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MIS 6204 Syllabus

Information Technologies and MIS Fundamentals (MIS 6204 581)

Summer 2005

May 31 through July 19, 2005

Instructor: Prof. Hans-Joachim Adler, Ph.D.


Office: SM 3.227
Phone: 972 883-4695
Email: jadler@utdallas.edu
Website: www.utdallas.edu/~hxa026000

Course: MIS 6204 Section 581

Class Hours: Section 581 Tuesday 6:00-10:00pm Room SM 1.107

Office Hours: By Appointment

TA: Chupeng Xie


Office: SM 3.222
Phone: 972-883-6198
Email: cxx036000@utdallas.edu

Textbook
James A. O’Brien: Introduction to Information Systems, 12th Edition, Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2005
or
e-book version (save 50% of the bookstore price):
http://ebooks.primisonline.com/eBookstore/index.jsp

Resources
We will be using WebCT in this class. Functions included on WebCT are described in the WebCT
introduction. Various readings will be included in support of the class. All changes to the course
will appear on WebCT.

Course Objective
The principal objective is to understand (1) the efficient/effective use of information technologies in
organizations and (2) their impacts on the modern society from the end-user perspective. This
course provides the necessary background to understand the role of information technology and
Management Information Systems in today's business environment.

Topics include: Strategic role of information, organization of information, information decision


making requirements, telecommunications and networking, managing information resources,
distributed processing, and current information systems/technology issues.

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Grading
We will use WebCT to help with the course and grading.

The student with the highest grade in class will be normalized to a 100%. The rest of the students
will be normalized accordingly.

Exam 1 30% 36 points


Exam 2 30% 36 points
Assignment 40% 48 points
120 points

Grades will be posted on WebCT after each exam or the assignment is graded. Access to grades
will be through WebCT.

Exams
All exams are closed-book in-class tests.
Answers to all exam questions are taken from class discussions, class notes, and the textbook.
Students must bring a Scantron Sheet (Number 882-E – green form), available from the campus
bookstore, and a no. 2 pencil for each exam.
There will be no make up exam, except for the following situations: medical emergency and
business trip (written documentation may be required for both).

Assignment
The primary purpose of the case assignment is to allow you to apply principles learned in class to a
real world problem. The assignment is due the week before Exam 2. Assignment format and
content will be discussed in detail in class.

Working Together:
You are encouraged to work together in how to use computers and applications. Each student,
however, is expected to do his or her own work for the assignment. Copying another
student's work is scholastic dishonesty (see below) and will be dealt with accordingly.

Scholastic Dishonesty:
The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility with respect to academic
honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work
done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student maintains a high standard of
individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to,
statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or
the submission as one's own work of material that is not one's own. As a general rule, scholastic
dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and/or falsifying
academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary
proceedings. Specifically, copying another student's computer files or buying assignments from a
3rd party could result in a grade of F and/or expulsion from the University.

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Schedule

Date Description

May 31 Syllabus Course Introduction, Assignment, Group set-up


Chapter 1 Foundations of Information Systems in Business
Chapter 2 Competing with Information Technology
Assignment

June 7 No class

June 14 Chapter 3 Computer Hardware


Chapter 4 Computer Software
Assignment Discussion

June 21 Chapter 5 Data Resource Management


Chapter 6 Telecommunications and Networks
Assignment Discussion

June 28 Exam 1 Chapter 1-6


Chapter 7 Electronic Business Systems
Chapter 8 Electronic Commerce Systems
Assignment Discussion

July 5 Chapter 9 Decision Support Systems


Chapter 10 Developing Business / IT Solutions
Assignment Discussion

July 12 Chapter 11 Security and Ethical Challenges


Chapter 12 Enterprise and Global Management
of Information Technology
Assignment Due

July 19 Assignment Presentations

July 26 Exam 2 Chapter 7-12

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