IS205 Managing Information Systems

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IS 205 Managing Information Systems


F1F 2012 MY


McHuen, Jason


Adjunct Faculty


M.S., Information Technology Management
B.S., Computer Science

Office Location

Ft. Belvoir

Office Hours

By Appointment


Semester Dates

Aug 20, 2012 - Oct 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours



Management Information Systems, 12/E
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Jane P. Laudon
Kenneth C. Laudon

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2011
ISBN: 0132142856

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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.

Educational Philosophy:

This educator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner, encouraging the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Class Assessment:

 Quizzes (4)

 All quizzes for this class are a combination of true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions. The quizzes are closed book, closed notes and will be taken online during class.  The quizzes are designed to ensure class discussion material is read in advance, focusing on general chapter concepts and terminology.  15 minutes will be allotted for each quiz and will begin 15 minutes after the start class on assigned days.

 Exams (2)

 A mid-term exam will be given on Week 4.  The final exam will be given during Week 8.

 Homework Assignments (5)

 Five Homework assignments will be assigned during the course.  Homework assignments can be downloaded in advance, however, they will be submitted via the "Homework App" in the online classroom.  The "Homework App" is akin to taken an online test where all questions are known in advance.  The benefit of this approach is that it provides immediate feedback and scoring.  Students are encouraged to work ahead in order to allow flexibility in dealing with the normal unexpected challenges and any personal schedule impacts such as illness, work and family demands or any other number of challenges that we all face.

 Case Study Presentation

 Each student will choose a case study to read and research that come from the textbook.  The case studies will be discussed further during the Week 1 class.  The case studies will then be presented throughout the course, typically one or more per day depending on schedule availability and enrollment.


Class Assessments by Percentage (Weight)

 Here is the breakdown by Assessment and the percentage each assessment is worth:  

Assessments Weight (%)
Quizzes (4) 20%
Homework Assignments (5)
Case Study Presentation (1) 5%
Examinations (2) - Mid-term/Final 50%
TOTAL 100%


Course Grading Scale

 The grading scale for this course is as follows:

Percentage Grade
 100 - 90 A
 90 - 80 B
 80 - 70 C
 70 - 60 D
 Less than 60 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of course work is not allowed.   If you are going to be out of town, submit your assignments early.

No incompletes will be given in this class -- please plan accordingly.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and good manners.  Any student who does not adhere to these guidelines will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

IS205: Managing Information Systems

Course Schedule (A printed schedule will be handed out during the first day of class)

  • Week 1 - Aug 20 - Aug 26. (Class meets on 8/22)
-Chapter 1: Information Systems in Global Business Today
-Chapter 2: Global E-Business: How Businesses Use Information Systems
  • Week 2 - Aug 27 - Sep 2. (Class meets on 8/29)
-Chapter 3: Information System, Organizations, and Strategy
-Chapter 4: Ethical and Social Issue in Information Systems
  • Quiz #1 (Ch 1-2).  In-class.
  • Homework #1 (Ch 1-2) Due 2 Sep.  To be completed in the online classroom via the "Homework App" as will all other homework assignments
  • Week 3 - Sep 3 - Sep 9. (Class meets on 9/5)
-Chapter 5: IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
-Chapter 6: Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management
  • Quiz #2 (Ch 5-6).  In-class.
  • Homework #2 (Ch 3-6) Due 9 Sep.
  • Week 4 - Sep 10 - Sep 16. (Class meets on 9/12)
-Chapter 7: Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology
-Chapter 8: Securing Information Systems
  • Mid-term Exam
  • Week 5 - Sep 17 - Sep 23. (Class meets on 9/19)
-Chapter 9: Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy: Enterprise Applications
-Chapter 10: E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods
  • Quiz #3 (Ch 9-10).  In-class.
  • Homework #3 (Ch 7-8) Due 23 Sep.
  • Week 6 - Sep 24 - Sep 30. (Class meets on 9/26)
-Chapter 11: Managing Knowledge and Collaboration
-Chapter 12: Enhancing Decision Making
  • Quiz #4 (Ch 11-12).  In-class.
  • Homework #4 (Ch 9-10) Due 30 Sep.
  • Week 7 - Oct 1 - Oct 30. (Class meets on 10/3)
-Chapter 13: Building Information Systems
-Chapter 14: Managing Projects
-Chapter 15: Managing Global Systems
  • Week 8 - Oct 8 - Oct 14. (Class meets on 10/10)
  • Final Exam

*Each student will be assigned one case-study to present to the class. One or more case-studies will be presented during weeks 3 through 7.  The instructor will coordinate the presentation schedule during the first week of class.

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

Disability Guidelines:
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