Winter Term

November 12, 2006 – February 17, 2007


COURSE NUMBER & TITLE   MISM 3303: Management Information Systems

TIME:    Monday Nights 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm       

INSTRUCTOR:       Dr. Tony Strange, Ed.D, MPA

CONTACT INFORMATION   Home Phone: 488-8820 (Before 9 PM)

EMAIL:          tstrange@alaska.net or stranget@wbu.edu

APPOINTMENTS:   Available by appointment (Mon & Fri)

LOCATION:         Eielson AFB


Course Description : This course provides an understanding of organizational systems, planning, and decision process, and how information is used for decision support in organizations. It covers quality and decision theory, information theory, and practice essential for providing viable information to the organization. It outlines the concepts of IS for competitive advantages, data as a resource, IS and IT planning, re-engineering, project management, and development of systems, and end-user computing.


Course Prerequisites: COSC 1300 or documented knowledge in computers not to exceed five years.


TEXT : Management Information Systems, Oz, 5 rd edition.


Performance Objectives :


(1) Define Management Information Systems.


(2) Provide an overview of strategic uses of Information Systems.


(3) Describe and understand information Technology in Business Hardware and Software.


(4) Explain the integratio0n of Telecommunication and network in Informational Technology Business.


(5) Acquaint students with e-commerce: the internet, intranets, extranets, and data knowledge management.


(6) Explain and describe information technology in management. Examine managers and their information needs and organizing information technology resources.


(7) Describe EDI, supply chain management and global information systems.


(8) Understand and examine information systems in decision-making. Define decision support, geographic information systems, AI and expert systems.


(9) Examine planning information systems and system development.


(10) Describe Alternative Avenue for system acquisition and risk controls and security measures.


Student Learning Outcomes:





CLASSROOM ACTIVTIES: Four major methods will be utilized in the class to facilitate the students’ understanding the subject: 1) Lecture to keynote major findings in subject, 2) Readings to further elaborate on subject, 3) Presentations, and 4) Projects.




Attendance: Attendance is required . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. Material will be discussed in class and included in the exams that are not in the book. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. The student must not miss any more than 25% of the class. Any more misses may result in failure of the class. In case of TDY’s the instructor should be notified as soon as possible.


Readings : Assigned readings are to be completed prior to the class session for which they are assigned.


Plagiarism Policy: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.


Disability Policy: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified disable person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.

Grading Scale :

A = 90-100%,         F = Below 60%

B = 80-89%,         I = Incomplete

C = 70-79%,         W = Withdrawal

D = 60-69%


Grading Weight (based on 100 points possible)


Case Studies 200

Mid- Term 200

Final Exam 200





Nov 13     Overview and Discussion Chapter 1

      Assignment online go to WBU Blackboard Site


         Thanksgiving Break


Nov 27     Discussion Chapter 4 and 5

       (Class Meeting)


Dec 4       Discussion Chapter 6 and 7

       (Class Meeting)


Dec 11     Discussion Chapter 8 and Case Study Due

       (Class Meeting)


Dec 18       Discussion Chapter 9

       (Class Meeting)

Mid-Term Due


       Holiday Break (December 20 – January 6, 2007)


Jan 8       Discussion Chapter 10

       (Class Meeting)


Jan 15       Discussion Chapter 11 and Case Study Due


Jan 22       Discussion Chapter 12 and Case Study Due


Jan 29       Discussion Chapter 13 and Case Study Due


Feb 5       Discussion Chapter 14 and Case Study Due


Feb 12       Final Exam Due



General Direction: It is very important to read and be prepared to discuss the chapters assigned before class meetings. Please make every effort to be present for classes. I understand we are all working with difficult schedules. Please let me know if you have a problem and I will do everything possible to be flexible and work with you. It is university policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in this University.” It is highly recommended all students keep copies of their work with WBU, since they may need portions for the Grad Seminar portfolio projects.