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University of Northern Virginia Syllabus IMSC 500 Information Systems Technology (3 credits) Fall 2011 Prerequisite: None

Administrative Information:
Class Duration: Day/Time: Location: Total contact hours: Sep 29 Dec 22 Saturday 1:30pm-5:45pm AN1-G103 45

Instructor Contact Information:


Instructor: Office Hours: Office: Tel.: E-mail: Raied Salman (Annandale) Friday 9-5pm, Sat 9-1pm. Other appointments by email Annandale 703-941-0949 ext 131 rsalman.faculty@unva.edu

Instructional Material:
Principles of Information Systems: A Managerial Approach, 7th edition, Ralph M. Stair and George W. Reynolds. Course Technology, (ISBN: 0619215615)

Course Description:
Understanding and effectively using information technology is important in today's competitive environment. Students gain an understanding of information technology for management decision-making, including how to evaluate, manage, and use technology. Prerequisite: None

Course Learning Outcome:


Information systems and the strategies for managing them change quickly, but the principles that guide both often remain timeless. These principles form the backbone of this comprehensive survey of the field, designed for a students first course in information technology. By presenting the details and the big picture, this course puts the lessons of managing information systems into an understandable context. The overall principle is that the right information, if it is delivered to the right person, in the right fashion, and at the right time, can improve and ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. The text provides topical coverage of current issues as well as strong focus on the effects of globalization. Specific topic coverage includes: An Introduction to Information Systems Information Systems in Organizations Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices Software: Systems and Application Software Organizing Data and Information Telecommunications and Networks The Internet, Intranets, and Extranets Electronic and Mobile Commerce Enterprise Systems Information and Decision Support Systems Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems Systems Development: Investigation and Analysis Systems Development: Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review The Personal and Social Impact of Computers

Teaching Method:
The class format will include readings, multimedia based presentations, and case discussion. Small development projects will be included for both individual and team work. Significant class time will be used to discuss, explore and analyze recent developments and technologies. This course emphasizes the importance of relating the gained knowledge to real world applications so practical development projects will be an integral part of course. These practical projects will be part of each unit; this allows continuous integration of theory and practice. This class is taught as a lecture, with demonstrations of key processes and homework that require students to use the programs and processes so that they are practicing their skills outside the classroom. This class does not include a formal laboratory component.

Students should use the computer laboratories at either campus if they do not have easy computer access elsewhere to complete necessary homework and class projects. Students should take this practical aspect of the course very seriously, and ask questions in class if they do not understand any aspect of the software we use.

Course Schedule and Outline


Date
Sep 30 Oct 9 Topics An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations Information Systems in Organizations Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices Software: Systems and Application Software Organizing Data and Information Telecommunications and Networks The Internet, Intranets, and Extranets

Assessment
Discussion1

Readings Chapter 1

Oct 10 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 30 Oct 31 Nov 6

Discussion2 Q1 Discussion3

Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6

Nov 7 Nov 13

Review and Mid Term Exam

Mid-Term

Ch1-ch6

Nov 14 Nov 20

Electronic and Mobile Commerce Enterprise Systems

Discussion4

Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9

Nov 21 Nov 27

Information and Decision Support Systems Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems

Nov 28 Dec 4 Dec 5 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 18 Dec 19 Dec 22

Systems Development: Investigation and Analysis Systems Development: Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review The Personal and Social Impact of Computers Review and Final Exam

Q2

Chapter 10 Chapter 11

Assignment Final

Chapter 12 Ch7-ch12

Course Requirements:
Assignment Quizzes Discussions Assignment Mid Term Value 20% 20% 20% 20%

Final Exam Total

20% 100%

Academic honesty is non-negotiable. All assignments submitted in fulfillment of course requirements must be the student's own work. Plagiarism and/or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a grade of zero on the assignment. Students should consult the Students Handbook on the University web-site or in the University catalog. The course grades are assigned as: 91 100% ------------A 81 90% -------------B 71 80% ------------C Below 71%-----------F The distribution of certain information about students is governed by the Federal Educational Records Protection Act (FERPA). According to FERPA, student grades may not be posted or given over the phone or the Internet.

Attendance, Absence, Lateness, Incomplete:


In accordance with the policies of the University of Northern Virginia, class attendance is required, and classes will start promptly at the scheduled time. In online courses, attendance will be determined based on discussion participation of at least two days per week each week. If a student does not attend during [three] weeks of the [twelve] week course, he/she will be subject to automatic withdrawal from the course. A course grade of incomplete will be given only under very unusual circumstances, and only if the student has completed at least 75% of the assigned work by the last day of class and only when an incomplete contract is signed and approved. Students receiving Veterans benefits and International students in the US on F-1 visas are reminded that regular attendance is required. The university is required by law to report excessive absenteeism by students in these two categories.

Classroom Policies:
Library Usage Library usage is required and will be expected in the development of one or more of your class projects. Library resources provide essential sources of data and information that you will need to successfully complete this course. The UNVA library offers a large number of resources, particularly online, for the student to use in this course for literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and other projects or papers. Students can gather information on current events, case studies, and scholarly research. Examples include current newspapers (Wall Street Journal), magazines (Business Week), databases (ProQuest, Business Source

Complete), other online resources and access to the Internet. Students will become familiar with the library resources and shall incorporate them into assignments or projects as appropriate. Internet Usage: You will be expected to have daily access to the internet and e-mail. Assignment updates, additions and changes may be sent by e-mail. If you do not own a computer, there are computers accessible to you in UNVA computer labs and the UNVA Library. Related to internet usage, it is also expected that you are able to: Attach files to e-mails and retrieve attached files Use proper grammar and etiquette when writing e-mail Use virus protection utilities on your computer Use common applications such as word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software. E-mail Usage: You should use your UNVA e-mail account when sending an e-mail message to any member of the teaching team. To set up an account please use the directions below. UNVA Student E-mail Account Activation Directions

1. E-mail box set up rules:


First letter of first name + last name + last four numbers of student ID; For example a student name is John Lee and his student id is 107-00-2545 Then his e-mail account should start be jlee2546 Default password is unvaunva (lower case) 2. Website: http://stud.unva.edu (without WWW) or You may access your account via the homepage of www.unva.edu directly 3. Regarding UNVA student e-mail assistance issues, you may contact Ms. Er Liang eliang.admin@unva.edu for account creation or Mr. Henry Ou hou.admin@unva.edu for technical support. Please be aware of the limitations of e-mail and adhere to the following guidelines.. Unfortunately, because of past experience, the guidelines now include those e-mail behaviors to which no response will be given. Write the Course Code in subject line, then the topic (example: EDLD510: Annotated Bib. clarification). Include a greeting and salutation in all your e-mails. Include the name you prefer to be called.

Retain all related e-mails at the bottom of any response you send and place your response at the top. I will not search through previous e-mails to attempt to discover the topic of our e-mail exchange, nor will I search through a message for new information. Content questions that require in-depth explanation are inappropriate for e-mail and you will receive a response asking you to come to office hours to have the question answered. In online courses, or blended courses, you may be directed to post your question or comments to the appropriate online discussion forum. Do not use e-mail in emergency situations or when you need a response in less than 24 hours.

The following types of e-mail will receive no response: Any e-mail which contains hostile or accusatory language will remain unanswered and the sender may be reported to the appropriate authorities. Any e-mail sent requesting a change of grade for any reason other than an error in calculation or recording of points will remain unanswered. Any e-mail sent which contains student opinions about the fairness of the course or exams will remain unanswered. Date of last review: Sep 2011