Management Information Systems

Course Details

Course Number: MIS 3003   Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 335

Days & Times:

M 11:00-12:20
W 11:00-12:20

Course Attachments

Syllabus  JZ_Syllabus MIS 3003_101Fall2010-20120313-111041.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jie Zhang   
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Course Objectives

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 Expectations

Course Specific Learning Goals:  After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. 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 their lives.
  2. 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.
  3. Discuss organizational database technology, differentiate between databases and data warehouses, and describe data-mining.
  4. Express a familiarity with various decision supporting software application tools such as neural networks and decision support, geographic information, and artificial intelligence systems.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Explain the relationship between the organization’s roles and goals and its IT infrastructure.
  8. 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 protected.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Standards

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.  Quizzes 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 activities 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.  Each non-participation (such as web surfing and texting) will cost you five points. 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 based on the recorded points only. Personal reasons (e.g., need a specific grade to graduate, to keep financial aid, to keep straight A record, etc.) are not considered in the grade calculation.





Grades will be assigned using the following scheme. 

Exam I





Exam II





Exam III





Team Project





Attendnce & Partiptn




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Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

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. 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

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.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.