MBA606 Strategic Information Systems

for S2P 2012

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MBA 606 Strategic Information Systems


S2P 2012 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

March 19 - May 13

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Textbooks

Title/Edition: Business Driven Information Systems, 3rd ed, 2012
Author: Paige Baltzan
Publisher: McGraw Hill
ISBN: 978-0-07-337682-0


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Doc Sharing - may contain additional documents and files need to complete the course.

Webliography - may contain supplemental websites.

APA Citation and Plagiarism Websites

Documenting Sources: APA In-text Citations

The OWL at Purdue

APA Site

This is a site that explains what constitutes plagiarism.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information
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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

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 professor. 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 professor before the due date to make arrangements for a late submission. All work submitted late without prior permission from the professor 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.

Due dates are important in the learning environment as well as in the real-work environment.  All assignments have due dates to enable students to successfully complete the class in an accelerated timeframe while also benefiting from instructor and peer input prior to completing the weekly assignments. Timely participation in the threaded discussions is very essential as late posting to discussion questions is not acceptable for credit.

To avoid late penalty deductions, all assignments should be submitted on or prior to the due date. The student should contact the professor before the due date to discuss possible options when circumstances beyond the student's control prevent or will be preventing him or her from completing the assignments by the deadline. When circumstances are beyond the control of the student, an alternate due date may be set. In this situation, a penalty may or may not be assigned, at the discretion of the professor.

If a student does not make prior arrangements with the professor and fails to turn individual work in on time or if the alternate due date for the late assignment is missed, the following deductions will be applied:

Calendar Days Late

Maximum Point Deduction

1 day

Up to 15%

2 days

Up to 20%

3 days

Up to 30%

4 days

Up to 40%

5 days

Up to 50%

6 days

Up to 60%

7 days

Up to 70%

More than one week

No assignments will be accepted one week after the assigned due date. 

Please Note: No work will be accepted for credit after the end of the term unless a special arrangement was made with your professor to submit 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 professor succeeds when students succeed. I believe in learning, unlearning, and relearning.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  MBA606 Course Schedule

Week 1


  • Read Chapter 1: Management Information Systems: Business Driven MIS.
  • Review the Lecture Summary.
  • Review the Chapter 1 PowerPoint presentation.


  • Introductions - Remember to post your introduction to the class.
  • Discussion - Respond to two of three questions and two of your classmates' responses by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Group Project - Review the requirements of the Group Project due in Week 7. Groups will be assigned in Week 2.

Week 2


  • Chapter 2: Decisions and Processes: Value Driven Business.
  • Chapter 3: E-Business: Electronic Business Value.
  • Review the Lecture Summary.
  • Review the Chapter 2 and 3 PowerPoint presentations.


  • Discussion - Respond to two of three questions and two of your classmates' responses by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Case Assignment - Respond to the questions on case on page 121 of the textbook and submit into dropbox by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Group Project - Groups will be assigned this week for the Group Project due in Week 7.

Week 3


  • Chapter 4: Ethics and Information Security: MIS Business Concerns.
  • Chapter 5: Infrastructures: Sustainable Technologies.
  • Review the Lecture Summary.
  • Review the Chapter 4 and 5 PowerPoint presentations.


  • Discussion - Respond to two of three questions and two of your classmates' responses by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Article Review - Submit article review by Sunday midnight CT. 
  • Group Project - Continue to work on your Group Project due in Week 7.

Week 4


  • Appendix A: Hardware and Software Basics
  • Review the Lecture Summary.


  • Midterm Exam - Review for and take the Midterm Exam by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Group Project - Continue to work on your Group Project due in Week 7.

Week 5


  • Chapter 6: Data: Business Intelligence.
  • Appendix C: Designing Databases
  • Review the Lecture Summary.
  • Review the Chapter 6 PowerPoint presentation.


  • Discussion - Respond to two of three questions and two of your classmates' responses by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Case Assignment - Respond to the questions on UPS case on page 192 of the textbook and submit into Dropbox by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Group Project - Continue to work on your Group Project due in Week 7.

Week 6


  • Chapter 7: Networks: Mobile Business.
  • Chapter 8: Enterprise Applications: Business Communications.
  • Review the Lecture Summary.
  • Review the Chapter 7 and 8 PowerPoint presentations.


  • Discussion - Respond to two of three questions and two of your classmates' responses by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Article Review - Submit the article review to the Dropbox by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Group Project - Continue to work on your Group Project due in Week 7.

Week 7


  • Chapter 9: Systems Development and Project Management: Corporate Responsibility.
  • Appendix B: Networks and Telecommunications.
  • Review the Lecture Summary.
  • Review the Chapter 2 and 3 PowerPoint presentations.


  • Case Assignment - Respond to the questions on Can a Customer Loyalty Be a Bad Thing? case on page 320 of the textbook and submit into Dropbox by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Group Project - Group Project is due into the dropbox by Sunday midnight CT.

Week 8


  • Review the General Summary.


  • Final Exam - Review for and take the Final Exam by Sunday midnight CT.
  • Article Review - Submit the article review to the Dropbox by Sunday midnight CT.

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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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 professor.  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 professor 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 professor 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 professor.  You can click on the links at the bottom of the site to view current titles.


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