IS205 Managing Information Systems

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Syllabus IS 205
Managing Information Systems
Park University-Fall II 2004

COURSE TITLE: Managing Information Systems
INSTRUCTOR: Martin Brennan
WORK PHONE: (830) 775-7753
TERM DATES: October 25th, 2004 – December 19th, 2004
MEETING TIME: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 to 8:20 PM
SITE: Laughlin Air Force Base, TX

Prerequisite: Suggested prerequisite: CS 140. If not completed, chapters 13 and 14 of text must be read prior to class start date.
Course Description: This course helps business students learn how to use and manage information technologies to revitalize business processes, improve business decision making, and gain competitive advantage.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

• Understand fundamental business information systems concepts
• Understand information technology including major concepts such as telecommunications networks and data resource management technologies
• Be familiar with how businesses use Internet and other technologies to support their business processes, e-business and e-commerce initiatives, and business decision making
• Use strategic planning and application development approaches to develop and implement business/IT strategies and systems
• Understand the challenges managers face with business/IT technologies including security, ethical challenges and global IT management

Facilitator's Educational Philosophy:

• Focus on the value of information technology in the business environment by demonstrating examples, studying real cases, and solving business problems
• Enhance learning and systems usage by utilizing information technology throughout the course

Course Requirements: Reading assignments from the text outside of class followed by lecture discussions covering the material read at home. Students will need to ensure they have understood the cases presented in each of the assigned chapters and be prepared to discuss them in class. Occasional quizzes will be given on the reading assignments and cases. Students not familiar with computer hardware and software will need to read chapters 13 and 14 of the text before the first class as these concepts will not be covered in depth during this course. Also, there is an understanding that students be familiar with basic Microsoft Office applications. If not, students will need to do the tutorials on their student CD.

Course Text:

Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition, James A. O'Brien, McGraw-Hill, (Bundled with Powerweb and MISource CD)
ISBN 0-07-282311-9.

Class Assignments and Examination Schedule:

BEFORE FIRST CLASS MEETING: Read Chapter 1 from Management Information Systems

Week 1
Introductions, Syllabus discussion, Expectations
Using OPEN
Using Pirate Mail
Introduction to the computer lab
Foundations of Information Systems (Chap.1)
Competing with Information Technology (Chap. 2)
Lab Time

Week 2
Data Resource Management (Chap 3)
Telecommunications and Networks (Chap. 4)
Lab Time

Week 3
Introduction to E-Business Systems (Chap. 5)
Enterprise E-business Systems (Chap. 6)
Lab Time

Week 4
Midterm Exam (Chap. 1-6)
Electronic Commerce Systems (Chap. 7)
Lab Time

Week 5
Decision Support Systems (Chap. 8)
Developing Business/IT Strategies (Chap. 9)
Lab Time

Week 6
Developing Business/IT Solutions (Chap. 10)
Security and Ethical Challenges (Chap. 11)
Lab Time

Week 7
Enterprise and Global Management of Information Technology (Chap. 12)
Student Project Demonstration and Discussion

Week 8
Projects continued.
Final Exam (Chap. 7-12)

Class Meeting And Examination Schedule: Subject to change with notice

Attendance Policy: Facilitators are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The facilitator may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the learner will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete grade will not be issued to learners who have unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Learners receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) 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 learner. Reports of a F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for learners receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
Course Requirements and Policies:
a. The format of this course is keyed to the sequence of topics introduced in each chapter of the text. Classroom activities will include lecture, class discussion, quizzes, exams, homework assignments, and an individual project. All students are expected: to attend class, to be prepared for class by having read the assigned material and having completed the case questions, to participate in class discussions and question-and-answer sessions.
b. All homework is to be emailed to me on the due date, prior to class. Ten percent will be deducted from homework that doesn't meet the deadline. If not received before the next class a zero will be given.
c. Quizzes missed due to absence will receive a score of zero unless the student can demonstrate the absence is due to a legitimate reason (e.g., sudden illness, death in the family, sudden unplanned change in work schedule, etc.). Quizzes missed due to a demonstrated legitimate reason may be made up at the discretion of the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to follow up with these situations with the instructor.
d. The mid-term and final examinations may not be taken early or late unless the student can demonstrate to the instructor that the need for an alternate testing time is due to a legitimate reason. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate to the instructor at least one week in advance of any planned absence the need for an alternate testing time. Alternate testing arrangements may be made at the discretion of the instructor.
e. All work will be typed using word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software, etc. All work product turned in to the instructor (e.g., homework assignments, student project) must be professional quality. That is, typed (i.e., printed using a word processor) using standard fonts and point sizes with appropriate margins, page numbers, formatting, and with all words correctly spelled and all sentences and paragraphs properly constructed according to the rules of proper grammar.
Extra Credit: Normally extra credit work will not be assigned. Special projects for extra credit must be discussed with the instructor.

Examinations: Tests may include any or all of the following: multiple choice, fill-in-the blank, true or false, short essay questions, and case studies. The final exam will not be comprehensive
a. The student’s course grade will be determined by totaling scores earned in the areas of: homework assignments, quizzes, student project, mid-term exam, final exam, attendance, and class participation. The sum of these points will be divided by the total possible points to calculate a percentage. This percentage will determine the course grade as follows:
90 - 100% -- A
80 - 89% -- B
70 - 79% -- C
60 - 69% -- D
0 - 59% -- F

b. The approximate relative percentages, or weights, that each area contributes to the total course grade are as follows:
Homework assignments...... 35%
Quizzes............................... 5%
Student Project.................... 10%
Mid-term exam.................... 20%
Final exam........................... 20%
Attendance............................ 5%
Class participation................. 5%

Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments. Learners who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

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. Learners who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their facilitator.

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: