ISM 50 – Business Information Systems

Spring 2010

(Course Number: 60509)

 

Lectures:   

           Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 pm -5:45 pm

           Oakes 105 [map] [close-up map]

 

Announcements:           

Final Review Studyguide Posted

 

           Database Project Assignment created:

 

           Midterm review sheet posted! download here

           Company Group Assignments are ready! Check the First Name List and Group List to find who you're working with!

 

           Do you have a News Folio or Presentation? Find out on your business project listings (links above for "First Name List" & "Group List")

 

           Homework 2 is out--download it now!

 

           Homework 1 is due Tuesday on Moodle! Sign up for Moodle here: moodle.soe.ucsc.edu

 

           Lecture 2 slides are posted on Moodle (and on schedule below). Please sign up for Moodle! moodle.soe.ucsc.edu

 

           For more information on how to sign-up for moodle, please see the lecture slides!

 

           Business Paper Project preferences due on Thursday April 1! 

           [Business Paper Project description]

 

Instructor:

John Musacchio

Office:                            E2 Room 557

Office hours:                  2-3pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays                                              

Email:                             johnm@soe.ucsc.edu

 

Teaching Assistant:

Sig Myers

Office:                            Baskin Engineering 358 (BE 358)

Office hours:                  10-11am, Mondays, 2-3pm Wednesdays                                   

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

3/30

 

Class Introduction

[slides][handouts]

 

Assignment 1 out

2

4/1

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

4/6

Competing with IT,

[slides][handouts]

 

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

Cash Flow Handout

Assignment 1 due

 

4

4/8

Competing with IT (Cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

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

Assignment 2 out 

5

4/13

Business Processes,

[slides][handouts]

Frito-Lay Case (93-103 + figs)

 

 

6

4/15

Enterprise Applications,

Information Access Terms

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 2.3 (38-50)

Messerschmitt Ch 3.1-3.3 (59-82)

Folio 1 (If assigned)

Assignment 2 due 

7

4/20

Enterprise Applications

(cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Cisco Case (114-124 + figs)

8

4/22

E-commerce

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 3.4-3.6 (83-98)

Alibris Case (133-143 + figs)

Business Paper Proposal

Assignment 3 out 

9

4/27

IT Concepts

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 4 (107-132)

 

10

4/29

Client Server Computing

  [slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 5 (139-154)

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

Assignment 3 due  

11

5/4

MIDTERM EXAM

 

 

12

5/6

Modularity and Layering

  [slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 6 (157-190)

 

13

5/11

Computer and Comm. Industry

    [slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 7 (198-226)

Folio 2 (If assigned)

14

5/13

Database Management

  [slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 11.1 - 11.2 (325-335)

Messerschmitt Ch 15.1 - 15.2 (415-425)

Assignment 4 out  

15

5/18

Database Management Cont’d

  [slides][handouts]

MySQL Database Case (179-199 + figs)

 

16

5/20

Networking

[slides][handouts]

Ch. 1 of Networking Book

Assignment 4 due  

17

5/25

Networking (Cont’d)

[slides][handouts]

Akamai Case (213-228 + figs)

 

18

5/27

Applications and the Organization

[slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 9 (273-289)

Database Project Due  

19

6/1

Application Architecture

  [slides][handouts]

Messerschmitt Ch 10 (293-321)

Folio 3 (If assigned)

20

6/3

Application Architecture

Wrap Up, Final Review

[slides][handouts]

American Airlines Case (165-171 + figs)

 

Business Paper Due

 

6/10

(Thurs.)

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

Pop Quizzes

3 per qtr.

5%

Oral Presentation or Folio

assigned

5%

Weekly Assignments

Each week

10%

Business Paper Proposal

April 22

5%

Midterm

 

20%

Database Assignment

TBA

10%

Business Papers Final

June 3

20%

Final Exam

June 10

25%

 

 

Last updated by Sig Myers on April 22, 2010