Management Information Systems

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2015
Dillard College of Business Administration
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Days & Times

MW 9:30am-10:50am

Jiaxi Jesse Luo (view Profile)

Course Objectives

            Introduction to management information systems and the importance of systems in achieving organizational goals.  Includes topics such as systems concepts, telecommunications, distributed databases, and associated software and hardware.

Course Expectations

Learning Goals


I.      General Learning Goals:   

·       Teambuilding and collaboration to achieve group objectives.  Instruction in basic team dynamics will be provided during class lecture.  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 for common business scenarios.  All team members will speak during their team presentations.  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. 

·       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.  Students will practice during hands-on exercises.  Instructions will be given via class lectures, demonstrations, and handouts.  Students will demonstrate their ability to use common business computer applications by utilizing Microsoft Excel and Access.


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. 


II.     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 their lives.

·       Elaborate on the strategic and competitive opportunities provided by supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), and business intelligence (BI).

·       Discuss organizational database technology, differentiate between databases and data warehouses, and describe data-mining.

·       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 protected.

·       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 Standards

Grading and Evaluation:


Student's performance will be assessed using the following elements.


·       Exams (3):  All exams are close-book close-notes exams.  Exams will cover assigned chapters, in-class lectures, videos, and any 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 team project.  Details of the assignment will be provided and team formation will be accomplished. 


·       In-class activities:  Up to 50 points will be based on in-class activities. Only your direct participation in class activities DURING class meeting times counts toward these points! Any points not assigned during the semester will be removed from the total possible for the course when calculating grade percentages.


·       Quizzes:  Up to 60 points will 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.


·       Homework: 100 points will be assigned to homework. Homework assignments are due before the beginning of class on the specified due date. There is NO PROVISION for late work on any assignment. All homework assignments are individual homework (not team/group/collaborative homework), unless otherwise specified by the instructor.


·       Mini-presentations:  30 points will be assigned to mini-presentations.


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.

Final Exam

12/07/2015 8-10am

Submission Format Policy

Note: 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.

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, (940) 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.

Other Policies

Academic Integrity:


With regard to academic honesty, students are referred to the “Student Honor Creed”, including the following statements:

        “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 on 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 responsibilities for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonestly fundamentally rests with each individual student.


Academic dishonesty (cheating, lying, collusion, and plagiarism) is taken seriously and will be investigated  The minimum penalty is an "F" in this course and referral to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action, which may result in expulsion from the University.


Americans with Disabilities Act:


If a student has an established disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request accommodation, that student should please see me as soon as possible (i.e., within the first week of the semester).  Refer to my office hours and phone number shown on page 1.  This class follows the guidelines suggested by the Center for Counseling and Disabilities Services for those students who qualify for disability services.  See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog.


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. 


Additional Information:


Classroom behavior:


·       No food or beverage is allowed in the classroom. This is a college policy.

·       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). 

·       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.

·       Turn off or silence 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. 

·       Dress appropriately and conduct yourself professionally and with respect toward your peers and the instructor.  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.

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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at