IS205 Managing Information Systems

for U1T 2006

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IS 205 Managing Information Systems


U1T 2006 DL


Uzynski, Frank L.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Computer Science, Missouri Western University
M.B.A, Webster University

Office Location

Parkville, Missouri

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816-587-8376 (fax)


Semester Dates

June 5 to July 30th, 2006

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Management Information Systems, 9/e, Kenneth C. and Jane P. Laudon, published by Prentice-Hall, 2006.  ISBN: 0-13-153841-1


Management Information Systems & Multimedia CD PK, 9/e, Kenneth C. and Jane P. Laudon, published by Prentice-Hall, 2006.  ISBN: 0-13-169455-3 (the CD is NOT used in the class)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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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  descriptions and requirements. Suggested Prerequisite: CS140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My approach to teaching involves the integration of lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion forums, internet research, along with my experiences to expose students to a variety of media and materials.  Students are encouraged to share their experiences and ideas to facilitate a positive learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  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. 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. Explain 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. Demonstrate teamwork and the importance of working collaboratively and cooperatively with others.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
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.  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 end of the 2nd 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%


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 (15 points) addressing the discussion assignment for the week.  Then by SUN at midnight (15 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:

For your first posting, number the question you are answering
For your follow-up posting, when replying others student posting, start your post by addressing them by their first name
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:

What was the business goal?
What was the business strategy?
What leadership strategies were employed?
What were the Information Systems functions?
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

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 – 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If you are going to be out of town, please submit your assignments early. 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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and good manners.  Any student, who does not adhere to these guidelines will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Assignments and their due dates are listed in the online classroom.

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.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations 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 assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: 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. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
There are absolutely NO incompletes given in this class. Prepare accordingly.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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