ITM 330: Business Information Systems & Technologies
Fall 2005 Syllabus
Download syllabus: itm330syllabus.pdfDear Class:
This will serve as a temporary portal for ITM 330 information while WebCT is inaccessible to some of the students. As yet, assignment 3 will still need to be submitted through WebCT since it is due at 1pm on October 18th. According to CETL, students will probably have complete access again by the end of the week. So by October 8th or 9th, you should have access. However, if the problem persists, we will come up with other options. I will try to keep you posted.
In the meantime, you should be able to find what you need by clicking on the links on the top menu. I have created a google group for students who are not able to use the WebCT discussion board. If you already have a gmail account, you will be able to use that to sign up and join. If you don't, you will be able to create one. It is located here: http://groups.google.com/group/ITM-330
I would like to welcome you to the second session of ITM 330. In this session we will learn how the Internet works and what the building blocks of the Internet are. There is a lot to learn in this section and the material is very vast. Sometimes I am at pains to decide how comprehensive the content should be and what to include in the course material. My job is to make you learn as much as I can and you will grade you fairly based on the material that is covered. All the problems in the exam will be from the book and from what is presented in class (including video material) and in the lecture notes. The lecture notes will be available online. Please make most use of this opportunity to learn and let me know how I can help you all to make this a better learning experience.Sincerely,
Note: There are two Teaching Assistants (TAs) assigned to this course. Their names and office hours (6 hours each per week) will be available on the WebCT (See "Quick Links" from http://www.albany.edu). The TAs will use BA351 as the location for office hours.
CLASS INFORMATIONCall # 1003 (T, TH: 2:45 - 4:05, LC-02), and
Call # 8161 (T, TH: 1:15 - 2:35, LC-23)
Course descriptionIn the first part of the course, you will be introduced to information technology and its role in change management, reengineering, business decision-making and as a means of helping firms achieve competitive advantage. The course will introduce elements of business planning and enterprise resource modeling. E-business will be discussed along with two key applications: supply-chain management and customer-relations management.
In the second part of the course, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of data communication and networking technologies, which play a key role in the efficient running of businesses. They influence business processes, their organizational structures, and the way people interact with each other. In this section of the course, we also will discuss the security threats to computers and networks and the ethical challenges faced in the use (or misuse) of information technology. This segment also discusses the business models and practices in electronic commerce and how it has shaped our society.
In the third part of the course, elements of system analysis and design, project management, and developing business and IT solutions will be introduced followed by the end-user level of utilization of selected software packages, such as Excel and Access to build small business cases. Special attention will be given to Excel applications, which is the most popular software in the business world.One business case - The Small Store - will be employed throughout the course as a way of linking the three major parts of the course together.
Learning ObjectivesThe objectives of the first part of the course are designed to help you understand what all business students should know about information systems: how they help the organization to compete, prosper, and survive. In this section, you will learn how to improve existing business models or create new models; understand how to make the business case; and how to plan for computer information technology to meet market needs.
The objectives of the second part of the course are to develop skills to understand and apply the communications and networking technology in making business decisions. The students learn of the threats to computer security and the risks posed to businesses due to these threats. Students also learn the models and processes on e-commerce and the different applications that can be created using these models.
The learning objectives of the third part of this course are to gain practical knowledge and understanding about business processes and how to make and implement simple business models building information systems prototypes. A majority of people in the business world use only 10% to 20% of options when using popular end-user software packages such as Excel and Access. We will try to improve those numbers. Elements of project management will link information technology with business planning and lead to better understanding of business processes.Regardless of whether you plan a career in Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Manufacturing, Information Technology Management, or any combination thereof, you will find that the material discussed in this course will be of real value to you throughout your career.
AssessmentThe accomplishment of course objectives will be assessed in class by:
Projects and GradingThere are 6 individual projects to be submitted via paper, uploading to the WebCT or on CDs (but not on diskettes). Instructions for how to submit files to the WebCT are on the WebCT homepage. All tests and quizzes are of the multiple-choice type. There is an optional final test during the Final Examination week. This is a comprehensive exam (max 80 points). It may replace one missed OR the lowest scored test.
Points may be earned in: six individual projects (max 6*10=60 points) and three exams (max 3*80=240) making total of 300. Achieving 93% or more (= 279 points or more) will be needed for an A, as seen in the table below.
If you are a student with special needs, please contact Disabled Student Services and the specific instructor on time to take exam under their supervision (else, you will take the exam together with other students and no special arrangements will be granted).Important Notes:
Tentative Course Schedule
Optional Final exam is cumulative; it may replace only one lowest scored or missed exam during the semester. The date and time for final exam to will be announced in class.
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