Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis

IS 5800 -- Management Information Systems
Section G01 Schedule -- Winter, 2010

  • Joe Valacich and Christoph Schneider, Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World, Fourth Edition, Prentice-Hall (Pearson), 2009.
         Available online through 180 day subscription or downloadable version for $70.40.
         Available through Amazon for $145.20 or through Barnes & Noble for $158.40.
         Used versions from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble for cheaper prices (range from $90-$130).

  • Nolan Hester, Creating a Web Site in Dreamweaver CS4: Visual QuickProject Guide, Peachpit Press, 2008.
         Available at Amazon for $11.55 and at Barnes and Noble for $12.23.
         Used versions from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble for cheaper prices (range from $6.80 - $28.99).

  • Carr, N., "IT Doesn't Matter," Harvard Business Review, 81(5), May 2003, p. 41-49. (see Mygateway Site under Documents)
  • Dhar,V. and A. Sundararajan, "Does IT Matter in Business Education? Interviews with Business School Deans?" Working Paper # CeDER-06-08, Center for Digital Economy Research, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, June 17, 2006. (see Mygateway Site under Documents)
  • Luftman, J., R. Kempaiah, and E.H. Rigoni, "Key Issues for IT Executives 2008," MIS Quarterly Executive, 8(3), September 2009, p. 151-159. (see Mygateway Site under Documents)
  • McAfee, A., "Enterprise 2.0," MIT Sloan Management Review, 47(3), Spring 2006, p. 21-28. (see Mygateway Site under Documents)
  • Nelson, R.R., "IT Project Management: Infamous Failures, Classic Mistakes, and Best Practices," MIS Quarterly Executive, 6(2), June 2007, p. 67-78. (see Mygateway Site under Documents)
  • Suitt, H., D. Weinberger, P. Samuelson, R. Ozzie, and E. Motameni, "A Blogger in Their Midst," Harvard Business Review, 81(9), September 2003, p. 30-40. (see Mygateway Site under Documents)

  • Cusamano, M.A., The Business of Software, Free Press, 2004. -- Chapter 1 (see Google Books)
  • Friedman, T.L.The World is Flat, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2007 -- Chapter 1 (see Google Books)
  • Friedman, T.L.Hot, Flat and Crowded, Pan Books Limited, 2009. -- Chapter 1 (see Google Books)
  • Raymond, E.S., The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental RevolutionaryThyrsus Enterprises, Version 3.0, O'Reilly Media, 2001. (available online)
  • Rogers, E.M., Diffusion of Innovations, New York, Free Press, 2006, forth or fifth edition -- Chapter 1 (see Google Books)
  • Tapscott, D., Williams, A.D., Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, Portfolio, 2008. -- Chapter 1 (see Google Books)
  • Supplemental Materials:
    Class Home Page:
    Current Page:
    Web Materials:
    UMSL Home Page:
    MIS Home Page:

    Prerequisites: none

    My Expectations:
  • I assume you are here to learn about information systems in preparation for your ultimate career. To accomplish that:
       · You must come to class prepared; you must read and think about the material before you get here.
       · You must demonstrate critical thinking skills.
       · You to participate in class discussions and class activities.
       · You must participate fully in the group projects. This means that you will think about your project, go to group meetings, participate in the data collection and analysis. Each person must accept the responsibility for the project.
  • It is your responsibility to ask questions in class or office hours when you are confused.
  • I expect you to be courteous and respectful to me and your classmates, and professional to class visitors and to your clients.
  • While I will not monitor your use of the computers during class, I expect you to be respectful in your use of the computer and I expect you to pay attention regardless of what you are doing with the computer.
  • Your success in this course is important to me. When I believe that the programs offered at the Center for Student Success (CSS) will help you academically, I will send a referral.
    Assignments: There are individual assignments and group assignments: See Assignments Page

    Due Dates: Due dates are listed for each project. In each case, the assignment is due at the end of the class period on the due date. NO late assignments will be accepted.

    Format: All assignments must be typed (or word-processed) and must be double-spaced; use page numbers. Margins must be at least one inch (1") on all sides. Staple assignments in upper left corner; do not provide folders with your work. Not only will I grade on the basis of the content of the material, but also the presentation of the material. I expect the writing to be of the caliber of college graduates; I expect good grammar and accurate spelling.

    "Networking" Activities: Learning to network, and learning to learn about new topics is an important part of any IS Professional's life. Therefore, you are going to practice that activity this semester by attending at least three external events. These might include the IS Mentoring Program, the IS Programming Club, the Career Services Mentoring Activities, the Executive Leadership Institute Events, the Distinguished Lecture program, Student Night Seminars sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Information Systems Audit and Control Associations, the local Web Developers Chapter, Saint Louis Visual Basic Users Group, the XPSTL Group, the Wireless SIG or any other IS-related seminar by a campus based or local professional organization (if it is not in this list, be sure to get permission before you go). The base grade will be the percentage of the expected events (3) you attend. Any you attend above three will count as extra credit. To get credit for attendance, you must bring a note from an officer of the organization noting the date of your attendance, your name and the speaker's topic. Things that I know about are listed online. You may attend other appropriate, professional activities as well.

             Due Date: three by the send of the semester
             Format: documented attendance

    Exams: There will be a midterm and a final exam
    Midterm Exam: Distributed on March 3, Due on March 10.
    Final Exam: May 12 7:45 - 9:45 pm
    Make-up exams will be provided only for those students who have spoken with the professor prior to the exam and who have a justifiable reason for missing the exam. In add other cases, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) on the exam.

    Grading Policy: The following proportions will be used for grading.

    Individual Homework
    Email with Signature
    Facebook Page and Connection
    LinkedIn Page and Connection
    Wikipedia Entry
    The Blog
    Group Homework
    Review of the Periodicals
    Internet Tools and Business
    Technology Trends Review
    Cyber Crime Review
    Networking Activities  6%
    Midterm  20%
    Final  20%

    Approximate letter grades will be assigned when exams and projects are returned. Students should remember, however, that the term average is a weighted average of the numerical grades, not an average of the approximate letter grades.

    Drop Policy: For the purposes of this policy, the "effective drop date" is the date which I am informed of the drop or the actual date of the drop, which ever is later. Students can and may inform me by leaving me a note in my mailbox, leaving me a message (on voice mail or email) or by speaking to me in person or over the telephone.

    A student may drop this class until March 11 with a passing grade. (Note the University policy states that you may drop until February 15 without receiving a grade; this policy is simply an extension of the University policy.) Between March 12 and April 12, a student will receive either a passing grade (excused) or a failing grade (F) depending upon his or her performance (current grade) in the course. A student may withdraw after April 13 only with and solely with the approval of the dean of his or her division. If you want to withdraw after this date, go directly to your dean; do not ask for my signature -- my signature is not needed and I will not provide it. Under no circumstance may a student drop this class after May 5, 2010.

    Classroom Courtesy: I realize that I should not have to tell you these things, and I apologize to those of you for whom this is unnecessary, but in the past few years I have noticed a significant increase in bad classroom manners and inconsiderate behavior. So please adhere to the following rules. Repeated violations of these will be grounds for reducing your course grade.
  • Adherence to the Student Conduct Code is expected.
  • Adherence to the Acceptable Use of Computing Code is expected.
  • I commit to create a climate for learning characterized by intellectual diversity and a respect for each other and the contributions each person makes to class. I expect you to make a similar commitment.
  • I am committed to insuring a positive learning environment by respecting that University policy. I expect you to make a similar commitment.
  • Turn off your phones and pagers before entering class; do not talk on the phone in class.
  • Come to class on time. In those rare cases where being late is unavoidable, please enter the classroom quietly and take a seat as close to the door as possible. If the class period is more than half done, do not bother to come to the class. Once in class, do not get up and leave unless it is truly an emergency.
  • Open beverage cans and bottles and snack bags before class starts. If you eat during class, please do so quietly. Clean up afterwards; wipe up spills and throw away trash.
  • Keep talking with your neighbor to a minimum. If you are confused about something in class, please ask me - that is my job.
  • When you the laptop computers, do so quietly. Recently the typing by students has gotten so loud that it is very distracting both to me and the members of the class.
  • When we have guest speakers, I expect that you will pay attention and will not be improperly using the computer or talking to neighbors.
  • Bring a handkerchief or tissue to class to blow your nose in case you get the sniffles.
  • I am not going to supervise your use of the computer in class. However, you are responsible for all the material covered in class -- if you do not pay attention and miss important material, I am not going to go over it again.
  • Disabilities: Students requiring special accommodations should meet with me during office hours so that we can discuss how to meet your needs this semester. Prior to our meeting be sure you have met with someone in the campus offices that supports student with disabilities (MSC 144). If, during the semester, you are experiencing a serious emotional trauma, please inform me of this before taking an exam; once an exam is taken the grade must be counted and no "retake" is possible.

    Academic Honesty: According to the University Standard of Conduct, Section 6.0101,

    The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards.

    Furthermore, note that the University's Collected Rules 200.010 B.1 REQUIRE faculty to notify Academic Affairs of suspected cases of dishonesty. It states, "In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer."

    For the purposes of this class, cheating will include: plagiarism (using the writings of another without proper citation), copying of another (either current or past student's work), working with another on individually assigned work or exams, unauthorized marking on a graded paper or exam, or in any other way presenting as one's own work that which is not entirely one's own work. Any student who is caught cheating on any assignment or exam will receive a grade of zero (0) for that assignment or exam. Further, a recommendation will be made to the appropriate university officials that additional disciplinary action be taken. Further definitions and clarifications can be found in the University guidelines.

    Any student who is caught cheating on any assignment or exam will receive a grade of zero (0) for that assignment or exam. Further, a recommendation will be made to the appropriate university officials that additional disciplinary action be taken.

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