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COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 359
COURSE TITLE: Management Information Systems
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Nazz Baksh
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 1)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Topics covered include the technology ecosystem, using information systems (IS) for competitive advantage, data collection and organization (databases), business process management, and security. Students will also gain experience through labs with hands-on technology projects (particularly Excel). The blending of the academic and lab work will result in a greater understanding of the strategic possibilities inherent at the crossroads of business and technology.

Prerequisites: BUSI 355
REQUIRED TEXTS: Information Systems: A Manager's Guide to Harnessing Technology, August 2017, Version 6.0 John Gallaugher
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Assignments/case studies/labs 30%
Projects30%
Midterm Exam20%
Final Exam 20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This introductory course covers the use of computer-based information systems in management and business environments. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge required to make informed decisions about the applications of information technology.

The course covers:
  • information systems and technology, business processes and decision-making and the many ways that information technology enhances business processes;
  • how technology has creatively allowed for new possibilities that provide new services and products, resulting in a more competitive business landscape and greater consumer satisfaction;
  • hardware and software, data organization and content management 
  • computer networks, types of systems, online transaction, processing and ecommerce
  • systems architecture, information systems audit, ethics and managing information
  • security and privacy 
Topics covered include the technology ecosystem, using information systems (IS) for competitive advantage, data collection and organization (databases), business process management, and security.  Students will also gain experience through labs with hands-on technology projects (particularly Excel).  The blending of the academic and lab work should result in a greater understanding of the strategic possibilities inherent at the crossroads of business and technology.
LECTURE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to BUSI 359
  • Chapter 1 Setting the Stage: Technology and the Modern Enterprise
  • Chapter 2 Strategy and Technology: Concepts/Frameworks for Understanding What Separates Winners from Losers
  • Chapter 3 Zara: Fast Fashion from Savvy Systems
  • Chapter 4 Netflix in Two Acts: The Making of an E-Commerce giant and the Uncertain Future of Atoms to Bits.  
  • Chapter 5 Moore’s Law: Fast, Cheap Computing and What it Means for the Manager
  • Chapter 6 Disruptive Technologies: Understanding the Giant Killers and Tactics for Avoiding Extinction
  • Chapter 8 Understanding Network Effects: Strategies for Competing in a Platform-Centric, Winner-Take-All World
  • Chapter 9 Social Media, Peer Production, and Web 2.0
  • Chapter 11: Facebook: A Billion-plus users, the High-Stakes Move to Mobile, and Big Business from the Social Graph
  • Chapter 13 Understanding Software: A Primer for Managers
  • Chapter 14 Software in Flux: Open Source, Cloud, Virtualized and App-driven Shifts
  • Chapter 15 The Data Asset: Databases, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Big Data, and Competitive Advantage
  • Chapter 16 A Manager’s Guide to the Internet and Telecommunications
  • Chapter 17 Information Security: Barbarians at the Gateway (and Just About Everywhere Else)
  • Chapter 18 Google in Three Parts: Search, Online Advertising and an Alphabet of Opportunity
LAB OUTLINE:
  • ATM 
  • MS Office Productivity: Introduction to PowerPoint
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • MS Productivity Excel Part 1
  • MS Productivity Excel Part 2
  • Case Presentations:  “Systems Upgrade”
  • MS Productivity Excel Part 3


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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