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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: BUSI 502
Course Title: Information Systems for Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of the value and uses of information systems for business operations, management decision-making and strategic advantage. Discussions and applications focus on spreadsheet software and its usefulness as a managerial aid.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Management Information Systems for the Information Age
By Haag, Cummings, and McCubbery (Irwin/McGraw-Hill)
Management Information Systems
By Kroenke, David, and Hatch, Richard (Irwin/McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives

  • To explore the fundamental concepts and components of Information Systems (IS).

  • To learn methods of managing and organizing an IS.

    Measurable Learning
  • Explain the importance of Management Information Systems (MIS) within the business community.
  • Analyze the components of MIS decision-support systems and their impact on decision-making.
  • Explain how to collect, manage, and use data to support managerial decisions.
  • Appraise how MIS influence the overall decision-making process from a functional area perspective.
  • Describe how an IS helps to integrate business operations.
    Topical Outline:

    This course includes a written and oral presentation component.

  • The Information Age
  • Hardware and software, and the Internet and World Wide Web

  • Strategic competitive opportunities

  • IT systems in organizations

  • Databases and data warehouses

  • Building databases

  • Decision support and artificial intelligence  

  • Electronic commerce and network basics


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Kenneth Akers Date: May 10, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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