IS205 Managing Information Systems

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IS 205 Managing Information Systems


F2B 2012 BLA


Enrique T. Vasquez


Adjunct Faculty


Management of Information Systems
Media Communications

Office Location

By appointment only

Office Hours

Before and After Class

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

October 22, 2012 to December 16, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

7:40pm to 10:10pm


CS140-Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours



Management Information Systems, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012, Authors: Kenneth C. Laudon and Jane P. Laudon, (ISBN-10: 0-13-214285-6)
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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:
My educational philosophy is tied to the holistic education model. In order to create a positive and wholesome environment for the student, an instructor must provide a structured and regimented environment, which allows latitude for self growth. Thus, students can excel by contributing to a holistic learning environment. If students are given freedom to create and formulate their own arguments and give diversified input within the classroom, all participants can benefit from the learning experience.

Although structure and regiment are essential to a classroom, they can also stifle self growth and creativity. By allowing students to contribute from their life’s experiences to the discussion environment, only then can learners’ best benefit from the fruits of knowledge. Therefore, the matriculation of both student and instructor can only be complete if the learning experience is a holistic and shared one. Compellingly a collective experience in a classroom often inspires more thought and free thinking of a less constrictive nature. 

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the roles of an Information System
  2. Identify the components of an Information System
  3. Describe technology and explain how it impacts businesses
  4. Describe best practice in system administration including security policies and communication strategies with users
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:

There is a required group project on a topic related to computer security.  I will make unannounced checks throughout the semester to ensure that the group is making progress on their project.
  • Equity of contribution
  • Evidence of cooperative behavior between group members
  • Effective use of time and task management
  • Appropriate level of engagement with tasks
In a group research paper totaling eight pages double-spaced with cover page, title page and reference page will be submitted in APA format.  The research paper must identify the strategies and methodologies of computer security. Identify what preventive measures are taken by Information Managers to help prevent attacks.  Describe what methods are used to defend against attack directed towards your organization.  Describe what measures an employee can take to prevent loss or damage to their systems. Group leaders will submit via the dropbox in e-Companion their group papers and PowerPoint presentation in week six.  The format of the presentation is a PowerPoint presentation and it will be presented by the group in week 7.  Each group will have 15 minutes to present their powerpoint presentation.  A grading rubric for the Research Paper and Group Presentation is posted in DOC sharing.  Group leaders will  send an e-mail informing the Professor of the designated duties assigned to each member of the group.  Participation points (12.50) are earned on a weekly basis totaling 100 points. However, if a student is present on Monday but absent on Wednesday only half of the participation points will be earned, which equates to (6.25).  Engaging the class is important.
Students will also write a short 3 to 5 page individual research paper with title page and reference page will be submitted in APA format.


1000-900                 100%-90%  =     A
899 - 800                   89%-80%  =     B
799 - 700                   79%-70%  =     C
699 - 600                   69%-60%  =     D
599 - 0                       59%-0%  =     F
Final Examination (week 8)            20%     200
Midterm (week 4)            20%     200
Group Project (week 6)            10%     100
Group Presentation (week 7)            10%     100

Class and Group Participation



Quiz 1 (week 2)              5%       50
Quiz 2 (week 6)              5%       50
Individual Research Paper


                                                               Total Points---------------------1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each student is responsible for contacting the instructor for any updates and changes in their schedule.  Students are expected to take personal responsibility for the timely submission of all course material, including examinations, quizzes, research paper and group presentation in the manner and format outlined in the syllabus.  Students who do not submit their work by the required date and time will receive a zero for the material unless they have been given prior permission to submit work late by the instructor.  When late submission of course material is granted a date and time will be given to the student at that time.  No late submission of course material will be accepted after week seven.  Students will submit course work in the drop box in e-Companion.  Late submission because you did not obtain your books in time will not be excused.  Student’s are also responsible for completing all readings.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Student conduct is governed by the Student Conduct Code in the University Handbook.  The faculty and students both have a responsibility for maintaining a positive educational environment.  What constitutes disruptions in a classroom is any verbal or non-verbal, intimidation, physical threats, harassing behavior, personal insults and refusal to comply with the University policies.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Mon-22 Oct

Chapters: Class Introduction

Deliverables due: Form groups

Wed-24 Oct

Chapters: 1, 2

Deliverables due: Select group topic for paper, Turn-in group names


Mon-29 Oct

Chapters: 3

Deliverables due: 1st group meeting

Wed-31 Oct

Chapters: 4

Deliverables due: Quiz #1 available (28 Oct to 2 Nov) in eCompanion, Discuss ethical case study


Mon-5 Nov

Chapters: 5

Deliverables due: Discuss articles on emerging technology

Wed-7 Nov

Chapters: 6

Deliverables due: Review midterm, 2st group meeting, Submit final paper topic


Mon-12 Nov

Chapters: 7

Deliverables due: Access midterm, Submit final topic & outline for individual paper, Draft of group paper

Wed-14 Nov

Chapters: 8

Deliverables due: Midterm due 17 Nov, (Available 11-17 Nov in eCompanion), discuss security articles


Mon-19 Nov

Chapters: 9

Deliverables due: 2nd Group meeting

Wed-21 Nov


Deliverables due: 1st Draft final individual paper.


Mon-26 Nov

Chapters: 11

Deliverables due: 3rd Group Meeting

Wed-28 Nov

Chapters: 12

Deliverables due: 2nd Draft final paper, Group paper and draft presentation due, Quiz #2 available (25 Nov to 1 Dec) in eCompanion


Mon-3 Dec

Chapters: 13

Deliverables due: Group presentations

Wed-5 Dec

Chapters: 14

Deliverables due: Group presentations


Mon-10 Dec

Chapters: 15

Deliverables due: Final Exam Review

Wed-12 Dec


Deliverables due: Final Exam, Final Individual Paper Due

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:
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: .


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