ISM 50 – Business Information Systems

Fall 2009

(Course Number: 20599)

 

Lectures:   

           Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am-11:45 am

           Baskin 152

 

Announcements:       

 

 

Instructor:

John Musacchio

Office:                            E2 Room 557

Office hours:                  Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30                                  

Email:                             johnm@soe.ucsc.edu

 

Teaching Assistants:

Sig Myers

Office:                          Baskin Engineering (BE) Room 358

Office hours:                 Monday 11:00 - 1:00 pm

                                    Friday 11:00 - 1:00 pm

Email:                           sig@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:

Reader 1 (REQUIRED):

               Reader 1 will be available at the Bay Tree Bookstore before the first lecture.

                       Reader 1 contains selected chapters from the following book, which is now out of print:

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

If you find a copy of the above book, you may buy it instead of Reader 1. It might be nicer to have the complete book rather than a photocopied reader that does not contain all the pages of the actual book.

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            Reader 2 (REQUIRED)

Reader 2 will also be available at the Bay Tree Bookstore before the first lecture.

Note that Reader 2 is identical to the reader that was used for ISM 50 from Spring 2005-Spring 2009.

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

Tentative Lecture Plan:

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

9/24

 

Class Introduction

 

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

Assignment 1 out

2

929

IT History and Background

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

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

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

Project Preferences Due

 

3

10/1

Competing with IT,

 

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

Cash Flows and Rate of Return

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

Assignment 1 due

 

4

10/6

Competing with IT (Cont’d)

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

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

Assignment 2 out  

5

10/8

Business Processes,

Frito-Lay Case (93-103 + figs)

 

 

 

6

10/13

Enterprise Applications,

Information Access Terms

Messerschmitt Ch 2.3 (38-50)

Messerschmitt Ch 3.1-3.3 (59-82)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

 

Folio 1 (If assigned)

7

10/15

Enterprise Applications

(cont’d)

Cisco Case (114-124 + figs)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

  Assignment 2 due  

8

10/20

E-commerce

 

Messerschmitt Ch 3.4-3.6 (83-98)

Alibris Case (133-143 + figs)

Class Slides

 Business Paper Proposal

 

Assignment 3 Out

9

10/22

IT Concepts

 

Messerschmitt Ch 4 (107-132)

Class Slides

 

10

10/27

Client Server Computing

 

Messerschmitt Ch 5 (139-154)

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

Class Slides

Assignment 3 Due

11

10/29

MIDTERM EXAM

 

 

12

11/3

Modularity and Layering

 

Messerschmitt Ch 6 (157-190)

Class Slides

Class slides (6 per page)

 

13

11/5

Computer and Comm. Industry

 

Messerschmitt Ch 7 (198-226)

Class slides

Class slides (6 per page)

Folio 2 (If assigned)

Database Project Out

14

11/10

Database Management

 

Messerschmitt Ch 11.1 - 11.2 (325-335)

Messerschmitt Ch 15.1 - 15.2 (415-425)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

 Assignment 4 out

15

11/12

Database Management Cont’d

 

MySQL Database Case (179-199 + figs)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

 

16

11/17

Networking

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

 Assignment 4 due

17

11/19

Networking (Cont’d)

Akamai Case (213-228 + figs)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

18

11/24

Applications and the Organization

Messerschmitt Ch 9 (273-289)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

Database Project Due

 

11/26

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Assigned Reading: Ch. 1 of Networking Book

 

19

12/1

Application Architecture

 

Messerschmitt Ch 10 (293-321)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

Folio 3 (If assigned)

20

12/3

Application Architecture

Wrap Up, Final Review

American Airlines Case (165-171 + figs)

Class Slides

Class Slides (6 per page)

 

Business Paper Due

 

12/7

(Mon.)

FINAL EXAM

Time: 12-3pm

 

 

 

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 20

5%

Midterm

 

15%

Database Assignment

TBA

10%

Business Papers Final

Dec 3

20%

Final Exam

Dec 7

20%

 

 

Last updated by Sig Myers on Nov. 24, 2009