University of Baltimore
Merrick School of Business
The course is centered in providing a conceptual and applied foundation of management information systems (MIS). The various MIS concepts are discussed, and managerial, behavioral and technical conceptual foundations are reviewed and integrated into these various MIS concepts. This is followed by an introduction to the main MIS themes: networking, systems development, data bases, end-user computing, decision support and expert systems. Finally, an overview of the issues to manage MIS in a global and professional perspective is provided. The readings, assignments, cases and projects are instruments to enable each student to:
Prerequisites: Computer Literacy. This translates into a working knowledge of computer concepts, spreadsheets, data base languages, e-mail and Windows. Also awareness of basic information systems concepts. This course will briefly review Access and Excel for Windows. It will also introduce a simple CASE tool for drawing graphical representations of the systems. A Web Board and e-mail will be our main way of communications outside class meetings and office hours.
Each class meeting will be divided in two parts:
The assignments are to be done individually and will be graded done (A) or not done (F). You will need, in most cases, to use an Internet tool to have them done and/or sent to me. You will use Windows 9x or NT 4.0/2K for this purpose. Use as subject of your e-mail messages: 610ax, where x is the assignment number
Your grade in the projects will depend upon the content and structure of the final system and written documentation. The projects are to be made in groups of two to three students, but one -- create your own home page in the World Wide Web (individual).
The cases are to be prepared prior to class and discussed in class. Student will be asked questions about the case in class, and will send me an e-mail with their own answers to the questions I will post in the course Web Forum (one week after the case is discussed). Please feel free to save your answers as an HTML page, upload it to UBMAIL and just send me an URL, if you prefer to do so. The cases are:
The final exam is a in-class exam, covering both conceptual and applied materials. There will be questions asking you to explain a concept, to apply a concept to a small case, and to use an information technology tool studied in this course. At least two questions will come from the cases discussed in class.
Lucas, Jr., Henry C. Information Technology for Management, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000.
All overheads (class handouts) are linked to the course syllabus at the following address:
It is a good practice to print the overheads (use the Business Center PCs or any PC connected to the Net) before coming to class, so that you can add your observations and comments to the overheads in class. This saves you the time of taking notes when I am lecturing, or demonstrating something. Please note that no printed class notes will be distributed.
|Day||5:30 - 6:45||7:00 - 8:00||Assignments|
|09/03||Course overview, information and systems concepts [1,2]||Lab acquaintance and UB network accounts.|
|09/10||Internet overview , E-mail and setup.||E-mail, Web introduction and browsing
Windows 2000 and UBmail accounts required
|a1. Mail me your resume|
|09/17||IT hardware [7,8]||IT Software  : DOS and Windows 2000||a2. Mail Web query assignment|
|09/24||Decision-making and Information systems concept ||IT Software: Linux and Linux at the comand prompt||a3. mail the DOS/Windows 2000 assignment|
|10/01||Telecommunications, networking  and Introduction to Electronic Commerce ||Your home page||a4. mail the Linux assignment|
|10/08||TPS and MIS ||Review of using PowerPoint||Home page project due|
|10/15||Systems Development [14,15]||U S West Global Village: case discussion|
|10/22||Systems Analysis and DFDs [16, App. A], National Merchandising Case||DFDs and System Flowchart using PowerPoint||C1 - US West case analysis due|
|10/29||Files & Data Base concepts, DB design ||Continuation.|
|11/05||Access Review||VOICE: question & answers|
|11/12||DSS and Expert Systems [20,21,22]||Voice: mini-presentations||Voice project due|
|11/19||DSS Design (Bento)||Porter: question & answers|
|11/26||project group work (no class meeting)||project group work||12/03||Strategic Impact of IS/IT [4,5] and Information Resource Management [23,24]||SAP R/3 at Geneva: case discussion||Porter project due|
|12/10||Social and Ethical issues ||Final exam review and course wrap-up||C2 - Geneva case analysis due|
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