MIS 2101.001 – Adam Alalouf – Fall 2016


Week Date Unit  Learning Outcomes, Topics & Required Reading Due
1 8/30 & 9/1 Intro (1.1) Learning Outcomes
Class Introduction
Define IT, IS, MIS
Describe role of systems in business career

Topics and Required Reading
1.1. Introduction to MIS
What is MIS? (read page contents and watch embedded videos)
Difference between IS, CS, and IT
AIS Information Systems Job Index
Wikipedia, Business Analyst
Wikipedia, Systems Analyst

Required Viewing found here
What is MIS? The Modern Organization System
Why MIS: MIS Careers

2 9/6 & 9/8 Systems analysis (2.1 & 2.1.1) Learning Outcomes
Prepare a swim lane diagram for a multi-step process

Topics and Required Reading
2.1. Analyzing organizations as systems and processes
Wikipedia, Systems Analysis
Systems architecture
Systems Architecture Fundamentals – Conceptual, Logical, Physical Designs

2.1.1. Modeling Processes with Swimlane Diagrams
A Guide to Process Mapping
An Introduction to Swimlane Diagrams

Required Viewing found here
Systems Analysis and Systems Architecture
Process Mapping with Swimlane Diagrams

9/13 & 9/15 Modeling Data (2.1.2)

Learning Outcomes
Prepare a simple entity relationship diagram

Topics and Required Reading
2.1.2. Modeling Data with Entity Relationship Diagrams
Nishadha. Ultimate Guide to ER Diagrams
Entity Relationship Diagram Examples

Required Viewing found here
Data Modeling with ERDs

4 9/20 & 9/22 Decision Trees and Conceptual Architecture Diagrams (2.1.3 & 2.1.4)

Learning Outcomes
Interpret a conceptual architecture diagram
Interpret decision trees

Topics and Required Reading
2.1.3. Modeling Business Rules with Decision trees
Wikipedia, Business Rule
What is a Decision Tree
Business Analyst Training on How to Use Decision Trees

2.1.4. Visualizing architecture: conceptual diagramming
Concept map
What is a Concept Map?
Investigative Architecture: The Conceptual Diagram

Required Viewing found here
Conceptual Architecture Diagrams
Business Rules and Decision Trees

 Learn IT! #1
Now due 9/23
5 9/27 & 9/29 Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #1 – Assess week 1-4 learning objectives

Exam 9/29
6 10/4 & 10/6 Organizational Systems (3.)

Learning Outcomes
Match business functions with organizational IS
Discuss major functions of an ERP

Topics and Required Reading
3.1. Types of systems in organizations

3.1.1. Enterprise Systems (ERP)
What Is ERP?
Wikipedia: ERP
Putting the Enterprise into the Enterprise System
9 Tips for Selecting and Implementing an ERP System

Required Viewing found here
What is ERP?
ERP Challenges and Benefits

Learn IT! #2
Due 10/6
 7 10/11 & 10/13 Organizational Systems (3.1)

Learning Outcomes
Illustrate how IT aids organizational decision making
Identify, compare and contrast multiple knowledge management systems

Topics and Required Reading
3.1.2. Decision Support
The Decision-Making Process, Cliff Notes
How NBA Player Analytics Opened Up A Whole New Business For SAP
The Real Reason Organizations Resist Analytics

3.1.3. Knowledge Management
What is KM? Knowledge Management Explained
Everything You Need to Know About Open Innovation

Required Viewing found here
Data Analytics
Hypercubes, Data Warehouses and Data Marts
Big Data
Knowledge Management

 8 10/18 & 10/20 Organizational Systems (3.2)

Learning Outcomes
Understand the consideration of the “buy vs. build” decision.
Be able to explain the steps in the SDLC
Be able to provide examples of digital innovation and the disruptive power of the Internet

Topics and Required Reading
3.2. Systems management

3.2.1. Business analysis, requirements, and systems acquisition
Build vs. Buy: How to Know When You Should Build Custom Software Over Canned Solutions

3.2.2. Developing systems: programming, testing, and deployment
Wikipedia: Systems Development Lifecycle

3.3. Digital Business Innovation
What We Know, Now, About the Internet’s Disruptive Power
CEA’s 5 Tech Trends for 2015: From Big Entertainment to Small Business
Hidden in the long tail
Leagues see real benefits in daily fantasy sports

Required Viewing found here
Compliance Issues
Disruptive Innovation
The Long Tail

 9 10/25 & 10/27 Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #1 – Assess week 6-9 learning objectives

Learn IT! #3
Due 10/28



10 11/1 & 11/3 Supply Chain Management Systems (4.1)

Learning Outcomes
Be able to explain the basic capabilities and benefits of supply chain management systems

Topics and Required Reading
4.1. Supply Chain Management Systems
Supply chain management
Supply Chain Management Definition and Solutions
Integrated Planning – Optimization for the entire internal supply chain
Just-in-Time Manufacturing
Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI): What is it and When Does It Make Sense to Use It
What is RFID?

Required Viewing found here
What is SCM?
Just In Time
Vendor Managed Inventory

 11 11/8 & 11/10 Customer Relationship Management Systems (4.2)

Learning Outcomes
Be able to explain the basic capabilties and benefits of customer relationship management systems

Topics and Required Reading
4.2 Customer Relationship Management Systems
Why does my business need a CRM system?
Choosing a CRM Software: 2015 Buyer’s Guide
18 Surprising CRM Statistics
CRM dashboard
CRM & ERP – What’s the difference?
Key differences between CRM & ERP:

Required Viewing found here
What is CRM?
Benefits of CRM

Learn IT! #4
Due 11/21


12 11/15 & 11/17 Platforms and Cloud Computing (5.1 & 5.2)

Learning Outcomes
Be able to explain what a platform is and the provide examples of business models that leverage platforms.
Be able to explain cloud computing and the benefits it can offer an organization

Topics and Required Reading
5.1 Platforms
What is a Platform?
Business Model Analysis, Part 2: Platforms and Network Effects
What Makes Uber Different from Android? How to Make Sense of Platform Businesses
Zynga tries to reinvent itself with a new smartphone strategy game

5.2 Cloud Computing
How to Choose Your Cloud Service Provider
Cloud Computing 101
Cloud failures will happen. Are you ready?

Required Viewing found here
What is a platform?
What Are Network Effects
Cloud Computing
Iaas, Paas, SaaS, etc.

 Fall Break from 11/21 to 11/25
13 11/29 & 12/1 Artificial Intelligence (6.1)

Learning Outcomes
Be able to explain what artificial intelligence (AI) is.
Provide examples of how AI can create value for organizations.

Topics and Required Reading
6.1. Artificial Intelligence
The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence
The Blue Brain Project EPFL
Bill Gates Says You Should Worry About Artificial Intelligence
Turing test
What is AGI?
What is Watson?

Required Viewing found here
Three Type of AI: ANI, AGI and ASI
AIG Tests

Learn IT! #5
Due 12/1
14 12/6 & 12/8 Prepare for Final Exam

Final Exam Preparation

Final Exam – Assess week 1-14 learning objectives. Final exam is cumulative. 

 Study Days 12/13-12/14

Final Exam 12/20
8:00 AM
In our regular scheduled classroom. 


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