MIS 482   Management of Information Technology


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This is a LAPTOP REQUIRED class!

This is a Writing Flag course!

A. University Studies Program Writing Flag

The purpose of the Writing Flag requirement is to reinforce the outcomes specified for the basic skills area of writing. These courses are intended to provide contexts, opportunities, and feedback for students writing with discipline-specific texts, tools, and strategies. These courses should emphasize writing as essential to academic learning and intellectual development.

Courses can merit the Writing Flag by demonstrating that section enrollment will allow for clear guidance, criteria, and feedback for the writing assignments; that the course will require a significant amount of writing to be distributed throughout the semester; that writing will comprise a significant portion of the students’ final course grade; and that students will have opportunities to incorporate readers’ critiques of their writing.

 These courses must include requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to...

a.       practice the processes and procedures for creating and completing successful writing in their fields;

b.       understand the main features and uses of writing in their fields;

c.        adapt their writing to the general expectations of readers in their fields;

d.       make use of the technologies commonly used for research and writing in their fields; and

e.        learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.


B.  College of Business Written Communications Outcomes

Each student should be able to:

See: College of Business Writing Rubric


Course ID
Class Times
MTWHF 7:30 to 10:00am
Somsen 301

Virtual Class and Office
Pat Paulson
Somsen  325


Book-none required.

Recommend books for Project 2-
A Whole New Mind-Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Daniel H. Pink, 2006, Riverhead Books

Action Inquiry-The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership, Bill Torbert and Associates, 2004, Berrett Koehler

Reference Materials-(provided at no charge) from MIT Open Course Ware

Communications and Information Policy

License terms: OCW



This course introduces students to current issues in information technologies mainly through case analysis. Different methods of dealing with the issues are discussed. Various systems in information technology are presented. The importance of management control is emphasized, and multinational IT is covered also.

As this is a writing flag course there will be an emphasis on written communication, using a web site as a basis for student work.
Students will participate in a project in which they investigate the importance of information technology to modern businesses.


Class Meetings: You are expected to attend all class meetings. If you miss a meeting, it is your responsibility to obtain notes from a fellow student. Office hours are not meant for individual lectures.

Class Participation: Class participation is useful to the student as a means of acquiring knowledge and subject matter clarification. Class participation is the active engagement in problem solving, questions and answers, taking part in analyses of business situations, and contribution of comments in class sessions. Meaningful class participation affects your grade.


Refer to the class syllabus. Students are expected to read the chapter listed in the "Presentations" column before class. Classwork will consist of discussing the material for the current topic and discussing the information technology projects.


Refer to the class syllabus. Students are expected to complete and hand in by the due date, which is on or before Saturday of the week assigned at 8:00am in the "Assignments Due" column. Homework must be downloaded from the course syllabus, completed using Dreamweaver, and published to the students web site on the StudentWebs server. Then make sure to submit your homework to my web database. More information is available in Project01. Students are responsible for posting their homework on time, and to make sure their hyperlinks are properly enabled.

There is a WID field on each Homework Assignment. Choose your WID at the beginning of the semester. You can use it to verify the date and time that your homework was submitted using a form available on the course web site.

Hand written homework 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 homework or projects will be penalized:  one minute late, up to 50% loss in points, one class late, 75% loss in points, later than that will not be accepted! The reason is that assignments are graded at the same time, late submissions cause delays and problems.


Project 1: Each student will create a web site to publish their homework. If you want to try it on your own refer to these instructions. Note that Project 1 must be up and running by Tuesday, May 10th at 11:59:59 pm.

Project 2: Students will perform exercises designed to expand their awareness and begin to develop their management and leadership skills using action inquiry.


Students are encouraged to work on homework and study for the final in informal groups.


The final exam will consist of short answer and essay questions. These exams will be open-book, open notes. Use of any instant messaging, communication or email is not allowed.

Note: a make up exam will not be given! Additional exam time will not be given!

If you are having troubles with the class, do not hesitate to email or stop by to see the instructor before class.

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

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

Alternative Final Exam test times by prior arrangement only.


35%  Homework

5%  Meaningful class attendance & participation

5%   Project 1

30% Project 2

25%  Final Exam

Remember: Late homework or projects:  one day late, 50% loss in points; one class late, 75% loss in points, later than that will not be accepted!

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

You can lose up to 25% of the points on any assignment or project due to poor spelling and or grammar. Make use of the Writing Center.

Sample Grade Calculation!


A -  90% or greater

B -  80 to 89%

C - 70 to 79%

D - 60 to 69%

F -  less than 59%

 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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