IS205 Managing Information Systems

for U1T 2006

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IS205 Managing Information Systems


U1T 2006 DL


Gaught, William Lee


Senior Instructor


B.S. Computer Science, Louisiana State University - Shreveport
M.S. Compuer and Information Science, Troy State University - Montgomery
M.S. Space Operations, Air Force Institute of Technology

Office Location

Orlando, Florida

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

407-699-8436 (fax)


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 description and requirements. Suggested prerequisite: CS 140.

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:

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.
NO work can be submitted after the last day of the semester. Examinations cannot be taken late.

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%

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 3rd 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

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday of the academic week.  There will be 10% penalty for each day that is late.

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

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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