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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: MGMT 393
Course Title: Business Information Systems
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog 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. Prerequisites: ACCT 281, CISS 170, MGMT 330 (may be taken concurrently) and junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ACCT 281, CISS 170, MGMT 330 (may be taken concurrently) and junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Management Information Systems
By Laudon, Kenneth & Jane Laudon (Prentice Hall)
Essentials of Management Information Systems
By Laudon, Kenneth & Jane Laudon (Pearson Prentice-Hall)
Management Information Systems for the Information Age
By Haag, Cummings & McCubbrey (McGraw-Hill)
Business Driven Information Systems
By Baltzan, Paige (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives

• To understand the fundamental role and impact of Business Information Systems (BIS). • To understand how business information systems assist organizations develop and maintain competitive advantage. • To understand how business information systems aid in the organization’s decision-making process. • To understand how BIS affects the daily lives of the current workforce and will increasingly impact the future of tomorrow’s workforce.

Measurable Learning
  • Articulate the nature, characteristics, components and impact of information systems within the modern business community.
  • Demonstrate how business information systems can provide for-profit or non-profit business organizations and national governments with competitive advantage.
  • Identify the impact of decision support and artificial intelligence systems on individuals and organizations.
  • Explain the strategies for implementing electronic commerce systems in the modern information age.
  • Identify the ethical and moral responsibilities of business as BIS directly impacts on individual privacy and financial well-being.
  • Identify the impact of internet websites on both businesses and consumers.
    Topical Outline:

    This course includes a written and oral presentation component. • The Information Age • Strategic and competitive opportunities • Databases and data warehouses • Decision support and artificial intelligence • Electronic commerce • Emerging technologies • Developing IT systems • Protecting information and people


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    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 6, 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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