2010 Fall – MIS5101

Prof. Johnson teaches Data and Knowledge Management


I’ve had a couple of inquiries so I’ll make this announcement to the whole class: I expect to have final grades done on Monday, December 20.

Group Project Presentation Order

Here’s the presentation order for Wednesday evening.

  1. SmartPhone: Felicia, Jim, Judy, Patricia
  2. Mobile: Adi, Brandon, Isaac
  3. GPS: Deborah P., Gene, Ping, TJ
  4. ERP: Dawn, Venessa, Venkata, Yen
  5. EMR: Deborah H., Tuyet, Yikum
  6. EHR: Diane, Gloria, Gloria, Shiny
  7. Coding: Candice, Lesia, Michele, Tonya

See you soon.

Week 13 Follow-Up

Class Re-Cap

FoxNet Capture.

Final exam format

—Take-home: 5PM questions posted to class blog, 8PM due via email in a Word-compatible attachment

Open-note (including course blog): no other outside assistance or Internet assistance

4 short answer questions

  • Multiple bullet point answer or up to 1 paragraph answer
  • ~ 60% of grade (4 x 15% each)
  • Example: “What are 3 pros and 3 cons of giving ad-hoc SQL query access?” —

1 essay question

  • multi-part question or more involved question ¡mutli-paragraph answer required
  • pick from 2 or 3 choices
  • ~ 40% of grade
  • Example: “Temple University is looking for new revenue streams. They want your advice: should they offer to sell marketers the list of student email addresses? Why or why not?”

The study guide distributed in class is available here: MIS5101 Final Exam Study Guide

Our Final Discussion Question

This is our concluding discussion question for this course. Thank you all for your thoughtful and insightful answers all semester! The purpose of this week’s question is to help you prepare for the final exam.

In one or two sentences, what would you summarize as a key “take-away” that you’ve learned from this course this semester?

Group Project Presentation Guidelines

Here are guidelines for the group project presentation. Post any questions in comments or send me an email.


The goal of your presentation is to address the following questions:

(A) What business problem are you solving?

(B) How do you propose solving it?

(C) How will the solution provide business value?

Pretend that the audience (your fellow classmates) will be making an up-or-down decision on whether or not to fund the proposed project. Remember that the audience has not read any of your individual or group projects.


  • Your presentation should be 9-12 minutes long and will be followed by up 2-4 minutes for questions (and then 1 minute between presentations).
  • It is highly recommended that you practice your presentation so you can be sure you can efficiently and effectively get through all of the required material in the allotted time!
  • One or more group members may deliver the presentation, but all group members are expect to be present and available to answer questions about the project. During the presentation all group members should join together with the presenter at the front of the room.
  • Please put any electronic materials on a memory stick or post to the web in a readily available location.
  • Although these will be considered formal presentations, there is no dress code. Wear whatever you are most comfortable in for making a convincing presentation to fellow students.

Evaluation and Feedback

  • Presentations will be evaluated by these criteria:
  1. Content: Clear description of business problem
  2. Content: Effective justification of business value
  3. Content: Convincing discussion of project feasibility
  4. Presentation: Delivery and pacing
  5. Presentation: Connection with audience
  6. Overall Impression: Assessment of project
  • To facilitate active participation by audience members, everyone will complete and turn-in evaluation forms for the other group presentations. The completed evaluation forms will be used to anonymously inform additional constructive feedback. They will not be used to determine a grade.

Backup plan


This Onion video pokes fun at our dependence on the Internet as well as most people’s lack of computer backups.

If your primary personal or work computer crashed, how easily could you pick up the pieces? Would you be able to get back to work easily? What’s your backup plan?

Audit trail of electronic records

Joe Closing, wider angle
Photo credit: maveric2003

EHRs Prove a Difficult Witness in Court

The EHR is a valuable clinical tool for streamlining and improving patient care. But it is complicating and confusing the courts.

As the first cases involving electronic health records make their way into legal proceedings, everyone involved is discovering the challenges of producing and interpreting the information they contain.

New EHRs will do a better job of presenting clinical records in court as vendors, providers, and attorneys gain more experience. In the meantime, facilities must work at understanding exactly how their systems track and record data and how they can best produce these data as evidence in court—concisely, unequivocally, and inexpensively.

An ironic consequence of automation is it can be harder, not easier, to provide a realistic audit trail of “what happened, when” compared to paper records. If the systems you worked with regularly were put “on trial” how easy would it be to replicate what a particular user saw in the system on a specific day?

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