MBA606 Strategic Information Systems

for F2P 2010

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MBA 606 Strategic Information Systems


F2P 2010 DL


Akpan, Dr. Etido




DBA in Information Systems
MBA in Business Administration
BBA in Management and BS in Bible

Office Location

Park Online

Office Hours

Mondays - Fridays, 11:00 AM - 1:00PM EST

Daytime Phone

202-239-2355, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Mondays - Saturdays


Web Page

Semester Dates

October 18 - December 12

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Business Driven Information Systems, 2ed, by Baltzan and Phillips, IBSN#
007-730034-3 publisher is McGraw Hill

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Course Description:
MBA 606 Strategic Information Systems: This course focuses on the usefulness of information technology to achieve competitive advantage, efficient operations and effective decision-making. It explores the usage of information systems and technology in enterprises and analyzes their roles, functions, and effects on competitive and organizational operational strategies.

Educational Philosophy:
Park University’s vision aims at providing innovative educational opportunities for learners in the world. I will become the major provider of educational opportunities to Park students worldwide, and a main provider of education to adult learners in the United States. Park University’s mission statement provides the foundation for all educational activities. In both the synchronous and asynchronous courses, I will offer “access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.” 

My teaching philosophy is student-centered, and I believe every student can learn when provided the tools. I use different criteria to evaluate student performance and core learning outcomes; this includes threaded discussions, cases, article reviews, writing assignments, and examination. I give timely and quality feedback, and I encourage student-faculty contact; they reduce the feeling of isolation that many online learners experience. Feedback from students helps me to continuously evaluate my teaching methods and find new ones

I clearly state expectations at beginning of the term, while building rapport and understanding how best each student learns.  I use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic styles when teaching; I respect diverse talents and learning styles.   Technology is a tool to facilitate learning, encourage self-sufficiency, and inculcate lifelong skills in the learner; it should not replace instructor’s presence in the classroom through discussion board, Doc Sharing, Chat, and Webbliography in the eCollege platform.  Teaching should encourage students to discover for themselves, and the materials should be informative, useful, and well organized.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain information technology's role in business and how you measure success
  2. Explain the difference between transactional information and analytical information. Provide an example of each.
  3. Define TPS; DSS; and EIS and explain how an enterprise can use these systems to make decisions and gain competitive advantages

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  2. Express ways in which information technology creates value for the enterprise
  3. Describe the use and processing of information for strategic decision making, including ethical and security dilemmas associated with information
  4. Explain how businesses are impacted by enterprise architectures and networks, telecommunications, and wireless computing
  5. Define strategies for using strategic enterprise systems and
  6. Define successful systems development and globalization strategies
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

There will be examinations, article and case reviews, group project, and weekly discussion questions.  You will be assigned to a group and will be creating a group project. The group project will involve a written project of at least 15 pages and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. The project can be on any topic that you choose as a group, though it should relate to the course and must be approved by the instructor. Your project should address not only problems that may exist, but also solutions or recommendations. You should utilize at least five outside sources besides the course textbook(s). The final project should be double-spaced and free of grammar and spelling errors. You should use the APA method of reference citations. The PPT presentation should complement the paper.

You have many methods of communicating with your team/group for this project (e-mails, group chat rooms, etc.).  You are encouraged to make contact with your group early in the course and decide on how you will assemble this project.

The group project is due by the end of week 7 and will be uploaded into the dropbox and the main area of doc sharing. Please note, the group members will be assigned during the 2nd week.  Please email the professor if you are not in a group at the beginning of week 3.


Mid-Term Examination

10 percent (100 points)

Final Examination

15 percent (150 points)

Article and Case Reviews

25 percent (250 points)

Group Assignments

20 percent (200 points)

Class Attendance and Participation in Discussions

 30 percent (300 points)

Course Grading Scale.

A =

 90- 100% (900 points or higher)

B =

 80-89% (800 to 899 points)

C = 

 70-79% (700 to 799 points)

F =

 < 70% ( 699 or fewer points)

How Your Assignments are Graded:

50% on Content and Development
20% on Organization
15% on Format
10% on Punctuation, Grammar, and Spelling
5% on Readability and Style

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Please note that late responses to the weekly threaded discussions will not be accepted for credit, except in emergencies such as medical emergency or other situations as determined by the instructor.  Please submit your work on the date indicated in the assignment section of each lectures. If you are not going to meet the due date, you are expected to contact the instructor before the due date to make arrangements for a late submission. All work submitted late without prior permission from the instructor will lose 15 percentage points for one day late,two days 20%, three days 30%, four days 40%, five days 50%, six days 60%, seven days 70%, and after seven days is unacceptable for credit.  No work will be accepted for credit after the term ends.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Respect for each learner and diversity of viewpoints are strongly encouraged and required.   We are all here to learn, and I learn from you as much as you learn from me. The instructor succeeds when students succeed. I believe in learning, unlearning, and relearning.  Please do not hesitate to contact the professor at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Section One: Business Driven Information Systems

Week 1  

Chapter 1: Information Systems in Business

Week 2  

Chapter 2: Strategic Decision Making

Chapter 3: E-Business

 Section Two: Essentials of Information

Week 3  

Chapter 4: Ethics and Information Security

Chapter 5: IT Architectures

Week 4      Midterm Exam

Chapter 6: Databases and Data Warehouses

Week 5 

Chapter 7: Networks, Telecommunications, and Mobile Technology

  Section Three: Enterprise Information Systems

Chapter 8: Operations Management and Supply Chain Management

           Week 6

Chapter 9: Customer Relationship Management and Business Intelligence

Chapter 10: Enterprise Resource Planning and Collaboration

  Section Four: Developing Information Systems

Week 7

Chapter 11: Systems Development and Project Management

Chapter 12: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and 21 st Century Global Business

Week 8             Final Exam

Assignments Due Dates

Week 1: Answer two of three discussion questions and respond to two classmates; due by Sunday.

Week 2: Answer two of three discussion questions and respond to two classmates; due by Sunday.                                                       Respond to the question on eBay case on page 118 of the textbook and submit into dropbox.

Week 3: Answer two of three discussion questions and respond to two classmates; due by Sunday. Submit a 3-4 page article review relating to either chapter 4 or 5 materials into the dropbox. At a minimum, all reviews should include the reasons for picking the article, how it relates to the chapter(s) for the week, agreement or disagreement with the author(s) and why, complete citation of the article in APA, and your perspective on the article. You will be penalized if the above information is not included in the review and will not be penalized for going over four pages.

Week 4: Midterm Exam

Week 5: Answer two of three discussion questions and respond to two classmates; due by Sunday. Respond to the questions on UPS vs. FedEx case on page 267 of the textbook and submit into dropbox.

Week 6: Answer two of three discussion questions and respond to two classmates; due by Sunday. Submit a 3-4 page article review relating to either chapter 9 or 10 materials into the dropbox.

Week 7: Group Project is due into the dropbox. Respond to questions on the Reducing Ambiguity in Business Requirements case on page 426 of your textbook and submit into dropbox.

Week 8: Final Exam. Submit a 3-4 page article review relating to either chapter 11 or 12 materials into the dropbox.      

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24

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: .

Additional Information:
Response Times and Turn-around Times for Course Events:

Email: 24 – 48 hours.  Please include your full name and course information in all emails.  Failure to provide the above information will delay the response and resolution of your concern.

Assignments: Please allow one week from due date.


Students are encouraged to use the office discussion thread to post questions to the instructor.  Use the Virtual Cafe to discuss issues with your classmates.  All students can then share and contribute to questions and problem solving.  For confidential topics, email or telephone the instructor directly.


Dr. Akpan holds a BBA in Management, BS in Bible, MBA in General Business, and DBA in Information Systems. He has extensive business experience, ranging from service to manufacturing sectors. The instructor has a passion for teaching and is the author of two books (Strategic Alignment: The business imperative for leading organizations and Finding and Keeping Your Significant Other: A formula for discovering and building a lasting love relationship).  Dr. Akpan is also an independent business consultant.  He can be contacted at  The professor prefers email in all correspondences.   Please visit to learn more about the instructor.  You can click on the links at the bottom of the site to view his current titles.


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