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BA 3351 Syllabus

INTRODUCTION TO MIS (BA3351) Spring 2006 January 9 – April 24 Revised 01/04/06

Instructor: Phone: Email: Website: Course:

Lou Thompson 972 883-2558 lou.Thompson@utdallas (Use WebCT for all communications) BA 3351 Section 001 BA 3351 Section 005 Section 001 Monday/Wednesday Section 005 Monday/Wednesday 9:30-10:45pm 2:00-3:15pm Room SOM 1.212 Room SOM 1.217

Class Hours:

Office Hours:

Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm or by appointment Room SOM 3.813

Textbooks: Management Information Systems 9th Edition, by Kenneth C. Laudon and Jane P. Laudon, Pearson-Prentice Hall 2006, Performing With Projects for the Entrepreneur: Microsoft Office 2003 Iris Blanc and Cathy Vento, 2005 (Supplemental)
Course Objectives: The course is designed to introduce students to the use of Information Systems as an essential tool for conducting business in an increasingly global economy. The course will provide an overview of Information Systems and the conceptual foundations underlying the design, control and operation of computer-based systems used by business. The course will help you achieve the following skills: 1. You will become familiar with the Information Systems terminology used to support business. 2. You will gain critical thinking skills needed to solve business problems with Information Systems. 3. You will learn to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access for solving many different types of business problems. Software: Microsoft Office 2003

Grading: WebCT is used to help with the course and grading of assignments only! Test grades are not included. TA grades all assignments. Any issue that you may with an assignment must be resolved between you and the TA. Mid-term and Final exam grades will be posted under the Student Information System on the official date posted in the Academic Calendar for the current semester Quizzes Application Assignments 75% 20%

BA 3351 Syllabus

To compute your final letter grade use the following scale: A+ > A > A- > 98% 92% 90% B+ > B > B- ≥ 87% 82% 80% C+ > C > C- > 77% 72% 70% D+ > D > D- > 67% 62% 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 2003. There will be assignments relating to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. You must use Microsoft Office 2003 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 NetID 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 20% of the assignment value per day (including weekends) is assessed on late assignments beginning on the day due. All changes in assignments or schedules will be posted on WebCT. It is your responsibility to keep up with the changes that are posted on WebCt. If you are dialing into UTD to access E-mail or the World Wide Web, you may have trouble getting connected for various reasons. Make sure that you give yourself enough lead-time to complete assignments. Because you will almost always have access to these systems on campus, busy modems or other technical problems are not accepted as excuses for late submission. 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 full Scantron sheet (882-E Green Form) for Exams. No other type of Scantron forms will be acceptable. If the answer to an 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 only if there is a problem. 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 a NetID account to access WebCT. There is no additional charge for a Net ID. To get your NetID (if you don’t already have one) see If you already have a

BA 3351 Syllabus

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.

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. 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. Syllabus: A current copy of the course syllabus. 2. Lecture Notes: Notes provided from the textbook vendor and the instructor. 3. 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 or 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.

BA 3351 Syllabus

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. If you don’t have a UTD account yet, go to to initiate your account as early as possible in the semester. The URL for the WebCT 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 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 Software: Microsoft Office 2003

BA 3351 Syllabus

Schedule: Spring 2006
Week Date 1/9 1 1/11 1/16 2 1/18 Laudon Text Chapter 1 – Managing the Digital Firm Assignment 1 due (Word) Laudon Text - Chapter 2 – Information Systems in the Enterprise Laudon Text - Chapter 2 – Information Systems in the Enterprise Laudon Text – Chapter 3 – Information Systems, Organizations, Management, and Strategy Computer hardware (Professor Notes) Laudon Text – Chapter 3 – Information Systems, Organizations, Management, and Strategy Computer hardware (Professor Notes) Assignment 2 due (Word) Laudon Text – Chapter 4 – The Digital Firm: Electronic Business and Electronic Commerce Laudon Text – Chapter 4 – The Digital Firm: Electronic Business and Electronic Commerce Review for Quiz 1 Quiz 1 - Chapters 1 to 4 and Word Assignment 3 due (PowerPoint) Laudon Text – Chapter 6 – IT Infrastructure and platforms Laudon Text – Chapter 6 - IT Infrastructure and platforms Laudon Text – Chapter 7 - Managing Data Resources Laudon Text – Chapter 7 - Managing Data Resources Assignment 4 due (Excel) No Classes Spring Break Laudon Text – Chapter 8 - Telecommunications, Networks, and the Internet Laudon Text – Chapter 8 - Telecommunications, Networks, and the Internet Review For Quiz 2 Description Introduction to Class (Syllabus) Course Mode of Operations (Webct) Keys to Success Laudon Text Chapter 1 – Managing the Digital Firm No Class Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday


1/23 1/25 1/30

4 2/1

2/6 5 2/8

2/13 6 2/15


2/20 2/22


2/27 3/1

9 10

3/6 & 3/8 3/13 3/15 3/20

BA 3351 Syllabus 3/27 12 3/29 Laudon Text – Chapter 9 – The Wireless Revolution Assignment 5 due (Excel) Laudon Text – Chapter 9 – The Wireless Revolution Laudon Text – Chapter 11 – Enterprise Applications and Business Process Integration Laudon Text – Chapter 11 – Enterprise Applications and Business Process Integration Laudon Text – Chapter13 – Enhancing Decision Making for the Digital Firm Assignment 6 due (Access & Excel) Laudon Text – Chapter13 – Enhancing Decision Making for the Digital Firm Review for Quiz 3 Quiz 3 (Final Exam) – Chapters (9,11, &13) Introduction to Microsoft Access (Professor notes and provided material)

4/3 13 4/5

4/10 14 4/12

4/17 15