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BSAD 141 Management Information Systems -- Spring 2014 ... “Business Driven Information Systems” 3rd edition, Baltzan, McGraw Hill Publishing, ISBN: ...

BSAD 141 Information Technology and Business Systems – Fall 2017 Sections A (10:15 AM) and B (11:40 AM) meet in Kalkin 004 Instructor: Dave Novak Office: 310 Kalkin Hall Email: [email protected] I ADMINISTER this COURSE THROUGH MY COURSE WEB SITE!! This site contains the course schedule, all the course notes, assignments, etc.

URL for the Course Web Site: This site contains ALL the course schedule, lecture notes, assignments, etc. I update the course Web site on a regular basis. You should check the site frequently to make sure that you are up-to-date with the reading, class notes, and class activities. Please save the course Web site to your favorites in the tool bar of whatever Web browser you are using. IF YOU MISS CLASS (for ANY reason) PLEASE CHECK THE COURSE SCHEDULE (there is a link to the schedule on the course Web site) TO SEE WHAT WE COVERED DURING CLASS AND TO DOWNLOAD THE CLASS NOTES. Students are responsible for all material covered during any missed class. The notes are not complete and you will still need to contact a classmate to help you fill in the class notes for any classes that you miss. You need to take notes in this class. It is part of the learning process. I do not give out my class notes to anyone. Office hours:  Tues and Thur 1:30 AM to 2:30 PM or by appointment.  If you cannot attend my office hours, please contact me via email to set up a time when we can meet. I will do my best to accommodate you. Please note that I may not be able to meet with you if you just drop by my office unannounced. REQUIRED TEXT:  “Business Driven Information Systems” 5th edition, Baltzan, McGraw Hill Publishing, ISBN: 9780073402987. EACH OF THE LINKS ALSO DIRECTS YOU TO A LINK WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE THE COURSE MATERIAL (ON THE LEFT OF THE SCREEN)!

Links to register for Connect for your section Section A: Section B: COURSE OBJECTIVES: Regardless of whether you intend to work in the information technology (IT) field or not, today’s business environment requires a basic understanding of various technologies. It is critical for college graduates to understand basic information systems (IS) concepts and terminology. This course is designed to familiarize students with the conceptual issues underlying the use and design of IS and the techniques to model and assess the information needs of managers. The central objective of the course is to expose students to the importance and significance of IS in today's personal and professional environment. The course focuses on a


series of techniques and theoretical frameworks to support the analysis/critique of current computer-based information systems and the design of improved ones. The emphasis is on understanding the complexities and difficulties of using, modeling, designing, and implementing an IS. This course provides the practical tools and a conceptual background for understanding the rationale behind IS that support the decision-making activities within an organization. The course has the following objectives for the semester:  Learn how to document and analyze business processes (e.g. order fulfillment, revenue collection, etc.) found in a variety of businesses by using each of the following: o Business Process Model Notation & Data Flow Diagrams o Entity Relationship Diagrams o Relational Database Designs  Be able to use a software diagramming tool to develop professional visualizations of business process models, entity relationship diagrams and other common stencils used in enterprises today.  Understand the issues associated with management of data (storage, retrieval, and security) in contemporary organizations  Learn a traditional systems development methodology (feasibility, systems analysis, development &/or acquisition of hardware & software, design, and implementation) used to develop new and improved information systems.  Understand the fundamental concepts of information systems and explore the personal and organizational uses and significance of IS in a rapidly changing digital world. Other: All students are required to have a mobile computing device and course specified software (see below); students must bring their notebook computers to many of our class sessions for activities which may include quizzes, in-class assignments, exercises, demonstrations, and exams. Required Software: You are required to use a recent version of Microsoft Office software package including: Access, Excel, Visio. NOTE: Course required software is available through the School of Business at a discount. See Nick Gingrow or Matt Parisi in 227 Kalkin for details or email [email protected] . NOTE: It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have a fully functional laptop and bring it to class when it is stated to be required; your grade will depend on it. Think of it as an essential tool to the learning objectives; like a pen or a notebook. Required UVM Account: You are also required to use and maintain your UVM mail accounts. If you need assistance with this account, go to



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If I make a mistake in grading or you wish to discuss a particular grade with me, please do so within TWO DAYS (not course meeting times) after that particular assignment has been returned. I suggest you keep a copy of ALL returned work in a folder, so you can check your grade with me if need be


Please note that I don’t differentiate between “excused” and “unexcused”

absences. Class attendance is very important! The quiz component of your grade depends directly on attendance. There are no makeups for missed classes. 

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You are responsible for all material and announcements discussed during class. If you miss class for any reason, you can easily see what material you missed by consulting the online class schedule. You should get all notes, handouts, or any other material that you missed from a classmate. I will not cover course material you have missed on an individual basis during office hours. The course schedule is available online. You can print out the daily lecture material and take notes directly on the lecture slides I provide, or use your laptop to take notes electronically. The schedule summarizes the material covered in class and has links to all reading and notes. Please let me know immediately if there are issues with a major illness / injury or extended hospital stay. I will work with Student Services to handle with these situations on an individual basis. Since this class consists of in-class software demos, in-class assignments, and in-class pop-quizzes, you are strongly advised to attend every class and to BE ON TIME.

NOTE TAKING:  I strongly advise you to take notes during every class meeting. I believe that taking good notes and following along during class is essential to your success in this class. HOMEWORK:  You MUST purchase the course material, which includes a Learn Smart Connect license, and then complete the online registration for your section. There is an access code included in the course material packet. Your course grade includes a 10% component for HW.  You will need to do the HW online. If you do not have a computer, you will need to use a lab computer. All you need is a Web browser  I will not collect and grade paper-based HW assignments. Do not submit the HW to me. All HW is administered through the Connect portal. The HW is graded automatically.  Late HW is not accepted and receives a grade of ZERO. Submit your HW before the due date!  You are responsible for understanding the HW assignments. I suggest all students spend time working all HW assignments, go over the solutions, and then ask me if you have any questions or need clarification.  Portions of this course rely heavily on the use of computers. If you do not practice certain portions of the HW using a computer, it is possible that you will have trouble on tests and quizzes.  I am happy to answer questions about HW assignments during office hours. Before coming to me for help you should first: 1) Review all related notes or handouts, 2) Review the related material in the book, and 3) Attempt to solve the problem. I will always ask you to produce your work and tell me specifically what material you have consulted in an effort to solve the HW problems. EXAMS:  There will be three exams during the regular semester.  You MUST take all tests and quizzes in the section in which you are registered.


I do not give makeup exams. Makeup exams tend to cause many, many problems (timing, space, equity, etc.). I do not give makeup or late exams as it is not fair to all the other students in class who are taking the exam as scheduled. If there is a serious scheduling problem please discuss the issue with me at least two days prior to the exam and I will try and work out a way for you to take the text early (I do not guarantee this, but I will try to work something out with you). There are no test drops and I do not reweight tests after the fact. For example, you cannot choose to put more weight on test #3 if you do not like the grade you received on test #1.

QUIZZES and IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:  Quizzes and in-class assignments are designed to keep you up to date with the material and are attendance-based (you have to be in class to participate). You MUST take all quizzes/assignments in the section in which you are registered. You will not receive a grade for any quiz taken in another class section. This is a fairness/equity issue.  I will try to give between 7 or 8 quizzes/in-class assignments during the semester (maybe one more, maybe one less). You may drop ONE quiz grade.  Quizzes may or may not be scheduled. Some will be pop-quizzes, while I may alert you about others. Quizzes are not necessarily held on the same day of each week. I may choose to give attendance-based quizzes.  Please note that THERE ARE NO MAKEUP / LATE QUIZZES. I understand people miss classes for a variety of reasons. Even if you have a valid reason (family emergency, you are sick, job interview, etc.), I do not give makeup or late quizzes. Trying to determine the validity of reasons for missing class and then being fair to everyone with respect to make ups is nearly impossible given that there are so many students in the class. Again, it is very important that you attend every class. The one drop is designed to cover any missed classes (for any reason) when a quiz is given. 

If you are late to class on days when an in-class quiz is given, you will not be allowed to take the quiz. Once I finish handing out the quizzes at the beginning of class, I do not keep handing them out as students come in late. Depending on the day’s lecture and what we are doing, quizzes may be held at different times, may be of different lengths, or may even be presented in different formats. Alerting me ahead of time that you will not be in class does not excuse you from that day’s activities. I can’t adjust the class schedule around individual students. Again, keep in mind that there are many students taking BSAD 141 this semester and everyone has potential conflicts – it is impossible for me to schedule around individual students.

CLASSROOM DECORUM:  Please turn off your cell phones and put them completely away during class. Do not disrupt class by taking calls or texting. If you are using electronic devices (other than laptops) during class, I will ask you to leave the class.  It essential that you demonstrate respect for your classmates and the instructor. Class begins and ends at the scheduled time. Be on time. If you arrive late, do not disrupt the class more than is absolutely necessary. Be quiet and quickly find a seat. Visit the bathroom before class starts. OFFICE HOURS:  You can ALWAYS come by my office during office hours. You do not need an appointment. I will drop what I’m doing and address your questions.  You can email me or call me to set up an appointment to meet with me outside my office hours. This will assure that I am in my office and can meet with you. I will make every attempt to meet with you at your convenience. The best way to ensure we can set up a mutually agreeable meeting time is to make an appointment ahead of time so we both can schedule accordingly.


Additional note on academic integrity: Do NOT have your phones, ipods, or other electronic devices out or in your pockets during quizzes and/or tests. I will remind you to turn these off and put them in your backpacks. I consider use of these devices during tests and quizzes to be a violation of the academic integrity policy.

CODE OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Please review the University policies regarding the student code of rights and responsibilities. “3) Classroom Disruption Offenses. Students who engage in behavior that disrupts a classroom, laboratory, or other environment in which educational or research activity takes place may be subject to action under this Code. Disruptive classroom conduct means engaging in behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor’s ability to teach or student learning. For purposes of this provision, the classroom extends to any setting where a student is involved in work toward academic credit or satisfaction of program-based requirements or related activities.” ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY You are directly responsible for abiding by the UVM Honor Code. “I did not know” is not a valid excuse. A link to the code is provided below. Make sure you understand what constitutes violations of the policy. For example, you should clearly understand what constitutes plagiarism and cheating. And you should understand the potential sanctions for violating policies.

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.

CENTER FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING The Center for Health & Wellbeing offers a wide range of services to support your mind, body, and soul while you're at UVM. We do this by providing high quality, prevention-oriented student health care, mental health services, and a vigorous program of outreach and education. We offer care at several locations on campus. Primary Care: 656-3350 Counseling and Psychiatry Services: 656-3340