Schulich School of Business
OMIS5110.015: Introduction to Information Systems
Section G Mondays 8:30-11:30am N108
Hila Koren-Cohen Phone: (416) 736-5074
Office: Seymour Schulich Building 337 F
Office hours: Wed 11:30am-12:00pm, Thu 5:30pm-6:30pm
The aim of this course is to create an understanding of key management issues with respect to the use of computer and information systems in modern business applications
Prerequisite[s] / Co-requisite[s]
None -------------------------------------------------------------Course objectives Information is perhaps the most important of all business resources, and the ability to manage it effectively on a global level is a essential organizational capability. Information systems are the tools that firms use to manage information, and it is critical for managers to understand how to use them. This course introduces you to key information systems concepts, issues and questions that will help you to accomplish this. The focus of the course is managerial - little prior knowledge of information systems is required, and you certainly won’t be doing any programming! It is assumed that you already possess the basic computer skills needed to use various office suite products (word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, etc.), or will acquire these skills independently of this course. The objective of the course is to provide a basic knowledge set that will allow you to understand the most common information systems issues that exist in today’s organizations, to ask critical questions, and participate in IT decision making.
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Organization of the Course Pedagogy
This course relies on a diversity of teaching media, including lectures, readings, and case discussions. Inclass discussions are important and quality class participation is expected from each student. It is your responsibility to read the appropriate material before class. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor, no late assignments will be accepted.
There is a readings package for this course that contains required articles and cases. As well we have an open source text: John Gallaugher, “Information Systems: A Manager’s Guide to Harnessing Technology”, Flat World,Version1.1, 2011. Go to this website to access the text: http://www.flatworldstudents.com/course?cid=453963&bid=38086. You can read it online for free. If you pay $29 or thereabouts you can download an e-reader version or a pdf. A printed text is $40 and a color text is $60. We cover a large volume of material in this course. When preparing for class, you should review the overheads, carefully read the assigned articles and cases and try to identify what you believe are key points or issues. Always ask yourself the following question “As a manager, what issues does this raise for me?”
Evaluation of Student Performance
The course grading scheme for Master’s level courses at Schulich uses a 9-value grade-point system. The possible course letter grades for a course (and the corresponding grade points awarded for each grade are: A+ 9 grade points A 8 A7 B+ 6 B 5 B4 C+ 3 C 2 C1 F 0 (Students are reminded that they must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 4.2 to remain in good standing and continue in the program, and a minimum of 4.4 to qualify for their degree. Schulich grading guidelines mandate a section grade point average [‘GPA’] of between 4.7 and 6.1 for core courses and a section GPA of between 5.2 and 6.2 for electives.) Where instructors use numerical or percentage grades, Schulich grading policy does not require a preset translation of percentages into specific letter grades
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Participation 20 % Individual Assignment 30 % Group Assignment 50%
In class Five pages maximum, handed in at the beginning of session 4 - Presentation 20%, session 6 -...