Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

BUSI 502: Information Systems For Mgmt

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  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



  Textbooks

Required

  • Pearlson, Keri E. & Saunders, Carol S. (2016). Managing & Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
    • [ISBN-978-1-119-24428-8]

  Course Overview

Experience shows that business managers have no problem participating in most organizational decisions, even those outside their normal business expertise.  For example, ask a plant manager about marketing problems and the result is likely to be a detailed opinion on both key issues and recommended solutions. 

Dialog between managers routinely crosses all business functions in formal and informal settings with one general exception: IS.  Management continues to tolerate ignorance in this area relative to other specialized business functions.  Culturally, managers can claim ignorance of issues without losing prestige among colleagues. 

These attitudes are attributed to the historic role that IS played in business. For many years technology was regarded as a support function and treated as administrative overhead.  However in today’s business environment, maintaining the back-office view of technology is certain to cost market share and could ultimately lead to the failure of the organization. 

Therefore, understanding basic fundamentals about using and managing information is worth the investment of time.

  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. Examine decisions about implementing Information Systems.
  2. Categorize the Information Systems Triangle.
  3. Illustrate the uses of Information Resources.
  4. Explain systems and design of work.
  5. Compare Information Systems for managing business processes.
  6. Describe Information Security.
  7. Define the business of IT.
  8. Explain the governance of the Information Systems Organization.
  9. Discuss Using Information Ethically
  10. Compare Knowledge Management Business Intelligence and Analytics
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of SDLC process and management of IT projects.
  12. Explain how to collect, manage, and use data to support managerial decisions.
  13. Compare Information Systems Sourcing.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 739-821 90-100%
B 657-738 80-89%
C 575-656 70-79%
F 0-574 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (13) 91 11%
Dropbox Assignments (13) 182 22%
Article Reviews (4) 48 6%
Research Paper 100 12%
Exams (4) 400 49%
Total 821 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Wednesday
Discussion 1 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 7
Dropbox Assignment 1 14 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 2 14

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 3 14 Sunday
Article Review 1 12
Research Paper: Topic Submission --
Exam 1 100

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5 7
Dropbox Assignment 4 14 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 5 14

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 7 7
Dropbox Assignment 6 14 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 7 14
Article Review 2 12
Exam 2 100

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 9 7
Dropbox Assignment 8 14 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 9 14

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 10 14 Sunday
Article Review 3 12
Exam 3 100

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 7 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 7
Dropbox Assignment 11 14 Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 12 14

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 7 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 13 14 Saturday
Article Review 4 12
Research Paper Submission 100
Exam 4 100
Total Points: 821

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

There will be a non-graded Introduction Discussion and thirteen (13) discussion posts in the course, worth 7 points each. You must complete your initial post for each discussion by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. CT of each assigned week. You must post your responses to at least three classmates for each discussion by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of the assigned week. You must complete Week 8's responses by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT. You can review the grading criteria for discussion posts and responses in the Content area.  You must rely on at least one citation in each of the weekly discussions and provide proper source referencing.

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

Dropbox Assignment

There are 13 Dropbox Assignments in the course, worth 14 points each. 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 would vary for week 8.

Submit your answers, using the Assignment Template, to the appropriate Dropbox folder. Each Assignment is due to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT, except Week 8 where the Assignment is due on 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday. 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. There is no required writing style. Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.

Article Reviews

There are four (4) Article Reviews in the course, worth 12 points each. 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.

You can find the rubric and additional information regarding the article reviews on the Article Review Expectations page in the Getting Started module. Your Article Review must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Weeks 2, 4, and 6. Week 8 review must be submitted by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT.

Use the following questions to engage with the journal article and 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.

The structure of your review should include:

  • An initial identification of the article (author, title of the article, title of the 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 is 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.

Research Paper

The Research Paper fulfills a key requirement for this course and must be an 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 p.m. CT of Week 2. Submitting your topic ensures you have the proper scope of a paper of this size.

The Final Research Paper is worth 100 points and is due on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8. 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. The instructor strongly suggests 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, Length, and Penalty:

Your paper must be at least 10 pages, double spaced. The title page and bibliography are not included in this 10-page requirement. There are penalties for papers that are short of the required length of 10 pages. You may include an abstract, but you may not include it in the page count. 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 all around. You must use a style process such as MLA. You will be penalized 20% per page for papers that do not fulfill the length requirement of 10 pages.

Note: If you include images in your paper, you must make sure the paper is of adequate length before inserting the images. You can review the grading criteria in the Content Section, in the Getting Started Module.

Exams

There will be four (4) exams in the class each covering 3 or 4 chapters in the text.

Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be exam weeks.

  • Exam 1 (Week 2): Based on the readings of the first 2 weeks.
  • Exam 2 (Week 4): Based on the readings of weeks 3 and 4.
  • Exam 3 (Week 6): Based on the readings of weeks 5 and 6.
  • Exam 4 (Week 4): Based on the readings of weeks 7 and 8.

Each exam is worth 100 points and will contain 40 multiple choice and/or true/false questions with a value of 2 points each. The essay question will have a value of 20 points. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exams with just one attempt. These exams are not proctored.  Exam opens on the Wednesday and is due at 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday with the exception of Exam 4 which is due at 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.

  Course Outline

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

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 1: “The Information Systems Strategy Triangle”
  • Chapter 2: “Strategic Use of Information Resources“
Introduction Discussion

Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic found in the Discussions area.

Please give us more than your name.

Include your profession, hobbies, interests, and any other information that can help us get to know you better.

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Discussion 2

How can information itself provide a competitive advantage to an organization?

Give two examples. For each example, describe its associated risks.

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox Assignment 1

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

How did the information systems and the organization design changes supplemented 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?

Dropbox Assignment 2

Read the case study Zipcar 2-2 on page 71. Respond to the following 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 parts 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?

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 3:“Organizational Strategy and Information Systems.”

Article in Content area:

  • Does Your Organizational Culture Support your Business Strategy?
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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox 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?

Article Review 1

The link for the article can be found in the Content Section – Week 2

Submit the Article Review in the appropriate Dropbox folder.

Research Paper: Topic Submission

Select a topic for this paper; you are limited to the content covered in this course.

You must submit your topic to the appropriate Dropbox.

Exam 1

Exam 1 is based on the readings for the Weeks 1 and 2.  There will be 40 Multiple Choice or True/False questions worth 2 points each, along with 1 Essay question worth 20 points.  You will have 1 attempt and 90 minutes to complete the exam. 

Your exam must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 4: Information Systems and Design of Work
  • Chapter 5: Information Systems for Managing Business Processes
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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox 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?

Dropbox 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 a key factor?

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?

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 6: Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Chapter 7: Security
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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Discussion 7

Create an outline for a training session to help your team avoid phishing. 

What would you include in that training session? 

What are some typical signs that an email might be fraudulent?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox Assignment 6

Read the case study Enterprise Architecture at American Express 6-1. 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?

Dropbox Assignment 7

Read case 7-2 Sony Pictures the Criminals Won. Answer the following questions:

Setting aside the political issues between North Korea and the United States, is there a reasonable way to respond to an anonymous threat found on the Internet somewhere?

What access and data protection controls would you recommend Sony use to provide better security for unreleased digital films and e-mails?

If you were a hacker, what approach would you have used to break into Sony’s system? 

What do you think the most important SETA elements would be to prevent future hacker attacks against Sony or other media firms?

Article Review 2

Peculiarities of Business Process Management When Developing Quality Management System in Organizations.

The link for the article can be found in the Content Section – Week 4

Submit the Article Review in the appropriate Dropbox folder.

Exam 2

Exam 2 is based on the readings for the Weeks 3 and 4.  There will be 40 Multiple Choice or True/False questions worth 2 points each, along with 1 Essay question worth 20 points.  You will have 1 attempt and 90 minutes to complete the exam. 

Your exam must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 8: The Business of IT.
  • Chapter 9: Governance of the Information Systems Organization.
Discussion 8

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

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Discussion 9

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox Assignment 8

Read the case study Troon Golf 7-1. 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?

Dropbox Assignment 9
Read the case study IT Governance at the University of the Southeast 8-1. 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 the University of the Southeast? Please explain.

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 10: Information Systems Sourcing
Discussion 10

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox Assignment 10

Read the case study Crowdsourcing at AOL 10-1. 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.

Article Review 3

Moving the Needle toward a Data-Driven Health Care System-Optimizing the EHR through Information Governance

For this review, you will create a Narrated PowerPoint.

The structure of your review should include:

An initial identification of the article (author, title of the article, title of the 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).  How can this help small business?

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.

Exam 3

Exam 3 is based on the readings for the Weeks 5 and 6.  There will be 40 Multiple Choice or True/False questions worth 2 points each, along with 1 Essay question worth 20 points.  You will have 1 attempt and 90 minutes to complete the exam. 

Your exam must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. 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.
Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 11: Managing IT Projects
  • Chapter 12: Knowledge Management, Business Intelligence, and Analytics
Discussion 11

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Discussion 12

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox Assignment 11

Read the case study dealing with Traffic Jams in London 11-2. Respond to 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?

Dropbox Assignment 12

Read the case Business Intelligence at CKE Restaurants. Answer the following questions: (WO 5, 6, 7)

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?

Readings

Managing & Using Information Systems:  A Strategic Approach (6th Ed.)

  • Chapter 13: Privacy and Ethical Considerations in Information Management
Discussion 13

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?

Read and respond to another student’s submission for this topic.

Dropbox Assignment 13

Read the case Ethical Decision Making 12-1 Situation 2. 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.

Article Review 4

IT Project Management

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

For this review, you will create a Narrated PowerPoint.

The structure of your review should include:

An initial identification of the article (author, title of the article, title of the 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).  How can this help small business?

Research Paper Submission

Using the approved topic you submitted in Week 2, you will write a research paper on that topic.

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 of 10 pages. You may include an abstract, but you may not include it in the page count.  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 Getting Started Module.

You must submit your Research Paper in the appropriate Dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Exam 4

Exam 4 is based on the readings for the Weeks 7 and 8.  There will be 40 Multiple Choice or True/False questions worth 2 points each, along with 1 Essay question worth 20 points.  You will have 1 attempt and 90 minutes to complete the exam. 

Your exam must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. 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.  No late assignments will be accepted without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date (Columbia College Catalog).

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.