Southern Polytechnic State University

 

Business Administration Department

School of Engineering Technology & Business Administration

http://www.spsu.edu/business 

 

FALL 2010

MGNT 3205 Management Information Systems

 [Fully Online via GaView/Vista]

 

 

Instructor:

Dr. Max M. North, Professor of MIS

Office:

J337

Email Addresses:

Max@spsu.edu  or Max@acm.org

Phone:

678-915-7755

Fax Number:

678-915-4967

Website:

www.spsu.edu/business/max

 

 

Course Description:

Study of information systems and management in business environments. Provides fundamental concepts on the needs of management, the use of information technology in various business subsystems, the use of information systems to gain a competitive advantage, and managing information as an organizational resource. 

 

Textbook and Resources:

The required main text for the course is the following.

 

Selected Major Resources:

 

Journals:

       Journal of Management Information Systems

       Journal of Management Systems

       Journal of Information Systems Management

       MIS Quarterly

       Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

 

Web Sites:

       AIS World      http://www.aisworld.org/ 

       ACM              http://www.acm.org/

       IEEE              http://www.ieee.org/

 

Note: Additional resources will be posted on the class web site.

 

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

 

    1.   Describe and identify strategic, management, and information systems.

    2. Define and evaluate an organization’s IS infrastructure to assess readiness for technological innovation.

    3.  Classify and relate technological trends and developments to a particular system or cultural environment.

    4.  Articulate and state systems management techniques to the delivery of services to the user community.

 

Program Outcomes and Level of Mastery related to this course:

            A.        Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of knowledge, techniques and tools from the functional areas of business. Exposure.

            B.        Apply critical thinking to the research, analysis and resolution of business problems. Intermediate.

            C.        Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in teams. Intermediate.

            D.        Recognize, anticipate, and adapt to the changing business environment. Exposure.

            E.        Communicate effectively orally and in writing. Intermediate.

            F.         Recognize the value of and show the ability to engage in lifelong learning. Exposure.

            G.        Understand and apply ethical, legal, and social considerations to complex business issues. Intermediate.

            H.        Recognize and consider diversity and global issues. Intermediate.

 

Table of Contents:     

Part One: Organizations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise
    Chapter 1: Information Systems in Global Business Today
    Chapter 2: Global E-Business: How Businesses Use Information Systems
    Chapter 3: Information System, Organizations, and Strategy
    Chapter 4: Ethical and Social Issue in Information Systems
Part Two: Information Technology Infrastructure
    Chapter 5: IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
    Chapter 6: Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management
    Chapter 7: Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology
    Chapter 8: Securing Information Systems
Part Three: Key System Applications for the Digital Age
    Chapter 9: Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy: Enterprise Applications
    Chapter 10: E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods
    Chapter 11: Managing Knowledge and Collaboration
    Chapter 12: Enhancing Decision Making
Part Four: Building and Managing Systems
    Chapter 13: Building Information Systems
    Chapter 14: Managing Projects
    Chapter 15: Managing Global Systems

 

Tentative Course Schedule by Learning Modules:   

 

Learning Module

Ending Date & Time

Topic and Test

1

Ends on Sept 12, 2010

at 11:30pm

- Overview of the course

Part One: Organizations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise (Segment One)
    Chapter 1: Information Systems in Global Business Today
    Chapter 2: Global E-Business: How Businesses Use Information Systems
    

2

Ends on Sept 26, 2010

at 11:30pm

Part One: Organizations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise (Segment Two)
    Chapter 3: Information System, Organizations, and Strategy
    Chapter 4: Ethical and Social Issue in Information Systems

- First Test (Covers Part One), Check the TEST folder

3

Ends on Oct 10, 2010 

at 11:30pm

Part Two: Information Technology Infrastructure (Segment One)
    Chapter 5: IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
    Chapter 6: Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management

4

Ends on Oct 24, 2010

at 11:30pm

Part Two: Information Technology Infrastructure (Segment Two)
    Chapter 7: Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology
    Chapter 8: Securing Information Systems

- Second Test (Covers Part Two), Check the TEST folder

5

Ends on Nov 7, 2010  

at 11:30pm

 Part Three: Key System Applications for the Digital Age (Segment One)
    Chapter 9: Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy: Enterprise Applications
    Chapter 10: E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods
    

6

Ends on Nov 21, 2010  

at 11:30pm

Part Three: Key System Applications for the Digital Age (Segment Two)
    Chapter 11: Managing Knowledge and Collaboration
    Chapter 12: Enhancing Decision Making

- Third Test (Covers Part Three), Check the TEST folder

7

Ends on Dec 5, 2010    

at 11:30pm

Part Four: Building and Managing Systems
    Chapter 13: Building Information Systems
    Chapter 14: Managing Projects
    Chapter 15: Managing Global Systems

8

Ends on Dec 12, 2010     

at 11:30pm

- Fourth Test (Covers Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four), Check the TEST folder

To some extent, the main text is intended as both a tutorial guide and a reference. Certainly, most of the course material is presented in the order and manner of the main text, and selected examples and exercises from the main text are used in the course. However, some of the course material is presented in a manner somewhat independent of the main text. In any case, the student is expected to supplement the content materials with self-directed readings from the main text, as necessary on an individual basis.

It should be emphasized that the TOPIC OUTLINE IS TENTATIVE, and is given only to provide an idea of the nature of the course. Of course, if time problems develop, then some of the topics might not be covered in detail.

Requirements:

The course requires responsible study habits that include approximately ten (10) hours per week study time outside of class for the average student. Moreover, due to the accumulative nature of the material, the course requires a uniform effort throughout the semester.

 

Online Guidelines

All the online activities for online sessions will be posted on the GaVIEW-Vista8/Vista main page. You are also required to check announcements often and follow the instructions to obtain full credit for your online course.

 

All submitted assignments must be on time. Please do not submit older assignments (ones past the deadline) using the current assignment tool. In another words, all responses must match up with the questions (and instructions) of a particular assignment. If you submit older assignment via the current assignment tool, you will receive a grade of "0 - Zero".

 

Please do not send any assignments via the attachment option using GaVIEW-Vista8/Vista E-Mail.  You will receive no grade for these assignments. Please use the Assignment Tool to submit your assignments. If you have any problems with the assignment tool, please contact the Online Support Center at: http://help.view.usg.edu/

 

Assignments:

All assignments must be submitted on time. Late assignments, except for extreme circumstances and explicit approval by the instructor, will not be accepted.  Please plan your time to account for course assignments well in advance of their due date. Assignments are listed on each learning module with the appropriate instructions and due dates. 

Important Note: All submitted assignments must be originally written by individual student. All the assignments may be submitted for originality to Turnitin.com and may be graded based on the similarity percentage report. Additional information will be provided via Announcement tool. Please carefully read sections on Dishonesty/Cheating and Plagiarism and Collaboration on Assignments and other activities.  

MIS Research Project (paper):

The purpose of the research project is to familiarize the students on technology emerging since the publication of any written texts. The purpose of the research project is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct a search, understand, organize, and prepare a synopsis of a current topic in MIS. Projects can address virtually any technical issue in the area of MIS.  Your selected topic has to be approved by your instructor. Students will be expected to research and present a summary of three articles from the ACM (www.acm.org) related to MIS topics. Students will prepare and develop a research paper using APA style (see E-Research Book by Max North www.spsu.edu/business/max or other APA style books). The research paper will consist of a 10 to 15 APA style pages of the article studied. The primary and official resource for the professional research articles is the ACM = www.acm.org    

Important Note: All submitted research reports must be originally written by individual student. All the research papers will be submitted via Turnitin.com and will be graded based on the similarity percentage report. Please carefully read sections on Dishonesty/Cheating and Plagiarism and Collaboration on Assignments and other activities.

Professional Activities / Extra Credit:

To remain current in management and related sciences, students must have an ongoing commitment to participate in professional activities. These activities offer opportunities to network with professionals and other students, participate in meetings, listen to exciting presentations, and learn about new trends in management and the related sciences. To provide incentives for professional activities, students will be able to earn up to four points of extra credit per semester. The earned points will be added to the student's final average. To obtain the extra credit, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Attend an approved professional activity.
  2. Type a one-page summary of the activity/presentation.

 

 

Assessment Details:

 

Categories

Comment

Due Date

Points

Quizzes via GaVIEW-Vista8

-         7 combined quizzes 

-        10 questions each,

-        20 minutes time,

-        Quizzes can be taken multiple times until the individual due dates.

TBA-Individual due dates

80

Assignments via GaVIEW-Vista8

 

-        7 combined assignments

-        No attached files please!

-         Just text is accepted.

-       Submissions may be subject to similarity report via Turnitin.com.  Additional instructions will be provided on GaVIEW-Vista8.

TBA

 

80

Discussions via GaVIEW-Vista8

-         Students are required to participate in all discussions during the semester.

 

20

MIS Research Project (paper) via GaVIEW-Vista8

-        Research Project Paper, research articles must be incorporated,

-         Students need to use three or more related professional articles (ACM = www.acm.org ) with their analysis,

-       Paper limit:  10-15 APA style pages

-       Submission via Turnitin.com on due date. Additional instructions will be provided on GaVIEW-Vista8.

TBA

 

20

First TEST – Online via GaVIEW-Vista8

 

-        100 multiple-choice and true/false questions,

-        200 minutes,

-        Online test via GaVIEW-Vista8/Vista

 TBA

100

Second TEST – Online via GaVIEW-Vista8

-         50 multiple-choice and true/false questions,

-        100 minutes,

-        Online test via GaVIEW-Vista8/Vista

TBA

50

Third TEST – Online via GaVIEW-Vista8

-         50 multiple-choice and true/false questions,

-        100 minutes,

-        Online test via GaVIEW-Vista8/Vista

TBA

50

Fourth TEST – Online via GaVIEW-Vista8

Comprehensive

-        100 multiple-choice and true/false questions,

-        200 minutes,

-         Online test via GaVIEW-Vista8/Vista

TBA

100

TOTAL POINTS

 

 

500

 

 

 

Grade Evaluation:

 

Grade

Percentage

Point System

A

90% - 100%

450 - 500

B

80% - 89%

400 - 449

C

70% - 79%

350 - 399

D

60% - 69%

300 - 349

F

59% or below

299 - 0

 

Dishonesty/Cheating:

Students should be familiar with Southern Polytechnic's policies on academic dishonesty, disciplinary procedures, and appeals process. Any student who is found, or reported, cheating or exercising any form of dishonesty will receive an automatic F grade in the course. Such student(s) will also be subject to summarily disciplinary action in accordance with the University and School of Engineering Technologies & Management policies.

Plagiarism and Collaboration on Assignments:

Students are expected to complete all assignments and projects without assistance from others, except for those assignments and projects that are to be completed using a team approach. For the latter, the team members are expected to complete the assignment and projects without assistance from others.

However, it is unreasonable to expect that students will complete the assignments and/or projects in complete isolation from instructors and other students. The purpose of the remainder of this note is to give some guidance about the areas in which it is appropriate for students to discuss assignments and/or projects with instructors or other students. Violating these guidelines may be interpreted as a violation of the KSU policies and regulations on academic honesty.

The term plagiarism describes an attempt by a person to claim work as one's own which has been copied from another person, whether that other person knows about it or not. In addition, copying responses directly from the textbook or other resources is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is simply not allowed.  

The term collaboration describes an attempt by a person to work together with others, especially in an intellectual endeavor. Working together does not mean that one person does the work and another person just copies it! Collaboration is allowed on the assignments and/or projects by instructor’s permission only.  

If students collaborate with others, then the students are expected to include documentation of the nature and source(s) of the collaboration with the submission of the assignments.

Procedure for turning in assignments and other required tasks.  All the assignments and required tasks in this course may be subject to originality check via Turnitin.com. Additional information will be provided via Announcements. Please carefully read the following statement.

“Students agree that by taking this course all required assignments and tasks may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted assignments and tasks will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.”

If you suspect that your work is being misused by another student (e.g., one of your assignments disappeared), then report this immediately to the instructor to protect yourself against a charge of allowing plagiarism. Any student needing clarification as to whether or not they may have violated these guidelines should seek the advice of the instructor.

Academic Integrity and Honesty Statement:

In any academic community, certain standards and ethical behavior are required to ensure the unhindered pursuit of knowledge and the free exchange of ideas.  Academic honesty means that you respect the right of other individuals to express their views and opinions, and that you, as a student, do not engage in plagiarism, cheating, illegal access, misuse or destruction of college property, or falsification of college records or academic work.

 

Frequently students will be provided with “take-home” or “Online” assignments and exercises.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they fully understand to what extent they may collaborate or discuss content with other students.  No exam work may be performed with the assistance of others or outside material unless specifically instructed as permissible.  If an exam or assignment is designated “no outside assistance” this includes, but is not limited to, peers, books, publications, the Internet and the WWW.  If a student is instructed to provide citations for sources, proper use of citation support is expected.  Additional information can be found at the following locations. 

 

http://www.apa.org/journals/webref.html

http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/citing.htm

http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/cite.html

http://www.cas.usf.edu/english/walker/papers/copyright/ipdummie.html

 

 

E-Research Book:

An electronic research book showing students how to build skills for research is provided at the following link:

http://www.spsu.edu/business/max/E-Book/E-Research-Book.exe      Click “Run” for both prompted windows to activate it.

 

This is a concise “how-to-do” book of research with extensive notes from the lead author’s professional and personal experiences.

 

APA Documenting Examples:

The APA (American Psychological Association) Publishing Manual format is used for this course. When any portion of another author's work is used, whether it be from a course textbook or outside work, including the World Wide Web, in whole, in part, or paraphrased, that work must be cited. Proper citation formats are provided on the reverse of this document. Failure to do so can result in Academic Misconduct Proceedings.

 

There are two components to a proper citation: the text citation and the reference or endnote. The text citation will usually consist of the author's or authors' last name(s) and the year of the publication. The endnote citation will read as follows:

 

 

Books

 (Author. Date. Book Title. Publication Data.)

 

A reference for a single-author book:

 

North, M. M. (1996). Virtual reality technology. New York: Best Press.

 

A reference for a multi-author book:

 

North, M. M. & Blade, R. A. (1998). How to build skills for research. Colorado Springs: IPI Press.

 

 

Journals and Conference Proceedings
 

(Author. Date. Article Title. Journal Title. Publication Data.)

 

 

Journal Reference:

 

Kelly, F. G. (1997). Networking made efficient. Journal of Computer Networking. 45(3), 54-61.

 

(Here is an article in Volume 45, Issue 3, spanning pages 54-61)

 

 

Conference Proceeding:

 

Vanner, F. D. (1996). A survey of medical issues using virtual reality. Proceedings of the Virtual Reality Medical Technology. 119-132. Nice, France.

 

 

World Wide Web (from http://www.apa.org/books/pubmant.html)

 

(Author. Date. Page Title. Publishing Information. Retrieval Date. WWW URL)

 

Entire site no specific page

 

Kidspsych is a wonderful interactive Web site for children (http://www.kidspsych.org).

 

No reference entry is needed.

 

 

Citing Specific Documents on a Web Site:

 

American Psychological Association. (1995, September 15). APA public policy action alert: Legislation would affect grant recipients [Announcement]. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved January 25, 1996, from the World Wide Web: http://www.apa.org/ppo/istook.html

 

An independent document (no author identified): 1

 

Electronic reference formats recommended by the American Psychological Association. (2000, August 22). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Retrieved August 29, 2000, from the World Wide Web: http://www.apa.org/journals/webref.html

 

If the primary author is not available for the body citation, the first key word is to be used (Electronic, 2000).

 

 

Student Evaluation of Course:

A standard questionnaire will be administered during the last two weeks of the semester in all classes. Additional questions developed by the college or instructor(s) may be included as well. It is important that each student provide meaningful feedback to the instructor(s) so that changes can be made in the course to continually improve its effectiveness. We value student feedback about the course, our teaching styles, and course materials, so as to improve our teaching and your learning.

 

Brief Biography of Dr. Max North:

Dr. Max North is a Professor of Management Information Systems in the Management Program.  Dr. North has been teaching, conducting research and providing community service for Computer Science and Information Systems departments at higher education institutions for more than twenty years. Dr. North holds an associate degree in Accounting, a bachelor’s degree in Economic Management, a master’s degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Management Information Systems and a doctorate degree in Psychology with concentration in Cognitive and Behavior sciences. Dr. North has been successfully involved in the research of human-computer interaction and has pioneered several applications in virtual reality technology. Additionally, Dr. North has two published books and several book chapters; and a number of technical referred scholarly articles. Dr. North has served as principal/co-principal investigator on a number of research grants sponsored by the Boeing Company, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. North's major contribution to the scientific community is his discovery and continuous research activities in the innovative area of virtual reality technology, which has received international attention and coverage in the scientific community and the popular media.