Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Investigate relationships among the components and functions of an information system: people, data, process, network and technology. Assess information technology in terms of ethics, security of data, computer crime and quality of life.
2. Explain how MIS can be incorporated into business strategies. Use the systems approach as a problem-solving framework to propose information systems solutionsto business problems. Apply information technology to time management as a tool to overcome geographic, cost and structural barriers in business.
3. Discuss the issues relating to the design and management of an effective information system that are critical throughout the system’s development life cycle. Evaluate the computer systems and peripherals required for a business. Analyze the purpose of popular microcomputer software packages for end-user productivity and collaborative computing.
4. Formulate management requirements for Electronic Database Systems regarding their use, control, integration and external relations.
5. Evaluate the ability of electronic communications, conferencing, and work management to enhance the collaboration of teams and work groups in a business enterprise.
6. Analyze the major types of business applications and the business value of telecommunications networks. Describe how companies use the Internet, Intranets and Extranets for a competitive advantage in business. Design the requirements for managing activities and establish guidelines for company communications such as disseminating information, standardizing procedures, controlling documents, and networking in a multidimensional environment.
7. Relate how companies can gain a competitive advantage by using expert systems, Decision Support Systems (DSS), Executive Support Systems (ESS), electronic data interchange, image processing and global networking.
8. Determine the issues that are critical to effective IT management covering the future role of the MIS function in organizations, the changing role of the chief information officer, management of decentralized and centralized IT and justifying costs of the new technologies.
9. Describe emerging trends in the use and management of information systems including topics in IT-management roles, technology changes, emerging organizational structures, strengths and limitations of IT, software engineering, reusable software, and computer aided systems engineering (CASE) tools.
10. Evaluate real world case studies which provide important insight in the areas of managing IT resources from a corporate perspective, designing and implementing effective information systems and decision support systems, and understanding the behavior principles of systems design.