MIS 2901.001 – Mart Doyle – Fall 2015


Week Unit Learning Outcomes, Topics & Required Reading Due
Week 1
8/25, 8/27
Intro (1.1) Learning Outcomes
Class Introduction
Define IT, IS, MIS
Contrast IT needs of start-ups vs. global firms
Describe role of systems in business career

Topics and Required Reading
1.1. The modern organization is a system and set of processes

1.1.1. What is IT, IS, and MIS?
What is MIS? (read page contents and watch embedded videos)
Difference Between Information Systems and Information Technology
Information System: Strategic Use of IT

1.1.2. Evolution of organizational systems from start-up to global enterprise
Startup versus corporate: Which environment is right for you?
11 Things to Consider Before Going to Work for a Startup

Week 2
9/1, 9/3
Intro (1.2 and 1.3) Learning Outcomes
Evaluate organizational systems from ethical perspective
Name components of systems architecture

Topics and Required Reading
1.2 What’s in it for you?

1.2.1. Systems and your career in business
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers.
Wikipedia, Business Analyst
Wikipedia, Systems Analyst

1.2.2. Your digital identity
Online Identity Overview, by the Internet Society
Manage Your Digital Identity

1.3. Ethics of analysis and use of systems, data, and information
Ethical Systems in Electronic Information Systems
12 ethical dilemmas gnawing at developers today

Week 3
9/8, 9/10
Systems analysis (2.1) Learning Outcomes
Prepare a swim lane diagram for a multi-step process
Prepare a simple entity relationship diagram

Topics and Required Reading
2.1. Analyzing organizations as systems and processes
Wikipedia, Systems Analysis.
What is Systems Architecture?

2.1.1. Process decomposition: swim lane diagrams
Need to Document How Work Happens? Map The Process
An Introduction to Swimlane Diagrams

2.1.2. Data modeling: entity relationship diagrams
Nishadha. Ultimate Guide to ER Diagrams
An Entity Relationship Diagram Example

Learn IT! #1
Due 9/10
Week 4
9/15, 9/17
Systems analysis (2.2)

Learning Outcomes
Interpret a conceptual architecture diagram
Recognize and categorize examples of legacy, contemporary, and future IS

Topics and Required Reading
2.2. Systems architecture: devices, network, data, apps

2.2.1. Visualizing architecture: conceptual diagramming
Conceptual Architecture
Investigative Architecture: The Conceptual Diagram

2.2.2. Examples of legacy, contemporary, and future information systems
Healthcare Information Systems: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future
Investigating The Life Cycle Of Legacy Systems Migration

Weeks 5 & 6
9/22, 9/24, 9/29, 10/1
Organizational Systems (3.)

Midterm Exam #1 – 9/22 – Assess week 1-4 learning objectives

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. Running the business: enterprise systems (ERP)
What Is ERP?
Wikipedia: ERP
Oracle lands $100M ERP project covering 34 colleges
9 Tips for Selecting and Implementing an ERP System

Learn IT! #2
Due 9/24

Learn IT! #4 – Data Analytics Challenge starts.  Register for event. 10/1

Week 7
10/6, 10/8
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. Managing the business: decision-making (analytics, BI, dashboards)
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. Growing the business: knowledge management, R&D, and social business
Wikipedia: Knowledge Management
Introduction to communities of practice
Everything You Need to Know About Open Innovation

Week 8
10/13, 10/15
Organizational Systems (3.2)

Topics and Required Reading
3.2. Systems management

3.2.1. Business analysis, requirements, and systems acquisition
Guideline: Requirements Gathering Techniques
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
6 Software Development Lessons From Healthcare.gov’s Failed Launch

3.2.3. Systems integration: standards, interoperability, and external collaboration
Wikipedia: Systems Integration
The Importance of Information Technology Standards

3.2.4. Managing risk: security, hackers, and privacy
10 IT security risks that small businesses can’t afford to ignore
Cybercrime Part one
Cybercrime Part two
Cybercrime Part three
Cybercrime Part four

Week 9
10/20, 10/22
Organizational Systems (3.3)

Learning Outcomes
Differentiate between hard and soft costs and benefits to dissect IT balance sheet impacts
Judge how building information systems differs from building physical goods

Topics and Required Reading
3.3. Digital business innovation
What We Know, Now, About the Internet’s Disruptive Power
McDonald’s and the Challenges of a Modern Supply Chain
Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

3.3.1. Generating IT value
Justifying IT projects
Calculating the Value of an IT Investment
Measuring the value of open hardware design

3.3.2. Competitive advantage of digital business models
IT Execs Share Experiences With Google for Work
There’s an app for that
8 Ways to Create a Successful Multichannel Customer Experience

Learn IT! #3
Due 10/22
Week 10
10/27, 10/29
Consumer Systems (4.)

Midterm Exam #2 – Cumulative: apply techniques from weeks 3-4 in assessing week 5-8 learning objectives

Learning Outcomes
Prepare conceptual architecture diagram for gaming and entertainment systems

Topics and Required Reading
4.1. Types of consumer systems4.1.1. Gaming and entertainment (e.g., Xbox, fantasy leagues, Roku)
Five Mind-Blowing New Gaming Technologies Coming Soon
Streaming Media Players: An Overview
Leagues see real benefits in daily fantasy sports

4.1.2. Mobile (Smartphones)
Google Just Fixed One of Wi-Fi’s Biggest Annoyances
Google: IoT Can Help The Disabled
iPhone Will Sport ‘Force Touch’ Tech Later This Year
Apple is cracking down on antivirus apps

 Learn IT! #4 – Due 10/30
Week 11
11/3, 11/5
Consumer Systems (4.1)

Learning Outcomes
Evaluate consumer IT usability based on multiple stakeholder perspectives
Analyze architecture of a device-based fitness tracker

Topics and Required Reading
4.1.3. Devices and wearables (e.g., Fitbit, Apple Watch)
President Obama was spotted wearing a Fitbit Surge
Apple’s Mojo: Can It Get People to Wear Smart Watches?
Apple Watch Will Impact 5 Big Trends
Here’s What Shopping With Apple Watch Will Look Like
Oral-B Toothbrush App Shows Weather and News While You Clean

Week 12
11/10, 11/12
Consumer Systems (4.2)

Learning Outcomes
Calculate and compare relative value of two social networks
Chart a long tail distribution
Identify network effects of popular consumer systems
Identify positive and negative platform network effects

Topics and Required Reading
4.2. The power of consumer systems
How consumer technology is remaking the workplace
How music labels are trying to kill off Spotify’s unlimited free streaming
Yelp’s Review Filter Explained
Think Yelp is Unbiased? Think Again!
Hidden in the long tail

4.2.1. Social networks: the multiplicative value of networks
Facebook Benefits & Risks
How You Can Benefit From LinkedIn Becoming a Professional Publishing Platform
Is Social Media Actually Helping Your Company’s Bottom Line?
Marketing Hourglass – Beyond The Funnel
The Two Types of Social Media Engagement

4.2.2. Platforms: the generative power of two-sided network effects
What is a Platform?
Strategies for Two-Sided Markets
How to Launch Your Digital Platform
Lyft says its drivers can make $35 an hour. I spent a week driving to see if that’s true

Week 13
11/17, 11/19
Consumer Systems (4.3)

Learning Outcomes
Name three tools to build a digital identity
Discriminate between phishing and legitimate emails
Illustrate how to secure your personal information online
State reasons to actively manage your digital identity

Topics and Required Reading
4.3. New innovations: future trends in consumer systems
Darwin’s Lessons for Consumer Technology
2015 edition of CEA’s 5 Technology Trends to Watch

4.3.1. Impact on individuals: Digital identity management
LinkedIn Phishing Emails – How to distinguish between a Phish and a Legitimate Email
Phishing scam targets Apple users
‘This is my Instagram:’ Self-editing, fear keep kids glued to social media
Is Shame Necessary? How About Public Shaming?
Consumer Identity Management systems step up where traditional ID systems fall down

Learn IT! #5
Due 11/19
Week 14
12/1, 12/3
Consumer Systems (4.3)

Topics and Required Reading
4.3.2. Impact on organizations (innovation) and society (revolution)
Vernor Vinge on the Singularity
Paul Allen: The Singularity Isn’t Near
Is The Twitter Revolution Dead?
Hashtag election: Will it be Twitter wot won it?

Exam Review


Cumulative Final Exam – Assess week 1-14 learning objectives.

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