MIS 2901.002 – Amy Lavin – Spring 2018


Week Date Unit  Learning Outcomes, Topics & Required Reading Due
Week 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
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

Week 2   




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


Week 3 





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

Week 4  




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 2/12
Week 5  




Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #1 – 2/19/18 – Assess week 1-4 learning objectives

Exam #1 and Honor Mini-Case #1 Due 2/19
Week 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
What is ERP?
ERP Challenges and Benefits

Honors Extra Credit Round 1
Each team of two must search the Internet for an engaging article that focuses on ERP systems, decision support systems, knowledge management systems, the SDLC or digital business innovation.

Learn IT#1
Due 2/26


Week 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. 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

Honors Extra Credit Round 1
Working in small groups we will identify the best two articles within the class.

Week 8  




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

Honors Extra Credit Round 1
Presentations on the best two articles from round 1

Max Lab 1a & 1b   Due 3/19

11:59 PM

Week 9  




Midterm Exam

Midterm Preparation

Midterm Exam #2 -3/26/18 – Assess week 6-8 learning objectives

 Exam #2 and Honor Mini-Case #2 Due 3/26/18
Week 10  




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 Lab 2a & 2b Due 4/2

11:59 PM

Week 11  




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

Honors Extra Credit Round 2
Each team of two must search the Internet for an engaging article that focuses on SCM systems, CRM systems, platforms, cloud computing or artificial intelligence.

Week 12  




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

Honors Extra Credit Round 2
Working in small groups we will identify the best two articles within the class.

Max Lab 3a & 3b Due 4/16

11:59 PM

Week 13  




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

Honors Extra Credit Round 2
Presentations on the best two articles from round 2

Week 14  




Prepare for Final Exam

Exam #3 Preparation

Exam #3 during “finals week” – Assess week 10-13 learning objectives.  See schedule published by the university for date and time of final exam.

Exam 3 – Monday, May 7 at 8AM

Honors Mini Case 3 – Due May 8 @ 11:59PM in OWLbox

Extra Credit (optional) Due May 2 @ 11:59PM – emailed to Lavin – subject line MIS2901 Extra Credit

Learn IT#2
Due 4/30

11:59 PM