MIS 2101.004 – Adam Alalouf – Spring 2017


Week Unit  Learning Outcomes, Topics & Required Reading Notes & What is Due

Week 1

T 1/17

Class Capture 1/17

Th 1/19

Class Capture 1/19

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
Information Systems vs. Information Technology
AIS Information Systems Job Index
Wikipedia, Business Analyst
Wikipedia, Systems Analyst

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

Nothing is due this week. Most of these articles are very broad and talk about what MIS is as a discipline and a profession. It should only take about an hour to complete these.  

Week 2

T 1/24

Class Capture 1/24

Th 1/26

Class Capture 1/26

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
Wikipedia, 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
Systems Analysis and Systems Architecture
Process Mapping with Swimlane Diagrams

Nothing is due this week. The readings here are an introduction to some core concepts in MIS, like systems architecture,  systems analysis, types of design. We also introduce a fundamental concept in 2101, the swim lane diagram. 

Week 3

T 1/31

Class Capture 1/31 

Th 2/2

Class Capture 2/2

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
Ultimate Guide to ER Diagrams
Entity Relationship Diagram Examples

Required Viewing
Data Modeling with ERDs

Learn IT! #1
Due 2/1 by midnight. 


The readings this week introduce you to a second fundamental concept in 2101, data modeling with Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD). 

Week 4

T 2/7

Th 2/9

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
Investigative Architecture: The Conceptual Diagram

Required Viewing
Conceptual Architecture Diagrams
Business Rules and Decision Trees

Max Labs 0 Due 2/8 at midnight. 

The readings this week introduce you to business rules and decision trees, which will compound your understanding of swim lane diagrams and business process analysis. 

Week 5

T 2/14

Class Capture 2/14

Th 2/16

Midterm Exam #1

Units 1 and 2

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #1 – Units 1 and 2 (weeks 1 through 4) 

Exam Review 2/14

Exam 2/16

Week 6

T 2/21

Class Capture 2/21

Th 2/23

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
What is ERP?
ERP Challenges and Benefits

Max Labs 1a & 1b Due 2/22 at midnight. 

The readings this week introduce you to a staple of the MIS profession: the ERP system (not to be confused with ERD). We will begin to look at what an ERP is and how organizations decide how to outfit their business with such a system. 

Week 7

T 2/28

Th 3/2

Class Capture 3/2

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
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

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

Nothing is due this week.

The readings this week cover a range of topics, from analytics to data marts and big data, and organizational knowledge management.

There is a lot of content so you will need to dedicate some time to complete all the readings and fully digest all of the topics. 

Please allot 2-4 hours for the readings this week. 

Week 8

T 3/7

Th 3/9

Class Capture 3/9

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
The 5 Tech Trends that will Dominate CES and 2017
Hidden in the long tail
Leagues see real benefits in daily fantasy sports

Required Viewing
Compliance Issues
Disruptive Innovation
The Long Tail

Nothing is due this week.

The readings will continue to explore topics in ERP systems, and will introduce the systems development life cycle (SDLC).

Also, we will start to cover concepts in disruption, technology trends, and other important concepts for business in the digital era.

There is quite a bit of content this week, so allot time accordingly. 

Spring Break!

Margaritas at Señor Tadpoles!

Woo hoo!

Week 9

T 3/21

Class Capture 3/21

Th 3/23

Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #2 – Unit 3 (weeks 5 through 8)

Exam Review 3/21

Exam 3/23 

Week 10

T 3/28

Class Capture 3/28

Th 3/30

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
Wikipedia, Supply chain management
Supply Chain Futurists Predict the Impact of Digital Transformation 
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
What is SCM?
Just In Time
Vendor Managed Inventory

Max Labs 2a & 2b Due 3/29 at midnight. 

SCM topics, SCM optimization, JIT, VMI, RFID. 

Thursday’s class is a bonus discussion on how to approach troubleshooting, and how to communicate effectively when using email (and also, why you shouldn’t use email as much). 

SOCA technique. 


Week 11

T 4/4

Class Capture 4/4

Th 4/6

Class Capture 4/6

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: A Buyer’s Guide
18 Surprising CRM Statistics
6 Examples Of How To Use CRM dashboards
CRM & ERP – What’s the difference?
Key differences between CRM & ERP:

Required Viewing
What is CRM?
Benefits of CRM


Week 12

T 4/11

Th 4/13

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

Required Viewing
What is a platform?
What Are Network Effects
Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Models

Max Labs 3a & 3b Due 4/12 at midnight 

Week 13

T 4/18

Class Capture 4/18

Th 4/20

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
Wikipedia, Turing test
What is AGI?
What is Watson?

Required Viewing
Three Type of AI: ANI, AGI and ASI
AIG Tests
IBM Watson


Week 14

T 4/25

Th 4/27

Final Exam

Prep & Review

Final Exam – units 4-6 (week 10-13)

Learn IT! #2
Due 4/28 at midnight

Final Exam Tuesday, May 9th, 8:00am. Alter 033 (regular room).


Leave a Reply