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BUSI 502: Information Systems For Mgmt

Course 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.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Pearlson, Keri & Saunders, Carol S.. Managing and Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach. 5th. New Jersey: Wiley, 2013.
    • ISBN-978-1-118-28173-4

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

The information we are going to exchange in the context of this course will enable all of us to appreciate the complexity of information systems and their role in assisting decision making in a business setting. Information system refers broadly to a computer-based system that provides managers with the tools for organizing, evaluating and efficiently running their departments. For an information system to provide the past, present, and prediction information, the software used helps in the following areas:

  • decision making,
  • data resources such as databases,
  • the hardware resources of a system,
  • decision support systems,
  • people or project management applications,
  • any computerized processes that enable the department to run efficiently

Your participation is vital to not only your understanding of the material but also to add to your classmates’ understanding of principles and concepts. In addition to your bookwork, I will be sending you out to the Internet for material vital to this discipline. Together we can make this a great learning experience.



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 Office or another word processor such as 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.

Audio equipment is required for this course.  Examples are a microphone built into a laptop, a microphone from a webcam, plug-in headset or a USB microphone.

Course Objectives

  • To explore the fundamental concepts and components of Information Systems (IS).
  • To learn methods of managing and organizing an IS.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • 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 operation.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 720-800 90-100%
B 640-719 80-89%
C 560-639 70-79%
F 0-559 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 84 10%
Assignments 168 21%
Article Reviews 48 6%
Research Paper 100 12%
Exams 400 50%
Total 800 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 7
Assignment 1 14 Sunday
Assignment 2 14
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Assignment 3 14 Sunday
Article Review 1 12
Exam 1 100
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5 7
Assignment 4 14 Sunday
Assignment 5 14
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Assignment 6 14 Sunday
Article Review 2 12
Exam 2 100
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 7
Assignment 7 14 Sunday
Assignment 8 14
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Assignment 9 14 Sunday
Article Review 3 12
Exam 3 100
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 11 7
Assignment 10 14 Sunday
Assignment 11 14
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 12 7 Wednesday/Saturday
Assignment 12 14 Saturday
Article Review 4 12
Research Paper 100
Exam 4 100
Total Points 800

Assignment Overview

Discussions

You must complete your initial post for each discussion by Wednesday, 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) of each assigned week. You must post your responses to at least three classmates for each discussion by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT of the assigned week. You must complete Week 8's responses by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT.

You can review the grading criteria for discussion posts and responses in the Content area.

Note: You must post your original response before you can view other classmates’ posts. 


Assignments

Assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of specific information/concept(s) within this course. The links to the assignments will not be visible until you read the Assignment Template Instructions in the Content area. The number and type of assignments due each week will vary. Each Assignment is due to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Be sure to read thoroughly your assignment to ensure you understand all the details required to successfully submit each assignment. Bulleted or numbered lists will not be accepted. Your answers are expected to be in meaningful paragraphs composed of well-formatted sentences with appropriate flow. Be sure to restate the question in your answers to make sure you cover all of the material requested.

You can review the grading criteria in the Content area.


Article Review

Your journal article review is written for a reader (e.g., your supervisor, lecturer, tutor or fellow student) who is knowledgeable in the discipline and is interested not just in the coverage and content of the article being reviewed, but also in your critical assessment of the ideas and argument that are being presented by the author.

Use the following questions to engage with the journal article and help you form your critical analysis:

  • Objectives: what does the article set out to do?
  • Theory: is there an explicit theoretical framework? If not, are there important theoretical assumptions?
  • Concepts: what are the central concepts? Are they clearly defined?
  • Argument: what is the central argument? Are there specific hypotheses?
  • Method: what methods are employed to test these?
  • Evidence: is evidence provided? How adequate is it?
  • Values: are value positions clear or are they implicit?
  • Literature: how does the work fit into the wider literature?
  • Contribution: how well does the work advance our knowledge of the subject?
  • Style: how clear is the author's language/style/expression?
  • Conclusion: a brief overall assessment.

Meeting these demands

  1. Get to know the article you are reviewing. Look at the title, the table of contents, the abstract and the introduction. These should give you some idea of the central focus and the coverage of the article and the author's reasons for writing the article. Skim quickly through the whole article, running your eye over opening sentences of paragraphs and glancing at any tables, illustrations or other graphic materials. Read more closely the first section, which should tell you the main issues to be discussed and indicate the theoretical or conceptual framework within which the author proposes to work. Read closely the final section, which should cover the author's conclusions and summarize the main reasons why these conclusions have been reached. Now that you are familiar with the text, read the whole text thoroughly to develop a basis on which to critically review it.
  2. Decide which aspects of the article you wish to discuss in detail in your review: the theoretical approach? The content or case studies? The selection and interpretation of evidence? The range of coverage? The style of presentation? Usually you will discuss the main issues which the author has specifically examined. Sometimes you may choose a particular issue because it has importance for you and the course you are studying, even if it is not the main issue for the author.
  3. Now, on the basis of your overall knowledge of the article and your decision about which issues you will discuss, read in closer detail the sections which are relevant to these issues. Make notes of the main points and key quotations.

If necessary, read other articles or books which are relevant to your topic, possibly to provide supporting evidence or alternative theoretical models or interpretations of data.

The structure of your review should include:

  • an initial identification of the article (author, title of article, title of journal, year of publication, and other details that seem important, e.g., it is originally a French edition, etc.), and an indication of the major aspects of the article you will be discussing.
  • a brief summary of the range, contents and argument of the article. Occasionally you may summarize section by section, but in a short review (1,000-1,500 words) you usually pick up the main themes only. This section should not normally take up more than a third of the total review.
  • a critical discussion of 2-3 key issues raised in the article. This section is the core of your review, 50-60%. You need to make clear the author's own argument before you criticize and evaluate it. Also you must support your criticisms with evidence from the text or from other writings. You may also want to indicate gaps in the author's treatment of a topic; but it is seldom useful to criticize a writer for not doing something they never intended to do.
  • a final evaluation of the overall contribution that the article has made to your understanding of the topic (and maybe its importance to the development of knowledge in this particular area or discipline, setting it in the context of other writings in the field).

You can review the grading criteria for Article Reviews in the Content area.


Exams

All four exams will consist of 40 Multiple Choice or T/F questions valued at 2 points each. There will be an additional essay question valued at 20 points.

The exams are not comprehensive. Each exam only covers the new material after the previous exam. For example, Exam 2 will only cover content from Weeks 3 and 4.

Note: The instructor must grade the essay question, so your first score will appear low.  You will be permitted to view the questions answered incorrectly (but not the question answers) after you submit the Exams.


Research Paper

The Research Paper fulfills a key requirement for this course and must be original work for this course. You may not submit a paper used in another course. When selecting a topic for this paper, you are limited to the content covered in this course. You must submit your topic to the appropriate Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 2. Submitting your topic ensures you have the proper scope of a paper of this size. The final Research Paper Dropbox will not open until you have submitted your Research Paper Topic.

Plagiarism detection is turned on for your Research Paper Assignment. You will have access to the Originality Report. In the opening segment of your Content Section, there is a Plagiarism Test for you to become familiar with the topic and how to approach your paper. I strongly suggest that you take the test and become familiar with the process Columbia College uses in this area. Research papers are to be your own work, which can be influenced by references. Cut and paste activity will show up on the Originality report. A high percentage on the Originality report will affect your grade. Do not submit a paper from another class. That is a form of plagiarism and will be exposed by Turnitin. You will not receive credit for this type of work.

Format and Length

Your paper must be at least 10 pages, double spaced. The title page and bibliography are not included in this 10 page requirement. Maintain reasonable space between paragraphs and pay particular attention to the spacing around figures that you include. The use of pictorial items should be limited. Font size is limited to 12 and the margins are to be set to 1-inch. You must use a style process such as MLA.

Note: If you include images in your paper you must make sure the paper is of adequate length before inserting the images.

References

Your textbook nor Wikipedia can be used as reference sources. You should use between 5 and 7 sources for a paper of this size. Include these in your bibliography. If you use an vetted internet source, it must have a valid URL associated with it.

This assignment is due on Saturday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 8. You can review the grading criteria in the Content area.




Course Outline

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

Week 1:
Readings
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
Discussion 1

Why is it important for business strategy to drive organizational strategy and IS strategy? What might happen if business strategy was not the driver?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 2

How can information itself provide a competitive advantage to an organization? Give two examples. For each example, describe its associated risks.

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 1

Read the case study LEGO 1-1 on page 39. Answer the following questions:

  • How did the information systems and the organization design changes implemented by Knudstorp align with the changes in business strategy?
  • Which of the generic strategies does Lego appear to be using based on this case? Provide support for your choice.
  • Are the changes implemented by Knudstorp an indication of hyper-competition? Defend your position.
  • What advice would you give Knudstorp to keep Lego competitive, growing, and relevant?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Assignment 2

Read the case study Zipcar 2-2 on page 71. Answer the follow questions:

  • Analyze the business model of Zipcar using Porter’s five forces model.
  • Discuss the synergy between the business strategy of Zipcar and information technology.
  • What network effects are part of the strategy of Zipcar? How do they add value?
  • As the CEO of Zipcar, where is your most threatening competition? What would you do to sustain a competitive advantage?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Week 2:
Readings
  • Chapter 3
Discussion 3

Consider the brief description of the zero time organization. What is an example of a control system that would be critical to manage for success in the zero time organization? Why?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 3

Read the case study The FBI 3-2 on page 98. Answer the following questions:

  • What do you think were the real reasons why the VCF system failed?
  • What were the points of alignment and misalignment between the Information Systems Strategy and the FBI organization?
  • What do you think of the CIO’s final comment about how to change attitudes? Do you think it will work? Why or why not?
  • If you were the CIO, what would you do to help the FBI modernize and make better use of information technology?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Article Review 1

Review the grading criteria for the Article Reviews and review the article provided in Week 2’s Content area.

Your Article Review must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 1

This exam is not proctored. There are 40 Multiple Choice or T/F questions along with an essay question. The exam covers Chapters 1, 2 and 3.

You must submit your exam by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Week 3:
Readings
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
Discussion 4

Given the growth in telecommuting and other mobile work arrangements, how might offices physically change in the coming years? Will offices as we think of them today exist by 2020? Why or why not?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 5

Off-the-shelf enterprise IS often forces an organization to redesign its business processes. What are the critical success factors to make sure the implementation of an enterprise system is successful?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 4

Read the case study Trash and Waste Pick Up Services, Inc. 4-1 on page 132. Answer the following questions:

  • What are the positive and negative aspects of Andersen’s use of the GPS-based system to monitor his drivers and salespeople?
  • What advice do you have for Andersen about the use of the system for supervising, evaluating, and compensating his drivers and salespeople?
  • As more and more companies turn to IS to help them monitor their employees, what do you anticipate the impact will be on employee privacy? Can anything be done to ensure employee privacy?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Assignment 5

Read the case study Santa Cruz Bicycles 5-1 on page 164. Answer the following questions:

  • What, in your opinion, was the key factor in Santa Cruz Bicycles’ successful process redesign? Why was that factor the key?
  • What outside factors had to come together for Santa Cruz Bicycles to be able to make the changes they did?
  • Why is this story more about change management than software implementation?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Week 4:
Readings
  • Chapter 6
Discussion 6

What, in your opinion, is the difference between a decentralized architecture and a centralized architecture? What is an example of a business decision that would be affected by the choice of the architecture?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 6

Read the case study Enterprise Architecture at American Express 6-1 on page 194. Answer the following questions:

  • What are the key components of the architecture American Express has created?
  • Why was it important to standardize so much of the architecture? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a standard EA for American Express?
  • Describe how the new architecture supports the goals and strategy of American Express.
  • What types of future payment products and services should be anticipated and prepared for by the EA group? What is your vision of how payments might work? If you were advising the CIO of American Express, what would you suggest his group prepare for?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Article Review 2

Review the grading criteria for the Article Reviews and review the article provided in Week 4’s Content area.

Your Article Review must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 2

This exam is not proctored. There are 40 Multiple Choice or T/F questions along with an essay question. The exam covers Chapters 4, 5, and 6.

You must submit your exam by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Week 5:
Readings
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
Discussion 7

Under what conditions would you recommend using each of these funding methods to pay for information systems expenses: allocation, chargeback, and corporate budget?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 8

The debate about centralization and decentralization is heating up again with the advent of B.Y.O.D. and the increasing use of the Web. Why does the Internet make this debate topical?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 7

Read the case study Troon Golf 7-1 on page 234. Answer the following questions.

  • Why does the TCO approach allow Troon management to refresh its hardware at the optimal cost level?
  • Why, in your opinion, were IT expenses spiraling out of control before the TCO system? What are examples of the hidden costs of operating and maintaining the hardware?
  • If you were the head of marketing for Troon, what benefit would you receive from Mr. Westmark’s decision to implement TCO?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Assignment 8

Read the case study IT Governance at University of the Southeast 8-1 on page 258. Answer the following questions:

  • Describe the IT governance system currently in place at the University of the Southeast using both decision rights and structure as the bases of governance.
  • The CIO wants to implement a centralized IT governance system. As demonstrated by the case above, what are the advantages of a centralized IT governance system? What are the disadvantages?
  • In your opinion, what assignment of decision rights would be best for University of the Southeast? Please explain.

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Week 6:
Readings
  • Chapter 9
Discussion 9

The make-versus-buy decision is important every time a new application is requested of the IS group. What, in your opinion, are the key reasons an IS organization should make its own systems? What are the key reasons it should buy an application?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 9

Read the case study Crowdsourcing at AOL 9-1 on page 285. Answer the following questions:

  • Is crowdsourcing as used by AOL a form of outsourcing? Why or why not?
  • What steps do you think Maloney might have taken to ensure that the crowdsourcing would be a success for the inventory project?
  • What factors should be considered when deciding whether or not to crowdsource a particular part of a business?
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourcing.

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Article Review 3

Review the grading criteria for the Article Reviews and review the article provided in Week 6’s Content area. For this review you will create a Narrated PowerPoint. Additional instructions and resources will be provided in Week 6’s Content area on how to create a Narrated PowerPoint and how to submit it to the Dropbox folder appropriately.

Your Narrated PowerPoint/Article Review must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 3

This exam is not proctored. There are 40 Multiple Choice or T/F questions along with an essay question. The exam covers Chapters 7, 8, and 9.

You must submit your exam by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

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:
Readings
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
Discussion 10

What are the trade-offs between cost, quality, and time when designing a project plan? What criteria should managers use to manage this trade-off?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 11

What is the difference between tacit and explicit knowledge? From your own experience, describe an example of each. How might an organization manage tacit knowledge?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 10

Read the case study Dealing with Traffic Jams in London 10-2 on page 322. Answer the following questions:

  • Assess the risks of this project. Given your assessment of the project complexity, clarity, and size, what management strategies would you recommend? What, if any, of these strategies were adopted in this project?
  • Describe the development methodology that was applied to this project. Was this the most appropriate approach? Provide a rationale for your response.
  • When a project is outsourced, who should manage the project—the internal group or the outsourcer? Why?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Assignment 11

Read the case Business Intelligence at CKE Restaurants on page 348. Answer the following questions:

  • How does the Business Intelligence System (BIS) at CKE add value to the business?
  • What are some tips for developing and using the BIS described in this case?
  • Was the introduction of the Monster Thickburger a good idea or an example of information leading to a wrong decision?

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Week 8:
Readings
  • Chapter 12
Discussion 12

The European Community’s Directive on Data Protection strictly limits how database information is used and who has access to it. Some of the restrictions include registering all databases containing personal information with the countries in which they are operating, collecting data only with the consent of the subjects, and telling subjects of the database the intended and actual use of the databases. What effect might these restrictions have on global companies? In your opinion, should these types of restrictions be made into law? Why or why not? Should the United States bring its laws into agreement with the EU directive?

Your initial post is due by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT. You must make three quality responses to your classmates by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT.

Assignment 12

Read the case Ethical Decision Making 12-1 Situation 2 on page 373. Answer the following questions:

  • What should Essex do?
  • What, if any, ethical principles help guide decision making in this situation?
  • What management practices should be in place to ensure proper behavior without violating individual “rights”?
  • Apply the normative theories of business ethics to this situation.

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Article Review 4

Review the grading criteria for the Article Reviews and review the article provided in Week 8’s Content area.

Your Article Review must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT.

Research Paper

The length of your paper should be a minimum of 10 full pages, double-spaced. You may not include the cover and bibliography in the page count, but both are required. There are penalties for papers that are short of the required length. You may include an abstract, but you may not include it in the page count. Your paper should follow MLA formatting. You must use 12-pt font size, with one-inch margins all around. Images should be limited and must be of a reasonable size with conservative spacing.

You must cite from 7 or more references. If you use an internet source, it must have a valid URL associated with it. You may not use your textbook as a reference.

You can review the grading criteria in the Content area.

Submit your Research Paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT. Late papers and papers used in prior classes are not accepted.

Exam 4

This exam is not proctored. There are 40 Multiple Choice or T/F questions along with an essay question. The exam covers Chapters 10, 11 and 12.

You must submit your exam by Saturday, 11:59 pm CT.



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 Dropbox Assignments and Article Reviews will only be accepted with prior approval by the instructor. All exams must be completed by the exam due date unless prior approval has been granted by the instructor. Unapproved late assignments cannot receive full credit. The amount of the deduction will be determined by how long the assignment is overdue. Twenty percent (20 %) will be deducted for each 24 hours past the due date. The only exception to the above is the Research Paper Assignment. Because of the normal increased load at the end of a term, research papers must be turned in on time. Late papers are not accepted for any reason.

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.


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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