IS205 Managing Information Systems

for U1V 2007

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IS 205 Managing Information Systems


U1V 2007 GO


Sims, David


Adjunct Faculty


Graduate Certificate in Information Security

Office Location

Goodfellow AFB Education Center

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

Summer, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

6:15 - 8:50 PM

Credit Hours



Laudon, K. & Laudon, J. Management Information Systems. Ninth Edition OR Tenth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson-Prentice Hall.

You may purchase the textbook from any available source, just be sure you get the correct book. Any differences between the Ninth and Tenth editions will be resolved in class.

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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. SUGGESTED PREREQUISITE: CS 140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. Students are personally responsible for preparing themselves to learn, retaining knowledge, demonstrating comprehension, and seeking assistance as necessary.

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 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:

Final Exam will be comprehensive with multiple choice and short-answer essay questions.

Midterm exam will cover chapters 1-8 of the text (multiple choice and short-answer essay).

Quizzes will be based on the reading assignment for the day.

Participation requirements are satisfied by contributing to discussions with questions, ideas, personal experiences, and citations from the textbook and other professional sources, as well as by completion of assignments. If you have an unexcused absence, the participation requirement is not satisfied for that day.

The project will be an individual effort consisting of a written report 5-7 pages in length (plus cover page and bibliography) and a Powerpoint Presentation (minimum 10 slides) which will be presented to the entire class. Each student will choose one of the International Case Studies from the appendix of the textbook and answer all of the Case Study Questions for that Case Study.  Summarize the Case Study. Each question should be thoroughly answered and the answers should demonstrate comprehension and application of concepts studied in the textbook. References to additional professional publications to support answers are highly encouraged. The written report must be double-spaced, 10- or 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins.



1 Final exam, 250 points: 25%
1 Midterm exam, 200 points: 20%
1 Project, 200 points: 20%
5 Quizzes, 40 points each: 20%
Participation/Assignments,150 points: 15%

Grade Scale
90-100%: A
80-89:  B
70-79:  C
60-69:  D
00-59:  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments are not normally accepted. Exceptions handled on a case-by-case basis. No late work will be accepted after the last day of class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to be prepared for class with all necessary supplies, having read assigned texts, and having completed previous assignments. Please turn off cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices or place them in silent mode. Observe posted facility rules regarding food and drinks in the classroom. Playing games on the computers, or using them for purposes not related to classwork, will not be tolerated. If you expect to miss class, please notify me ahead of time.

Proper grammar, spelling, and style is expected in all written work. Students may use either APA or MLA format.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1, Day 1: Chapter One  


W1,D2: Chapter Two  


W2,D1: Chapter Three  


W2,D2: Chapters Four and Five  


W3,D1: Chapter Six  


W3,D2: Chapter Seven  


W4,D1: Chapter Eight  


W4, D2: Mid-term Exam  


W5, D1: Chapter Nine  


W5, D2: Chapter Ten  


W6, D1: Chapter Eleven  


W6, D2: Chapters Twelve and Thirteen  


W7, D1: Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen  


W7, D2: Chapter Sixteen, Written Projects Due  


W8, D1: Powerpoint Presentations  


W8, D2: Final Exam  


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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Your work may be submitted to for originality evaluation.

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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Military members who are absent from class because of military requirements (i.e., Orders issued for TDY or Quarters) will be excused but must still complete assignments and turn them in on the next class date.

In the event that the instructor must be absent and announces it ahead of time, the class meeting will be re-scheduled and attendance will be mandatory. Assignments from the day of the instructor's absence will be due in the next class meeting.

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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