IS205 Managing Information Systems

for SP 2012

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IS 205 Managing Information Systems


SP 2012 HO


Wakeman, Jeremy


MBA Northwest Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science Mathematics/Computer Informatoin Systems

Daytime Phone

(816) 305-5564


Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Credit Hours


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Management Information Systems (12th Edition) Author Laudon and Laudon
ISBN-10: 013-2142856
ISBN-13: 978-0132142854


Required Book:
Who Moved My Cheese Author Kenneth Blanchard

· ISBN-10: 0399144463

· ISBN-13: 978-0399144462

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Course Description:
IS 205 Managing Information Systems: This course introduces the student to information systems concepts and the management concerns of information technology. The course focuses on the components, types, and management concerns of information systems which, when combined, support an enterprise. Students will explore the enterprise perspective on controlling the use of information systems and understanding project changes, risk, and quality management. 3:0:3. Suggested Prerequisite: CS 140.

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:

Assignment #1

This will be a 2 – 4 page double spaced analysis and position paper. The paper will cover pro’s, con’s, and your position about the subject. There will be three sources for this assignment, use the book that is listed, a second source as your textbook and the other can be the discussions in class or anything else that will be credible. This assignment will not require formal reference documentation, looking more for the analysis and position. The book will be on reserve at the library for 5 day check out. Submit the assignment on eCompanion before class starts on March 4, 2012.

Position of what is the best strategy for adopting change (Who Moved My Cheese by Ken Blanchard )

Individual Project

The Individual Project will be combined with the group project. The individual project consists of each person in a group taking a specialized role in a specific area. Each area will be looked at in the following functions: Planning, Analysis/Design, Implementation, and Support. The objective is to look at the area and determine the process flow within that specific area, in an organization. There will be two deliverables with this project. First is a 5 to 10 page double spaced paper with at least 3 references in APA format. The second is a 2 to 5 minute presentation on your area. There is no requirement for powerpoint slides but if anyone would like to use powerpoint do not have more than 2 slides. Submit the paper in eCompanion before the start of class on April 18, 2011. The four areas are:

·         Applications / Applications Development

·         Network Services

·         Security

·         Business Contingency / Disaster Recovery / Mobility

Group Project

The group of four or five will combine each of the specialty areas into a complete organizational outline and roadmap of an organizations business processes to create a functioning organization. The deliverable will be an outline or diagram or both to explain how this fits together and turned in before class on eCompanion by April 29, 2011.


Exams will consist of three parts True False, Multiple Choice, and Essay questions that will be taken from the discussions. Each exam will be 100 points except for the final which will be 200 points.

There will be NO make-up exams. I will take the percentage on the final and replace the test with the lowest exam score with the grade on the final.


 Grades Per Assignment




Assignment #1


100 Points

Individual Project


100 Points

Group Project


100 Points


4 / 100 pts each

400 Points

Final Exam


200 Points

 Final Grades

 A = 100% - 90% {Points 900 - 810}

 B = 89.9% - 80% {Points 809 - 720}

 C = 79.9% - 70% {Points 719 - 630}

 D = 69.9% - 60% {Points 629 - 540}

 F = 59.9% and Below {Less than 540 points}

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If an assignment is going to be late please notify me by email the day before the assignment due date to make arrangements to turn in the assignment otherwise it will be considered late. There will be a 10% penalty for each day up to 5 days in which after that the grade will be a zero for that assignment. There will be NO make-up exams . I will take the percentage on the final and replace the test with the lowest exam score with the grade on the final.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be seated and ready to start class on time. Since the class will be interactive computers should only be used for taking notes and out of respect to everyone in the class cell phones should be at least turned on silent preferably turned off. No texting during class is allowed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Schedule

Week 1



Introductions, Review Syllabus and Expectations

Discuss SDLC

Week 2




Discusss SDLC, Start Chp 1

Select Group members and Individual projects, Start Chp 2

Chp 2, Start Chp 3

Week 3




Chp 3;

Chp 3; Review

Exam 1

Week 4




Chp 4

Chp 4

Chp 5

Week 5




Chp 5'

Group Project work day

Chp 6

Week 6




Presidents Day (No Class)

Chp 6

Chp 6; Review

Week 7




Exam 2

Chp 7

Chp 7

Week 8




Chp 8'

Chp 8

Chp 8, Chp 9, Assignment #1 due (8:00 am)

Week 9




Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Week 10




Chp 9

Chp 9, Review

Exam 3

Week 11




Chp 10 

Chp 10 

 Chp 11

Week 12




Chp 11; Chp 12

Chp 12, Review

Good Friday (No Class)

Week 13




Exam 4

Chp 13

Chp 13,

Week 14




Chp 13

Chp 14,

Chp14; Chp 15

Week 15




Chp 15

Individual Projects Due 8am, Presentations

Presentations, and Group Project work session

Week 16




Group project work session

Group project work session

Group Project Discussion, Review, Group project due 8am

Week 17



8 - 10 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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