Management Information Systems

Last taught Fall 2007
CIS352-02,  Monday/Wednesday at 2:00p-3:20p in Alger 109

Instructor: Richard W. Evans
Voice 401-946-6900 (9:00a - 6:00p)
Campus Office: Alger 229, phone 401-456-9592

Messages can be left at the voice number. If you get my voice mail, please leave your message or question. I will be available before class in the classroom to answer questions or lend assistance. In case of bad weather call 456.9500 for a recorded message.


Using MIS
David M Kroenke
Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0-536-26570-4 2006

Course Overview:

In today's business environment, information systems play a critical role in almost every organization. Information systems not only perform routine functions in organizations, but increasingly often they are critical to the organization's achievement of its strategic long term goals. It is therefore essential that managers, professionals, and those serving in many other capacities be fluent in the language of information systems and understand the role that information systems play in organizations. In order to be most effective, mangers, professionals, and others must also understand how information systems are designed, constructed, implemented, and managed. This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of these issues. Class meetings will consist of lectures and discussions of textbook material, videos, and assignments in the classroom.

Completion of CIS 251-- Computers in Management (or its equivalent). Assignments in this course assume that you have a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the Internet and the use of email.

Course Format:
Expect a lecture on new material each session following the textbook as outlined in the calendar below. Since assignments and quizzes must be completed outside of the regular weekly class, students should expect to spend from four to eight hours per week using the computer labs or their own equipment at home. This includes the time needed for study, reading and review of the text and review of notes taken during class.

All class material will be available through WebCT (a course management system) at Rhode Island College. The focus will be on current technology to deliver this material. WebCT will be extensively used to deliver course materials, distribute and collect assignments, and administer exams. 

It is not my intention to familiarize you with the software products you may use during the course. Prior experience is assumed for those applications. I will however introduce you to WebCT and begin the semester with a brief orientation on the use of it. I assume that you are familiar with the Windows operating system and the management of files. It is also assumed that you know how to access the Internet and have a familiarity with email. 

Once again, all assignments will be found on the Internet through your WebCT access. You are expected to be able to print these assignments as needed. 

All classes will be held in Alger. Computer Labs in other buildings are available to you outside of class for you to complete homework assignments. You are expected to use Microsoft Office 2003 or Office 2007 for all assignments. You may purchase a copy of either Office 2003 or Office 2007 from the College Bookstore for your use at home.

Due to time limitations, only selected portions of the material in the text will be reviewed in class. However, assignments, quizzes, and/or exams may include other material from the text. It is therefore essential that you complete all assigned reading. Note: you do not need to complete the assignments at the end of each chapter unless specifically instructed to do so. However, I recommend that you review the questions at the end of each chapter to ensure your comprehension of the material.

Assignments will typically consist of descriptions of business problems which you will be expected to solve by performing research on the stated topic and summarizing the results thereof, and your conclusion, in the form of a written memorandum and, in some instances, using spreadsheet software. Certain assignments will require the use of word processing or spreadsheet software to create charts (e.g., flowcharts, and PERT and Gantt charts) and the use of presentation software.

Writing Requirement
The School of Management is committed to the enhancement of writing skills as a means to equip its business graduates. Therefore, a graded writing assignment is required for each course offered by the School. Expect to be graded on grammar and spelling on all work. Points may be taken off for each spelling/grammatical error.

You will be expected to access the WebCT Course Management System at RIC. Lectures will be posted on the WebCT site after each lecture is given. Exams, quizzes, and assignments will be found on WebCT. An FAQ page and a number of White Papers will answer many of your questions about the course and using WebCT. You are expected to check into WebCT daily to retrieve emails and access the information I will make available to you. The following links may be useful to get to know WebCT:

Technical Requirements 
Logging in Issues 

The Student Toolbox is a great source of WebCT material and other information about technology and other RIC information.

To use WebCT, be sure to have pop-up blockers turned off. The browser you use is important and IE6, IE7, and Firefox work well. There is an option on WebCT to check your browser for compatibility and I suggest you do the check before using it.

The URL to access WebCT can be found directly at

Grading Policy:
I plan to assign a number of homework and in class lab assignments which will be considered in your grade. Each carries a weight of 100 points. Additional homework and extra credit work may be assigned and will be averaged in to the overall homework grade. The homework grade average cannot exceed 100 points.

Although I will take points off for spelling errors and poor grammar on all assignments, one of the assignments will be a graded writing assignment. I will notify you in the assignment and expect you to pay much more attention to the content of your work. More points will be deducted for spelling and grammar issues in this assignment. If you have difficulty in this area, I suggest having someone else proofread your work before handing it in.

All assignments are due before class on the due date. Turing in an assignment during class may result in an automatic zero. If a late submission date is assigned to an assignment, it is due at 11:00 pm on that date. In general, any assignment will either be done correctly or not (100 or 0 points). However, the following might occur for the reasons given.
Deduct up to 5 points for each mistake made, including spelling, grammar, etc.  If the assignment is passed in after the beginning of class, even though the same day, it is considered as late. Late assignments will receive a maximum of 70 points if turned in no later than the late date listed on the assignment. Work received after the late date will receive a grade of 0.  Of course, failure to turn in an assignment will produce a 0. I may elect to return an assignment to you with a RESUBMIT or FIX request. I expect you to correct the problems and return the assignment as an email attachment by 11:00 pm on the requested date for an increased grade, otherwise your grade on the assignment will be as given. If I have not requested you fix the assignment you will not be re-graded even if you do so on your own. Usually a grade of 90 or better will not result in a fix request. Failure to show up at class because you are working on your assignment in the Lab or working on and submitting during class will result in a 0 for the assignment -- easily determined by the time you submit your work.

All grades are posted weekly on WebCT. This will be explained in class.  

In addition to the homework assignments, there will be quizzes to take through WebCT for each chapter in the book. These will count for 15% of your grade. Many of the exam questions are taken from the quiz questions, so taking the quizzes is a good review for the exams.

There will be three exams given, each with a value of 100 points. Relative to missed exams, my make-up policy is that you may make-up only one exam; and the arrangements for that make-up must be made no later than the next class meeting. The last exam cannot be made up.

The workshop projects, which will be done in groups, will count for 30% of your final grade.










WebCT Quizzes
































The grade of A is awarded to those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in all regular assignments and have participated in class and in any extra credit assignments that may be handed out. 

Class Participation:
Participation is expected in each class, therefore your attendance in each class is expected. If you do not make a particular class, you are expected to email me and let me know your plans for acquiring the notes, handouts, and assignments for the next week. Each absence that is not excused by receipt of an email note from you may affect your final grade.

Late Registrations:
New students will be accepted into the class up to the final add date if there is room in the class. However, all work assigned since the first class period is due when due. Exceptions will not be made for late arrivals. Any quizzes or exams given during the missed classes may not be made up. The responsibility is on the student to find out what was missed and catch up by getting the lecture material from anther student or from files that might be posted on the school computers.

Requests to withdraw from this class after the drop period has ended will not be granted.

Anticipated Schedule:

Week of Description
9/3 Introduction to MIS and WebCT
9/10 Chapter 1: MIS and You
9/17 Chapter 2: Purposes of Information Systems
9/24 Chapter 3: Hardware and Software
10/1 Chapter 4: Database Processing
10/8 Exam 1 Chapters 1-4
10/15 Chapter 5: Data Communications and Internet Technology
10/22 Chapter 6: Systems Development
10/29 Chapter 7: Information Systems Within Organizations
11/5 Exam 2 Chapters 1-7 with emphasis on 5-7
11/12 Chapter 8: E-commerce and Supply Chain Systems
11/19 Chapter 9: Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
11/26 Chapter 10: Information Systems Management
12/3 Chapter 11: Information Security Management
12/10 Exam 3 Chapters 1-11 with emphasis on 8-11

At least one class session each week will consist of a lecture. The other session will be a workshop with assigned work. Participation is required in both the lecture and workshop portions each week.

Classes begin Wednesday, September 5th and ends Wednesday, December 12th

Columbus Day: October 8
Thanksgiving: November 22-23