ISM 50 – Business Information Systems

Fall 2007

(Course Number: 16718)

 

Lectures:

          Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 pm-5:45 pm

          Stevenson College 150

 

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   Group Composition / Company Assignments:

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Contact Xing Xing (xxing@ucsc.edu) if you have questions about these lists, or if your name is missing and you intend to take the class.

 

Instructor:

John Musacchio

Office:                         E2 Room 557

Office hours:              1pm – 2pm Wednesdays                            

Email:                         johnm@soe.ucsc.edu

 

Teaching Assistants:

Xing Xing

Office: Baskin Engineering 314

Office Hours: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday

Email: xxing@ucsc.edu

 

Shuang Wu

Office Hours: 1pm -2pm Tuesday

Location: E2 486

Email: swu@soe.ucsc.edu

                

Course Description:            

This course is an introductory survey of the use of information systems in business enterprises. We study how organizations can use information systems to improve efficiency and enable new ways of doing business. Students should gain an understanding of how information systems technologies are designed to support business applications.  We will study examples both of how business needs can drive the development of new technology and also of how advances in technology can drive changes in business. Students should also gain a conceptual understanding of the basic building blocks of information system technology, such as database management, and network architecture. Such an understanding will enable them to identify existing technologies or conceptualize new technologies that meet particular business needs.

 

Reading Material:

Primary Textbook:

                   The textbook is available at the Bay Tree bookstore.

Understanding Networked Applications: A First Course, by David G. Messerschmitt

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            Course Reader:

The reader will be available shortly at the Bay Tree Bookstore. The reader contains:

*  Case Studies from the Harvard Business School

*  Chapters 1 and 2 from:

Management Information Systems: Managing Information Technology in the Business Enterprise, by James A. O’Brien, 6th edition, McGraw Hill, New York.

            Other Material:

                        Guide on Citing Sources Properly

                        Cash Flow Handout

Syllabus:

Note: Hyperlinks to the lecture slides are found in the “Topics” column. Hyperlinks to the assignments are located in the “Assignments” column.

 

Class #

Date

Topics

Reading

 

Assignments

1

9/27

 

Class Introduction

[slides][handouts]

 

Assignment 1 out

2

10/2

IT History and Background

[slides][handouts]

IT Management from 1960-2000 (reader pp 1-26)

Chapter 1 - Section II of O’Brien (reader pp 47-60)

Project Preferences Due

 

3

10/4

Competing with IT,

Cash Flows

[slides][handouts]

Chapter 2 - Section I of O’Brien  (reader pp 69-77)

Cash Flow Handout

 

Assignment 1 due

 

4

10/9

Competing with IT (Cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Chapter 2 - Section II of O’Brien (reader pp 78-90)

Assignment 2 out

5

10/11

Business Processes,

[slides][handouts]

Frito-Lay Case (93-103 + figs)

 

 

6

10/16

Enterprise Applications,

Information Access Terms

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 2.3 (38-50)

Messerschmitt Ch 3.1-3.3 (59-82)

Folio Article 1 due

7

10/18

Enterprise Applications

(cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Cisco Case (114-124 + figs)

Assignment 2 due

8

10/23

E-commerce

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 3.4-3.6 (83-98)

Alibris Case (133-143 + figs)

Business Paper Proposal Due

Assignment 3 out

9

10/25

IT Concepts

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 4 (107-132)

 

10

10/30

Client Server Computing

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 5 (139-154)

Sun-N Tier Case (145-164 + figs)

Assignment 3 Due

11

11/1

Modularity and Layering

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 6 (157-190)

 

12

11/6

MIDTERM EXAM

[study guide]

 

Folio Article 2 due

13

11/8

Computer and Comm. Industry

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 7 (198-226)

Assignment 4 Out

14

11/13

Database Management

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 11.1 - 11.2 (325-335)

Messerschmitt Ch 15.1 - 15.2 (415-425)

Database Assignment Out

15

11/15

Database Management Cont’d

[slides][handouts]

MySQL Database Case (179-199 + figs)

Assignment 4 Due

16

11/20

Networking

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 18 (493-512)

 

 

11/22

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

17

11/27

Networking (Cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Akamai Case (213-228 + figs)

 

 

18

11/29

Applications and the Organization

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 9 (273-289)

Folio Article 3 due

Database Assignment Due

19

12/4

Application Architecture

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 10 (293-321)

 

20

12/6

Application Architecture (Cont’d)

Wrap Up, Final Review

[slides][handouts]

American Airlines Case (165-171 + figs)

 

Business Paper Due

 

12/12

(Wed.)

FINAL EXAM

Time: 12-3pm

Stevenson 150

[study guide]

 

 

 

Assessment

          Click on any of the hyperlinks in the “item” column to learn more about it.

Item

Due Date

Value

Participation

Each Class

10%

Pop Quizzes

3 per qtr.

5%

Oral Presentation or Folio

assigned

5%

Weekly Assignments

Each week

10%

Business Paper Proposal

Oct 23

5%

Midterm

Nov 1

15%

Database Assignment

Nov 29

10%

Business Papers Final

Dec 6

20%

Final Exam

Dec 12

20%

 

 

Last updated by John Musacchio on Dec 5, 2007