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Title:                        MIS 2101 Syllabus
Professor:             Carey E. O’Donnell
Course Title:      Information Systems in Organizations

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The pre requisite for MIS 2101 is Basic Computer Literacy.
Must have completed either of the following: FOX Computer Literacy Test, CIS 1055 or CIS 0835

Course Objectives
The primary objectives are:

  • Explain the role of technology as a business enabler
  • Identify and explain applications and systems in a business environment
  • Interpret the interaction between technology, customers, processes, data, infrastructure, participants, and environment an organization.
  • Understand the complexity and challenges involved in integrating the functional areas of a business
  • Understand how organizations are using new technology to innovate and create new businesses and revenue streams, and how technology entrepreneurship enables organizational change
  • Think more broadly about how systems are tools for enabling innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of social media

The secondary objectives are:

  • Discriminate and synthesize between different sources of information as part of application acquisition or development
  • List ethical and intellectual property challenges that arise from the use of technology
  • Explain the evolving role of MIS in the organization, the MIS professional, and careers in MIS

Textbooks Required

  • Leonard Jessup, and Joseph Valacich. Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN: 0132335069
  • Ellen Monk and Bret Wagner. Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning. Second Edition.  ISBN: 0-619-21663-8, 2006.

Assignments consist of hands on projects. These projects are one of the most important ways for you to learn and integrate the material of this class. If you do not do well with the projects then you will find it difficult to pass this class. The material involved in the projects is further tested in the exams. The primary projects for the course are:

Project 1: Business Applications

This project has four major parts and will require students to understand how to use different   application software to address a variety of business problems.  Each section of the project  involves reading, interacting with some software, copying computer screen images into your assignment to demonstrate your work, and responding to questions.  Typical business applications addressed by this project will include: Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Business Intelligence (BI), and Transaction Processing Systems (TPS).

Project 2: SAP

This project will give you hands on experience with a working SAP system, where you will be required to complete typical business functions in the areas of Sales Orders Processes and and Human Resources.  SAP is the world leader in ERP, and this project will help demonstrate both the value and difficulty in integrating business functions, using a real world SAP system.  This challenging project will require that you read the ERP sections in the Monk & Wagner textbook in order for you to complete this project successfully.

Project 3: Digital Brand and Identity Management

This project will have several phases to it, where you will create an ‘e-portfolio’ for yourself, using WordPress and the Temple MIS Community site to create a professional resume and portfolio of yourself, and make it available to internet users.  You will then learn how to use Google AdWords to advertise your e-portfolio to the world, and then follow up by using Google Analytics to measure and analyze the data and traffic your e-portfolio ad generates.


Percent of Total Points
Midterm Exam:                 25%
Final Exam:                         25%
Projects:                              Proj 1 – 10%, Proj 2 – 20%,  Proj 3 – 20% = 50%

TOTAL   100%
Grading Scale
94-100   A, 90-93     A-, 87-89     B+, 83-86     B, 80-82     B-, 77-79     C+, 73-76     C,70-72     C-,67-69     D+, 63-66     D, 60-62     D-,
Below 60              F

Availability of Instructor:

Please free to use office hours (without an appointment) to discuss any issues related to this class.

 Attendance Policy:        

Class discussion in intended to be an integral part of the course.  Accordingly, full attendance is expected by every member of the class.

Class Etiquette:

Please be respectful of the class environment. Class starts promptly at the start time.  Please make EVERY effort to be on time, as I will communicate important information in the first few minutes of class.  Since most of members of the class commute to campus, please allow ample time to accommodate for traffic and parking situations. Cell phones, pagers, and laptop computers must be turned off and put away during class. Refrain from personal discussions during class.  Please leave the room if you need to speak to another student for more than a few words.  If a student cannot refrain from engaging in private conversation and this becomes a pattern, the students will be asked to leave the classroom to allow the remainder of the students to work.


There is a Community web site for this course. You should verify you have access to the class Temple MIS Community site before the second week of class. All presentations, the syllabus, other documents, schedules, and announcements are posted to this Community.Mis.Temple.Edu. You are responsible for checking the site the day before each class for updates. If you are having difficulty with getting access to your Community site, please contact the instructor.


There will be two examinations during the semester – one midterm exam and one final exam.  The exams cannot be made up, regardless of the reason for absence.

Late Assignment Policy  All assignments are due at the beginning of class.  As you will note in the tentative schedule, we will typically discuss your deliverables on the due date.  Accordingly, I cannot accept any late deliverables.  A deliverables is considered late if it is turned in after the beginning of class.  This time will be strictly enforced. Equipment failure is not an acceptable reason for late submission of a project.    During the semester, flash drives will fail, printers will be out of service, and your e-mail will mysteriously not work. You should always make a backup of your files (if it is really important, make two backups).  You should make sure you print out your work early enough that you can find an alternate location to print.

 Submission of Work:

Please submit all assignments as printouts

 Reading and Class Participation                :

The primary source of material for this course is the textbook.  In addition, supplemental materials will be provided to you as either hyperlinks to documents on the web, or soft versions posted to the Community site.During many classes, we will have an interactive discussion of a case or a scenario.  Without reading the assigned material, you will not be able to participate and you will find yourself lostIn addition, you should download the presentation posted to the Community site for the class and review the presentation before class time.

Plagiarism, Academic Dishonesty and Citation Guidelines

If you use text, figures, and data in reports that was created by others you must identify the source and clearly differentiate your work from the material that you are referencing. If you fail to do so you are plagiarizing. There are many different acceptable formats that you can use to cite the work of others (see some of the resources below).  The formats are not as important as the intent. You must clearly show the reader what is your work and what is a reference to somebody else’s work.

Plagiarism is a serious offence and could lead to reduced or failing grades and/or expulsion from the university. The Temple University Student Code of Conduct specifically prohibits plagiarism (see http://www.temple.edu/assistance/udc/coc.htm).

The following excerpt defines plagiarism:

 Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person’s labor, ideas, words, or assistance. Normally, all work done for courses — papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations — is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. There are many forms of plagiarism: repeating another person’s sentence as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else’s argument as your own, or even presenting someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own. All these forms of plagiarism are prohibited both by the traditional principles of academic honesty and by the regulations of Temple University. Our education and our research encourage us to explore and use the ideas of others, and as writers we will frequently want to use the ideas and even the words of others. It is perfectly acceptable to do so; but we must never submit someone else’s work as if it were our own, rather we must give appropriate credit to the originator.


Source: Temple University Graduate Bulletin, 2000-2001. University Regulations, Other Policies, Academic Honesty. Available online at: http://www.temple.edu/gradbulletin/

 For a more detailed description of plagiarism:

Princeton University Writing Center on Plagiarism:


How to successfully quote and reference material:

University of Wisconsin Writers Handbook


How to cite electronic sources:

Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association


References and Resources

Temple University Student Code of Conduct


Temple University Writing Center