MIS 2101.401 – Jonathan Latko – Fall 2017


Week Date Unit  Learning Outcomes, Topics & Required Reading Prior to Class Date HOMEWORK Due
Week 1

August 31st

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

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

 Print Course Packet to bring to class
Week 2   

September 7th

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

 Start Learn IT #1

Week 3 


September 14th

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 Sept 17th (End of the Day)
Week 4  

September 21st

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 Pre-Lab Due Sept 24th (End of the Day)
Week 5  

September 28th

Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

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

Week 6  

October 5th

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 Lab 1a & 1b   Due Oct 8th (End of the Day)
Week 7  

October 12th

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

Week 8  

October 19th

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

 Max Lab 2a & 2b Due Oct 22nd (End of the Day)
Week 9  

October 26th

Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #2 – Assess week 6-8 learning objectives

Week 10  

November 2nd

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

Week 11  

November 9th 

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
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

 Max Lab 3a & 3b Due Nov 12th  (End of the Day)
Week 12  

November 16th

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
Airbnb and the unstoppable rise of the share economy

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

  Learn IT#2
Due Nov 19th (End of the Day)
Week 13  

November 30th

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
Benefits and risks of artificial intelligence
Bill Gates Says You Should Worry About Artificial Intelligence
What is AGI?
What is Watson?

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

Week 14  

December 7th 

Prepare for Final Exam

Exam #3 Preparation

Exam #3  – Assess week 10-13 learning objectives.  


 Final Exam Period Dec 14th 6pm