As part of this course, you will complete 2 - 3 discussions per week. You must submit your initial post to each discussion no later than 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday. You must provide at least two substantive responses to classmates' posts in each discussion by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday (with the exception of Week 8 which is due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday). Substantive responses go beyond "Great point!" or "I agree." These responses will add to your classmates' posts and increase the discussion taking place. Responses that are not deemed substantive will not receive credit. Discussion postings must be made on a minimum of two separate days to receive full credit.
Spelling and grammar are important in both your initial posts and responses. In addition, make sure you cite appropriately when providing examples or referencing sources.
A rubric is provided in the Content area of the course for your to review.
You will have one Homework Assignment each week through Week 7. Each assignment is worth 20 points. As part of these assignments, you will be asked to answer questions from the book and instructor. Your submission must be in MLA format. This includes:
- at least 2 full pages
- 1-inch margins
- 12-point Times New Roman
- references and citations as necessary
Your submission must contain references to receive full credit.
It is preferred that you submit your Homework Assignment in either .doc or .docx formats; however, .txt, .rtf, and .odt formats will be accepted.
Submit your assignment to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT of the appropriate week.
Paper and PowerPoint Project
As part of this project, you will collaborate in a small group of classmates as a 'virtual team.' You will be assigned to a team during Week 2 by your instructor and provided a group discussion area in the course. You can begin working on your project as soon as your instructor has organized the teams. Your team will take the role of a management team that is presenting to the company’s upper management. Your team is proposing the implementation of a specific MIS system to solve a business problem. Your team will choose the business (it does not have to be a real business), the problem that the proposed system is intended to solve, and the type of system that your team is proposing to implement in order to solve the problem. Regardless of the type of solution you are proposing, your presentation must address the following:
- Information Technology;
It is recommended that you review the Example Project and Getting Started information in Week 3 to assist with making these determinations.
Team Schedule and End Products
Your virtual team will create a paper and a presentation of a Management Information System (MIS) including a full design and implementation plan. The MIS solution that you propose could be a Transaction Processing System (TPS), a Customer Relationship Management System (CRMS) or any other type of MIS solution that addresses the problem you are trying to solve.
To stay on track, it is recommended to use the following schedule:
- Week 3
- Review the Project Objectives, Project Guidelines, Getting Started, and Project Example in the Content area
- Introduce yourself to your team in the D2L group discussions
- Determine additional resources your team will utilize (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
- Begin discussing your company's information
- Week 4
- Finalize your company or organization's specifics
- Assign responsibilities (see Project Guidelines and Getting Started for recommendations)
- Week 6
- Complete a draft of both the paper and PowerPoint
- Week 7
- Revise and edit both the paper and PowerPoint
- Week 8
- One team member will submit the group's paper and PowerPoint to the appropriate Dropbox folder no later than 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday
This is a team project, but the points are awarded individually. In grading the project and awarding points the instructor will take into account the extent to which each member contributed to the project and award points to each individual team member accordingly. You should attempt to work out issues within your groups; however, if the issues cannot be worked out please notify the instructor of the concerns.
There will be Group Discussion topics provided in D2L, and Columbia College does provide access to Google Drive as part of our CougarTrack account. As a group you can decide if you need to utilize additional online collaboration tools such as One Drive. Specific requirements for the paper and PowerPoint include:
- .doc or .docx files (preferred), but .txt, .rtf, or .odt will be accepted
- At least nine pages not including the Table of Contents and Title Page
- All sources must follow MLA formatting
- Should match the sequence of the PowerPoint
- Only one paper submitted per group
The Paper and PowerPoint Project are due to the appropriate Dropbox no later than 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday of Week 8.
- .ppt or .pptx files
- Title page and list of members in the group
- Table of Contents/Outline of what will be covered
- Follows the sequence of the paper
- No minimum number of slides; however, there must be enough slides to thoroughly communicate the plan and implementation of the system
- Only one set of slides submitted per group
The Midterm Exam will cover the content from Weeks 1 - 4 (Chapters 1 - 8). The exam will open on Wednesday at 12:01 am CT and close at 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of Week 4. You will have one attempt and 75 minutes to complete the exam. The exam will consist of 50 multiple choice and true/false questions. The exam is not proctored.
The Final Exam will cover the content from Weeks 5 - 8 (Chapters 9 - 15). The exam will open on Wednesday at 12:01 am CT and close at 11:59 pm CT on Saturday of Week 8. You will have one attempt and 75 minutes to complete the exam. The exam will consist of 50 multiple choice and true/false questions. The exam is not proctored.