IS205 Managing Information Systems

for S2J 2008

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IS 205 Managing Information Systems


S2J 2008 DN


Amundson, Craig


Senior Instructor


B.S. NucEng
M.S. ElecEng

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Semester Dates

03/17/2008 to 05/11/2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


CS 140

Credit Hours



O'Brien & Marakas, "Management Information Systems with MISource 2007", 8th Edition, 2008 McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishing.  ISBN 9780073323091

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Course Description:

This course introduces the student to information systems concepts and the management concerns of information technology. The course focuses on the components, types, and management concerns of information systems which, when combined, support an enterprise. Students will explore the enterprise perspective on controlling the use of information systems and understanding project changes, risk, and quality management. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
It is this faculty's educational philosophy to create and foster a fun and active learning environment where students can explore learning concepts, theories, and applied concepts. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively through the learning process and to respect each student's contributions to the 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:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade (preferably, it will count for more). School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all IS205 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

There are four categories and five sets of questions in the final exam:

Critical thinking:




(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 3, )


Given a topic identify management skills required to lead an IS development or maintenance team and the types of decision making at each organizational level. Topics covered include stages of developing an information system, characteristics of information system maintenance, information system management, skills needed as a development team leader, skills needed as a maintenance team leader, decisions at the executive level of an organization, decisions at the middle level of an organization, and decisions at the lowest level of an organization. Multiple choice questions 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 are counted as two points each out of a total of one hundred points.


(relevant learning outcome – 6)

Given a topic explain the impact of information technology on organizations and how to manage various aspects created by implementation of technology. Topics covered include change management, security/control, ethical/social impact, international impact, quality management, and system development. Multiple choice questions 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 are counted as two points each out of a total of one hundred points.

Key Discipline:




(relevant learning outcomes – 2, 4 )

Given a topic identify the information systems characteristics and individual components along with various types of traditional and modern information systems. Topics will include the meaning of system, how information becomes an information system, components of an information system, types of information systems, types of information systems, traditional information systems, and modern information systems. Multiple choice questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are counted as two points each out of a total of one hundred points.

Technical skills:

Whole Artifact



(relevant learning outcomes – 5, 7)

Given a topic identify the strategic value of creating an information technology infrastructure and a collaborative environment in organizations. Topics will include the meaning of strategic value, meaning of information technology infrastructure, strategic value in relation to information technology infrastructure, meaning of collaborative environment, value of collaborative environments to organizations, examples of information technology infrastructure, value of teamwork in information system management, and strategic value in relation to a collaborative environment. Multiple choice questions 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 are counted as two points each out of a total of one hundred points.

Critical Thinking:


Key Discipline:

Technical Skills:

(relevant learning outcomes – 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Given a topic write a short answer essay. Topics will include steps in the systems life cycle, effect of an enterprise system on the organization, similarities and differences between traditional and modern information systems, key parts of an information system project plan. Short answer questions 31, 32, 33, 34 are counted as ten points each out of a total of one hundred points.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:

Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following: 
1.  Quizzes: Announced quizzes on material will be administered.
2.  Case Studies:  Students will be assigned case studies.
3.  Core Assessment:  Comprehensive final exam. 


The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements: 
Quizzes                       50%
Case Studies               30% 
Core Assessment        20%
Total                         100%
The following will be used to assign course letter grades:   
90 -  100          A     
80 - <90           B     
65 - <80           C     
60 - <65           D     
Below 60           F (or 3 unexcused or 4 total absences)     
There will be no curve used in the grading nor will extra work be accepted for credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will carry a 10% deduction fro every class period being late.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the next class period, or as assigned.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to attend all classes and participate.  Roll will be taken each class meeting.   Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, work, family emergencies, are excusable; however, the student must notify the instructor (prior to the class to be missed if possible) and make up the missed work as follows:
        o Read and be responsible for assigned readings/course content;
        o If a quiz is to be missed it must be taken during the following week's class. 
        o It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange to take the quiz.
The core assessment must be completed before 10:00 pm on 5 May 2008.  If the core assessment is not taken and the student has not withdrawn, a GRADE of “F” will be awarded.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Quiz; Lecture
Lecture Homework*
17 Mar 08
Lecture MODULE I Foundation Concepts
   Chapter 1. Foundations of Information Systems in Business
   Chapter 2. Competing with Information Technology
Chap 1:  Review Quiz (pg 36)
Chap 2:  Review Quiz (pg 64)
Case Study 3/4
24 Mar 08
Quiz Chap 1&2
Lecture MODULE II Information Technologies

   Chapter 3. Computer Hardware

   Chapter 4. Computer Software

Chap 3:  Review Quiz (pg 110)
Chap 4:  Review Quiz (pg 151)
Case Study 5/6
31 Mar 08  
Quiz Chap 3&4
Lecture MODULE II Information Technologies

   Chapter 5. Data Resource Management

   Chapter 6. Telecommunications and Networks

Chap 5:  Review Quiz (pg 190)
Chap 6:  Review Quiz (pg 239)
Case Study 7/8
 7 Apr 08

Quiz Chap 5&6
MODULE III Business Applications

   Chapter 7. Electronic Business Systems

   Chapter 8. Enterprise Business Systems


Chap 7:  Review Quiz (pg 277)
Chap 8:  Review Quiz (pg 316)
Case Study 9/10
14 Apr 08

Quiz Chap 7&8
MODULE III Business Applications

   Chapter 9. Electronic Commerce Systems

   Chapter 10. Decision Support Systems

Chap 9:  Review Quiz (pg 351)
Chap 10:  Review Quiz (pg 404)
Case Study 11/12
21 Apr 08

Quiz Chap 9&10
MODULE IV Development Processes

   Chapter 11. Developing Business/IT Strategies

   Chapter 12. Developing Business/IT Solutions


Chap 11:  Review Quiz (pg 438)
Chap 12:  Review Quiz (pg 480)
Case Study 13/14
28 Apr 08

Quiz Chap 11&12
MODULE V Management Challenges

   Chapter 13. Security and Ethical Challenges

   Chapter 14. Enterprise and Global Management of Information Technology
Chap 13:  Review Quiz (pg 529)
Chap 14:  Review Quiz (pg 565)
5 May 08
Core Assessment

* Note:  Homework assignment is in preparation for Quiz given at next class session.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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