MBA605 Management Information Systems

for U1P 2011

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MBA 605 Management Information Systems


U1P 2011 DL


Dr. Steve Hallman


Master, IT

Office Location

911 Main St  STE 900

Office Hours

Tue - Thur 9:00-11:00 & 2:00 - 4:00

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


O’Brien, J.A. and Marakas, G. M. (2009). Management Information Systems, 9th ed. ISBN: 978-0-07-337676-9. McGraw-Hill/Irwin: New York. (Be sure to get the 9th edition not the 10th)

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Course Description:
MBA 605 Management Information Systems: This course is developed as a framework for analyzing the use of information by firms along with examples of different types of information systems. It explores the theoretical foundations of information systems and their development, uses, operations, management, control, structure, and impact. The analysis of information function within the organization, the nature of characteristics of computerized information systems, usage of information systems and technology to change the organizational structure, work process, and culture will be addressed. Information system analysis and design are also stressed through case study and project.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Show how the Internet caused disruption among businesses
  2. Define the relationship between the Internet an the World Wide Web
  3. Describe the different methods an enterprise can use to assess information
  4. Explain why an organization would use metrics to determine a Website's success

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1) The student will create a running final system project
  2. 2) The student will tie-in the main parts of each of the chapters into a final application project
  3. 3) Students will work in a team environment and practice project management skills
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

  • Discussion Questions: To earn the full 35 points, you must answer all parts of each question and your first response must be submitted by Wednesday of each week. There must be at least two substantive answers to peer responses. All answers must be submitted by the due date. Weekly answers must include at least two references from Internet research or the textbook. One or two sentence answers will not earn the full 35 points.
  • Assignments: To earn the full 60 points, all requirements must be met for that specific week and submitted by the due date. Should the assignment be a written report (a document written in Word, for example), it must be a minimum of three full pages in length, double-spaced, with citations and font no larger or smaller than 12 pt.  Each report should have a title page, introductory paragraph, conclusion and references in addition to the three pages of topic specific analysis. Up to 10 points will be deducted for mistakes in APA formatting, English, spelling, punctuation, etc. Exceptions: Assignments which are computational or graphic requiring work in Excel may not require a three page report.
  • Team Final Assessment: The team final assessment is worth 30% of your final grade. This will be a team project based on a case scenario where team members will have to work together to develop a management information system and a decision support system. To earn the full 300 points, you must address all aspects of each deliverable. Each student will contribute to the project and the project will be submitted as one deliverable with signatures next to individual contributions.  Students may use all appropriate software such as Office suite products (including Project) and Visio (or like CASE tools). If you are uncertain about the interoperability of your software, contact the instructor prior to using. Points will be deducted for mistakes in English, spelling, punctuation, etc.

My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a more successful student and thinker. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly Reading assignments.
  • Completing Weekly Discussion Questions
  • Completing computational analyses and writing assignments, referred to as Reports.
  • Full participation in the Team Project Final Assessment.


Course Grading Scale:

Grading Rubric



Discussions (8 at 35 points each)

280 or 28%

Assignments (7 at 60 points each)

420 or 42%

Team Final Assessment(1)

300 or 30%

Total points





Due Date

Discussion Questions

35 pts/week = 280 pts

Wednesday of each week

Weekly Assignments

60 pts/week = 420 pts

Sunday of each week

Team Final Assessment

300 pts/week 8

Friday of 8th week


A =

900 - 1000 points

B =

800 - 899 points

C = 

700 - 799 points

D =

600 - 699 points

F =

< 600 points

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

The final assessment in the MBA 605 course will be comprehensive. It will constitute 30% of the total course grade. Teams will be formed in week three by the instructor and projects will be completed by week eight in the online courses.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials: You may turn in the Week 1 assignments at anytime during the term with no late penalty. Beginning with Week 2 the following policy will be in effect for late assignments:

  • One day late: 10% of the total possible points will be deducted. For example, if the assignment is worth 40 points and it is one day late, 4 points will be deducted from the final point total.
  • Two days late: 30% of the total possible points will be deducted. For example, if the assignment is worth 40 points, and it is two days late, 12 points will be deducted from the final point total.
  • Three days late: 50% of the total possible points will be deducted. For example, if the assignment is worth 40 points, and it is three days late, 20 points will be deducted from the final point total.
  • More than three days late: No points for that assignment. An assignment will be considered late by midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on the due date. I must have all assignments, to include your final team project, by the last day of the term.
  • Any assignment received after the last day of the term will not be graded and will earn zero (0) points. There will be no exceptions to this policy. There are no extra-credit or makeup assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed as specified in the syllabus. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully submitted, postmarked, or faxed so that they are in my hands on the due date. This applies to assignments submitted through the postal service, as well as to assignments and papers submitted on-line. NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to provide you feedback on assignments via the Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service.

Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Netiquette is a set of guidelines for how individuals communicate over the Internet. The important concept here is that students respect one another. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
As outlined per each week in the online course.

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
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.
Online Note: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
Park University Graduate Catalog

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Additional Information:
Grading Rubric  



















Explain requirements surrounding management information systems (MIS) and how information is used to make business decisions



















Explain the impact of management
           information methodologies on systems business/IT life cycles.



















To be able to define management information systems (MIS) and decision support systems (DSS) terminology and become familiar with appropriate usage in business environments.



















Communicate the business/IT strategies relevant to investment planning, management and change initiatives.



















Articulate business/IT solutions involved in business intelligence development, hardware and software, decision support systems and people.





Whole Artifact














Explain the different roles of business intelligence (MIS & DSS) within small, enterprise and global organizations and the impact competition has on decision making processes.



















Articulate issues relevant to management information systems in web-based and e-commerce business environments.



















Explain data security and ethical strategies pertinent to data resource management.




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