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CISS 492: Sr Seminar In Management Inform Systems

Course Description

Required culminating course for graduation as a Management Information Systems (MIS) major. Readings from current literature. Requires original research project or paper. Grade of C or higher required. This course includes a program evaluation component.

Prerequisite: CISS 325 (or CISS 320), CISS 365, CISS 430, senior standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

No Required Textbooks

This course utilizes online resources


Course Overview

This is the capstone course for the MIS degree and provides you an opportunity to bring together material from your MIS studies and to demonstrate your command of the material in the MIS curriculum. Each week you will become acquainted with a variety of current issues in the field. You will research an appropriate topic from current literature in significant depth and write a research paper on the topic.  


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


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Write a research paper on a current issue in management information systems.
  2. Evaluate and present a current issue in management information systems.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 230-255 90-100%
B 204-229 80-89%
C 178-203 70-79%
D 153-177 60-69%
F 0-152 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 50 20%
Article Analysis and Summaries 60 24%
Peer Reviews 20 8%
Research Paper 125 49%
Total 255 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1a: Introduction - Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 1b: Plagiarism and Plagiarism Tutorial 5
Discussion 1c: Question 1 5
Article Analysis and Summary: Project Management 10 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2a: Question 2 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2b: Research Paper Topic 5
Article Analysis and Summary: Project Management 10 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Risk Management 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Article Analysis and Summary: Risk Management 10 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: Disaster Recovery 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Article Analysis and Summary: Disaster Recovery 10 Sunday
Research Paper: Bibliography 5
Peer Review: DRAFT Research Paper Abstract 5
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: Outsourcing 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Article Analysis and Summary: Outsourcing 10 Sunday
Peer Review: DRAFT Research Paper PowerPoint 5
Peer Review: Response to Abstract 5
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6: Information Security - Hackers/Crackers 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Article Analysis and Summary: Information Security 10 Sunday
Peer Review: Response to PowerPoint 5
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: New Technology 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Research Paper: Final Abstract 10 Sunday
Research Paper: Final PowerPoint Presentation 10
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8: Information Management 5 Wednesday/Saturday
Research Paper: Final Paper 100 Wednesday
Total Points 255

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week you will be given a question to respond to that relates to the weekly topic. Provide insightful and thorough responses to the questions.  You will also post drafts of some of your research work to the discussion for feedback from your peers, including an abstract of your research paper and your PowerPoint presentation. Online discussion postings should be complete byWednesday of the assigned week.

After each week’s response to discussion questions are posted, you will need to respond to at least two other student’s postings.  These responses should further the discussion of the topic.  Responses such as “I agree” and “Good posting” will not receive any credit.  Provide thoughtful responses, questions, or supporting material.  These are due by Sunday of the assigned week.


Article Analysis and Summary

Each week you are required to find an article related to the assigned weekly subject area and provide a summary of the article.  The summaries should be no more than one page and cover all the major areas of the article.  Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  You must also provide the URL for the topic.  Each article summary is worth 10 points.  

Research Paper

Topic: Each topic must be approved by your instructor. Since it is possible your initial choice of topic will be unacceptable or need to be modified, you are encouraged to submit your topic as early as possible.  Submit your topic in the Discussion area of D2L, under the heading “Research Paper Topics”.  The most common problem is selecting a topic that is too broad.  For example, “The Effects of the World Wide Web on Office Productivity” is too broad a topic. There have been books written on this topic and it would be impossible to do it justice in a 15-page paper.  Depth is more important than breadth when considering possible topics, so try to narrow the topic. A wide variety of topics are appropriate and you are encouraged to pick a topic that is of particular interest to you.  The topic you choose and the level of discussion is to be appropriate for a senior-level culminating-experience course. THIS PAPER MUST BE OF ORIGINAL WORK. YOU CANNOT USE PAPERS FROM OTHER CLASSES AND YOU CANNOT REFERENCE WORK YOU’VE PREVIOUSLY TURNED IN.

Example Topics

  • Outsourcing IT – The internal and external effects
  • Cyber Security – How to protect your company from attacks
  • Strategic IT Planning – What and How to plan growth

Abstract: Write an abstract of your paper of no more than one page outlining your topic and research. This should summarize your paper, providing an outline of your research and your conclusions.  Ensure that you follow MLA guidelines when completing this abstract.  During week 4, you will be required to post a DRAFT copy of your abstract in the Discussion area of D2L for peer review.  The final copy will be uploaded to the Dropbox area of D2L during week 7.

Bibliography: The bibliography for your research paper must contain at least 15 sources and be compliant with MLA standards. All source material must be properly cited in the body of the paper using MLA. References to articles from popular magazines/books such as Newsweek, Time, Omni, etc. are not expected. Also, wiki and other collaborative sources are not allowed.  All resources should be approved through the instructor prior to using to ensure proper source.  During Week 4, you will need to upload your bibliography in the Dropbox area of D2L.  The instructor will review and provide comments should any of your resources not meet minimum standards.


PowerPoint Presentation: You are required to create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for your research paper.  The PowerPoint should cover all main points of your paper and be easy to follow.  Slides should have talking points only.  Design should be professional; as if you are presenting to the president of your company.  

You are required to record your voice-over within PowerPoint, presenting your topic as you would to a classroom of IT professionals. Use your headset to “Record Slide Show” from within PowerPoint. This will enable me to download, open and simply watch/listen to your presentation.

During week 5, you will need to post a DRAFT copy of your presentation in the Discussion area of D2L for peer review (audio narration is not required for the draft copy).  The final copy will be uploaded to the Dropbox area of D2L during week 7.  The presentation should include the following:

  • Title Page
  • No more than 20 supporting slides
  • Professional Template
  • Slide transitions
  • Bibliography
  • All graphs, statistics and quotes must be cited properly

Format: The final paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document of at least 15 and no more than 20 pages in length (double-spaced). Pages must be numbered. Use MLA style for your citations. The final paper is due WEDNESDAY of week 8 and should be uploaded to the dropbox marked as such.  The final paper should include: 

  • title page (which does not count in the 15-page requirement)
  • abstract
  • introduction
  • body
  • summary/conclusions
  • reference page(s)

Originality: Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course.  Your paper will be checked for originality through turnitin.com.  Ensure you understand plagiarism and MLA standards for citing your sources.  Plagiarism will result in receiving zero credit on the assignment and will be reported.

Due Date: Your final research paper should be submitted no later than Wednesday at midnight of the eighth week of the term.  

You are strongly encouraged to submit an early draft of your paper.  The instructor can make suggestions and provide feedback that might improve the quality of your paper. If you decide to do this, send a draft at least a week prior to the due date.  It will take a day or two to look over your work and send comments back to you and you will need a few days to make whatever modifications were suggested.  



Course Outline

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

Week 1: Project Management
Discussion 1a: Introduction

In this discussion we want to get to know you a little better.  Provide an introduction to yourself.  Include information such as: name, hobbies, family, interests, etc.

Discussion 1b: Plagiarism and Plagiarism Tutorial

Do you have any questions about the definition of plagiarism, or how to properly reference copied material so as not to be guilty?  Under the “Quizzes” section of the D2L course, you will find a quiz on plagiarism.  Please take a moment to complete the exam during your first week of class.

Discussion 1c: Question 1

What differences (if any) are there in managing a business project and one in Information Technology? 

Article Analysis and Summary: Project Management

Find a current article that has been published online about project management.

  • Summarize the article in a couple of paragraphs, providing a link to the article so that the instructor can read the original article.  
  • Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  
  • Submit your article analysis and summary in the dropbox area of D2L under the appropriate week.
Week 2: Configuration Management
Discussion 2a: Question 2

What are the pros and cons to using configuration management for software code, design documents, and requirements?

Discussion 2b: Research Paper Topic

Pick a topic for your research paper and post it in the discussion.  You only need to put enough information so that the other students and I understand what you are going to research.  The article must be related to MIS and be approved by me.  Your approval will be in a response to the posting.  No two papers can be the same.  Ensure that you post early to get your first choice.

Article Analysis and Summary: Project Management

Find a current article that has been published online about configuration management.  The article can cover tools used for CMMI or general configuration management practices.  

  • Summarize the article in a couple of paragraphs, providing a link to the article so that the instructor can read the original article. 
  • Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  
  • Submit your article analysis and summary in the dropbox area of D2L under the appropriate week.
Week 3: Risk Management
Discussion 3: Risk Management

Should companies manage all risks or just those that might hurt the bottom line?

Article Analysis and Summary: Risk Management

Find a current article published online about risk management.  

  • Summarize the article in a couple of paragraphs, providing a link to the article so that the instructor can read the original article. 
  • Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  
  • Submit your article analysis and summary in the dropbox area of D2L under the appropriate week.
Week 4: Disaster Recovery
Discussion 4: Disaster Recovery

Why should (or should not) a company test its disaster recovery plan?

Article Analysis and Summary: Disaster Recovery

Find a current article published online about disaster recovery.

  • Summarize the article in a couple of paragraphs, providing a link to the article so that the instructor can read the original article.
  • Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  
  • Submit your article analysis and summary in the dropbox area of D2L under the appropriate week.
Research Paper: Bibliography

Create a bibliography for your research paper in Microsoft Word and submit it to the Dropbox. 

Peer Review: DRAFT Research Paper Abstract

Write an abstract of your paper of no more than one page, outlining your topic and research. Post the abstract in the discussion.  This is a draft.  The final product will be due in week 7.

Week 5: Outsourcing
Discussion 5: Outsourcing

Defend or attack the position of outsourcing IT.

Article Analysis and Summary: Outsourcing

Find a current article published online about outsourcing.

  • Summarize the article in a couple of paragraphs, providing a link to the article so that the instructor can read the original article.
  • Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  
  • Submit your article analysis and summary in the dropbox area of D2L under the appropriate week.
Peer Review: DRAFT Research Paper PowerPoint

Create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for your research paper.  Audio narration is not required for the draft copy but will be required for the final draft.

  • The presentation should cover all main points of your paper and be easy to follow. 
  • Slides should have talking points only. 
  • Design should be professional, as if you are presenting to the president of your company. 
  • Post this as an attachment to the discussion for review.  This is a draft.  The final product will be due in week 7.
Peer Review: Response to Abstract

Response to Abstract – Pick one of the other student’s abstracts and provide constructive feedback.  Title your discussion post the same as the topic you are critiquing. No two students can critique the same abstract/PowerPoint.  Post early so that you get a pick of topics to critique. 

This assignment provides a chance to give and receive positive and constructive feedback that will help everyone before submitting the final product on week 7.  Be constructive in your critique.  Some suggested points to address:

  • Does the abstract tell you what the paper is about?
  • Do the topics flow between paragraphs smoothly?
  • Does the abstract provide an intro?
  • Does the abstract provide a conclusion?
  • Is it free of spelling errors?
  • Is it grammatically correct?
Week 6: Information Security
Discussion 6: Information Security - Hackers/Crackers

Should penalties for hackers, crackers, and virus creators be determined by the severity of the attack? Why or why not? 

Article Analysis and Summary: Information Security

Find a current article published online about information security.

  • Summarize the article in a couple of paragraphs, providing a link to the article so that the instructor can read the original article.
  • Along with the summary, provide a one paragraph analysis of the article, relating the material to your work or the environment around you.  Basically, how does this article affect you?  
  • Submit your article analysis and summary in the dropbox area of D2L under the appropriate week.
Peer Review: Response to PowerPoint

Response to PowerPoint Pick one of the other student’s PowerPoint presentations and provide constructive feedback.  Title your discussion post the same as the topic you are critiquing. No two students can critique the same abstract/PowerPoint.  Post early so that you get the pick of topics to critique. 

This assignment provides a chance to give and receive positive and constructive feedback that will help everyone before submitting the final product on week 7.  Be constructive in your critique. 

  • Does it have all the structural criteria required?
  • Does it use a professional template?
  • Is the color schema professional (no green on yellow, etc.)
  • Does it appear complete?
  • Do the slide topics transition well?
  • Are all graphs and stats cited?
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: New Technologies
Discussion 7: New Technology

What new technology will change the world?  Why? 

Research Paper: Final Abstract

Submit your final copy of the abstract to the dropbox.  Your final version should incorporate some or all of the feedback you received on your draft.

Research Paper: Final PowerPoint Presentation

Submit your final copy of the PowerPoint presentation to the dropbox.  Your final version should incorporate some or all of the feedback you received on your draft. Audio narration is required for the final PowerPoint presentation.

Week 8: Final Wrap Up
Discussion 8: Information Management

What area of concentration do you feel is the most valuable to the business of information management?  Why? 

Research Paper: Final Paper

Submit your final research paper and bibliography to the Dropbox by midnight Wednesday.



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.

No late assignments will be accepted.

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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