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IS 205 Managing Information Systems
Durbin, John M.


Park University
IS 205 Managing Information Systems
Course Syllabus

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
Course Number: IS 205
Course Title: Managing Information Systems
Term: Spring I
Instructor: J. Michael Durbin
Title: Computer Instructor
Phone Number: 223-9992
Email: mike-durbin@ec.rr.com
Term Dates: Jan 10– Mar 6 2005
Meetings: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 1930 – 2200
Prerequisite(s): IS 205
Credit Hours: 3
Center: Cherry Point Education Building

PARK UNIVERSITY VISION
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

PARK UNIVERSITY MISSION
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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course introduces the student to management information 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 3:0:3.
Note: Students are responsible for reading, understanding and following this syllabus. The instructor reserves the right to change, add, or modify assignments at any time.

GOALS:
Upon completion of this class you will understand the system development life cycle and its system approach and relationship to the development of information systems and supporting the end-user in the work environment.

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

•Identify the skills that a manager of Information Systems
requires to successfully lead a team in development of
maintenance of an Information System.
•Be able to identify an information system and its individual
components.
•Determine types of decision making at each level in the
organization.
•Identify various types of information systems, both
traditional and modern.
•Identify the strategic value of creating an information
technology infrastructure and collaborative environment to
various organizations.
•Understand 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.
•Experience teamwork and the importance of working
collaboratively and cooperatively with others.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
The course work consists of mid-term exam, final exam, a collaborative project, writing exercises, and class participation. In order to be successful in this class, each of these assigned areas will need to be completed on time and satisfactorily. The instructor will assign the class participation percentage based on the student’s timely submission of assignments, class attendance, and contribution to the class.

TEXT: Laudon, Management Information Systems, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004 ISBN 0-13-101498-6.

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
The class meets from 1930 - 2200 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class is organized into 8 weeks. Timely submission of assignments can not be emphasized enough. You will be assessed via a midterm, final exam, collaborative project, and various writing assignments.

CLASS POLICIES:
Class participation and completion of all assigned work is expected and worth 10% of your final grade. The student is expected to come to all classes unless coordinated with the instructor prior to the class meeting. If the student is unable to contact the instructor prior to the class then a message should be left with the school office justifying the absence. Late assignments and unexcused absences will affect the class participation and homework/lab grade. Two unexcused absences are considered excessive and three unexcused absences will result in an Involuntary Withdrawal and a grade of “F” (attendance) for the course.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in the grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of “F” grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.


ACADEMIC HONESTY
Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty had occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will be given an immediate grade of “F” and dropped from the course. The second violation results in the automatic expulsion from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing of the action taken.

PLAGIARISM
Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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.


GRADING POLICY GRADING SCALE
Mid Term 25% 93–100 A
Final Exam 25% 84-92 B
Group Project 25% 76-83 C
Assignments 15% 69-75 D
Class participation 10% -68 F

IMPORTANT DATES
Beginning of Term: January 10, 2005
Last Day of Add/Drop: January 17, 2005
Last Day of Withdrawal: February 11, 2005
End of Term: March 6, 2005