General Learning Goals:
• Teambuilding and collaboration to achieve group objectives. Instruction in basic team dynamics will
be provided with a handout and class lecture. A teambuilding in-class exercise is also conducted
illustrating basic systems development practices. Bonus points are awarded to team members presenting
the most appropriate solution. Further, students will work in teams as they research an assigned topic and
prepare a formal presentation. Peer and instructor evaluations, as well as assignment requirements, will
be designed to insure that all team members actively participate in the presentation contributing to the
overall team grade.
• Competency in speaking and writing for common business scenarios. All team members will speak
during their team presentations and participate in some type of writing exercise. An assessment form will
be used during presentations to address the professionalism of individual and group efforts. This form will
be provided to students and discussed well in advance of their scheduled presentations. Written papers
will be expected to contain no grammatical and punctuation errors. Additional guidelines will also be
provided for the writing exercises.
• Ethical reasoning skills within a business environment. Ethical issues are addressed throughout the
textbook with a separate section in each chapter. These will be emphasized during class discussions.
• Technology Utilization. Class lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises involve expanded
coverage of information technology, such as decision analysis with spreadsheet software and Web page
construction. Students will demonstrate their ability to use common business computer applications by
utilizing Microsoft Word for written assignments and Microsoft PowerPoint for their team presentations. A
portion of the grade for the presentation is based on the quality of the slides.
These general learning goals are among those established by the Dillard College of Business Administration.
General learning goals represent the skills that graduates will carry with them into their careers. While
assessing student performance in obtaining these general learning goals, the Dillard College is assessing its
programs. The assessments will assist us as we improve our curriculum and curriculum delivery.
Course Specific Learning Goals: After completing this course, students should be able to:
• Describe the role of information technology as a key organizational resource for creating competitive
advantage and in supporting operational excellence, major business initiatives, decision making, and
organizational transformation, while recognizing the impacts information technology can and will have on
• Elaborate on the strategic and competitive opportunities provided by supply chain management (SCM),
customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), and integrated collaboration
environment (ICE) systems.
• Discuss organizational database technology, differentiate between databases and data warehouses, and
• Express a familiarity with various decision supporting software application tools such as neural networks
and decision support, geographic information, and artificial intelligence systems.
• Define and describe the two major e-commerce business models (Business to Business, B2B, and
Business to Consumer, B2C) and identify the differences and similarities among customers and their
perceived value of products and services in each.
• Describe the process of computer information systems development, the systems development life cycle
(SDLC), the role of prototyping in it, and the outsourcing process (both domestic and offshore).
• Explain the relationship between the organization’s roles and goals and its IT infrastructure.
• Define and describe factors affecting ethical decision making, intellectual property, copyright, Fair Use
Doctrine, and pirated and counterfeit software, and how privacy and organizational information can be
• Describe the emerging trends and technologies that are emerging as we move toward physiological
interaction with technology, increased portability and mobility, and the rebirth of e-commerce.
• Discuss basic computer hardware and software components, the workings of the Web and Internet,
network configurations, Web page construction using HTML, and computer crime and forensics.
Grading and Evaluation:
Student's performance will be assessed using the following elements.
Exams (3): Each exam will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions, some short answer, and/or
essay questions. Exams will cover assigned chapters, in-class lectures, speakers, field trips, videos, and any
other assigned readings. Students are responsible for all assigned textbook material, even if it is not directly
discussed in class.
Team Project: All students will participate in a group project. Details of the assignment will be provided and
team formation will be accomplished at a later date. The team assignment will be equivalent to more than a
test grade and its importance is therefore evident.
Quizzes: Up to 50 points may be assigned to quizzes and in-class exercises. Quizzes and in-class exercises
will generally not be announced in advance. Any points not assigned during the semester will be removed
from the total possible for the course when calculating grade percentages.
Attendance and Participation: 50 of the 200 points will be based on the percentage of classes attended.
Absences will be excused only for approved school trips and serious health issues. 150 of the 200 points will
be based on being prepared for class and actively participating in class discussions on a daily basis. Not
being prepared daily and non-participation in classes (such as web surfing and texting) will limit your
ability to achieve a final grade above a B for the course. Everyone starts with 0 out of 150 points
possible for participation. Only your direct participation in class activities DURING class meeting
times counts toward these points!
Points will be allocated using the following scheme.
Grades will be assigned using the following scheme.
Exam I 100 A 630-700
Exam II 100 B 560-629
Exam III 100 C 490-559
Team Project 150 D 420-489
Attendnce & Partiptn 200 F <= 419
Quizzes & In-class 50
Total Points 700
Attendance Policy: Regular attendance is expected and roll will be taken. Upon a student’s fifth unauthorized absence, that student can be dropped for nonattendance and receive a grade of WF for the course. Participation in class discussion is mandatory and a significant part of the overall class grade. Students must read the assigned material and complete assignments prior to coming to class and be prepared to discuss and ask questions relating to assigned material. See the MSU Student Handbook for the University Class Attendance Policy.
Missed Examination, Quiz, and In-class Exercises Policy: Only students with authorized absences (see
University Class Attendance Policy) may make up missed examinations, quizzes (announced and
unannounced), and in-class exercises. Arrangements must be made in advance if at all possible. In all cases,
the instructor must be contacted no later than the day of the scheduled exam or no make up will be allowed.
At the instructor’s discretion, a deduction may be assessed for a late exam.
Syllabus Change Policy:
This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change. It is only a guide. It is not a contract.
Syllabus changes will be communicated in class and may or may not result in document changes. If
absent, it is the student’s sole responsibility to find out from other students, or the instructor, if anything
affecting the course requirements or schedule was announced in the classes missed. It is not the
instructor’s responsibility to individually inform students of changes.
Assignments: Assignments are due in class at the beginning of class on the specified due date. There is NO
PROVISION for late work on any assignment. Plan and schedule to complete work early. Having your work
completed on schedule is a key to early success in your business career.
• Please come to class on time. Take care of personal business prior to class. I do not expect you to
leave and return to class (unless there was an emergency and you explain it to me after class). If you
leave the classroom before class ends, take your things with you and I’ll see you next class.
• Computers will remain off during class except as directed by the instructor. Class time is not
for surfing the Web, monitoring Facebook, texting, or catching up on email. You will be asked
to leave the class if you continually violate this policy. The same thing applies to cell phone
usage for messaging during class. The class is held in a computer lab. There is no reason to
bring a laptop. Laptops are not to be used during class except with the permission of the
• Turn off your cell phones and any other electronic devices and put them away. Please, no texting. I
think we can all go a little over an hour without contact with the outside world! Leaving class to return
calls and coming back is not acceptable. If you have an emergency situation that requires your cell
phone to be on, let me know and we’ll work something out.
• I don’t care what you wear to class as long as you conduct yourself professionally and with respect
toward your peers and the instructor. However, any presentation should be treated professionally in
terms of dress and demeanor. Please don’t talk while the instructor or others are discussing course
materials. Participating in the class is the best way to avoid disturbing the class.