Syllabus for Information Systems in Organizations Ifsm300 A802

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Syllabus for Information Systems in Organizations
IFSM300 A802

Faculty Contact Information
Course Number/Section: IFSM300-A802
Course Title: Information Systems in Organizations
Instructor Name/Title: Professor Patsy Reece
Instructor Contact Information: Email address: preece@faculty.umuc.edu, and (704) 277-6835 Hi! from Patsy Reece on the east coast. I have been an online facilitator and online course designer since 2001. I have over twenty years in the IT field with over 17 with IBM around the U.S., and several others as an IT consultant along the East Coast. My IT experience covers all areas of the software lifecycle, including programming, quality analysis, testing, business analysis, project management, training, and education. My academic background consists of an AS in Business Administration, a BS in Management and Marketing, an MS in Information Technology Management, and an MS in Instructional Design for Online Learning. I am currently completing a PhD in Information Systems Management. My few certifications include CSTE (Certified Software Test Engineer), CSQA (Certified Software Quality Analyst), and Six Sigma Green Belt. Course Description

(Course activities require access to Microsoft Office Professional.) Prerequisite: IFSM 201. An overview of information systems and how they provide value by supporting organizational objectives. The goal is to analyze business strategies to recognize how technology solutions enable strategic outcomes and to identify information system requirements by analyzing business processes. Discussion covers concepts of business processes and alignment of information systems solutions to strategic goals.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, students should be able to:
• analyze business strategy to recognize how technology solutions enable strategic outcomes • analyze internal and external business processes to identify information systems requirements • identify and plan IT solutions that meet business objectives

Course Introduction

The information age in which we are participating is a time of rapid technological innovation and constant change. Our intent is to develop a general understanding of the forces, methods, strategies, and tactics needed to meet the dynamic changes facing organizations today. Therefore, it is important that we understand the interactive processes of leadership, behavior, motivation, and communications within and among organizations. To do this we will recognize the three tools at Management’s disposal: people, organization and technology. We will be focusing our efforts on how technology is used most effectively in an organization to achieve its goals and understanding the impact of technology on the people and the organization. The transformation of processes is characterized by the infusion of information technology into the design of new processes. This infusion of technology, as a means to improve productivity, is not new; it has been occurring for decades and in all types of organizations. Beginning in the early 1960s, the emphasis has been on using information technology as the replacement for manual processes and procedures and as the method to increase the availability of information needed by management to compete. Moving into the 21st century, technology is becoming increasingly more powerful and embedded into the majority of business processes to meet the ever-changing business needs and improvements in technology.  Organizations are more and more dependent upon the effective use of technology to sustain a competitive advantage and enable them to operate with agility and flexibility. To be a valued active participant in the future, one must have the knowledge skills and abilities (KSAs) to appreciate the visions, strategies, and processes that managers of organizations are applying to their organizations' needs. One must also be prepared for the inevitable change that the future holds for all...
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