MIS 2101.001 – Adam Alalouf – Fall 2015


Each week, you should be able to review these topics and answer the questions briefly and intelligently.

Week 1

What is MIS?
What is the difference between information systems (IS) and information technology (IT)?
Name at least 5 components of information technology.
Name at least 5 components of information systems.
Compare and contrast working for a start-up vs. an established corporation.
What role do information systems play in the modern organizations? In a business career?
What kind of jobs are there in MIS?
Does MIS play in to careers in other fields, like accounting, finance, marketing, or sales? If so, how?

Week 2

What is a digital identity? Why is it important to pay attention to this?
What is an IPO (Input-Process-Output) diagram and how can we use it to better understand business processes and business systems?
(Think of our Macy’s example from class)
What is business analysis?
What is systems analysis?
What are the overlaps and what are the main differences between the two?
Explain the evolution of data > information > knowledge.
What is Google Analytics, what does it do, and how much does it cost?
Explain the difference between Google AdWords and Google AdSense. Which product accounts for the vast majority of Google’s sales?
What is the logic behind building an amazing product and then giving it away for free?

Week 3

What is Systems Architecture?
What are swim lane diagrams and how are they useful?
What are stakeholders and what are some strategies for managing them? What is an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and how do you draw one? What are the primary symbols used in an ERD?
What is a Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)? What are some main stages in the SDLC?
How have computers evolved over the past 50 years?
What is Moore’s Law? How does it apply to the evolution of computing and technology?

Week 4

Review core concepts for midterm exam. Review swim lane diagrams and entity relationship diagrams.

A diamond peer review session for all students in MIS 2101 and MIS 2901 will be held in room 603 of Alter Hall on Friday, September 18 at 4:00PM. 

The instructor’s review session for the first midterm exam will be held in class on Tuesday, September 22. 

Week 5

Learn IT! #1 is due.
Review session for first midterm exam.
Exam Thursday, September 24.

MIS2101 Exam1 Review ALALOUF

Week 6

What is Enterprise Resource Planning?
What is Customer Resource Management?
What is SAP? What are its core product and service offerings?
What are two major components of an ERP system?
What is a transactional database?
What does single view of data mean?
What is a dashboard?
What kind of reports are produced in an ERP? What are KPIs?
What is data visualization? What are some reasons we might want to visualize big data?
What are some of the major issues behind the failure of healthcare.gov? 
What is “accountability creep” and how is it related to analytics?
What is “requirements gathering” and what are some ways to accomplish it?

Week 7

What is data analytics? How is it used by organizations? What is Google analytics? What are the core metrics it provides? What are OLTP and OLAP? What is a hypercube? What is knowledge management (KM)? What is tacit knowledge? What is knowledge transfer (KT)?

Week 8

What are some components of cyber crime? What is the hacking business model? What are common security threats and what are some safeguards against them? What are some of the issues surrounding Snowden’s exposure of the NSA?

Week 9

What do we mean by the disruptive power of the internet? How has the internet disrupted business models? What is the future of business in the digital age?

Week 10

What are some ways we measure the value of an IT investment? What is NPV, Balanced Scorecard, and Causal Loop Diagram?

Week 11

What is cloud computing? What do we mean when we say “on the cloud”?

Week 12

What are IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS? Can you give examples of each and describe a scenario in which each is most applicable?

What is the Pareto Principle? What are its limitations?
What is a normal distribution and what are its characteristics?
What is a “long tail” distribution and what are its characteristics?
What can we learn about digital business models from the long tail?

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