DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND DECISION SCIENCES
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
IS 340-54: MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SPRING 2010 SYLLABUS AND COURSE SCHEDULE
IS 340-54: W 3:00-5:30 PM, ST 317
FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Chandra S. Amaravadi
Office Hours: 8:50-10:50 am, TWTH
“Principles of Information Systems” by Ralph Stair and George Reynolds, (9th Edition) from Course
Technology is recommended as a supplementary book.
This is a book written by two well known authors that is currently in its 9h edition. The book provides
excellent coverage for: Hardware, Software, Databases, Internet, Enterprise Systems and Management
Support Systems. Lectures and class discussions will emphasize important concepts concerning the
topics being covered. As such, the book will not be followed closely; but you still need to read the book
regularly to develop thought, vocabulary as well as a general understanding of the topic being covered.
Please note that the book is supplementary.
COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES
Catalog Description: “A survey of information systems and their role in organizations. Coverage
includes: types of information systems, their application in organizations, the underlying technologies and
their contribution to organizational strategy.”
The objectives of this course are to develop a comprehensive understanding of what information systems
are, their technical foundations, their utilization in business (where are they used?) and their development
(process by which information systems are developed?).
Allocation of course grade is as follows:
Evaluation # of points
Two midterms 200 pts
Final 100 pts
Assignments 100 pts (tentative)
Pop quizzes 30 pts
Participation 40 pts
Total 470 pts
Course grades will be evaluated on a straight scale depending on the percentage of points earned. Thus
A >= 90%, B < 90% and >= 80%, C < 80% and > = 70%, D < 70% and > = 60%. Scores on
examinations and quizzes will be curved to a class average of 75%. Thus if on a midterm a student
receives 83% and the class average is 72%, then the student’s score will be adjusted by 75-72 = 3% i.e.
the adjusted score will be 83+3 = 86%.
There are three major examinations: two mid terms and a final all of which will be challenging. These
will consist of a combination of True/False questions and multiple choice questions and will be based on
class discussions of course topics. The final examination will be comprehensive. The examinations will
be based on class discussions. The questions will be very specific. In the information systems area, there
is a substantial difference between a “bit” and a “byte” and a “file” and a “field.” It is essential to learn
the differences between such concepts to be considered “information literate.” Additionally, information
systems is an applied field; concepts learned in one situation need to be applied in another. Mastery of
basic concepts (e.g. a router) is therefore essential to applying them and to earn a good grade. You are
also advised to take good notes.
There will be four quizzes out of which one will be dropped; generally quizzes are administered after
completion of a topic. There will be a mixture of different types of questions: T/F, multiple choice, fill-
in-blank, match the following, short-answer. Some quizzes may be made entirely of short answer
questions. Quizzes will be based on class discussion of topics covered since the last quiz or exam
(whichever was the last to be administered). The quizzes will be very specific.
Missed Examinations and Quizzes:
Examinations and quizzes must be taken when scheduled. An absence will mean a zero for the
examination/quiz. There will not be any make ups. Exceptions will be made in extreme situations where
the instructor has been notified and his permission sought prior to the exam/quiz.
Communication is essential for business majors, for whom the course is primarily intended. Participation
can be both assigned and unassigned. Unassigned participation consists of answering questions, raising
issues, relating course topics to current events etc. Quality is more important than frequency, however,
please make sure you participate at least twice every class. Assigned participation could involve
research, presentation, spot quizzes etc. Participation will be evaluated based on contribution to the class
discussion (“security” and “privacy” will not count!). Your participation will be evaluated at the end of
the semester and will be awarded points accordingly. Engaging in disruptive activities will result in
reduction of one letter grade in participation (i.e. “B” instead of “A”).
There will be both take-home and in-class assignments. There is no credit/grade for in-class assignments.
Nowadays many companies require you to solve problems. Therefore, assignments are not simply steps
that you complete, but require you to apply concepts learned in the class and overcome the challenges
placed for you. You must be an active participant while carrying out the task. The process that you go
through to solve an assignment is very important. The end results are only an indication of this. Start
assignments immediately after class, do not wait till the last minute, especially for information systems
Assignments will be made available to you on the course web site and must be completed by the due date.
It is your responsibility to hand them to the instructor in class on the due date. There are 4-5
assignments which will be challenging.
Assign1 – Information systems in organizations.
Assign2 – Information systems software.
Assign3 – Introduction to database management .
Assign4 – Development of corporate web site.
Assign5 – Information systems development.
Talking to other students, eating, playing with devices, sleeping (if you have a medical condition, please
notify instructor by the first week of classes) are considered disruptive activities and are in VIOLATION OF
UNIVERSITY POLICIES. Please be aware that through your activity you may be preventing other students
from learning. Sitting in the class room is a privilege that cannot be misused. The consequences of
engaging in a disruptive activity can include one or more of the following:
a) being asked to leave the class room,
b) forfeiting the points for a quiz or class participation activity assigned for that day,
c) reduction in participation grade by one letter grade
d) confiscation of device till the end of the semester, if a device were involved in the disruptive activity.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
In accordance with University policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic
accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an
accommodation. For the instructor to provide the proper accommodation(s), you must obtain
documentation of the need for an accommodation through Disability Support Services and provide it to
the instructor. It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the instructor's attention,
as he/she is not legally permitted to inquire about such particular needs of students. Students who may
require special assistance in emergency evacuations (i.e. fire, tornado, etc.) should contact the instructor
as to the most appropriate procedures to follow in such an emergency. Contact Disability Support
Services at 298-2512 for additional services.
340-54 COURSE SCHEDULE/SPRING 2010
Meeting Date Topic/Agenda Text
1. 1/20 Course Administration & Overview. Ch 1,2
2. 1/27 Introduction to IS in Organizations, Ass#1 start. Ch 1,2
3. 2/03 Introduction to IS in Organizations, Quiz 1. Ch 1,2
4. 2/10 Introduction to Hardware, Ass#1 due, Ass#2 start. Ch 3
5. 2/17 Introduction to Software, Quiz 2. Ch 4
6. 2/24 Introduction to Software. Ch 4
7. 3/03 First Midterm.
8. 3/10 The Internet, career issues, Ass#2 due. Ch 6
9. 3/17 Spring Break.
10. 3/24 Introduction to Databases, Ass#3 start. Ch 5
11. 3/31 Introduction to Databases, Enterprise Systems, Quiz 3. Ch 5, 9
12. 4/07 Enterprise Systems and Management Support Systems, Ch 9, 10
Ass#3 due, Ass#4 start.
13. 4/14 Second Midterm.
14. 4/21 Artificial Intelligence. Ch 10
15. 4/28 Information Systems Development Ch 12
Ass#4 due, Ass#5 start, Quiz 4.
16. 5/05 Information Systems Development. Ch 13
17. 5/12 Final Exam at 3:00 PM
Note: Disc.* Refers to class discussion.