Course: MIS 310, Section 5                                Title of Course: Information Systems in Management


Instructor: Edward Williams                               Term: Summer 2005


Office Hours:        Just before class (and after class on Thursdays), and by appointment


Office:    B-14 FCS                                                Class time and place: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:10pm to 9:00pm, 150 FCS



Departmental Office:            313-593-5336

Fax:                                         313-271-9836

Instructor's day phone        313-441-4460 x1031


E-Mail Address:; the preferred method of contact, and checked daily except when I am attending a conference.  Questions explicitly pertinent to the course material and hence of likely interest to the entire class should be posted on the VLT web site Question Board).  More individual questions or issues (e.g., notifying me of a problem such as illness or bereavement) should be handled via electronic mail or a message to my daytime telephone number.


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, 2157 University Center.  To be assured of having services when they are needed, students should be registered. <signed Nancy Lehnert, M.A., Disability Resource Services Assistant, 313-593-5430>.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn maintains an "Inclement Weather Campus Closure Information Line" at 313-436-9157.  You may wish to call this number in case of severe storms, power outages, insurrection, epidemic, or other unpleasant (understatement!) events to see if the campus is open.

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.


Prerequisite: MIS 120 or equivalent college course(s).


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:


Stair, Ralph M., and George W. Reynolds.  2006.  Principles of Information Systems, 7th edition.  Boston, Massachusetts:  Course Technology.


Recommended References:


O’Brien, James A.  2004.  Management Information Systems:  Managing Information Technology in the E-Business Enterprise, 6th edition.  Boston, Massachusetts:  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Incorporated.

Jessup, Leonard, and Joseph Valacich.  2003.  Information Systems Today.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, Incorporated.

Applegate, Lynda M., Robert D. Austin, and F. Warren McFarlan.  2003.  Corporate Information Strategy and Management:  Text and Cases, 6th edition.  Boston, Massachusetts:  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Incorporated.


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


Professional Conduct:


All students are expected to conduct themselves professionally.  This means that behavior that would not be tolerated in a business meeting will not be tolerated in this classroom.  All students start the semester with a 100% for the professional conduct grade.  Points will be deducted for such behavior as walking out in the middle of class (emergency situations exempt), eating in class, irrelevant talking in class, any disruptive behavior, reading a newspaper in class, repeated tardies, etc.  Cellular telephones are, as a German would say, “Verboten,” or as a native speaker of Spanish would say, “Prohibido.”  Please turn off any cellular telephones before entering the classroom.  If you answer a cellular telephone during class, you will be asked to leave and not return during that class period and your professional conduct grade will be lowered significantly.


Student Evaluation:


Midterm Examination (26 July)                           25%

Final Examination (23 August)                           25%

Term Paper                                                            25%                        Specifications

Case Study                                                            10%                        (Specifications on VLT Site)

Personal Web Page (due 18 August)               10%                        (Specifications on VLT Site)

Class Participation and Professionalism            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.

Pertinent to written homework (the term paper and the case study), please refer to the departmental writing standards.

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 class period.


Course Schedule:


An Overview


Chapter Number

An introduction to information systems


Information systems in organizations



Information Technology Concepts


Chapter Number

Hardware:  input, processing, and output devices


Software:  systems and application software


Organizing data and information


Telecommunications and networks


The Internet, intranets, and extranets



Business Information Systems


Chapter Number

Electronic commerce


Transaction processing and Enterprise Resource Planning systems


Information and decision support systems


Specialized business information systems



Systems Development


Chapter Number

Systems investigation and analysis


Systems design, implementation, maintenance, and review



Information Systems in Business and Society


Chapter Number

Security, privacy, and ethical issues in information systems & Internet