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IMGT 2400 Student Syllabus


CASPER COLLEGE COURSE SYLLABUS

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IMGT 2400: Introduction to Information Management


Semester/Year:
Fall

201
2

Lecture Hours: 3

Lab Hours:
0

Credit Hours:
3

Class Time:
Distance
Learning

Days:
Student Discretion

Room:
N/A

Instructor’s Name:
Dana Ladd

Office Hours

(MST)
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Office Phone:
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Email:
dladd
@caspercollege.edu

IMGT *2400 * Section
N1

(Course Code
31903
)


Course Description:


Concerned with managing the use of information systems to make organizations more competitive and
efficient.

Specific topics include organizational and technical foundation of information systems and
building and managing systems.


Statement of Prerequisites
:

COSC 1200


Course
Goal
:

The
primary goal

of this course is to introduce students to the world of MIS from a manager’s
perspective. Students will gain an understanding of Information Systems, Information Technologies and
associated architectures, models, and
system
deployment methodologies. Thr
ough real world case
studies and contemporary Internet search projects that evaluate existing firms, students will gain a
broad, yet practical perspective of MIS. Students will learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of
software systems that reside

at each level of an organization as well as

underpinning

hardware
platforms, including telecommunications infrastructures, which linked together must integrate all layers
of an organization
’s oper
ation, from strategic

planning

to
service and product deliv
ery
.


Course
Outcomes
:



Students will understand how
to translate business requirements and critical success factors (CSFs)
along with organizational information requirements into relevant information system and
supporting technology designs.



Students
will be able to identify the various emerging hardware, software, database, and
telecommunication technology components, associated deployment models and high level design
architectures prevalent today, listing several key management considerations of each
.



Students will identify several design considerations unique and common to each of these
components, models and architectures, and when and how to apply these components, models and
architectures to effectively leverage information and support organizatio
nal goals.


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Students will be able to define the framework for organizational knowledge management and list
the key roles of executive information systems as they support key strategic
,

non
-
routine decision
-
making activities.



Students will have a working k
nowledge of systems in general, as they apply to all facets of an
organization, including information and technology systems, and be able to identify the major
components of a system, describe each component, and understand its purpose within a general
sys
tem framework.



Utilizing SWOT analyses, applying Porter’s Five Forces Model, Market Grid Analysis, and other
industry analysis tools,
students

will conduct case study analysis and Internet based research,
resulting in enhanced analytical skills in assessi
ng contemporary information age business
challenges as they apply to the world of information systems and technologies.



Through
Internet

research

projects
, students will identify the key standards organizations impacting
the world of MIS, the purpose and
goals of each, the standards they produce, and the importance of
these standards relative to information systems implementation strategies.



Students will gain a definitional understanding of eCommerce and eBusiness systems, be able to
define the Digital Fi
rm, and identify several unique characteristics of eCommerce and eBusiness
systems as they relate to the Digital Firm.


Methodology:


T
his is a lecture based course using a variety of resources to
introduce and reinforce concepts
.


Web Portal Resources

In addition to the classroom setting, this class utilizes two websites, the Moodle website, which contains
additional course reference
information

and links, including

quizzes
,

exams,
all resource materials referenced
in this syllabus,
and the McGraw Hill
“Connect” website, which contains
additional student materials that
may be referenced from weekly assignments listed in Moodle
. Each week is clearly identified
for easy cross
reference to

the required assignments
, reading and written, for any given week
.

Links to C
onnect
can be
found in

your textbook
, and are also identified in Moodle

when appropriate
.
There are no access codes
required to access student information for either primary text or semester case study

assignments
.
The link
for the McGraw Hill
Connect website is at the top of the Moodle website.



The Moodle shell will be made available no later than the first day of class

and is the student’s primary source
of assignment and schedule information
.

Any assignment due date changes and any class
schedule changes
will be identified in Moodle, as well as communicated via iMail, i.e. Moodle’s internal email application. All
course correspondence in electronic format will flow through iMail to simplify student communications
external to class.


Ultim
ately, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of scheduled assignment due dates, using Moodle as
your primary calendar for all course deliverables.


End of Course Research Project

There
is an individual student research project for

this
class
.
Each student will complete an advanced
study of any concept or subject material discussed in the text reading assignments, or in class discussion,
due at the
end of the semester
. Students will research
scholarly, peer
-
reviewed journals,
contemporary
artic
les
,

and web resource

sites
, relating current event activity and trends to their

select
ed

research
topic
.


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Paper will be APA format,
5
-
8

pages of content, with an APA format Reference page

following your
content
, and additional pages for illustrations, a
ttached supporting material, as necessary, after the
Reference page. Students should discuss their subject, relating it to text reading, and then expand into
additional research beyond that which is discussed by the authors, describing a brief history of
the
subject area, current events and trends citing contemporary business articles and impact on the
organization from a resource commitment


time, people, and money. Students should explain the
relationship between their research area and a firm’s strate
gic competitive advantage, what information
systems and technologies are involved, and deployment considerations. Students should also search
out information that addresses future trends in their subject area. Students can select a technology,
methodolog
y, architecture, software, or hardware system, and it should be an area of interest to the
student as it relates to their current work environment. Students should ensure that the

dynamic

relationship between business strategy, technology and information
systems, and the culture of an
organization is framed in context to their area of study. Relate
classroom discussions applicable to your
selected

topic to th
e

dynamic relationship

mentioned above
.



Library instruction time and resources will be provided during the semester to assist in the development
and completion of
student

project
s
. There are
five

primary project deliverables, including identification
of potential project topic(s) due at the beg
inning of Week
3

(Deliverable 1)
. A Library Research
Workshop will be made available to the student during Week
5

(campus sections of this course only)

and a brief description of your project will be due at the end of Week
5

as a Project Proposal

(Deliver
able 2)
.

The Project Proposal should be submitted using the Research Project APA Template

with a brief proposal paragraph describing your project topic as your first paragraph in Chapter 1:
Introduction. A

preliminary outline,
identifying key sub
-
section
s of your Chapter 2: Literature Review

of
your project will be due during Week
10

(Deliverable 3)
,
a project draft due during Week 12

(Deliverable
4)
, and

a Final
project

version due during Week 1
5

(Deliverable 5)
. The completed project will be due
April
26
th
.

All five deliverable requirements are defined more comprehensively as resources online, one
for each deliverable. The Research Project APA Template also has additional guidance and instructions
for each section and each milestone deliverable. Foll
ow the
project deliverable guidelines

as posted
online, as well as additional tips and suggestions found within the
Research Project APA
Template.

Deliverable dates in this Syllabus are subject to change, depending upon Library resources and
unforeseen co
nstraints. Moodle scheduled due dates will be the required deliverable due date. Please
ensure you check Moodle weekly to identify assignment due date changes.


Ruby’s Club

& Chapter
Case Studies

There is an
ongoing

case study that will be used throughout the semester,
Ruby’s Club
, and will provide
each student the opportunity to apply text reading to a real
-
world business

simulation
. Ruby’s Club case
study questions are identified at the end of each chapter, and in
troduction material to consider can be
found at the beginning of each chapter
.
There are also additional end
-
of
-
chapter
C
ase analysis activit
ies

with instructions for related assignment posting

for each
chapter of the text
.

You will be required to
work w
ith MS Excel and Access, depending upon the chapter, to complete the Ruby Club case study
assignments
.



Additionally, selected chapter

case stud
ies

will provide students the opportunity to synthesize multiple
chapters into one case study assignment.
The
se case studies will be selected during the semester, based
on student progress and material covered during lecture and discussions
.

You can anticipate one major
case study spanning several chapters four times during the semester, in addition to the Ruby
Case Study
assignments.



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For all case study activity, y
ou will always include
a brief introduction paragraph

summarizing

your

interpretation of the organization situation, key problems identified, and what
you

feel are the key
factors to consider.
An
APA formatted template has been provided and you can tailor that template as
an aid in case study development
. It is intended to simplify your case development activity to focusing
on content and research. It is anticipated you will modify as necessary f
or each of the four Case Study
assignments.


Current Event Article Reviews

There will be a maximum of four (4) Current Event Article Reviews, identified in Syllabus II, which is
posted at the beginning of your Moodle portal for this course.

Students are encouraged to find an
article of interest that relates to text material at time of article due date, but also relates to student’s
research topic of interest. By combining activities, article reviews with research project, students can
maxi
mize time investments, continuing topic research while accomplishing current event research for
discussions.



Both this syllabus, Syllabus I, and the more detailed syllabus
, Syllabus II,
outlining chapter readings and
assignment
s with
due dates

can also
be found in
your

Moodle
portal
, along with the other Templates
and lecture notes, as well as PPT presentations delivered during class lecture.

Please reference your
Assignment Matrix to identify due dates for Article Reviews and other assignments.
A
draft version of
Syllabus II
, Assignment Matrix, can be found at the end of this syllabus, and is included in draft format
only. Please ensure you download the final version posted in your Moodle shell or made available by
your instructor as a handout.




Assignment Submissions

All course a
ssignments for each chapter

and
any exams
for the course

will be posted in
Moodle
.

Course
assignments may be adjusted during the semester, and any changes to assignment due dates or
assignment content, including quiz
zes and tests,
will be based on class consensus

when possible

and
posted to Moodle.
It is important that students check Moodle weekly for posted updates, and it is the
student’s responsibility to ensure they maintain awareness of any changes. When in
doubt, ask
.

Unfortunately, your instructor is not perfect.
I
t is anticipated that class schedule changes, resource
conflicts, or changes in assignments and/or shifts in assignment due dates may not remain consistently
communicated between iMail and Moodl
e weekly scheduled activities and assignment posting due
dates within Moodle itself. Please simply notify your instructor should you have questions or notice a
discrepancy between in
-
class communicated changes, iMail communicated changes, and activity
sch
eduling posted in Moodle. Unless otherwise stated, Moodle
assignment
due dates rule as posted.


Exam Submissions

A
M
id
-
T
erm exam will be given during the semester and will cover the chapters assigned
up to
that point as
specified in the Casper
College Semester Schedule
.

The
F
inal

Exam

(given according to the college schedule
for final exam week) will emphasi
ze

the last half of the semester
. The
F
inal
E
xam will follow the same format
as the
Mid
-
Term

exam
, unless otherwise communicated prior to F
inal Exam week
.

Both major Exams will be
offered only in the classroom, utilizing traditional paper format, and will not require Moodle access. There
will be no make
-
up exams offered, unless extenuating circumstances preclude class attendance that day.
For
those students with families, please plan accordingly to ensure you are available during exam times.
Exceptions will be evaluated by the instructor and the instructor has final approval decision for make
-
ups.


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E
valuation Criteria
:

Grades will be
assign
ed

on a total percentage basis

for all course assignments

AND Course Participation
Activity (CPA) worksheet completion
.

A
ll points for the class

course assignments

will be added and a
percentage figured against total possible points

within the foll
owing categories:


30
%
Ruby

Café Case Studies


12
-
1
4
Chapter
Case Studies




8
% Current Event Articles


4 Article Reviews


17% Unit Summary Case Studies

4 Major Case Studies



15
%
Research
Project


................................
..

Topic Identification


1
%


................................
..

Project Proposal


2
%


................................
..

Lit. Review
Outline


3
%


................................
..

Initial Draft



3
%


................................
..

Completed Project


6
%


2
0
%
Midterm and
Final Exam


10% Midterm / 1
0
% Final

1
0
%
Class Contribution
*


*
An assessment of class attendance, cooperation with others, class participation, attitude, initiative, and the
demonstrated
ability to get your work in on time.


The grading scale is as follows:

A

...............................

90
-
100%

B

...............................

80
-
89%

C

...............................

70
-
79%

D

...............................

60
-
69%

F
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0
-
59%


Course
Participat
ion



Regular attendance is expected, and mandatory
.

For distance learning sections, regular access to your
Moodle portal is important, and at least one access should be early in the week to identify any changes
in weekly assignments or shifts i
n due dates. Timely completion of assignments is imperative
.
Once we
review a case study in class, typically at the end of each week, late assignment submissions cannot be
accepted or will be accepted with significant late penalties, to be determined at
time of submission.
Plan your schedules; exceptions will be exceptional.



Required Text, Readings, and Materials:



Management Information Systems
, 1st edition,
Rainer & Watson (2012).

(
ISBN: 978
-
1
-
118
-
28604
-
3)



MS OS7 (Operating System) &
Microsoft 2010 Professional
(MS Office Projects Requirement)


Class Policies:



As a student you are expected to attend all classes for which you are registered and will be accountable
for all class work during an absence. Excessive absences or tardiness
will

result in a lowered grade or
dismissal from the course
, as absences will directly impact your ability to complete
assignments
requiring lecture and reading materials
.

In addition, you are
expected to complete all reading
assignments, complete all hom
ework assignments/projects and take all scheduled
exams
. Reading
assignments should be completed at hom
e.


Assignments
should

be completed and submitted in the

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order listed on the syllabus

as all assignments relate to weekly and unit level text reading and

class
discussion comprehension
, as well as timely Case Study analysis.




C
ell phones, pagers, music CDs, MP3 players, radios, etc.
are
PROHIBITED in the classroom

during
lecture periods
.

Students are welcome to use personal laptops with appropriate MS O
ffice software for
in
-
class labs, taking notes, and project research. However, personal email and chats are prohibited
during class period. Violations will result in immediate class drop.
Students are expected to turn off
cell phones or set them to vibr
ate during class time.

If you need to take a call, you must leave the
classroom to do so. Students not abiding by these rules will be asked to leave the classroom.


An important objective of this class is to maximize each student’s opportunity to learn. Yo
u are
required

to show respect

to your instructor and fellow classmates

be
courteous and considerate of each other
at all times.
Disrespectful or disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated
. Use of inappropriate behavior or
language can result in dismissal

from class.


Last Date to Change to Audit Status or to Withdraw with a W Grade:
November 8
, 201
2
.


Student Rights and Responsibilities:

Please refer to the Casper College Student Conduct and Judicial Code for information concerning your
rights and responsibilities as a Casper College Student.



Chain of Command:

If you have any
problem

with this class, you should first contact the instru
ctor in order to solve the
problem. If you are not satisfied with the solution offered by the instructor, you should then take your
concern

through the appropriate chain of command starting with the
D
epartment
H
ead,
t
he
Dean
, and
lastly the
V
ice
P
resident
for
Academic A
ffairs.



Academic Dishonesty
:


(
Cheating & Plagiarism
)
Casper College demands intellectual honesty. Proven plagiarism or any form of
dishonesty associated with the academic process can result in the offender failing the course in which
the offense was committed or expulsion from school. See the Casper College Student Code of Conduct.


Official Means of Communication
:

Casper College faculty and staff will employ the student's assigned Casper College email account as a
primary method of c
ommunication. Students are responsible to check their account regularly
.


ADA Accommodations Policy
:

If you need academic accommodations because of a disability, please inform me as soon as possible. See
me privately after class, or during my office hour
s. To request academic accommodations, students
must first consult with the college’s
Disability Services Counselor located in the Gateway Building, Room
344, (307) 268
-
2557,
bheuer@caspercollege.edu

. The
Disability

Services Counselor
is responsible for
reviewing documentation provided by students requesting accommodations, determining eligibility for
accommodations, and helping students request and use appropriate accommodations.





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Reading / Assignments S
chedule:

This is a draft version of Syllabus II, Assignment Matrix, and is included in draft format only. Please
ensure you download the final version posted in your Moodle shell or made available by your instructor
as a handout during the first week of
lectures for this course.


Week

IMGT 2400
N1

Distance Learning


Homework

Assignments


Notes

Week 01

August 20

Course Overview

Research Project

Grading

Read Chapter 01

Read
Case Study
Guidelines

(Moodle)




Systems Theories

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Chapter 01
Review

Review
Systems Theories

Discuss Ruby’s Club

Read Chapter 02



Week 02


August 27

Chapter 02

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions



Discussions


Read Chapter 03



Week 03

September 3

Chapter 03

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case
Questions






C
lub
Applications

Discussion




Week 04

September 10

Chapters 1
-
3

Review

Case Study Discussion


Major

Case Study 1








Case Study Analysis

Review Discussion

Identify Possible Research
Topics


Week 05

September 17

Research Project

Library Workshop



Research
Workshop

Preparation

Read Chapter 04

Ruby’s Case Questions






Chapter 0
4

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Case Study Discussion

Read Chapter 05



Week 06

September 24

Chapter 0
5

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions






Club

Applications

Review

Article
Discussions

Article Rev
iew

01

Due

Read Chapter 06


Week 07

October 1

Chapter 0
6

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions



Major Case Study 2




Club

Applications

Review

Case Study 2 Review


Case Study 2 Due



Week 08

October 8


Mid
-
Term Week










Week 09

October 15

Chapter 0
7

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Read Chapter 0
7

Ruby’s Case Questions




Club

Applications



Read Chapter 0
8



Week 10

October 22

Chapter 0
8

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions

Research
Project
Outline

Due






Café Applications

Review

Research Project Review

Article Discussion


Café Applications

Read Chapter 0
9

Article Review 02

Due



Week 11

October 29


Chapter 0
9

Lecture
(PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions

Lecture (PPT & HO)



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Week

IMGT 2400
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Distance Learning


Homework

Assignments


Notes



C
lub

Applications

Case Study Review

Case Study
3

Due

Read Chapter
10




Week 12

November 5

Chapter
10

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions





Club

Applications

Review

Research Project Review

Read Chapter 11

Research Draft

Due


Week 13

November 12

Chapter
11

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions




Café Applications

Review

Article
Discussions

Article Review 03

Due

Read Chapter 12


Week 14

November 19

Chapter 1
2

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions

Major Case Study 4






Club
Applications

Review

Case Study 4 Review


Case Study 4 Due

Read Chapter 13


Week 15

November 26

Chapter 1
3

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Club Questions






Café Applications

Review

Research Project Review

Read Chapter 14

Research Project Due


Week 16

December 3

Chapter

1
4

Lecture (PPT & HO)

Ruby’s Case Questions




Club

Review

Final Exam Review