MIS362-04-BUSO-online Management Information Systems


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This is a WSU COB BUSO course

Course ID
Class Times
Virtual Classroom

Office Hours
Pat Paulson
Somsen  303
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Syllabus Check periodically for updates
course files are at \\store\classes\000053\ReadOnly

Textbooks and Course Materials


  1. Cengage Mindtap-Principles of Information Systems, 13e
    possibly available with Cengage Unlimited
  2. Pro Git
    available for no charge in the ReadOnly folder of the T: drive for this course, or
    available online for no charge at: https://progit2.s3.amazonaws.com/en/2016-03-22-f3531/progit-en.1084.pdf
  3. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
    Kim, Spafford, Behr, copyright 2014
    available at Amazon as a Kindle eBook (about $7.39), or at other fine book stores
    url: https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Project-DevOps-Helping-Business/dp/0988262509/
    ISBN-13: 978-0988262508

Reference Materials

  1. LinkedIn Learning for course materials, Git, GitHub Tutorials
  2. Earbuds with microphones (for listening to training videos and participating in web conferences)


This course will make you knowledgeable about the fundamentals underlying the design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use of modern, computer-based information systems for business data processing, office automation, information reporting, and decision making. Considerable effort will be devoted to hands-on work with business software, the major emphasis will be on the managerial and strategic aspects of information technology. A series of projects will be used to familiarize the students with using software for creating and maintaining a website, teaching a technology skill, working with a mentor, and developing a product.


Class Meetings : You are not required to attend class meetings in Somsen 301 in person. This is an online course. The class recordings, if available, from the face to face sections, are intended for students to review class proceedings. It is your responsibility to keep up with class. Office hours are not meant for individual lectures.

Class Participation Class participation is the active engagement in problem solving, questions and answers, taking part in analyses of business situations, and contribution of comments in D2L Discussion Boards.
Watching the minimum hours (see D2L) of LinkedIn Learning materials on topics related to this class will be a factor in your Participation grade.
Making use of the D2L Discussion Boards count as class participation. Meaningful class participation, or lack thereof, affects your grade.


Professor Paulson supports and encourages diversity-it enriches our lives. If you find yourself in need of resources or support, please see me, or consider making use of the following resources:

Inclusive Excellence


Refer to the class syllabus. Students are expected to read the material listed in the "Presentations" column before class. Classwork will consist of discussing the material for the current chapter. Time will also be devoted to doing in class exercises, devising and presenting homework solutions, discussing how to use the appropriate software programs to solve homework and general business problems. Students will demonstrate how to solve problems to the class using Adobe Connect web conferencing software.


Refer to the class syllabus. Students are expected to complete and submit by the D2L due date any assignments in the "Work" column. Assignments are completed using a web browser and other software, and then submitting to the professor's web database, and uploading required files to specific D2L Assignment folders. Students are responsible for submitting their assignments on time, and to make sure their information was submitted correctly.

There is a StarID field on each Assignment. This is for your StarID. You can use your last name and StarID to verify the date and time that your assignment was submitted using a form available on the course website.

Hand written, paper or emailed assignments do not look professional and are not acceptable. You will receive none of the possible points for these types of assignment submissions.

If you are having trouble with grammar, spelling or written communications, please seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Late assignments receive minimal credit. This is so I can grade assignments in a timely fashion.
A pattern of being late with assignments will result in the loss of at least a letter grade. See D2L for Late Grading details.


Project 1: Website at http://classes.winona.edu/ 000053/<username> for completing assignments

Project 2: Students assist knowledge worker in solving and MIS problem, and will report on the solution.

Project 3: Students will contact and interview a WSU alumni or business person who will act as a mentor.


Students are encouraged to work in groups in this class.



The final consists of true/false, multiple choice and short answer Excel questions. This exam will be open-book, open notes. Use of any instant messaging or email is not allowed. Students cannot share a book during the exam.  The exam contains one question per page, and you can view a question only one time-you cannot go back.

If you are having troubles with the class, do not hesitate to email me.

More information about the exam will be made available closer to examination time.

Additional exam time will not be given!

Exams cannot be made up.

You must be in the classroom to take the exam.

Please check the syllabus now and make sure that you are available on the exam date.

If you cannot make an exam you may want to consider dropping the class.


10%  Mindtap and D2L usage, LinkedIn Learning usage
Assignments-Formative and Summative (based on all points)
Project 1 website
Project 2 knowledge worker


Project 3 mentor


Weekly Quizzes
Phoenix Project


No extra credit assignments or make-up exams! This is done to be fair to those students who keep up with the material.

You can lose up to 10% of the points on any assignment, exam or project due to poor spelling and or grammar. Make use of the Writing Center.

You may receive an email with feedback for an assignment, or comments in the D2L gradebook.
If the email begins with a smiley emoticon    :-)    you received full credit for that assignment.
The email may contain an outline of the grading rubric.
The comment "NO SUBMISSION TO WEB DATABASE" means that you did not press the 'SUBMIT' button on your assignment page from while viewing it in a browser.
You are responsible for making sure the links to each assignment are correct, and that any screen shots and required materials are correctly completed.

I reserve the right to correct any grading errors.

Keep any graded work until the end of the course; recording errors may occur.

Grading is done right after it is due (usually Mondays at 7am) to provide prompt feedback.

At the end of the semester, you will have ONE opportunity to apply for re-grading of all late work.
See D2L Announcement for details.

Do not email the professor or teaching assistants about late assignments or grading of them.

All late submissions are penalized, regardless of completeness.
A maximum of 50% of the original points are available upon regrade.

If the late submission is not done properly, zero points are given for that assignment.
You have one chance to do it right.


A -  90% or greater

B -  80 to 89.9%

C - 70 to 79.9%

D - 60 to 69.9%

F -  less than 59.9%

 A borderline grade is defined as 89.9 to 89.99; 79.9 to 79.99; 69.9 to 69.99 or 59.9 to 59.99


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