Course: MIS 525 Title of Course: Computer and Information Systems


Instructor: Edward Williams Term: Fall 2002


Office Hours: Just before and after class, and by appointment


Office: 2330 EC Class time and place: Thursday, 6:00PM 9PM, 1205 SOM



Departmental Office: 313-583-5336

Fax: 313-593-5636

Instructor's day phone 313-441-4460 x1031


E-Mail Address:


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:


The University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to register with Disability Resource Services every semester they are taking classes. DRS is located in Counseling and Support Services, 1051 CASL Annex. To be assured of having services when they are needed in Fall Term 2002, students should register no later than three weeks after the first day of classes.



Course Description:


This course provides an overview of information systems in the business world. It presents an organizational view of how to use information technology to create competitive firms, manage global organizations, and provide useful products and services to customers. Topics include hardware, software, databases, telecommunication systems, the strategic use of information systems, the development of information systems, and social and ethical issues involved with information systems.


Prerequisites: Graduate standing and the computer applications admission prerequisite.


Course Objectives:


1)       Understand how organizations use information systems.

2)       Be familiar with the basic theories, concepts, methods, and terminology used in information systems.

3)       Be acquainted with the kinds of information systems used in organizations.

4)       Be able to distinguish between different types of information systems.

5)       Be able to describe how information systems are used strategically and tactically in business.

6)       Be able to describe the typical hardware, software, data, and telecommunications used in information systems.

7)       Be able to comprehend and construct entity-relationship diagrams and data flow diagrams.

8)       Be able to conduct an ethical analysis of an information systems issue and take responsible action.


Required Text:


Laudon, Kenneth C., and Jane P. Laudon. 2002. Management Information Systems: Organization and Technology in the Networked Enterprise, 7th edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Incorporated.


Recommended References:


Martin, E. Wainright, Carol V. Brown, Daniel W. DeHayes, Jeffrey A. Hoffer, and William C. Perkins. 1999. Managing Information Technology: What Managers Need To Know, 3rd edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Incorporated.

McNurlin, Barbara C., and Ralph H. Sprague, Jr. 2001. Information Systems Management in Practice, 5th edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Incorporated.

Turban, Efraim, Ephraim McLean, and James Wetherbe. 1999. Information Technology for Management. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons.


For availability of these and other materials at the campus bookstore, see their web site.


Student Evaluation:


Midterm Examination (24 October) 25%

Final Examination (12 December) 30%

Case Study Report 25% Specifications

Homework Assignments 15%

Class Participation 5%


Grades will be computed to a scale of 1000. For example, suppose the first examination contains questions totaling 50 points. Its percentage weight of 1000 is 250, so your score would be multiplied by 5. If the first examination contains questions totaling 100 points, your score on it would be multiplied by 2.5.


Notes and Comments:


Violations of academic standards of ethics will result in a grade of zero for the assignment in question.

Late work will be penalized proportionate to the length of delay (documented extenuating circumstances excepted).

Examination questions will be essay (no true-false, no multiple-choice, no fill-in-the-blank).

If an examination is canceled for any reason (e.g., snowstorm closing campus), assume the examination will be given the following week.


Course Schedule:


Organizational Foundations of Information Systems


Chapter Number


Managing the digital firm


homework question

Information systems in the enterprise


homework question

Information systems, organizations, management, and strategy


homework question

Digital firm: Electronic commerce and electronic business


homework question


Technical Foundations of Information Systems


Chapter Number


Managing hardware assets


homework question

Managing software assets


homework question

Managing data resources


homework question

Telecommunications and networks


homework question

The Internet and the new information technology infrastructure


homework question


Building Information Systems


Chapter Number


Redesigning the organization with information systems


homework question

Understanding the business value of systems and managing change


homework question



Management and Organizational Support Systems


Chapter Number


Managing knowledge: Knowledge work and artificial intelligence


homework question

Enhancing management decision making


homework question



Managing Contemporary Information Systems


Chapter Number


Information systems security and control


homework question

Ethical and social impact of information systems


homework question

Managing international information systems


homework question

Recapitulation and review


turn in case study