Brian J. Reithel, PhD, CDP
Professor of Management Information Systems
Holman Hall 368
Office Hours: T/Th 9:00-9:30 a.m., 10:45-11:30 a.m., or by appointment
by David M. Kroenke
Companion Website from the Publisher
Microsoft Office 2007: Excel (or any other new/current Excel reference book)
by Timothy J. O'Leary and Linda I. O'Leary
McGraw Hill, 2008
How Computers Work (Ninth Edition)
by Ron White
The study of management information systems and decision support systems with a focus on computer-based model development techniques. This course also covers the relationship among advanced information technologies, business processes and organization performance. Prerequisite: Bus 230
MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:
The major objectives of this course revolve around helping the student:
- Understand the ways in which organizations use information technology for competitive advantage.
- Develop an understanding of the terminology associated with all aspects of information systems.
- Become familiar with key concepts related to hardware, software, telecommunications, database systems, and systems development.
- Study the various types of electronic commerce applications in use today and likely to emerge in the coming years.
- Examine long-term trends in information technology that will impact organizations in the future.
- Cultivate a deeper understanding of advanced uses of Microsoft Excel for complicated decision-making and information analysis scenarios.
Obviously, the discussion regarding the syllabus topic of the day will come from the Kroenke text, Excel's built-in Help files, and/or individually-conducted web research. It is important that you read this material before class so that you will be prepared to ask good questions and to gain additional professional insight from our conversations about these topics.
Also, during every week of the semester -- beginning on Tuesday, January 22nd and continuing through May 1st -- each student is also expected to bring a print-out of their "Favorite IT-related News Story" from the web. Good sites for finding these types of stories include: Google News, CNet , BusinessWeek's Technology News , ComputerWorld, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0, FastCompany, and more.
School of Business Administration Statement of Academic Integrity
The School of Business Administration upholds honor and academic integrity in all of its teaching, research, and service activities. All business faculty, staff, and students are charged with the responsibility to behave with personal and professional integrity and to refrain from dishonorable conduct.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Students who have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or students who have questions related to any accommodations for testing, note takers, readers, etc., should speak with the course instructor as soon as possible and contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 with questions about such services. Further information can be found at www.olemiss.edu/depts/sds/.
COMPUTER LABORATORY ACTIVITIES:
|Preparedness and Participation||10%|
IMPORTANT NOTE: This syllabus is subject to revision throughout the semester. Please check it periodically and/or make note of the "Last Changed" date at the very bottom to make sure you have the most current revision.
|DATE||DISCUSSION TOPICS AND RELATED LINKS|
|January 17||Course introduction, "Did You Know 2.0"|
|22||"MIS and You"
|"Purposes of Information Systems"|
|"Purposes of Information Systems" (cont.)|
|"Hardware and Software"
Excel: Statistical Functions, Sorting, and Formatting
|7||Excel: Financial Functions|
|12||"Data Communications and Internet Technology"
|14||Excel: Date/Time Functions and Information Functions|
|21||Excel: Lookup Functions and Database Functions
|26||Midterm Exam One
NOTE: Wednesday, February 27th is the UM deadline for course withdrawals
|28||"Information Systems Within Organizations"|
|March 4||Excel: Information Functions and Text Functions|
|6||Professionally Useful Tools Video Lecture: Using GoToMyPC.com, GoToMeeting.com, and Adobe Captivate|
|11, 13||UM Spring Break|
|"E-Commerce and Supply Chain Systems"|
|In-Depth: HTML and XML|
|25||"Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management"|
|27||Excel: Introduction to Macros|
|April 1||Excel: Macros -- The Sequel|
|3||Midterm Exam Two|
|8||"Information Systems Management"|
|10||Excel: Importing Data|
|15||"Information Security Management", Social Engineering|
|17||Excel: Using Solver|
|22||Midterm Exam Three|
|24||Open Source Software and Systems Trends|
|29||Excel: Using Scenario Manager|
Future Trends for Information Technology and Society|
Last class meeting
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (Thursday, 8:00 -11:00 a.m.)