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IS 205 Managing Information Systems
Smolak, William H.


Mission Statement: 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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseIS 205 Managing Information Systems
SemesterF2B2004
FacultySmolak, William H.
Degrees/Certificates

Office Location9440 Viscount Blvd, Suite 200, El Paso, TX 79925
Office Hours8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Daytime Phone731-2793
Other Phone731-2793
E-Mailwsmolak@park.edu
smolakb@earthlink.net
Semester Dates15 Oct – 03 Dec 2004
Class Days-----F-
Class Time5:00 - 10:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Principles of Information Systems, A Managerial Approach, Sixth Edition, Ralph M. Stair and George W. Reynolds, Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Massachusetts (ISBN 0-619-06489-7)

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 pre-requisite: CS140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactive communications based upon readings, lectures, handouts, current events, dialogues, references to Internet articles, examinations, and writings. The facilitator will assign daily reading assignments as a basis to challenge each learner to participate in discussions about concepts of sociology and how they apply to current life standards and beliefs. The facilitator will require learners to bring articles on current events to class to demonstrate how these events relate to sociology and to stimulate individual learning and discussions between learners and with the facilitator. The facilitator will guide learners to apply sociological learning to modern concepts of living and to influence the learners to learn how to respect and learn from each other. The facilitator will emphasize the ideals within sociology to encourage learners to understand the ways of other people and other societies and how these other groups affect the learner's way of life. This educational philosophy should result in stimulating learning through lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
The objective is to provide students with a better understanding of the principles of information management systems.  The following objectives will be accomplished:

A.  Identify information systems and explain the use of information systems in organizations.
B.  Define information technology concepts by identifying hardware and software, explaining how to organize data and information, and defining telecommunications and networks.
C.  Define business information systems by explaining electronic commerce, explaining transaction processing, and identifying enterprise resource planning, information, decision support and specialized business information systems.
D.  Explain systems development by defining systems investigation and analysis, as well as systems design, implementation, maintenance and review.
E.  Explain how to use information systems in business and society by identifying security, privacy and ethical issues in information systems and the Internet.

Course Assessment:
A.  Lectures, presentations and discussions.
B.  Audio and video materials as appropriate.
C.  Written evaluations.
D.  Casework, presentations and research paper may be assigned.
E.  Examinations

Grading:
A. Part 1 Examination 20% of the final grade
B. Part 2 Examination 20% of the final grade
C. Part 3 Examination 20% of the final grade
D. Part 4 Examination 20% of the final grade
E. Part 5 Examination 20% of the final grade
A student that fails to attend at least 75% of classes could have his or her grade reduced by 10%
F.  Grades
 A  90-100
 B  80-89
 C  70-79
 D  60-69

Late:
The last day of the course is reserved for the presentation or completion of all make-up work.

Conduct:
A.  Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time and be prepared to participate.
 •  This means taking an active part in class activities and discussions.
 •  Participation is expected and will be incorporated into the final grade.
B.  Attendance will be taken at all class meetings.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 -
Friday - Introduction to the Class and Park University - Part 1 (Chapters 1 & 2) and special presentations
Week 2 -
Friday - Part 2 (Chapters 3, 4 & 5) and special presentations
Week 3 -
Friday - Part 2 (Chapters 6 & 7) and special presentations
Week 4 -
Friday - Review Parts 1 & 2, Parts 1 & 2 Examination
Week 5 -
Friday - Part 3 (Chapters 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Week 6 -
Friday - Part 4 (Chapter 12 & 13) and Part 5 (Chapter 14) and special presentations
Week 7 -
Friday – Review Parts 3, 4 & 5, Parts 3, 4 & 5 Examination
Week 8 -
Friday – Final

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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