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(5/18 – 6/12)- (MWF) 1:00-4:30PM in TBA Kalkin
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this course is to provide you with a fundamental understanding of business information systems (BIS) so that you can develop a competitive advantage with regard to your personal, workgroup, and enterprise uses of information technology (IT). The course is also designed to familiarize students with the basic conceptual issues underlying the use and design of management information systems (MIS) and the basic techniques to identify and assess the information system (IS) needs of professional managers. A large component of the course will focus on improving your business analysis skills including problem solving using business process diagramming techniques. You will also learn how to design and execute queries for typical business databases. Another goal of this course is to improve your personal technology literacy level. Join us this summer to find out what is BIS, MIS, IS, and IT and how you and/or your business can better compete with this knowledge. This could be the single most important course in your business program.
THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE: The summer section of BSAD 141 is typically quite small (7-15 students). This allows for far greater personal interaction than is typically available during the regular semester. The summer semester is also more concentrated (3 days a week @ 2.5hrs for 4 weeks). Generally, at each summer class meeting we cover about one week of regular course material. Another often cited advantage of the summer semester is that it allows students to focus on just one course for a short period of time rather than having to balance 4-5 courses simultaneously for a whole semester.
TEXTBOOK: Experiencing MIS, Kroenke, David, Prentice Hall Publishing, ISBN: 97801323377792007, 2008, available at the UVM Bookstore. One of the best information technology textbooks you will ever read.
Required Software for your personal laptop/tablet: Windows Vista and Office 2007. NOTE: For a small fee, BSAD majors may also purchase these software packages for their home computer. See Nicole Chittenden in 218B Kalkin Hall or John Ritter in 232 Kalkin for details. Required BSAD Email & Network Accounts: There is a BSAD local area network which connects each BSAD computer to the campus network, the instructor, and the public printers in Kalkin Hall. If you don't already have these BSAD accounts or if you cannot remember your password, they can be obtained free of charge from Nicole Chittenden in 218B Kalkin Hall.
SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: A LAPTOP/TABLET with the BSAD software package is REQUIRED for this class as per the university catalog. If you are a BSAD major, please bring you laptop/tablet with a network cable (wireless connections in class are very problematic) to the first day of class on Monday, May 18. If you are a BSAD minor, please bring your machine to 218 Kalkin Hall before class on Monday, May 18 to discuss with BSAD technologists whether or not you need to join the school's software licensing agreement. If you DON’T own a laptop or tablet computer, there are a few desktops PCs located at the front of the classroom. These machines are AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS. Please contact Nicole Chittenden (656.8327) or John Ritter (656.1003) to reserve one of these machines. Nonbusiness majors who are required to take the course will have priority usage of these machines. PRE-REQUISITES BSAD 40 is a pre-requisite for this class and it is assumed that students have mastered the basic computer proficiency material covered in that class.
Category In-class Quizzes Midterm Exam Final Comprehensive Final Exam Total Percentage 30% 30% 40% 100%
ATTENDANCE: Class attendance is strongly encouraged. You are responsible for all material and announcements discussed during class. If you miss class, you should get notes or material from a classmate The schedule of activities for the course will be available online along with an agenda for each class period. You can also print out my lecture notes and take notes directly on the paper, or use your laptop to take notes electronically. The schedule summarizes what we did in class and has links to all reading and notes. If you miss class, refer to the schedule to see what you missed. Since this class consists of in-class demos, in-class assignments, and in-class pop-quizzes, you are advised to attend every class and PLEASE BE ON TIME. HOMEWORK: I will NOT collect or grade HW assignments. I will post optional HW assignments and the solutions. You are responsible for understanding the HW assignments so don’t hesitate to ask questions. The ability to complete and understand the HW in a timely manner will be critical for the quizzes and tests. I suggest all students spend time working all HW assignments, go over the solutions, and then ask me if you have any questions or need clarification. I will go over most of the assignments in class. For others, I will simply post the solutions. I am happy to answer questions about the assignments and encourage all students to do each assignment. EXAMS: There will be a 2-hour midterm exam during class about half-way through the course. The final comprehensive exam will be during regular class time on the last day of class from 2:30-4:3PM. QUIZZES: Quizzes are designed to a) provide feedback on your understanding of the course material, b) reward those that attend class. There will most likely be a quiz everyday. THERE ARE NO MAKEUP QUIZZES for any reason. You are either there and take the quiz, or you are not there and receive a zero on the quiz. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. I understand people miss classes for a variety of reasons. Even if you have a reasonable excuse (family emergency, job interview, religious holiday, always game, flu, etc), you will not be allowed to take a makeup quiz. The two drop quiz policy is designed to cover any missed classes where a quiz is given. You may drop TWO quiz grades. Quizzes may or may not be scheduled. Some will be pop-quizzes, while I may alert you about others. You should count on one quiz each class. Depending on the day’s lecture and what we are doing, quizzes may be held at different times, be of different lengths, or even be presented in different formats. Most quizzes are going to be of the 10 question multiple choice variety. These will be taken using your laptop. You will typically have about 8 minutes per quiz. RESEARCH PROJECT: This class is part of a research project related to Tablet PC usage in the classroom. The project is sponsored via a grant from Microsoft. http://www.bsad.uvm.edu/Features/MicrosoftGrant.htm.
Participation in the project is purely voluntary. Application / activity logging software may be installed on the laptops of participating students and used during class meeting times. No sensitive information such as SSNs will be captured during this project. I am happy to discuss the project in more detail with individual students. What we will be doing:
The software, produced by SoftActivity, is described in http://www.softactivity.com/spy-software.asp. At the beginning of class, students will turn the application on. I will then remind students to turn the application off at the end of class. No activity logs will be collected outside of the class meeting time. The purpose of this is to compare student’s impressions of their laptop/tablet PC and their stated use in class with objective data describing exactly which applications are used and for how long. I will not review the log files (they are handled by a BSAD network engineer) and the content of the logs will not impact the grade in any way – i.e. I will not be double checking on students to see exactly what they are using their laptops for in class. For example, if you spend all class surfing the Web and IMing your friends, I will not know this. There will be no direct grade penalty associated with this behavior. Log files will be harvested after the semester is over. Keep in mind that students are bound by university network usage policies when using UVM facilities. Participants will have an opportunity to receive EXTRA credit. The extra credit will take the form of : 1) replacing low quiz scores with a “participation” score based on how many class periods you record data, and the duration of recorded data. I will discuss this in detail during the first class period. So, in addition to the 2 drops you get, participation in the research project will enable students to replace up to 2 additional quiz grades with “research participation” grades. The research project has been reviewed by the Committee on Human Research in the Behavioral Sciences. NOTE: During the summer, this BSAD 141 course is administered through the Instructor’s Course Web Site which can be found at: (http://stampy.uvm.edu/courses/141/Index.htm). After May 15, you should consult this online web site for any updates to our schedule, notes, or important messages regarding the summer course.
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Kraushaar
Office: 320 Kalkin Hall Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Summer 2009 Office Hours: MWF 4:30-5:30 or by appointment Spring 2009 Office Hours: TR 12:15- 1:15 or by appointment. If you cannot attend thse scheduled office hours, please feel free to contact me in my office (320 Kalkin Hall), via email email@example.com, or 802.656.0498 for alternative meeting days and times.
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