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IM 661 – MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

SPRING TRIMESTER 2016

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to assist students in developing the ability to determine an organization's information needs, to relate key organizational decisions to their underlying sources of data and to evaluate overall information systems.
PREREQUISITES: AC 501, MG 521 or MG 622, or equivalents
INSTRUCTOR: Don Miller, MA, PE, 913-940-7293 (cell), Don.Miller@avila.edu
CLASS MEETING: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.,
Text: Business Driven Technology, Paige Baltzan, 6th McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2015
Course Objectives:


  • To assist students to understand the fundamental concepts of real-world information systems and to explore many of the basic concepts of corporate information systems.




  • To provide students with the opportunity to explore through real world cases, information system issues.




  • To provide students with the opportunity to practice their writing, presentation, and decision making skills.


Avila University school of business outcomes supported by bu 661:


  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and integrate all of the functional areas of business and apply this knowledge to leadership positions in the workplace.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally in an organizational setting via written, oral and technological means.

  • Understand the effects of globalization on business operations.


Course Overview:
The field of Management Information Systems (MIS) addresses the effective use of human and computer resources to realize important business objectives. MIS professionals are responsible for developing information systems that provide accurate and timely information to all levels of decision-making in a business organization. Currently, MIS has evolved into an exciting area of study in which students are exposed to leading edge technologies. With information systems permeating every functional area, this knowledge has become an essential component of one's professional preparation
The Avila University policy concerning cheating and plagiarism will be strictly followed in this course.
Attendance
Classes missed without prior arrangements with instructor will result in a 10% reduction in grade per class missed.
Requests for Accommodations
If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the office of Disability Services early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Services before any accommodations are arranged. The office, which is in lower Blasco Hall, is in the Learning Center, call 816-501-3666 (telephone and TTY) for more information.
EVALUATION
Case Studies (10 pts each) 200

Midterm and Final (150 pts each) 300

Class participation 150

Business Plug-In Presentations 200

Book Report and Presentation 150

Total 1000



Midterm and Final Examinations (150 points each)

The Midterm Examination will cover all material from the beginning of the course to the date of the Midterm. The Final Examination will cover material from after the Midterm Examination to the end of the course. Format for both examinations will be developed in class.


Case Studies (20 x 10 points each)
Twenty case studies will be completed during the semester. Short answers to the Case Study questions are due on the date indicated. Spread Sheet work details will be discussed in class.
Class Participation (150 points)
Class participation will be measured by the instructor based on a Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scale (BARS). Behaviors measured will be participation in class discussion, work in groups or class activities, quality of assignments and attendance. BARS will be distributed during the first class meeting.
Chapter/Business Plug-In Presentations (210 points)

Each student will have the opportunity to present one Chapter or Business Plug-In of their choosing to the class. Depending on class size, students may be grouped in twos or threes to make the presentation. Presentations should be no less than 30 and not more than 45 minutes. Detailed instructions will be distributed at the first class meeting.

Book Reports (150 points)

Students will choose a book related to MIS from a list provided by the instructor. The instructor will provide a standard book review format the first class session. The report should be three to five double-spaced typewritten pages. Each student will lead the class discussion (not a presentation) of their book report. (Not less than 15 nor more than 20 minutes)

COURSE SCHEDULE


(Bolded items are due on the date shown.)

Session 1 – Mar. 30


Introductions – Class Syllabus, Instructor & Class Members

Chapter 1 “Business Driven Technology”, p. 7



Opening Case Study Questions, p. 15, Hand in Questions 1 & 2 (10 points)

Case Study, “The World Is Flat-Thomas Friedman” pp. 16-17, Hand in Questions 1 – 4 (10 points)

Session 2 – Apr. 6


Chapter 2 “Identifying Competitive Advantages ” p. 18

Case Study, “BusinessWeek Interview with Michael Porter” pp. 27 - 28, Questions 1- 4 (10 points)

Business Plug-In B2 “Business Process” p. 342



Closing Case Two “3Com Optimizes Product Promotion Processes” pp. 357-356, Hand in Questions 1 – 5 (10 points)

In class Business Process Analysis Exercise


Session 3 – Apr. 13
Chapter 3 “Strategic Initiatives for Implementing Competitive Advantages” p. 29

Chapter Three Case Study “Got Milk? Good For You—…Contaminated” p. 40 Questions 1 – 5 p. 42. (10 points)

Chapter 4 “Measuring Success of Strategic Initiatives” p. 43



Chapter Four Opening Case Study Questions 1 – 5 p. 50 (10 points)

Chapter 5 “Organizational Structure That Supports Strategic Initiatives” p. 52



Chapter Five Opening Case Study Questions 1 – 4 p. 60 (10 points)
Session 4 – Apr. 22
Book reports (if needed)

Chapter 6 “Valuing Organizational Information” pp. 85-89



Chapter 6 Case (to be distributed in class)

Review for Mid Term

Session 5 – Apr. 27
Mid Term Exam
Session 6 – May 6
Book reports 1 - 8
Session 7 – May 11

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Guest Speaker

Case Study Assignments TBD (3x10pts ea = 30 pts)

Session 8 – May 18


Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Guest Speaker



Case Study Assignments TBD (3x10pts ea = 30 pts)
Session 9 – May 25
Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Guest Speaker



Case Study Assignments TBD (3x10pts ea = 30 pts)
Session 10 – Jun. 1
Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD



Chapter and Business Plug in Presentation TBD

Case Study Assignments TBD (3x10pts ea = 30 pts)
Session 11 – Jun. 8

Final (Sessions 6 – 10)


IM 661 - MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

FIRST CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Read Opening Case “Apple—Merging Technology, Business, and Entertainment” p. 3
Read Chapter 1 “Business Driven Technology”, p. 7

Opening Case Study Questions, p. 15, Hand in Questions 1 & 2 (10 points)

Case Study, “The World Is Flat-Thomas Friedman” pp. 16-17, Hand in Questions 1 – 4 (10 points) p. 17




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