MIS 101 (Computer Info System Mgmt) - Spring 2012 COURSE OUTLINE


Spiros Velianitis, MS/MIS



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Monday and Wednesday  4:30 – 6:00 pm and by appointment

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[Course Description] [Course Objectives] [Text] [Tools] [Technology Application Project] [Systems Development Web Project] [Exams] [Grading]


MIS 1, MIS 2 and MIS 3 or their approved equivalent and the completion of pre-major program.

Course Description [Top]

Computer Information Systems for Management (MIS 101) explores the application of information systems to the organizational environment with a management perspective. 

You will be introduced to information technology concepts (hardware, software, data management, telecommunications), business information systems (transaction processing, management information, decision support, artificial intelligence and expert systems), systems development and the management of business information systems. 

Our focal point will be to analyze and evaluate the use of information systems in order to understand how information technology can be used to support the organization's goals and objectives.

Course Objectives [Top]

  1. BSBA Program Learning Objective 3.3 Technology Application: Recognize and apply appropriate information and management technologies to achieve organizational goals.
  2. BSBA Program Learning Objective 6.1 Reflective Thinking: Review information, circumstances, and outcomes systematically for evaluation purposes.
  3. BSBA Program Learning Objective 6.2 Innovative Thinking Skills: Apply information to generate unique and original alternatives for effective problem solving and decision making.
Text [Top]

David M. Kroenke. Using MIS (fourth edition), 2011, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Course Methodology

I will not lecture on the material of this book "cover to cover". Lectures will be presented to supplement the subject covered in the text. In most cases, I will explain the most important topics covered in each chapter, then we will work cooperatively to analyze and understand the use of the subject matter in organizations. You are expected to have completed the reading assignments prior to class and to participate in class discussions.

Tools [Top]

In this class I will demonstrate several software applications. We do not have the time however to explore in detail these applications. You must spent time outside the class to learn how to use these applications to complete the assigned work. 

How to download the software tools?

The MIS area has subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), which give faculty and students access to many titles of Microsoft software. Most of the software is downloadable, so there is virtually no cost to you. 

If you are interested, complete the http://www.csus.edu/indiv/v/velianitis/msdnaa.htm form and will prepare you for access (must use your Saclink ID). 

Please visit the following link to see a partial list of available software. http://msdn08.e-academy.com/elms/Storefront/Home.aspx?campus=csus_mis 

Technology Application Project [Top]

The goal of the Technology Application Project is to allow you to develop a Computer Based Information System (CBIS) to provide information for effective decision making. This project is a group assignment to allow individuals to exchange ideas and learn from each other.  You will build an Information System to record stock and investment information with data downloaded from the Internet and copied from other sources. This system will also produce the appropriate information for decision making. 

Systems Development Web  Project [Top]

The importance of the Internet as an inexpensive way to bring your messages and data to a worldwide audience is ever increasing. All types of companies, small and large, see the Internet as a huge opportunity. This project will give you the opportunity to use this new technology and benefit from it. Your assignment is to develop a personal/group Web Site, which will be hosted at the CSUS Web Pages server (no other servers will be allowed). You are free to select any content for your Web Site as long as it in accordance to the rules and regulations defined by CSUS and addresses a problem/opportunity.

One of the objectives of this assignment is to understand the process of building software. This systems development process we apply includes several activities grouped into phases like analysis of the needs, design of the solution, implementation of your solution, maintenance and review. Our main focus is on the systems development process it self and not the finished product.

You will develop the system (Web page) using the Systems Development Life Cycle methodology (SDLC) and will be individually responsible for each phase including the documentation of the activities and the output of each phase.  If changes are needed after a phase deliverable is submitted, a change request document must describe the all changes needed and the reason for each change.

Exams [Top]

I will give three in-class term examinations. Each exam consists of fifty multiple-choice questions You will need a scantron form 882 and a pencil to answer the multiple-choice questions. Examination material will be drawn from the textbook reading, any other assigned readings, and class lectures and discussion. Emphasis will be placed on the conceptual understanding of the material and NOT on memory alone. Understanding the application of the concepts will greatly enhance your grade. 

No make-up examination will be given without the prior approval of the instructor. If you fail to take the exam, without valid documentation, I will prepare a different exam which you will take at 75% of its grade value.

Grading [Top]

Final grades will be assigned according to the total points you have obtained through exams and group homework assignments relative to the total possible number of points. 



3 Term Exams


Technology Application Project


Systems Development Web Project


Total Points


Your grade is also affected by the number of unexcused absences. You are allowed to have 5 unexcused absences. For each absence after your allowance, 5 points will be deducted. Note that absences are only excused for a valid reasons (health problems, jury duty etc) and MUST be accompanied with documentation (i.e., health center note with a phone number to call for questions) provided within a week of returning to class.

Pluses and minuses will be awarded along the extremities (i.e., greater than 3% below the upper limit and less than 3% of the lower limit, respectively). 

Based on the total points, your grades will be assigned as follows:

Total Points









140 - 159



120 - 139



0 - 119



Any queries or appeals for a graded component (such as an assignment or an exam) must be directed to the instructor in person within 2 weeks after the graded component is returned. No adjustment will be made for the scores of graded components after the two-week period. Students are responsible for keeping track of their graded components. Uncollected graded components will be kept in the instructor’s office until the end of the current semester.

Grading system may change for compelling reasons.

Academic Dishonesty

Unfortunately, the subject of academic dishonestly must be discussed for those who are inclined toward such activities. The university's policy is discussed in the following paragraphs. Please, there is no need to engage in any unethical behavior in this class! If you need help, my door is always open.

Academic dishonesty involves acts which may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process of the university. Included is any act by which a student gains or attempts to gain an academic advantage for him/herself, or another, by misrepresenting his/her, or another's work or by interfering with the completion, submission, or evaluation of work. These include, but are not limited to, accomplishing or attempting any of the following acts:

  • Using any materials that are not authorized by the instructor for use during an examination.
  • Copying from another student's paper during an examination.
  • Collaborating (i.e., talking, passing notes and/or signals, etc.) during an examination with any other person by giving or receiving information without specific permission of the instructor.
  • Stealing, buying or otherwise obtaining information about an unadministered examination.
  • Substituting for another person or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself to take an examination.
  • Submitting another person's work as yours either in its original or altered form.
  • Giving someone else your work to fulfill his/her assignment.
  • Using the assignment of another class to fulfill an assignment for this class without authorized consent of the instructor.
  • Plagiarizing

Violations of proper ethical conduct will NOT be tolerated. A failing semester grade will be assigned to all involved parties (NO exceptions). Severe cases of academic dishonesty will be handled at the university level.

If you are aware of any academic dishonesty, please notify me either personally (your identity will remain confidential) or anonymously. Cheating devalues everyone's grade and degree, including your own.

Student Tutorial on how not to plagiarize: http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=353

Incomplete (I) and Unauthorized Withdrawal (WU) Grades

An incomplete grade (I) will only be issued in accordance to College of Business Administration policy. Among the conditions imposed by the instructor that must be met are: (1) a current passing grade (70 percent or better), (2) the successful completion of all prior assignments and exams, and (3) an unforeseen and unusual event beyond your control which prevents you from completing the semester, and can be documented and verified (employment-related events do not qualify). (4) An incomplete will only be considered after it has been determined that a withdrawal (W) cannot be issued. If you do not meet (1) through (4), you do not qualify for an incomplete. As stipulated by the University, an incomplete cannot be assigned when it is necessary for the student to attend additional class meetings to complete the course requirements.

Unauthorized Withdrawal (WU) indicates that a student did not officially withdraw from the course but failed to complete it. Among the conditions imposed by the instructor that must be met are: (1) a passing grade (70 percent or better) at the time that the student stopped attending classes, (2) attendance stopped before the 11th week of the semester. If you do not meet (1) and (2), you do not qualify for an unauthorized withdrawal (WU) grade and as a result you will be assigned a failing (F) grade.


Laptop and cell phone regulation: No photographing, recording or text messaging is allowed without permission of the instructor.

If you have a disability and require accommodations, you need to provide disability documentation to SSWD, Lassen Hall 1008, (916) 278-6955. Please discuss your accommodation needs with me after class or during my office hours early in the semester.

A disruptive student is a student who engages in classroom behavior that interferes with the process of teaching and learning. If a student is disruptive to my class, I will follow the Procedures for dealing with incidents of disruptive behavior described in the DEALING WITH INCIDENTS OF DISRUPTIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASSROOM document (http://www.csus.edu/umanual/student/UMD03250.htm).

Schedule Please look at our current semester's schedule.htm web page.

The above items of this syllabus are subject to change, update, or more specific interpretation: (i) material to be covered in the lectures, (ii) material to be covered in the exams and exam format, (iii) the exact way of group collaboration for each project part, and (iv) the exact cutoff point (specific second or third decimal) for every letter grade. Changes and updates will be posted on the WWW and announced in class ahead of time.