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MGMT 393: Business Information Systems

Course Description

Emphasis on management and technical concepts fundamental to business applications and management control of information systems. Coverage includes management information and decision support systems which aid in planning, organizing and controlling business activities.

Prerequisite: ACCT 281, CISS 170, MGMT 330 (may be taken concurrently) and junior standing.

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Baltzan, Paige. Business Driven Information Systems. 5th ed. New York: Irwin (McGraw-Hill Education), 2015.
    • ISBN-978-1-259-58223-3 (Loose Leaf)
      • Note: There is an alternate hard copy version (choose either the Loose Leaf or Hard Copy edition--not both): Business Driven Information Systems Edition: 5TH 16 Author: Baltzan, Paige / Phillips, Amy ISBN 13: 978-0-07-340298-7

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Upon completion of this course the student should have a working knowledge of the managerial approach to information systems concepts and applications. Managers now have a responsibility for determining their information system needs and for designing and implementing information systems that support these needs. The students should gain an understanding of the opportunities for managers to improve customer service, reduce costs, improve productivity, increase market share, and increase profits.  

Each week will focus on different topics, issues, and challenges encountered by managers and knowledge workers in the information systems arena. Through online conferencing discussions these topics and concepts are reinforced and expanded from the readings in our text.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Word or another word processor such as Open Office
  • Microsoft Excel - this course will require the full capabilities of Microsoft Excel that may not be available through Open Office.
  • You will need the Microsoft PowerPoint program to complete the PowerPoint Presentation assignment.

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the nature, characteristics, components and impact of information systems within the modern business community.
  2. Demonstrate how business information systems can provide organizations with a competitive advantage.
  3. Identify the impact of decision support and artificial intelligence systems on organizations.
  4. Explain the strategies for implementing electronic commerce systems in the modern information age.
  5. Identify the ethical and moral responsibilities of business as BIS directly impacts on individual privacy and financial well-being.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 100 10%
Assignments (7) 140 14%
Apply Your Knowledge (7) 140 14%
Group Case Project 120 12%
Midterm Exam 200 20%
Final Exam 300 30%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 12 Saturday/Sunday
Discussion: Introductions 4 Sunday
Assignment 1 20
Apply Your Knowledge Project 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 12 Saturday/Sunday
Assignment 2 20 Sunday
Apply Your Knowledge Project 2 20
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 12 Saturday/Sunday
Assignment 3 20 Sunday
Apply Your Knowledge Project 3 20
Group Case Project: Project Enrollment 0
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 12 Saturday/Sunday
Assignment 4 20 Sunday
Apply Your Knowledge Project 4 20
Midterm Exam 200
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 12 Saturday/Sunday
Assignment 5 20 Sunday
Apply Your Knowledge Project 5 20
Group Case Project: Status Update 0
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 12 Saturday/Sunday
Assignment 6 20 Sunday
Apply Your Knowledge Project 6 20
Group Case Project: Individual Status Update 0
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 12 Saturday/Sunday
Assignment 7 20 Sunday
Apply Your Knowledge Project 7 20
Group Case Project: Status Update 0
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 12 Wednesday/Thursday
Group Case Project: Final Submission + Peer Evaluation 120 Saturday
Final Exam 300
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Readings

Complete all assigned weekly readings prior to engaging in discussion activities and work on assignments.


Discussions

Discussion assignments are designed to enrich the course by recognizing in-context application of the material and at times sharing personal applications. As such, the questions are principally qualitative in nature but must be anchored with logic from the assigned material. Discussions will consist of questions related to the material covered during the week and integrate terminology covered. Students are especially encouraged to introduce relevant discussion points of view and engage in the discussion dialogue. Participation in all discussions will improve performance on exams and will be graded as described in the discussion rubric with the word minimum described here as part of the model answer.

There will be discussion assignments in Weeks 1-8 and each week is worth 12 points. Students must post to and interact with each topic to receive credit. Active participation includes posting your initial post (or answer to the question/term listed), reading your classmates’ postings, and responding to their posts and comments to yours. The quantitative component of the discussion grading is that students will be expected to respond to each topic by posting a minimum of at least one (1) initial and two (2) reply messages each week with all postings not being made on the same day.

Your initial postings are expected to be original, well-written, substantial (100 words or more), and relevant to the question/term posted.

For full participation credit, you must respond to at least two of your classmates in each discussion. You will not receive full credit if all of your postings are made on the same day.

Your interactive postings may be less substantial than your initial post (50 words or more), but should be just as informative and thought-provoking. Additional information for completing discussions and grading criteria are included in the Content area of the course.

Discussion Facilitation
All discussions must take place in the Discussions area. Postings submitted as attachments will receive zero credit. Each week the discussions will take place from Monday through Sunday. Initial posts must be completed prior to interactive postings. To accomplish this, you will need to make your initial posting by 11:59 pm CT Saturday. The discussion topics will close at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of each week except as noted for the Week 8, where the deadline is 11:59 pm CT Wednesday for initial postings and 11:59 pm CT Thursday for interactive postings. You will not be able to make further postings even if you started the posting prior to midnight. Please plan accordingly.


Assignments

There will be homework assignments in Weeks 1-7 and each is worth 20 points. Each assignment will contain questions from the text or instructor that relate to the topics covered.

Each assignment will be graded on the basis of percent of completeness, clarity, and accuracy/neatness. Homework assignments should be at least 2 full pages (1-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced) unless directed otherwise. Assignments submitted with less than the minimum number of pages may receive less than full credit. Remember, this is a Junior/Senior level course and that your homework assignments should rise to that level. Please include your name and course number. The preferred format to submit assignments is Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). If these formats are not available, other acceptable formats are ASCII (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Open Office (.odt).

Assignments will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday in Weeks 1-7.


Apply Your Knowledge Projects

These assignments are short projects that will be assigned in Weeks 1-7. They focus on the student application of core concepts and tools. Specifically, the exercises demonstrate the value of decision making supported by information systems. Each assignment will be worth 20 points, assigned on the basis of the accuracy of the answer. These will be completed in Microsoft Excel, and require the use of the following types of Excel functions: formulas, conditional formatting, data filtering, and PivotTables. While Excel is used as a tool to make decisions, the emphasis of each assignment is on making sounds organizational decisions. The file type to submit assignments is .xls or .xlsx. You previously covered Excel in the prerequisite CISS 170 course. There are resources available in the Content area if you need a review.

Apply Your Knowledge Projects will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday in Weeks 1-7.

Group Case Project

 The group project is a collaborative written assignment completed by a 'virtual team' you and your classmates will be a part of. The primary goal of this project is for you to learn the challenges and benefits of working with a diverse group in a virtual environment. Learning a methodology of approaching a problem and documenting a proposal is the secondary objective of this assignment. The actual submission of the project is merely a vehicle to accomplishing these objectives.

Your task is to make a ‘virtual’ presentation of a Management Information System (MIS). The system may also take the form of a Transaction Processing System (TPS) or functions of a system dealing with Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Think of yourselves as part of a management team assigned to make a presentation to upper management. You have the flexibility to choose your own business system. Be creative, however remember that information, information technology and people must be key elements in your system.

The team will be responsible for determining their needs and completing a full design and implementation plan for a system that will support those needs. Your final project will be submitted by the group. There are individual points for this assignment based on the grading of the project with a possible offset for individual input to the project.

Your final submission will include a written paper and set of PowerPoint slides. The paper must be at least 9 pages, not including the table of contents or title page. The format may vary. More expectations and submission information can be found in the Content area.

You may find Google Drive to be useful in document sharing. Resources on how to use it and other tools to facilitate the Group Case Project can be found in the Content area.

The Group Case Project Paper and related PowerPoint slides are similar to what would be expected from an in-class presentation except that the students do not have to get up in front of our 'virtual classroom' or submit a video. There are no set requirements for the presentation in terms or number of slides, format, or amount of data on the screen, but the PowerPoint slides should correspond to the written Group Case Project paper.

That being said, here are some specific elements of an effective set of PowerPoint slides:

    · They should include a title page and list of the members of the group.

    · They should have a table of contents/outline of what is going to be covered.

    · Their sequence should track with a verbal presentation (in our case paper) just like would be done in an in-seat class or virtual delivery as a supporting component of the presentation (paper).

    · The slides may vary from bullet format to animated - whatever would normally be included by the group to supplement an in-class presentation.

    · They should use a font similar to what would be used in a classroom which would show up for classroom viewing.

    · One set of slides is submitted per group.

The final submission for the Group Case Project will be due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.

Exams

There will be a Midterm and Final Exam. The Midterm Exam is available during Week 4, and is open-book and self-administered. The Midterm Exam will open Monday of Week 4 and will be due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. The Exam will be composed of 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15) to complete The Midterm Exam, an average of 1 minute, 30 seconds (1:30) per question.

The Final Exam is available during Week 8, and is closed-book with no notes and administered by a proctor. The Final Exam will open on Monday of Week 8 and must be completed with your proctor by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. The Final Exam will be composed of 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15) to complete the Final Exam, an average of 1 minute, 30 seconds (1:30) per question.

Please note: The exams are designed to be taken in a single sitting. You will have 1:15 minutes to complete each exam. The clock starts when you enter the exam. The clock continues to run, even if you log out or lose Internet access. In addition to the 1:15 minutes, there is a three minute grace period to compensate for technological glitches.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Getting Acquainted, Getting Started
Readings
  • Chapter 1 and survey the entire text
Discussion 1
  1. Discuss the differences between data, information, businesses intelligence, and knowledge in relation to a business. Include how the component of people fits into this mix.
  2. Read carefully the section of the text on Porter’s Five Forces model. Apply the Five Forces model to the video market, then state and discuss your analysis and those of other students. Do you agree or disagree and why?
Discussion: Introductions

Discussion this week will include initial classroom interaction. You will make some initial contacts with your fellow students and begin to discuss forming a group of 4-5 each for the group project. You are expected to post to each thread (topic) listed below and to interact with a minimum of two initial postings by other students. It is not necessary to make interactive postings with all of the students. Better students usually make more than the minimum of one initial and two interactive postings. Review the posting requirements in the Course Overview for the minimum lengths.

Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" thread of our class discussion, under the Week 1 topics. This will be our 'virtual classroom,' so let's interact! Please give us more than your name. Include your profession or job, hobbies, interest in information technology, and any other information that can help us get to know you. The Week 5-8 group project will be assigned by groups (4-5 students per group – depending on the size of the class) later in the course, so get to know each other.I would like for you to form your own groups by the end of the Week 3.
    Assignment 1
    • Part 1: Explain the theme of the book (summary/overview) in your own words, and why this is important to our understanding of information technology. You will need to do a high-level survey of the book to complete this assignment. This would be something that you would conclude such as gaining a competitive advantage or the interaction between people and technology. Review the submission requirements for Assignments for the length and formatting of this assignment.
    • Part 2: Answer Chapter 1 Review Questions: 1 and 10
    Apply Your Knowledge Project 1

    Financial Destiny: Use the data file provided in the content area to create a monthly budget of income and expenditures, with some money set aside for savings. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 1 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    This project requires the use of formulas. Assignment details found in Content area.
    Week 2: Decisions Support Systems and Business processes
    Readings
    • Chapter 2
    • Appendix A: Hardware and Software Basics (Special note: This Appendix is included for your review purposes only. It contains a portion of material covered in the prerequisite course CISS 170 and will not be directly included in the exams.)
    Discussion 2
    1. After reviewing Managerial Support Systems, would using a decision support system in a business guarantee a better decision? What makes a good decision? Explain your answers.
    2. Artificial Intelligence topics include Expert Systems, Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms. Do you think that companies can really use artificial intelligence to make a good business decision? Why or why not? Are there ethical concerns here? How about ethical concerns for gathering and using competitive intelligence?
    3. Measuring Organizational Business Decisions (beginning on page 48) are critical to business. If you are working now or in the past, compare and discuss your business success metrics with those listed and described. If you have little or no work experience, identify and discuss those metrics that you think would be most critical in business.
    Assignment 2
    Pay particular attention to the portion of the text on expert systems. Could this tool be applied to the job that you do? Describe how an expert system could be integrated into your work environment either with your job or another job. If your work environment does not lend itself to the use of an expert system, describe how an expert system could be used in another business. Be sure to include a description of the application of the components of an expert system. Review the submission requirements for Assignments for the length and formatting of this assignment.
    Apply Your Knowledge Project 2

    Tracking Donations: Use the data file provided in the content area to determine the total and average donations per organization for a program that matches employee donations to nonprofit organizations. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 2 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    This project requires the use of formulas. Assignment details found in Content area.

    Proctor Information
    Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
    Week 3: eBusiness
    Readings
    • Chapter 3
    Discussion 3
    1. Interact with your fellow students on your experiences (benefits/concerns; positive/negative) with Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) Systems. This would include EDI.
    2. Review Critical Business Thinking article 9. Have an interactive discussion on your opinion related to the questions asked based on what you have read in this chapter.
    Assignment 3
    • Part 1: Read and complete questions 1 through 5 of the Opening Case Questions at the end of Chapter 3.
    • Part 2: Let me know how the course is going for you. Is it what you expected? How is the learning experience? Submit to the appropriate SURVEY area of D2L. This is not worth points.
    Apply Your Knowledge Project 3

    Cost Comparison: Use the data file provided in the content area to determine the cost of ownership for a new computer over the next three years. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 3 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    This project requires the use of formulas. Assignment details found in Content area.

    Group Case Project: Project Enrollment
    By the end of this week, you should have your group chosen using the GROUPs tab in D2L. This is due at 11:59pm CT Sunday.
    Week 4: Ethics and Information Security
    Readings
    • Chapter 4
    Discussion 4
    1. Explain and discuss the relationship between hackers and viruses. Why would hackers would want to gain access to organizational data?
    2. Have you or someone you know experienced computer problems caused by a virus? How did it get into the system and how did it first present itself? What effects did it have on the performance of your system? What was done to remove it and did it have any lasting effects on your system/data?
    3. Under the Heading Apply Your Knowledge Business Projects, Read Project 2. Respond to question A.
    4. Under the Heading Apply Your Knowledge Business Projects, Read Project 2. Respond to question B.
    Assignment 4
    Answer Chapter 4 Review Questions: 10 and 11.
    Apply Your Knowledge Project 4
    Security Analysis: Use the data file provided in the content area to apply worksheet functions and calculations and run simple reports. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 4 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    Requires the use of a formula to apply conditional formatting, the use of AutoFilter to filter your data, and inserting subtotals in a list of data. Assignment details found in Content area.
    Midterm Exam
    The Midterm Exam will be open-book and not proctored. It will cover chapters 1-4 of your text. It will have a one hour and fifteen minute (1:15) time limit and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
    Week 5: Enterprise Applications/System Development and Project Management
    Readings
    • Chapters 8 and 9
    Special note: We are jumping ahead to Module 3 in the text. It will be essential to work on the group project.
    Discussion 5
    1. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is discussed in the text. Briefly summarize in your own words what CRM is all about. What are the benefits? Do you see any possible downside?
    2. Review the chapter 8 Critical Business Thinking article on Total Recall. Have an interactive discussion on your opinion related to the questions asked based on what you have read in this chapter.
    3. Have you been involved in either the planning of a new system implementation or been an early adopter of a new system? Most people have had some involvement in at least the implementation phase. Discuss your experience. Was a SDLC process used? What sort of implementation method would you recommend and why?
    4. Most IS departments have a backlog of work. Is the System Development Life Cycle a good idea or does it just add additional delays? Are the system delays largely necessary or unnecessary? Have you been involved in this process? If so, discuss your experience. If not, what is your opinion of this process and what do you see your role being?
    Assignment 5

    Should new systems be in-sourced (developed in house) or out-sourced (developed by 3rd party). What are the various types of outsourcing? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both options? Fully cover the options in making your recommendations. Review the submission requirements for Assignments for the length and formatting of this assignment.

    Apply Your Knowledge Project 5
    Scanner Systems: Use the data file provided in the content area and use formulas in order to calculate assumptions for a new purchase at a popular theme park. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 5 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    This project requires the use of formulas. Assignment details found in Content area.
    Group Case Project: Status Update
    Provide a status report for your group this week. Compile a list of updates and action items your group is addressing in the Survey area of D2L. Provide details on who is working on each component and a timeline for completing each task. Each person should have a clear understanding of their commitment and role in the group. Past groups have found that breaking the project down by the SDLC components (covered in chapter 9) is helpful for dividing tasks. This status update is due at 11:59pm CT Sunday.
    Week 6: Infrastructures – Sustainable Technologies
    Readings
    • Chapter 5
    Special note: We are jumping back to Module 2 in the text, covering chapters 5-7.
    Discussion 6
    1. How often should a business back up its data?
    2. If you were an IT manager, what specifics would you recommend to ensure backups are working and can be restored?
    Assignment 6

    This week we look at sustainability planning. How should business components be accounted for in a sustainability plan? Include an explanation of backup and recovery protocol/procedures along with disaster recovery and the business continuity plan in your paper. Review the submission requirements for Assignments for the length and formatting of this assignment.

    Apply Your Knowledge Project 6
    Customer Relations: Use the data file provided in the content area to use PivotTables to provide data and recommendations to a restaurant distributor on ways to increase revenue and decrease expenses. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 6 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    This project requires the use of PivotTables, a useful tool to help sort and analyze large quantities of unsorted data. Assignment details found in Content area.
    Group Case Project: Individual Status Update

    Provide an individual status report of your contribution to the group so far. This status update is due at 11:59pm CT Sunday.

    Course Evaluation
    Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
    Week 7: Databases and Data Warehouses
    Readings
    • Chapter 6
    • Appendix C
    Discussion 7
    1. What is data mining? Compare data warehouses, data marts, and data mining. How can they be integrated into business strategies?
    2. Considering topics covered in Chapter 6 and Appendix C, why is managing information as a resource important to an organization? Be sure to consider and include information ownership in your answer. Review the submission requirements for Assignments for the length and formatting of this assignment.
    Assignment 7

    Answer Chapter 6 Review Questions: 2, 10, 13, and 14.

    Apply Your Knowledge Project 7
    Assessing the Value of Information: Use the data file provided in this module to analyze sales and determine priority for housing development projects. Full assignment details can be provided on the Apply Your Knowledge Project 7 page. Once you have completed the assignment, submit your data file to the appropriate dropbox.

    This project requires the use of PivotTables. Assignment details found in Content area.
    Group Case Project: Status Update
    Provide a status report for your group this week. Provide updates to your previous task lists and action items your group is addressing in the Survey area of D2L. Provide details on who is working on each component and a timeline for completing remaining tasks. This status update is due at 11:59pm CT Sunday.
    Week 8: Networks – Mobile Business
    Readings
    • Chapter 7
    • Appendix B (Note: If you find Appendix B difficult to understand, be sure to refer to the figures; they will help.)
    Discussion 8
    1. Review the section on Business Applications of Wireless Networks in Chapter 7. Discuss your experience (good and bad) with these technologies and where you think the technology will evolve.
    2. Review Appendix B. LANs, WANs, and MANs/Protocols/Wired, and Wireless. Why hasn’t the IT industry chosen one of these technologies as the standard solution for networks without all of the options? This is a complex topic, so if you don’t understand a specific area, ask, and if you have knowledge, share it with the group.
    3. We are all quite aware of the impact of information technology on business. Will future changes and new solutions be as visibly impactful or will they become more transparent?
    4. What are your thoughts on how security and privacy will be controlled?
    Group Case Project: Final Submission + Peer Evaluation

    Submit your final Group Case Project by11:59 pm CT Saturday. Review the Content area for detailed requirements and expectations. Your report will consist of:

    1. Paper: A written paper with no less than 9 pages (not including the title page or table of contents) prepared by the group.
    2. Presentation: A set of PowerPoint slides prepared by the group.
    3. Peer Review: Complete a peer evaluation of the members of your group, including yourself. Include a percentage (%) rating on the relative contributions to the project by each of the members. The total % for the group must come to 100%.
    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will be proctored and closed-book. It will cover chapters 5-9 and Appendix B and C of your text. It will have a one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15) time limit and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.


    Course Policies

    Student Conduct

    All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

    Plagiarism

    Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

    Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

    All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

    Non-Discrimination

    There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

    Student Accessibility Resources

    Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

    Online Participation

    You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

    Attendance Policy

    Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

    Cougar Email

    All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

    Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

    Late Assignment Policy

    An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

    No late discussion posts will be accepted.

    Late assignments will not receive credit. Discussion postings will not be accepted late. I suggest that you plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute as you may encounter technical problems which could result in not getting the assignment in on time. If you encounter a technical problem in sending in your assignment you will need to overcome it within the time frame that the assignment is due.

    Course Evaluation

    You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

    Proctor Policy

    Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


    Additional Resources

    Orientation for New Students

    This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

    Technical Support

    If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

    Online Tutoring

    Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

    Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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