Study guide on MIS250 and Being Successful.docx

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If the financial argument is not sufficient, consider the learning value. Information systems are fundamental to modern business success, and this class is intended to equip you with the theories, vocabulary and skills necessary to harness the power of technology in your future career. You may 1 Kenneth Sufka, ‘The A Game: Nine Steps to Better Grades’ Nautilus Publishing, 2011. 2 Per WSUV Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, average tuition & fees is $5693/semester, with average course load 12 credits, and MIS250 is 3 credits meeting for 15 weeks (5693/12x3/15=94.83). 3 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/upshot/is-college-worth-it-clearly-new-data-say.html? _r=0&abt=0002&abg=1
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already know a lot about MIS, but every day in class we will cover new concepts you don’t know, which are essential to becoming a profession-ready graduate. Finally missing class can hurt your grade. I frequently give unannounced quizzes. I often review the previous class material with an eye towards preparing your for the homework assignments and exam. Even if I do not take role, when I hand back assignments and quizzes I can tell by the left over stack who was not in class, and that will factor into your attendance. Sometimes missing class is unavoidable –a job interview, being seriously ill, or having issues with transportation are common reasons, and one absence is certainly reasonable. If you cannot come to class, review the study guide, lecture slides and reading assignment for the day. Talk with someone else in class about what you missed. Finally, after doing those things , I welcome talking with you about what you might have missed. 3. Be focused in class You’re in class, great, but are you mentally present and prepared to learn? Or is your mind elsewhere. Every distraction hinders your comprehension –while each distraction (e.g. a quick check of your text messages, or a laugh with your neighbor) seems innocuous, they do add up. Sit where you can learn the best –maybe that means sitting in the front instead of the back of class (try it!). Turn off your cell phone before you come to class. Be disciplined about not surfing the web or day dreaming. Personally, I need about 20 minutes of calm before class in order to be focused and present. This means that I have to adjust my schedule so I can arrive early, sit and relax, perhaps enjoy a cup of tea, and look over my notes before class. Find what works for you. 4. Come to class prepared Review the study guide before class! We cover a lot of material, and to help focus your learning, I have developed study guides. But they are very dense and informational rich and deserve considerable attention for maximum benefit. Carefully read the study guide before class. Underline any concepts that are unfamiliar and take notes on them during the class lecture. The study guide often lists terms and their definition. You should memorize those definitions to pass this class. For example, I provided some definitions about information Systems above. Did you read them sufficiently closely to answer these questions (don’t look, back, just try to answer the questions first)?
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