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					                                Computer Information Systems Department
                                    CIS 215 – Information Systems
                                       Spring 2008 SYLLABUS
Course Description: The theoretical foundation and evolution of Information Systems are introduced. The
systems approach to modeling a business organization and its environment is studied. The organizational
Computer-based Information Systems are analyzed. Ethical implications of Information Technology are
discussed. Advanced hands-on application tools for business productivity are practiced in the computer
laboratory. Prerequisites: CIS115 and GB 150


I. Rationale

The use of Information System in gaining competitive advantage in the business world has increased significantly.
It is imperative that business students learn the evolution and development of different types of information
systems to succeed in their business career no matter which functional area they may be working in or at what level
in an organization. Students also need to improve their skills in the use of microcomputer-based productivity tools
that would enable them to function more efficiently in their career.
II. Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
      be familiar with Information Systems (IS) terminology, technology and methodology;
      have an understanding of how to conceptualize a Computer Information Systems (CIS) solution to a
        business problem;
      know how to use CIS to contribute to the competitive advantage of the business;
      know the forces that may influence future trends in IS; and
      have improved on their microcomputer-based software application skills for business productivity, using
        formulas, functions, and help indexes.
III. Behavioral Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student should have the ability understand computer-based
information systems (CBIS) of an organization. The student will be able to conceptualize working in different
functional areas and at different levels through CBIS and intelligently contribute to the achievement of the common
organizational objectives while still serving the mission of the organization. The student will improve functional and
communication skills using microcomputer-based software application skills learnt in this course.
IV. Course Content

    A. Ethics: An entire chapter from the textbook for the course, entitled “Ethics, Privacy, and Information
       Security” is covered during the semester as well as an open discussion on the various ethical topics
       appearing in current periodical and news programs. Approximately 5 hours per semester are spent
       covering these topics.
    B. Globalization: Differences between nations in the various types of information systems utilized and how
       they are utilized. Approximately 3 hours are spent covering these topics.
    C. IS:Concepts and Management
    D. The Modern Organization in the Digital Economy
    E. Network Computing
    F. E-Business and E-Commerce
    G. Wireless, Mobile Computing, and Mobile Commerce
    H. Data and Knowledge Management
    I. Organizational Information Systems
    J. Managerial Support Systems
    K. Acquiring IT Applications


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V. Learning Activities

The pedagogy of this course includes lectures, group-discussions, hands-on practice of application software, out-
of-class and in-class assignments, and project preparation and presentation.


Students' performance measure
         The level of a student's performance (competency) is based on accumulated points received in the
following activities.
Activities                                                                                                          Points
 1. Class Participation and Quizzes---------------------------------------------------------------------------              100
 2. Examinations #1, #2, #3 and #4 each 200 points (drop the lowest score) --------------------------                       750
 3. Project -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------         150
                                                                                                                    Total = 1,000
VI. Evaluation Procedure

Students' performance will be based on the evaluation of their in-class activities including pop quizzes, home-
work assignments and examinations.

The following straight percentage is your expected grade scale. In case of poor students' performance, the

                 900-1000 = A           800-899 = B 700-799 = C                 600-699 = D             <600= F

instructor will use a normal curve grade scale to calculate students' semester grades instead of using the straight
percentage grade scale.



VII. References

A. Textbook

Rainer, Jr., R.K., Turban, E. and Potter, R. E. (2007). Introduction to Information Systems. John Wiley and Sons,
        Hoboken, NJ.

Laboratory(Lab) - JTS 319 or JTS 333 when needed

Microcomputer laboratory (lab), equipped with IBM/Compatible PCs and printers.

Additional Items needed by students
USB 2.0 Pen Drive (Any Size)

Each student is required to bring his/her syllabus, textbook, notes, handouts, pen and pencil to every
class/lab meeting.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Due to the teaching technique, it is absolutely necessary that you attend every class meeting. You should remain
in class throughout the class period whether the instructor is in class or not. Do not come to class late.
The last day to drop a course with a grade of "W" should be verified with the University calendar.

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY



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Students are expected to do their own work on all lab assignments and exams. If cheating occurs and cheaters are
caught, all parties involved will be given a "0" (zero) for that work or exam.

ABSENCES FROM EXAMS AND QUIZZES

No makeup for exams and quizzes. If you miss and exam, your points on the exam is zero, regardless of any
excuse presented to your instructor. You will have the opportunity to drop an exam with the lowest score. You
take the Final Exam if only you are not satisfied with your semester grade. The grade on your final
replaces your semester grade. The Final Exam is comprehensive.

HOME WORK ASSIGNMENT

No makeup for homework assignments. Any homework assignment not submitted at the due time date, and place
will be zero point, regardless of any excuse presented to your instructor.

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1. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus based on course needs. When such changes are made,
   you will be informed in class.
2. It is the responsibility of each student to insure that all course prerequisite requirements are met prior to
   enrolling in this course. Students are subject to administrative removal from course if, at any time, it is
   determined that course pre-requisite requirements are not met.
3. If you need accommodation in this class/setting/facility related to a disability, please make an appointment to
   see me as soon as possible. My office hours and phone number are on the first page.
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