MGCR331_Syllabus

MGCR331_Syllabus - Department of Career and Management Studies www.mcgill.ca/conted-cms Course Outline Course Name Instructor Contact Information

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Information Systems (IS) MGCR331 - Course Outline Summer 2008 Page 1 of 16 Department of Career and Management Studies www.mcgill.ca/conted-cms/ Course Outline Course Name : INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IS) Summer 2008 MGCR 331 (761) Instructor : Leo Kerklaan Tuesday evenings 6 to 9pm Section 761 Contact Information : Leo Kerklaan Class time: Every Tuesday, 6 and 9 pm in room 13 McConnel Engineering building. First class: Tuesday May 6, 2008. Last class: Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Midterm examination: Week 7, June 17 in regular classroom. Final exam (most likely) on Tuesday, August 19 between 6 and 9 pm. Office hours: 30 minutes before class, in the regular teaching classroom. Contact information: [email protected] (Do not use webct email) Phone: 514-683-9619 or cottage at 450-297-2624 (not after 10:00 PM) Leave message if no answer. Course Objectives : Information Systems is an introductory course in information systems oriented to students who are following studies in business. The objectives are twofold. First of all we would like the students to obtain a clear understanding of I.S. and its critical importance in a business organization. A second objective is supported with expanding upon one’s existing "computing literacy" to demonstrate how well designed and functioning information systems can be used as a decision making and management reporting tool. Many occupations are now almost exclusively concerned with the handling, processing, transmission and the managing of data and information. To maintain a competitive advantage, along with the profit drive, in an ever more complex and volatile market place, businesses require vast amounts of useful and current information. Without information they cannot monitor and control the functioning of the organization. In summary form, the aim of this course is to provide the student with a general, current, all around basic understanding of Information Systems in a business context. To accomplish the foregoing, the course consists of three major interrelated components: IS Theory concepts on how IT is supporting and changing our business practices. The topics include a wide range of subject matter relevant to IT. This will includes the role of IT and MIS and the use of technology to gain a strategic competitive advantage and the associated people, planning and resource issues. The theory material will be taught in a class participation setting where the students will be required to have read the material beforehand. Approximately half of the class time will be devoted to theory over the 13 weeks. Supporting the in class theory discussions, students will be required to hand in one comprehensive, short theory paper. As well, class participation forms an integral part of the teaching experience.
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Information Systems (IS) MGCR331 - Course Outline Summer 2008 Page 2 of 16 Spreadsheets as a decision making and reporting tool- We will explore how one can use the power of Excel to assist in decision making and reporting. In the process we
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2008 for the course MGCR 331 taught by Professor Animesh during the Summer '08 term at McGill.

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MGCR331_Syllabus - Department of Career and Management Studies www.mcgill.ca/conted-cms Course Outline Course Name Instructor Contact Information

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