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INTRODUCTION TO MIS (BA 3351 521) Summer 2005 May 16 through August 1, 2005

Instructor: Office: Phone: Email: Website: Course: Class Hours: Office Hours: TA: Office: Phone: Email:

Prof. Hans-Joachim Adler, Ph.D. SOM 3.227 972-883-4695 BA 3351 Section 521 Section 521 By appointment Chupeng Xie SM 3.222 972-883-6198 Monday 6:00 - 10:00pm Room SOM 2.115

Textbook: th Ralph Stair, George Reynolds: Principles of Information Systems, 7 Edition. Course Technology Incorporated, 2006, ISBN 0-619-21561-5 Course Objectives : This course is intended to engage students with the main concepts of the IS discipline via clear learning objectives, which are reinforced with up-to-date business examples and hands-on practice. The text coverage includes globalization and career emphasis, vignettes, business examples, special interest boxes, and case studies Specific topic coverage includes: An Introduction to Information Systems; Information Systems in Organizations; Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices; Software: Systems and Application Software; Organizing Data and Information; Telecommunications and Networks; The Internet, Intranets, and Extranets; Electronic Commerce; Transaction Processing and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems; Information and Decision Support Systems; Specialized Information Systems: Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, Virtual Reality, and Other Systems; Systems Investigation and Analysis; Systems Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review; Security, Privacy, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems and the Internet Web Site Supplementary information for the course is available at URL. The Web site contains class notes, PowerPoint slides, class announcements, the course syllabus, test dates, and other information for the course. Grading We will use WebCT to help with the course and grading Quizzes Assignments Class Attendance Total 75% 20% 5% 100%




The student with the highest grade in class will be normalized to a 100%. The rest of the students will be normalized accordingly. Your final letter grade will be computed as: A+ > 96.7% A > 93.3% A- > 90.0% B+ > 86.7% C+ > 76.7% B > 83.3% C > 73.3% B- ≥ 80.0% C- > 70.0% D+ > 66.7% D > 63.3% D- > 60.0% F< 60.0%

Grades will be posted on WebCT after each exam or assignment is graded. Access to your grades will be through WebCT. Assignments Assignments will involve the use of Microsoft Office XP. There will be 4 assignments relating to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. You must use Microsoft Office XP or newer; previous versions of the Microsoft Office are not allowed. Assignments must be submitted through WebCT; submission of electronic copies by e-mail or on floppy disk is not acceptable. Your name and the last 6 digits of your student ID should appear on the top of each page that you submit. All assignments should be completed on time and submitted on WebCT before the submission deadline as shown on WebCT. Assignments submitted after the deadline will be considered late. A penalty of 25% of the value of the assignment will be assessed if the assignment is late. No assignments will be accepted two days after the deadline. Contact the instructor in case an emergency occurs. All changes in assi gnments or schedules will be posted on WebCT. It is your responsibility to keep up with the changes that are posted on WebCt. Make sure that you give yourself enough lead time to complete assignments. Questions on Exams Questions on the Exams will be taken from the assigned readings of texts, class lectures and assignments. Exams will consist of true/false and multiple-choice type questions. The Exams will be machine graded. Please bring a Scantron sheet ( 82-E green form) for Exams. No other type of 8 Scantron forms will be acceptable. If the answer to a Exam question is disputed, the student should submit a written appeal, citing the source (text page) to the instructor. The instructor will take these appeals into account during grading. If you know in advance that you will miss an exam, contact the instructor and make arrangements for a make-up exam. The Internet If you are new to the Internet and World Wide Web it is recommended that you review Internet Basics and World Wide Web at You will need to get a UNIX account (if you don’t already have one) to access WebCT and to create a Personal WWW page. There is no additional charge for a UNIX account. To get your UNIX account and password proceed as follows: 1. Take your student ID (validated for the current semester) and go to either the Microcomputer Lab desk or the User Consultant. You will have to select an account name for your UNIX account. Request a UNIX account. The account will become active in 1 to 24 hours.


If you already have a UNIX account, check and make sure that it works correctly. Internet Warning There is material on the Internet that you may find objectionable. Most of this material has disclaimers. Believe them and stay away so that you will not be offended. Also, if you choose to create a Home Page, do NOT use your phone number, address, or Social Security Number for reasons of security. Anyone who has access to the Internet would be able to view your Home Page. General UTD computing policies can be found under Academic Computing Services at the UTD website.

Working Together You are encouraged to work together when learning how to use computers and applications. WebCT has a message board and you are encouraged to use the bulletin board for clarification or questions that can be answered by the instructor or other students. Each student, however, is expected to do the assignments without help from anyone else. Copying the computer files of some other student amounts to scholastic dishonesty (see below) and will invite penalties. 5/18/2005 HJA 2

Scholastic Dishonesty We expect UTD students to be academically honest. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by a student for that degree, it is imperative for students to maintain a high level of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one's own work of material that is not one's own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Specifically, copying another student's computer files or buying assignments from a third party could result in a grade of Fail and/or expulsion from the University.

Introduction to WebCT WebCT is a software tool for the use of instructors, teaching assistants (TA) and students. It is accessible from the Internet both on and off campus and has the following features: 1. 2. 3. Syllabus: A current copy of the course syllabus. Lecture Notes: Notes provided from the textbook vendor and the instructor. Practice Tests: Copies of sample tests that can be used by the student for practice; these grades will not count as part of the student’s final grade. 4. Online Quizzes: These are electronically graded and may / may not be reported as part of the student’s grade. In this course online quizzes will not be used. 5. Bulletin Board: Communications about topics that would be of interest to the entire class can be placed on the bulletin board. Students are reminded that all notes posted on the bulletin board are visible to everyone in the class and should contain appropriate material. 6. Chat Room: Groups of students can sign up for chat room sessions to work on group projects. 7. Mail: WebCT contains a mail system that can be used for communicating to any member of the class or to the instructor. This is primarily used when the message is of a personal nature and hence not appropriate for the bulletin board. 8. Grades: You can access your grades here. If you have questions about your grades, communicate through WebCT mail with the instructor. Check the bulletin board to see if there is a message to the class about the posting of grades. 9. Links: This contains a number of web links that are related to the course. The publisher of the textbook might have additional material, such as student downloads of data or files, and their web site links can be found here. 10. Assignments: Assignments will be posted here and can be downloaded to your PC. Each assignment will have a deadline. This is the latest time the assignment can be submitted without penalty. You can upload your assignment file many times and submit it many times until the given deadline. After the deadline your assignment will be considered late. Once your assignment is graded, comments on your assignment will appear along with your grade on WebCT. 11. Calendar: There is a calendar that can be used by both the instructor and the student to schedule activities for the semester. 12. Student Homepages: WebCT allows students to build their own homepages. Follow the instructions under Student Homepage.

Course Access and Navigation To enter WebCT and access the course material, you will need a UTD NetID and password ( i.e., your UTD Unix/Email ID and password which you may already have). If you don’t have a UTD account yet, go to to initiate your account as early as possible in the semester. For more information, check out the NetID FAQs page. The URL for the course login page is: You can login to the course whenever you want. You should login to the course site regularly to check course updates, discussion board messages and so on.




The “My WebCT” page will appear on the screen after you login. The page lists all the courses for which you are a registered student. You can click the course title to access the course Home Page. This page displays several icons. Each icon will take you to subsidiary pages containing course material or built-in course tools. The Navigation Bar with Course Menu on the left side, the Menu Bar and the path link on the top, and the Action Menu on the content page can help you to navigate within the course site. For more information about WebCT, see the WebCT’s Student Help Index. Within the course site, you can always click HELP on the WebCT Menu Bar to get more information. You can also check out the Orientation Center to Online Learning and WebCT provided on the WebCT web site. More information can be found on the WebCT Home Page. Communication There are four built-in communication tools to facilitate learning, communication and collaboration. A course conferencing system, the Discussion, allows communication among all course participants. Discussion topics or groups can be set up for topic discussions and homework assignments. You can use the course Email tool to communicate privately with the instructor and with classmates. The Chat tool can be used for real time communication among course participants. No whiteboards will be used in this course. Students can contact the instructor and the TA by email, discussion board and phone. The instructor will be available during scheduled office hours for questions and discussions. Extensive use of the discussion board is encouraged. The student should check the discussion board frequently for changes and updates. If you have any problem with your UTD account or in connecting to the UTD WebCT server, contact or call the student help desk at 972-883-2911. If you encounter any WebCT-related difficulties in the course, you can send an email to




Schedule: Week Date Description


May 16

Course Administrative Procedures Ch 1: Introduction to Information Systems Ch 2: Information Systems in Organizations Ch 3: Hardware: Input, Processing and Output Devices Ch 4: Software: Systems and Application Software Ch 5: Organizing Data and Information


May 23


May 30

No class – Memorial Day


June 6

TA Tutorial: Excel, Access Assignment 1 Due Ch 6: Telecommunications and Networks Quiz 1: Chapters 1 to 5 Ch 7: The Internet, Intranets, and Extranets Ch 8: Electronic Commerce Assignment 2 Due Ch 9: Transaction Processing and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Ch 10: Information and Decision Support Systems


June 13


June 20


June 27


July 4

No class – July 4


July 11

Ch 11: Specialized Business Information Systems Quiz 2: Chapters 6 to 10 Assignment 3 Due Ch 12: Systems Investigation and Analysis Ch 13: Systems Design, Implementation, Maintenance and Review Ch 14: Security, Privacy, and Ethical Issues Assignment 4 Due Quiz 3: Chapters 11 to 14

10 11

July 18 July 25


Aug 1