: 816-340-7375

I check email on Mon – Fri, Sat (very early am only), but NOT Sunday

Course Description

This course introduces the student to management information systems concepts. The course will present a variety of data processing facilities. Course topics include: transaction reporting, information reporting, decision support systems, system development life cycle, office automation, and job description and requirements. Suggested prerequisite: CS 140.

Overview and Course Goals

This course focuses on the special pressures placed on today's manager. The goal of Managing Information Systems is to teach students the principles and theory of managing information systems. The goal is to indoctrinate the student with both theory and real exposure to problems by exploring both textbook and real-life examples. Each week we'll focus on different situations, issues, or problems encountered in the workplace through our online conferencing discussions; these are reinforced and expanded in readings in our textbook.


Core Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the following concepts should be understood or demonstrated:

    1. Identify the skills that a manager of Information Systems requires to successfully lead a team in development or maintenance of an Information Systems.
    2. Be able to identify an information system and its individual components.
    3. Determine types of decision making at each level in the organization.
    4. Identify various types of information systems, both traditional and modern.
    5. Identify the strategic value of creating an information technology infrastructure and collaborative environment to various organizations.
    6. Understand the impact of information technology on organizations and how to manage various aspects created by implementation of technology. Such management issues should include: change management, security/ control, ethical/social impact, international impact, quality management and system development.
    7. Experience teamwork and the importance of working collaboratively and cooperatively with others.

Improved written analytical and documentation skills by class participation, discussions, and written projects.

Required Texts/Materials

Management Information Systems, 8/e, Kenneth C. and Jane P. Laudon, published by Prentice-Hall, 2004. ISBN 0-13-122684-3

Course Policies

Course-Specific Policies:

Computer Science classes are build upon topics taught in previous weeks. It is essential for you to complete your assignments in a timely manner, or you are likely to be an effective member of the class as the semester progresses.

If you are going to be out of town, please submit your assignments early. Remember, NO late assignments will be accepted.  In the event of a PC problem you can always fax your assignments to me on an emergency basis.

There are absolutely NO incompletes given in this class. Prepare accordingly.

My contact information is listed in the Office section of this course.  I prefer you contact me via email where ever possible -- I travel between locations daily, and I don't often have an opportunity to check my voice mail, or faxes.

My preferred method of contact is via Piratemail.  My email address is listed under the Course Home in the Office section.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Grading Policy

You will be able to track your progress throughout the course.  You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments.
  • Completing several substantial writing assignments (Case Study and Group Project).
  • Completing both a Mid-Term and Final Examination.
  • Completing a Survey of Student Opinion of Teaching.

Submission of Late Work: Absolutely NO late assignments will be accepted. If you are going to be out of town, complete your work early.  In the event of a PC problem you can always fax your assignments to me on an emergency basis.  NO work can be submitted after the last day of the semester. Examinations cannot be taken late.

Proctored final examination - This course requires a proctored final.  Here are some specifics elements in regards to this final:

  • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
  • Other Information on proctored exams:
    • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
    • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
    • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
    • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79% (700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F = < 60% (599 or fewer points)

Materials Graded

Assignments % of Grade
Quizzes (6) 12.0%
Discussions (5) 15.0%
Case Studies (2) 23.0%
Examinations (2) 50.0%

Grading Rubrics


Each student brings different life experiences, points of view, and ways of knowing to our classroom and our learning environment.  Everyone should plan to become an active member of the learning community.  Participation means 1) forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view, and providing encouragement and constructive critique, 2) reading the assigned readings before beginning your assignments and online development, and 3) applying readings to the virtual discussions and course development. 

Discussions are completed in two steps.  First you must make an online posting by WED at midnight of each week (20 points) addressing the discussion assignment for the week.  Then by SUN at midnight (10 points) you must respond to another students posting.  NO late submissions are allowed, so if you miss your WED assignment, you can still obtain credit for the SUN portion of the assignment.

Here are the required components of the discussions:

  • Complete Discussion Questions/Assignments by due dates
  • Provide valuable and thoughtful feedback for peers with constructive criticisms and critiques.
  • Respond to discussion questions with applicable information and concepts shared in the readings, to answer questions and/or solve problems.  Go beyond just providing the answer but include analysis, insight, contrast, or parallels to personal experiences.                                      
  • Present original thoughts and ideas in postings, (avoid simple agreement or disagreement with, or restatement of other’s postings.                                                                                  

Your overall work effort will be measured by this scale:

  • 30 = Exceeds requirements in exemplary manner
  • 25 = Slightly exceeds expectations in meeting requirements
  • 20 = Meets requirements and objectives of project
  • 15 = Slightly below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 10 = Considerably below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 00 = Did not meet minimal expectations


All quizzes for this class are multiple choice questions.  The quizzes are open book and open notes, and performed online. 


All exams for this class are multiple choice questions.  The mid-term exam is open book and open notes, and performed online.  The final exam is open book, but closed notes, and is proctored.  The final exam may include an essay question. Your proctor must FAX the exam to me.

Case Study

Here are the grading rubric for each case study (100 points total):

Format - 10 points. Elements of case format include:

  • At least one and one-half pages in length (single spaced), not to exceed 3 pages in length
  • Proper English, grammar, and syntax must be used
  • One inch margins
  • No bigger than 12 point font

Issue - 10 points. One or two paragraphs that summarizes the key issue of the case study.

Discussion - 20 points - Three to six paragraphs that give a more detailed summary of the case study, including your analysis and insight.

Findings - 6 points each (total of 30 points).  The elements of your submission must include -- the Letter of the finding you are addressing (A,B,C, etc), two to three paragraphs documenting your findings, and analysis or insight to validate your position.  Each of the following items must be addressed:

  1. What was the business goal?
  2. What was the business strategy?
  3. What leadership strategies were employed?
  4. What were the Information Systems functions?
  5. What tools or techniques were used?

Conclusion - 10 points.  Two to four paragraphs that summarize your insight into this particular case study, and what conclusions you can draw from it -- parallels, textbook insights, personal insights, etc. 

Ideas for Further Concern - 10 points. Ask three to six questions about the case that should be addressed to develop a better understanding of this situation. You only have to formulate the questions, not answer them.

References - at least 3 references from the peridocals, textbooks (our textbook is not allowed as a reference for this purpose), speeches, Internet searches.  These server the same purpose as in a term paper -- to provide independent validation of the position you have taken in the paper.

Group Project

This is a team effort, and the entire team will receive the same score for the assignment.  For each week that you do NOT participate, your score will be reduced by one-third.  Participation is measured by engaging with team mates in the group discussion thread, and completing assigned duties from your group leader.  The grading rubric for this assignment are the same as for the individual Case Study. 

The team leader is responsible for placing all of these documents in the drop box for this assignment.  Only the submission from the team leader will be accepted. 

Peer Review

During the same week the case study is due, you must submit your peer reviews into the corresponding drop box.  The purpose of the peer reviews is to identify each person on the team’s contribution for the Group Project.

You must rate each member of the team – INCLUDING yourself based on this scale:

  • 5 = Exceeds requirements in exemplary manner
  • 4 = Slightly exceeds expectations in meeting requirements
  • 3 = Meets requirements and objectives of project
  • 2 = Slightly below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 1 = Considerably below expectations in meeting requirements
  • 0 = Did not meet minimal expectations, or did not participate

These peer reviews will be averaged and scaled to determine your overall peer review score of this effort.  Remember, if you don’t complete a peer review, you also record ZERO for the Group Project, regardless of your contribution.  You cannot complete a peer review if you did not participate in the Group Project.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community.  Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. 


Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

  • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
  • Plagiarism involves the use of quotation without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
  • Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
  • Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
    • Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
    • Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
    • Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.


In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park UniversityPark University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.


Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 14 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

Student Resources

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 

Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance.  If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275).  To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024.

My Bio

Frank Uzynski is an adjunct faculty member in the Weekend and Evening College at Park University’s home campus in Parkville, MO. Mr. Uzynski has a MBA from Webster University with an emphasis in Management. Prior to that, he received his BS in Computer Science from Missouri Western State College. He has held various technical and managerial positions within industry in the Kansas City area for over 25 years. He is currently an IT Manager for American Century Investments in Kansas City, MO.