MIS 2901.001 – Mart Doyle – Spring 2016


Week Unit  Learning Outcomes, Topics & Required Reading Due
1/11, 1/13, 1/15 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
What is MIS? (read page contents and watch embedded videos)
Difference between IS, CS, and IT
Information Systems vs. Information Technology
Strategic Uses of IT in Business

1.2. Evolution of organizational systems from start-up to global enterprise
10 Differences Between Working for a Startup vs. Corporation
11 Things to Consider Before Going to Work for a Startup

1/20, 1/22, 1/25 Intro (1.2 and 1.3)

Learning Outcomes
Understand the opportunities for utilizing IT skills in a business career
Understand the challenges related to IT and ethics
Learn how to manage your digital identity

Topics and Required Reading
1.2 What’s in it for you?
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers.

1.2.1. Systems and your career in business
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
5 Ethical Challenges of Information Technology
12 ethical dilemmas gnawing at developers today

1/27, 1/29, 2/1 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
Systems architecture
Systems Architecture Fundamentals – Conceptual, Logical, Physical Designs

2.1.1. Process decomposition: swimlane diagrams
A Guide to Process Mapping
An Introduction to Swimlane Diagrams

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

Learn IT! #1
Due 2/1
2/3, 2/5, 2/8 Systems analysis (2.2)

Learning Outcomes
Interpret a conceptual architecture diagram
Understand the basics of how the Internet works

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

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

2.2.2. How the Internet works
How does the internet work? – James May’s Q&A
There and Back Again: A Packet’s Tale – How does the Internet work?
How the Internet Works

2/10, 2/12, 2/15 Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #1 2/15 – Assess week 1-4 learning objectives

Mini-Case #1 Due 2/15
2/17, 2/19, 2/22 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. Running the business: enterprise systems (ERP)
What Is ERP?
Wikipedia: ERP
Putting the Enterprise into the Enterprise System
9 Tips for Selecting and Implementing an ERP System

Learn IT! #2
Due 2/22
2/24, 2/26, 3/7 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
What is KM? Knowledge Management Explained
Everything You Need to Know About Open Innovation

3/9, 3/11, 3/14 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

3/16, 3/18, 3/21 Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #2 3/21 – Assess week 6-9 learning objectives

Learn IT! #3
Due 3/16

Mini-Case #2 Due 3/21

3/23, 3/25, 3/28 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?

3/30, 4/1, 4/4 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:

Learn IT! #4
Due 4/4
4/6, 4/8, 4/11 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?

4/13, 4/15, 4/18 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?

Learn IT! #5
Due 4/18
4/20, 4/22, 4/25 Prepare for Final Exam

Final Exam Preparation

Final exam during “finals week” – Assess week 10-13 learning objectives.  See schedule published by the university for date and time of final exam.

Mini-case #3 Due 4/25

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

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