ISM 50 – Business Information Systems

Fall 2010

(Course Number: 14872)

 

Lectures:   

          Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3:45 pm

             Stevenson Acad Bldg 150 [map] [close-up map]

 

Announcements: see the eCommons Email Archive for the record of announcements (starting 10/19)

 

Database Project Assignment created:

 

FAQs:

Instructor:

John Musacchio

Office:                            E2 Room 557

Office hours:                  Tuesday 4:15-5:15 pm

                                       Wednesday 1:00-2:00 pm

Email:                             johnm@soe.ucsc.edu

 

Teaching Assistants:

Michael Singer               mjsinger@soe.ucsc.edu

Office:                            Baskin Engineering Room 358 (BE 358)

Office hours:                  Wednesday 2-3 pm

            

Raghav Gautam              raghavg@soe.ucsc.edu

Office:                            Baskin Engineering Room 358 (BE 358)

Office hours:                  Tuesday 4-5 pm

       

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.

 

Reader 2 (REQUIRED):

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

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 to 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

9/23

 

Class Introduction

 

[slides][handouts]

 

1) Homework 1 out

2) Business Paper assignment out

3) Read eCommons instructions

4) Check out ISM 50 on eCommons

2

9/28

IT History and Background

[slides][handouts]

IT Management from 1960-2000 (Reader 2 pp 1-26)

Chapter 1 - Section II of O’Brien (Reader 2 pp 47-60)

Submit Business Paper project preferences via eCommons (due before class)

3

9/30

Competing with IT,

 

[slides][handouts]

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

 

Homework 1 due

 

4

10/5

Competing with IT (Cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

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

Business Project Team and Presentation/Folio assignments (by first name, company) out

5

10/7

Business Processes

[slides][handouts]

Frito-Lay Case (Reader 2 pp 93-103 + figs)

Read Cash Flow

Homework 2 out

6

10/12

Enterprise Applications,

Information Access Terms

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 2.3 (pp 38-50)

Messerschmitt Ch 3.1-3.3 (pp 59-82)

Folio 1 (If assigned)

7

10/14

Enterprise Applications

(cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Cisco Case (Reader 2 pp 114-124 + figs)

Homework 2 due

8

10/19

E-commerce

 

Messerschmitt Ch 3.4-3.6 (pp 83-98)

Alibris Case (Reader 2 pp 133-143 + figs)

Business Paper Proposal due

Homework 3 out

9

10/21

IT Concepts

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 4 (pp 107-132)

 

10

10/26

Client Server Computing

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 5 (pp 139-154)

Sun-N Tier Case (Reader 2 pp 145-164 + figs)

11

10/28

MIDTERM EXAM

(date subject to change)

 

Homework 3 due

 

12

11/2

Modularity and Layering

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 6 (pp 157-190)

 

13

11/4

Computer and Comm. Industry

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 7 (pp 198-226)

Folio 2 (If assigned)

Homework4 out

14

11/9

Database Management

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 11.1 - 11.2 (pp 325-335)

Messerschmitt Ch 15.1 - 15.2 (pp 415-425)

 

 

11/11

Veterans Day Holiday

 

 

15

11/16

Database Management Cont’d

[slides][handouts]

MySQL Database Case (Reader 2 pp 179-199 + figs)

 

16

11/18

Networking

[slides][handouts]

Chapter 1 of this book

17

11/23

Networking (Cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Akamai Case (Reader 2 pp 213-228 + figs)

Database Assignment due

Homework4 due

 

11/25

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

18

11/30

Applications and the Organization

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 9 (pp 273-289)

Folio 3 (If assigned)

19

12/2

Application Architecture

Wrap Up, Final Review

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 10 (pp 293-321)

American Airlines Case (Reader 2 pp 165-171 + figs)

 

Business Paper Due

 

12/6

(Mon.)

FINAL EXAM

Time: 7:30-10:30pm

 

 

 

Assessment

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

Item

Due Date

Value

Participation in each class and in the eCommons forums

throughout

10%

Pop Quizzes

3 per qtr.

5%

Oral Presentation or Folio

assigned

5%

Weekly Assignments

Each week

10%

Business Paper Proposal

Oct 19

5%

Midterm

 

15%

Database Assignment

TBA

10%

Business Papers Final

Dec 2

20%

Final Exam

Dec 6

20%

 

Last updated by Michael Singer on Oct. 19, 2010