MIS 171: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems - Fall 2015 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] [Exams] [Homework Assignments] [Grading]

Course Description [Top]

MIS 171. Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. Foundation, business functions, processes, data requirements, development, and management of ERP systems for sales, marketing, accounting, finance, production, supply chain, and customer relationship management.  Emphasis on re-engineering, integration, standardization, and methodologies of ERP systems.  Prerequisite: MIS 101. 3 units.    

Course Objectives 

The primary objectives of the course is

To analyze, design and propose IT solutions for the integration of business process throughout the enterprise

MIS 171 Sub objectives

  • Analyze a business’ enterprise activities, workflow and process to identify problems, weaknesses, strengths, threats, opportunities, stakeholders and entities interacting with the enterprise.
  • Propose reengineered enterprise processes that optimize the enterprise’s performance.
  • Design integrated organizational structures and business processes that optimize the enterprise’s performance, overcome problems and weaknesses of current processes, address environmental threats and capitalize on its strengths and opportunities that provide competitive advantage.
  • Propose a plan that applies IT toward integrating the enterprise, aligns various entities to the business’ strategic plan, and addresses adoption issues.
  • Propose enterprise-level IT-based solutions that incorporate new business processes and organizational structures.
  • Propose ERP, SCM, CRM and KM system applications that allow the business to perform efficiently and effectively in competitive markets.
  • Develop and propose plans for web portals and their management.
[Top]Course Methodology The goal of this course is to develop analytical and critical thinking skills for the development of integrative plans for enterprise-wide systems that optimize enterprise performance.

To pass this course you should:

  1. Prepare - Spend as much time needed to study the assigned topics before coming to class
  2. Practice - Review and practice the class exercises at your own pace
  3. Present - Complete the homework assignments, come to class, and deliver your work to your instructor

Text [Top]

  1. No printed textbook. I will provide you with free material from SAP's University Alliances program. Click here to download the entire material (approximately 80 MB)
  2. HEC Montreal: Readings on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERPsim Participant's Guide at a cost of 43.00 CAD).
  3. HEC Montreal: Information Technologies in Organizations powered by ERPsim

Tools [Top]

In this class we will use the SAP GUI 7.3 or later (currently 7.4). Connect to http://worker.cob.csuchico.edu/ to download and install this software to your computer.

Exams [Top] I will give two in-class term examinations and one final exam. Each exam consists of thirty five multiple-choice questions and two essay questions. You will need a scantron form 882 to answer the multiple-choice questions; I will provide you with paper for the essay 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.

Homework Assignments The purpose of the homework assignment is to encourage further practice for the topics covered in our book but not covered in class (due to time constraints) and to give you the opportunity to work on more comprehensive exercises than those covered in the book. More information about the homework can be found in my assignments.htm web page.
ERPsim Competition

ERPsim is an application that manages the environment required to perform a simulation game using an ERP system. ERPsim performs many tasks. The most important task is the creation of a simulated environment in which teams compete in a free market system, making tactical and strategic decisions that impact the team-company's profitability. More information about the ERPsim can be found in my assignments.htm web page.

Grading MIS 171[Top]

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



3 Term Exams


4 Assignments @ 15 points each


ERPsim Manufacturing Intro Game


ERPsim Manufacturing Advanced Game


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:













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 ASAP, so I can prepare your exams.

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/STU-0112.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.