College of Business Administration

Spring 2018

MIS 101 - Computer Information Systems for Management

Course Schedule Section 1:  Monday and Wednesday @ 9:00 - 10:15 am, ALP 232

Course Schedule Section 6:  Monday and Wednesday @ 10:300 - 11:45 am, ALP 236

Course Schedule Section 11:  Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm, BRH 114

Disclaimer: This syllabus and the schedule of readings, assignments, and activities may be changed by the instructor in order to maximize student learning needs and meet the objectives of the courses.


I. Instructor Information




Spiros Velianitis, MS/MIS



Office Hours

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

Office Phone



Web Page  

Email access is essential in communicating with the instructor and your peers. Please activate your CSUS e-mail account and log on to the SacCT course regularly.


This course is offered in a traditional learning format.


II. Academic Learning Resources



1.      David M. Kroenke & Randall J. Boyle. Using MIS Edition: 9th, 2017. Pearson Education. ISBN: 9780134106786


1.      MS Access 2007 or later.


III. Business Concepts


Keywords: MIS, Collaboration Information Systems, Information Systems Strategy, Hardware & Software, Database Processing, The Cloud, Competitive Advantage, Business Intelligence, Information System Security, Information Systems Management, Information Systems Development.


IV. Instructional Design


Course Description: Explores the application of computers to the organizational environment with a management perspective. Topics may include transaction processing systems, management reporting, decision support systems, strategic planning, security, controls and acquisition of hardware, software and services. The interface between the information systems professional and the manager will be defined. Case studies and use of appropriate software packages may be included.


Course Rationale/Course Overview: As the Northern California region recovers from the economic downturn businesses, not-for-profits and government agencies/departments will begin seeking business graduates who are capable of leading their business units as well-qualified managers. Focus on developing our best students to fill these opportunities through a challenging business curriculum that emphasizes cross-functional business integration, problem solving and decision making.  


Course Learning Objectives

This course is designed to be a critical component of the BS Business Administration program by addressing the following three learning objectives of the program:

3.3 Technology Applications: Recognize and apply appropriate information and management technologies to achieve organizational goals.

6.1 Reflective Thinking Skills: Review information, circumstances, and outcomes systematically for evaluation purposes.

6.2 Innovative Thinking Skills: Apply information to generate unique and original alternatives for effective problem solving and decision making.


V. CBA Program-Level Learning GOALS


Goal 1 Fundamental Business Knowledge

Competence based on fundamental business knowledge.

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of fundamental business theories, concepts, and skills.

1.2 Ability to analyze business information in performing business related tasks.

Goal 2 Integrative Business Competence

Business competence integrated with other business knowledge areas and ethical responsibility.

2.1 Ability to identify factors contributing to a managerial problem from a variety of business perspectives.

2.2 Enumerate the costs and benefits that potential solutions will have on the interdependent stakeholders of a firm.

Goal 3 Effective Business Communication

Business communication utilizing contemporary and classic communication techniques and methods.

3.1 Convey information in a variety of business settings.

3.2 Evaluate the efficacy of business communications.

Goal 4 Applied Business Capability

Ability to translate knowledge of business and management into practice.

4.1 Create effective business solutions that are both ethically sound and socially responsible.

4.2 Generate innovative and effective solutions for problem solving and decision making.

VI. Program and Course Level Assessment of learning (what program goals does this course meet, what assignments are assessed, and what is the assessment scoring method?)

Program Learning Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy



Direct Assessment Measure




Technology Applications


Team Assignment

Grading Rubric


Reflective Thinking Skills


Team Assignment

Grading Rubric


Innovative Thinking Skills


Individual Project

Grading Rubric


CBA Program-Level Learning GOALS



Scoring Guide

VII. Grading Criteria, Guidelines, and Assignments


Technology Application Project: 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 (you will find more information on the Assignment section). 

Systems Development Web Project: 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 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 itself and not so much on 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 (you will find more information on the Assignment section). .

Exams: I will give three in-class term examinations. Each exam consists of fifty (50) multiple-choice 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.

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


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 6 unexcused absences (3 for the once-a-week class). 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 instructorís office until the end of the current semester.

Grading system may change for compelling reasons. 

VIII. Weekly Outline: the schedule of readings, assignments, and activities may be changed by the instructor in order to maximize student learning needs and meet the objectives of the course.

 Please look at the schedule.htm for our detailed weekly schedule. 

IX. Course Time commitment

Contact Hours and Assignments

Contact Hours

Face-to-face Lectures & Online Meetings



45 hours

(3 unit course)

Out of Class

Homework Assignments



6-9 hours per week


Reading Assignments


Group Project & Presentation



Total Hours per Week

9-12 hours /week


X. Sacramento State Academic Honesty Policy and Regulations excerpt ďDefinitions of Academic DishonestyĒ

Cheating. At Sacramento State, cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means. Cheating at Sacramento State includes but is not limited to:

o    Copying, in part or in whole, from anotherís test or other evaluation instrument.

o    Using crib notes, "cheat sheets," or any other device, including electronic devices not permitted by the instructor as an aid in writing an examination.

o    Submitting work previously graded in another course unless doing so has been approved by the course instructor or by department policy.

o    Submitting work simultaneously presented in more than one course, unless doing so has been approved by the respective course instructors or by the department policies of the respective departments.

o    Altering or interfering with grading or grading instructions.

o    Sitting for an examination by a surrogate, or as a surrogate.

o    Any other act committed by a student in the course of his or her academic work that defrauds or misrepresents, including aiding or abetting in any of the actions defined above.

Plagiarism. Plagiarism, as a form of cheating, is the use of distinctive ideas or works belonging to another person without providing adequate acknowledgement of that personís contribution. Regardless of the means of appropriation, incorporation of anotherís work into oneís own requires adequate identification and acknowledgement. Plagiarism is doubly unethical because it deprives the author of rightful credit and gives credit to someone who has not earned it. Acknowledgement is not necessary when the material used is common knowledge. Plagiarism at Sacramento State includes but is not limited to:

o    The act of incorporating into oneís own work the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of anotherís work without giving appropriate credit thereby representing the product as entirely one's own. Examples include not only word-for-word copying, but also the "mosaic" (i.e., interspersing a few of oneís own words while, in essence, copying anotherís work), the paraphrase (i.e., rewriting anotherís work while still using the otherís fundamental idea or theory); fabrication (i.e., inventing or counterfeiting sources), ghost-writing (i.e., submitting anotherís work as oneís own) and failure to include quotation marks on material that is otherwise acknowledged; and

o    Representing as oneís own anotherís artistic or scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawing, sculptures, or similar works.

XI. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD)  offers a wide range of support services and accommodations for students in order to ensure students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals. 

Services and accommodations are provided to students with visual, hearing, mobility impairments, specific learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and/or other types of disabilities. Students must submit medical or professional documentation prior to meeting with a counselor for a needs assessment and accommodation plan. 

XII. Student Resources


         CBA Tutoring Center Ė TAH 3067.  Contact the Office of Student Engagement (TAH 1040) for tutoring schedules.

         University Reading and Writing Center (URWC) - provides encouraging, focused, and non-judgmental one-to-one tutorials in reading and writing for any undergraduate or graduate student at CSUS.

         The Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) - major services include Supplemental Instruction; Supplemental Instruction Plus, Workshops & Individual Tutorials; and Peer Led Advising for college Experiences.

XIII. Other Information

Late and Make-up Policy:  The general policy for this course is to require completion of assignments as specified in the class schedule.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. If the assignment is submitted after the beginning of the class, there will be a 5% deduction. If the assignment is submitted on the same day, but after class, there will be a 10% penalty. If the assignment is submitted within a week, there will be a 20% penalty. No late assignments will be accepter after 1 week.  All assignments should be printed and stapled together with the cover letter statement (click for sample) on the top. If you have an emergency or other extenuating circumstances that will affect your ability to turn in an assignment or complete an exam, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss. 

Incomplete: 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.

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