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MMIS 503 : Informatics: Cross-Disciplinary Computing for Competitive Advantage

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Informatics: Cross-Disciplinary Computing for Competitive Advantage
Many industries and markets that heretofore used a traditional MIS perspective are now using the informatics paradigm to gain greater benefit from their information, processing, and communications activities. But what is informatics? Informatics is about structure, behavior and interactions. It's about natural and engineered information and knowledge systems and the way people and organizations use these systems to leverage what they know as they solve problems and create opportunities across a wide variety of activities. Informatics embraces the study and use of both natural and engineered computation and information systems, and how they interact. This course examines the key concepts that make informatics different from "ordinary" information processing, and the kinds of organizations and objectives that can benefit best from an informatics outlook and perspective. Students then explore how to transform organizations to most effectively adopt and use the informatics outlook and the competitive advantages it can bring.

From health care and public health, to biochemistry and physics, many fields of study and business are making the most of the cross-disciplinary connection between information and the way people interact with it. This informatics paradigm, however, is still somewhat unknown in many areas of the information systems world and work place. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the basic concepts of informatics, and then examines those concepts in a variety of settings.The course also takes a closer look at how human organizations adapt and adopt to new and potentially revolutionary technologies, by using the informatics paradigm to examine some of those technological transformations. Seen in the informatics light, strategic change management is the application of cross-disciplinary information interaction strategies, to be able to define and evaluate opportunities and risks. The course also looks at how this viewpoint can be applied to the job of assuring organizational mission performance – which is assuring its decision support processes, which relies upon its information assurance efforts as well.

Learning Outcomes Understand informatics as a unifying concept, discipline and management approach. Apply the socio-technical view of systems-of-systems in different organizational and mission / objective contexts. Explain the relationships between informatics, information theory, information systems and cognitive science, and with other areas of science and technology . Explain how informatics as concept can be used to generate competitive advantage, and how this can create new information risk challenges . Compare and contrast the use of informatics, as both organizational culture and as the unifying systems design principle, in various industries and mission settings. Explain the shift in thinking about knowledge and knowledge management that is required to fully adopt an informatics culture in the organization.

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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
Mike Wills - 2/23/2015
Lela Halawi - 2/23/2015
Aaron Glassman - 2/23/2015
Bobby McMasters
1-5 Master of Science in Management Information Systems 1. Understand the role of information and knowledge in organizations, and how to apply information management and knowledge management principles and techniques to support the accomplishment of organizational goals and objectives
2. Use the principles of quality management to implement continuous business process improvements that achieve information systems’ reliability and robustness in sustainable ways.
3. Understand and apply systems engineering principles to the requirements analysis, design, development, implementation and operational support of organizational information and knowledge management systems.
4. Integrate various ethical, legal, technological and professional perspectives, both local and global, throughout the various MIS decision making and managerial and leadership processes.
5. Lead and manage the various aspects of information and knowledge management, stewardship and governance within a variety of organizational and mission contexts.
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