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ASCI 521 : Aviation/Aerospace Information Management

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aviation/Aerospace Information Management
This course aims to develop knowledgeable and effective users of information technology in aviation/ aerospace management occupations. A combination of technical and managerial material is presented. The material presented is necessary to achieve an understanding of the operations and strategic uses of management information systems in the aviation/aerospace industry. Emphasis is placed on the use of computers as an information processor, decision tool, and as a means of linking management more closely to the organization. Topics relating to the identification and management of information resources are presented.

This course is designed to assist the student to develop managerial skills in using information systems to conduct daily operations, to plan business strategies, and to solve business problems. A systems approach to planning, scheduling and controlling will provide the student with effective decision-making resources. The emphasis of this course is upon: the components and functions of an information system; the role of Management Information Systems (MIS) in business strategies; design and management of an effective information system; electronic databases; team and work-group collaboration systems; telecommunications systems; using MIS to gain a competitive advantage; effective IT management; emerging MIS trends; real world case studies; and development of computing, speaking, writing and critical thinking skills.

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.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

11. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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