I declared myself an MIS minor towards the middle of the Spring 2010 Semester. I found out about MIS being offered as a minor through a friend who happened to have the mini-flyers of the program. He was about to throw it away when I suddenly stopped him and told him to give it to me. I read the flyer and became interested in Management Information Systems (MIS). This semester (Fall 2010) I am enrolled in the first course of the minor program which is MIS 2101 with Prof. Carey O’Donnell.
The course itself is a brand new experience for me. I have worked with computers in different ways; such as setting up a network between one or more computers. I recently setup a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for myself, connecting my laptop to my father’s computer located at his business. I have used all sorts of web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Maxthon, and Avant). I have even created graphic designs, created webpages (mostly with MS Frontpage and some with Dreamweaver), newsletters, and used HTML. But I have never learned the processes involved with creating and managing databases. Using MS Access is just the tip of the iceberg. Throughout this course I have learned the different Information Systems (EIS, MIS, & TPS) and subcategories of these systems.
The assignments that Prof. O’Donnell has given and will be giving involve patience and understanding of the topic at hand. He relates his work experience with topics being discussed in the lecture. This gives me, as well as other students, a more in depth look at how these processes work.