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BUS 5460 Management Information Systems

Course Description

Addresses policy and management issues surrounding information systems in today's enterprises: strategic use, organizational impact, project management, human resource issues and other topics germane to understanding management information systems.

Week 1

Lecture: Course Introduction
Lecture: What's New in Management Information Systems


  • Define information systems and their impact on an organization
  • Explain the concept of information systems and globalization
  • Define business processes and relationships to information systems
  • Know how enterprise applications, collaboration/communication systems, and intranets improve organizational performance
  • Explain the differences among e-business, e-commerce, and e-government

Week 2

Lecture: Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems


  • Identify features of an organization in building and using information systems
  • Understand Porter’s competitive forces model in competitive strategies using information systems
  • Explain how value chain and value web models help organizations identify opportunities for strategic information system applications
  • Explain how information systems help organizations use synergies, core competencies, and network-based strategies to achieve competitive advantage
  • Identify ethical, social and political issues raised by information systems
  • Explain why information systems technology and the Internet pose challenges for protecting individual privacy and intellectual property

Week 3

Lecture: Database Technology


  • Explain an IT infrastructure and its components
  • Discuss the stages and technology drivers of IT infrastructure evolution
  • Identify current trends in computer hardware and software platforms
  • Understand the challenges of managing IT infrastructure and management solutions
  • Identify the benefits of using a database management system (DBMS) over traditional file systems
  • List the major capabilities of a DBMS
  • Discuss the principles of database design
  • Recognize tools and technologies for accessing information to improve business performance and decision-making
  • Communicate the importance of information policy, data administration, and data quality assurance in managing an organization's data

Week 4


  • Identify the principal components of telecommunications networks and key networking technologies
  • Discuss the main telecommunications transmission media and types of networks
  • Identify Internet technologies and their support communication and e-business
  • Identify principal technologies and standards for wireless networking, communication, and Internet access
  • Explain why radio frequency identification (RFID) and wireless sensor networks are valuable for business

Week 5

Lecture: Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy
Lecture: Interview: Privacy and Security Issues
Lecture: Privacy and Security Issues – A University Perspective


  • Explain why information systems are vulnerable to destruction, error and abuse
  • Identify the business value of security and control
  • Identify components of an organizational framework for security and control
  • Know tools and technologies for safeguarding information resources
  • Understand how enterprise systems help businesses achieve operational excellence
  • Explain how supply chain management systems coordinate planning, production and logistics with suppliers
  • Explain how customer relationship management systems help firms achieve customer intimacy

Week 6

Lecture: E-Commerce Digital Markets and Digital Goods
Lecture: Interview: Collaborative Technology


  • Identify the unique features of e-commerce, digital markets and digital goods
  • Explain how Internet technology changed business models
  • List the types of e-commerce
  • Discuss how e-commerce changed consumer retailing and business-to-business transactions
  • Explain the role of e-commerce in business
  • Explain the role of knowledge management and knowledge management programs in business
  • Identify types of systems used for enterprise-wide knowledge management.
  • Discuss the major types of knowledge work systems
  • Explain the business benefits of using intelligent techniques for knowledge management

Week 7

Lecture: Enhancing Decision-Making
Lecture: Interview: Building Information Systems


  • Discuss how information systems support management decision making
  • Explain how decision-support systems differ from management information systems
  • Discuss how executive support systems help senior managers make better decisions
  • Identify how building new systems produce organizational change
  • Identify core activities in the systems development process
  • Detail the principal methodologies for modeling and designing systems
  • Explain new approaches for system-building in the digital firm era

Week 8


  • Identify the major factors that are driving the internationalization of business
  • Explain alternative strategies for developing global businesses
  • Identify how information systems support different global business strategies
  • Discuss the challenges and solutions posed by global information systems
  • Identify technical issues when developing international information systems

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course. January 2012