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University of Texas at Dallas

BA 4324/001: INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT Fall 2006 Course Syllabus
Instructor: Phone: Email: Office: Hours: Fax: Michael Savoie 972-883-4755/4901 2.703 SOM Building By Appointment 972-883-4754 "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." Mark van Doren

Pre-Requisites: BA 3351, Math 1326, Math 2333 Course Description: Management of the information technology within an organization is a critical activity. This course examines current and new technologies that are being created to deal with an everincreasing stream of data. Students will be introduced to issues relating to IT investment, management of IT, and using IT for competitive advantage. The course will be seminar style and provide an overview of a multitude of technologies used in industry. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be: · · · · · · Knowledgeable about the current and future trends in technology, communications, systems integration, organizational development, and management systems Aware of, and able to locate, research and literature regarding the implementation and management of technology Aware of the uses of technology to gain productivity increases, quality enhancements, and strategic advantages Able to analyze a business need for information technology and to develop an appropriate strategy to provide the required information service. Able to communicate effectively, in both written and oral forms, systems specifications, and to be persuasive in these presentations. Aware of the impacts of advanced technologies on society and individuals, and the ethical issues posed by these impacts.

Methodology: The course will be taught in graduate seminar format (i.e. classes will revolve around topics assigned in the syllabus and will be facilitated by the instructor). Students are expected to use the Internet to expand on the assigned topic and should be prepared to discuss the topic and the related information found during their research on the web. Class attendance is extremely important. You are expected to prepare for class by studying the daily assignments and completing any outside work. Excessive absences will result in a failing grade.

Required Text and Materials: CIO Magazine -- Access to the Internet TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BA 4324: INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT DATE WEEK DESCRIPTION SUPPORTING TOPICS # 8/21-23 8/28-30 1 2 Introduction Business Value of Technology
Identifying Trends in Technology Information Economics Effects of IT on Strategy & Competition The information paradox Security / Disaster Recovery / Disaster Management, Global Issues, Technology Gap, Spamming / Viruses / Privacy / Software Outsourcing, Effects of IT on Strategy & Competition, Advanced Technologies Enterprise Resource Architecture Planning (SAP/Oracle/PeopleSoft), Information Mapping



The Information Society

9/11-13 9/18-20

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Strategic Alignment Technology & Organizational Structure IT Business/Development Models Knowledge Management Connectivity

Capability Maturity Model, Balanced Score Card, JAD/RAD, SDLC, Portfolio Approach Data Base Applications & Trends Data Warehousing , Data Malls, Data Marts LANs/WANs, Desktop PCs & Networking LAN Security Issues Client Server Computing & Trends Telecommunications, Phone Systems, Broadband, Voice over IP, Wireless Access, BlueTooth, WiFi/WiMAX, Wireless Clouds, WarChalking, 802 standards, Mobile Broadband

10/2-4 10/9-11

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PROJECT STATUS REPORT DUE 10/23-25 10/30 11/01 11/06-08 11/13-15 10 11 Internet/WWW and Beyond Supporting Technology
Internet, Intranets, Extranets, Virtual Private Networks, Electronic Commerce, Security, NGI Decision Support Systems / Executive Information Systems

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Technology & Human Resources Project Management, Process
Reengineering/Change Management

What’s Next?

11/20-22 11/27

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Presentations Presentations


Assignments: 1. Assignments are due by 2:00 pm on the Wednesday of the week assigned. Late assignments will not be graded. 2. Assignments are submitted in MS Word 2000 or later format and emailed as an attachment to Michael Savoie. Please put your Course number and assignment number in the subject line of the email and your name in the body of the email. 3. The student’s name and assignment number should be stated at the top of the assignment. 4. As per the syllabus, each assignment is worth up to 20 points. 5. PLEASE, ONLY ONE ASSIGNMENT PER CLASS FOR GRADING (You may do more if you desire, but only one will be graded). Grading Policy: Grade Determination: Selected Case Class Topics Class Participation Total Grading Scale: 100 points 60 points 40 points ---------200 points 180-200 160-179 140-159 120-139 A B C D

Grades are based on total points, averages are not used. Participation points will be awarded on a daily basis. Everyone begins with 0 points and points can be added or subtracted at any time. Participation points are awarded to any student who contributes to the understanding of the class as a whole. Each student is expected to take part in a presentation of one of the topics listed on the syllabus. A maximum of 20 points will be awarded to each student based on their ability to present the topic to the class is a clear, concise, and complete manner. FINAL PAPER GRADING FORMAT Cases will be graded in the following manner. 1. Cases are expected to be complete professional and well written. This includes proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Cases are expected to adhere to the format detailed below. The following sections MUST be included in your report. The others are optional. I. Cover page (see attached sheet) II. Summary of Findings III. Table of Contents IV. Background information V. Problem Statement


Analysis of Alternatives Detailed Recommendations

2. Summary of Findings. A clear concise “Executive Summary” of the paper. NOT an abstract. 3. Table of Contents. A complete table of contents including headings and page numbers. Appendices, if used, should be numbered in accordance with the paper and their titles included in the Table of Contents. 4. Background Information. A concise summary of the pertinent details of the case. From this section, the reader should have a good grasp of the current situation and the key variables involved. 5. Problem Statement. Grading is based on your ability to recognize the “vital few from the trivial many.” In other words, the ability to cull the key issue or issues facing the client. Points are awarded based on the correct identification of the critical issues and a basic discussion of why these issues are critical to the client. 6. Analysis of Alternatives is graded based on your ability to identify, examine, and explain alternative solutions to the issues identified earlier. No recommendations are made at this point. Rather, a systematic view is taken in analyzing possible solutions. This discussion is not intended to lead the reader to the selection of the alternative recommended in the next section. Rather, it should present the pros and cons of each possible alternative identified during the analysis of the key issues. 7. In the Detailed Recommendations portion of the report, you present your recommended solution(s) to the problems facing the client. The solution(s) should be presented clearly, concisely, and in enough detail that there is a clear path for the client to follow. The “next step” the client should take must be clearly stated in easy-to-understand and follow instructions. CASE GRADING FORMAT GRADING SCALE (points) CASE I 10 2 pts each* 2 pts each*

COMPONENT FORMAT: Layout Poor Grammar Misspelled Words CONTENT: Summary of Findings Background information Problem Statement Analysis of Alternatives Detailed Recommendations

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TOTAL POINTS * These are in addition to the 100-point total.




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