IS205 Managing Information Systems

for S1R 2008

Printer Friendly

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.


IS 205 Managing Information Systems


S1R 2008 SC


Zelinske, Greg


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Management
M.S. Computer Resource Information & Management

Office Location

Scott AFB

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

14 Jan - 9 Mar 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


CS 140

Credit Hours


Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, Kenneth Laudon & Jane Laudon, 10th Edition, 2007, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-230461-9

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

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:
All classes will combine lecture with group discussion.  Additional handouts will be provided periodically.  Outside research for class discussion is encouraged.  Because this class is predominately adults who hold full-time jobs, a cross-flow of ideas/concepts from work experience is expected to augment the instructors teachings.  Exams will be used to measure comprehension of course material.  In addition, a case study will be completed to apply the knowledge taught in the classroom.

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:

A. Read all assignments from the text prior to class and participate in class discussion.

B. Review assigned case studies/questions and be prepared to discuss in class.

C. Three exams will be administered.  The first two exams will focus on the first 10 chapters of the book and a final exam which will cover 75% of the core learning outcome.  The testing part of the assessment will use the final exam and the highest score from the first two exams.
 D. Prepare a 3-5 page paper evaluating a case study provided by the instructor.  (team project)

E. Optional.  A three page double spaced paper discussing an information system topic.  This is for any students wishing to improve their grade, if they are on a grade differential border.


Exam 1 & 2 will be 100 points each -- constituting 35% of the final grade (will use the test with the highest score)

Exam 3 -- 30%

Case Study Paper -- 25% (100 points)

Class Participation -- 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will only accept late course material with prior coordination and permission.  Students who, due to military requirements, can not complete their assigned tasks on time, must coordinate with the instructor for optional assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will be considered for part of the final grade.  Students are expected to be on time, attend all classes, and remain in class for the entire class session.  Roll will be taken each class.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness or temporary duty, are excusable.  Any student finding himself or herself unable to make class, must notify the instructor.  Three unexcused absences are considered excessive, and could be considered grounds for a failing grade.  Students performing temporary duty must provide the instructor a copy of orders.  Students are encouraged to communicate to the instructor when they will be absent or late.  This syllabus is only a guide.  The instructor reserves the right to deviate from it for the betterment of the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  • 15 Jan -- Introductions, Chapter 1
  • 17 Jan -- Chapters 1 & 2
  • 22 Jan -- Chapters 3 & 4
  • 24 Jan -- Chapter 4
  • 29 Jan -- Chapter 5, Review
  • 31 Jan -- Exam 1
  •   5 Feb -- Chapters 6 & 7
  •   7 Feb -- Chapters 8 & 9 
  • 12 Feb -- Chapter 10, Review
  • 14 Feb -- Exam 2
  • 19 Feb -- Chapter 11
  • 21 Feb -- Chapter 12
  • 26 Feb -- Chapter 13
  • 28 Feb -- Chapter 14, Case Study Due
  •   4 Mar -- Chapter 15, Review
  •   6 Mar -- 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
If the instructor determines that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will be dropped from the class and given a grade of "F".

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

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: .


This material is copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:12/9/2007 8:09:34 PM