University of Baltimore
Merrick School of Business
Over the past 20 years, information technology (computers, telecommunications and office automation) and the management of information technology have changed dramatically. The need to learn how to use and deploy information systems and technology became a must for business professionals.
In many industries, obtaining competitive advantages became directly related to the deployment of information technology to design, create and provide the main products/services. In many instances the information technology became an integral part of the product/service.
The course aim is to provide you with learning experiences in the use, development and management of information systems and technology.
Each class meeting will be divided in two parts:
The mini-projects are to be done in groups of three students. The mini-projects are based on the Voice case, also found at my index page on the World Wide Web. You should use Freelance, or another graphical tool, for creating the required diagrams.
The assignments are to be done individually. You will need, in most cases, to use an Internet tool to have them done and/or sent to me.
The presentations will be made in groups of four students (your previous groups), and consequentely we will have 4 groups. Each group will make three presentations of 15 minutes each, in three different days. Each case will be presented by two groups deffending opposite views for the solution of the case, in the same day. You should use Freelance to develop overheads for your presentations. Your grade in the presentations will depend upon the content, presentation materials, and delivery of the presentations. See here how the presentations will be scheduled. Each group can choose three of the following cases from the textbook to make the presentations:
The final exam is a take-home 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. The take-home final is due (in printed format) at, or before, 5:00 PM of the exam day (December 12) in my office.
Alter, Steven. Information Systems, 2nd. ed., Benjamin/Cummings, 1996 (required). [ ]
Additional (free) references, available in the Internet, will also be required.
Class materials are available on the World Wide Web (all overheads) and in the PCUB lab (some). All overheads are linked to the course syllabus at the following address:
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|Day||1:30 - 2:50||3:00 - 4:00||Assignments|
|09/05||Course overview, information and systems concepts ||Group formation and lab acquaintance|
|09/12||Internet overview , E-mail|| E-mail and
Maestro and UBMAIL accounts required
|0. mail me back due|
|09/19||Information Technology: hardware || Setting-up
your PCUB account *
PCUB account required
|1. e-mail: results of Web search on electronic commerce|
|09/26||Information Technology: software ||More in E-mail and Web *|
|10/03||Business processes [2,6]||Using Freelance *||2. e-mail: results of Web search on software houses|
|10/10||Systems Development ||Freelance and DFD *|
|10/17||Systems Analysis and DFDs ||Freelance and DFD *||3. a simple presentation|
|10/24||Files & Data Base ||Freelance and E-R diagrams*|
|10/31||Telecommunications and Networks ||Your home page||A. Voice DFD|
|11/07||Communications and decision-making ||GDSS practice at ISRC||B. E-R diagrams for Voice|
|11/14#||AI and Expert Systems  and Human and ethical issues ||The Internet [677-680] and 911 [690-691] presentations||C. Business process diagram for Voice, order processing|
|11/21#||Strategic Impact of IS/IT  and Information Systems Planning ||Resumix, Inc [ 682-683] and Wellington Education Board [688-689] presentations||4. home page due|
|12/05||DIA [pp. 685-686] and CONFIRM [ 693-695] presentations||Final take-home overview and course-wrap-up||5. e-mail: an example of IS/IT strategic impact|
|12/12||Take-home final due|
Notes: class meetings marked with # will be from 1:30-5:00 PM, and the ones marked with * are lab meetings.
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