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