Management Information Systems

Purpose of Course  showclose

Today, the management of information systems is mostly associated with databases, the Internet, and server rooms.  However, “information management” has been around since before the invention of these tools.  It is as old as commerce itself, as traders, bankers, and merchants have always had reason to track sales and inventory.  Creditors must be aware of how much capital has been lent to borrowers and how much money has been deposited at banks.  Long before humans harnessed electricity, there was a need for information systems.  But currently almost all management of information systems is done electronically.

Management Information Systems (MIS) is a formal discipline within business education that bridges the gap between computer science and the well-known business disciplines of finance, marketing, and management.  However, most students will only take one or two MIS courses in their undergraduate programs.

You may not know it, but you use MIS every day.  If you use email, you are using MIS, as email is an information system (you just only see one end of it).  If you log into a computer every morning and access or edit data in corporate systems and databases, you are using information systems.  In its most general terms, information systems encompass any interactions between organized data and people.  MIS can be the means by which information is transmitted (such as the Internet), the software that displays the information (such as Microsoft Excel), or the systems that manage the data.  In this course, you will learn about the various components of information systems and how to leverage them in business.

Course Information  showclose

Welcome to BUS206 Management Information Systems.  Below, please find general information about this course and its requirements. 
Course Designers: Markeyshi K'Patrick, Jenelle Davis, and Rose Wise
Primary Resources: The material for this course derives from a range of free online content, and includes historical overviews, academic analysis, and primary sources.  However, you will find much of it produced or hosted by:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Technology Review
  • TechTarget:
  • Pearson's InformIT:
  • Biola University: Dave Bourgeois’ What is a Management Information System? lecture series 
Requirements for Completion: In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials.  Note that you will be officially graded only for the final exam.  In order to pass the course, you will have to earn a minimum of 70% on the final exam.  Your score on the final exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it.  You will have the opportunity to retake the exam if you do not pass it.
Time Commitment: This course should take you approximately 96 hours to complete.  A time advisory is presented under each subunit to guide you on the amount of time that you are expected to spend in going through the lectures.  Please do not rush through the material to adhere to the time advisory.   You can look at the time suggested in order to plan out your week for study and make your schedule accordingly.
Tips/Suggestions: You will be using many different sources for reading assignments in this course.  Some concepts can be presented in different ways.  Therefore, if you are confused by a reading, refer to the unit learning outcomes.  Each reading may present the same material, just in a different style.  Seek understanding, not just completion.

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Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the use and function of management information systems.
  • Describe and evaluate information systems development processes and techniques.
  • Identify and evaluate hardware and software requirements for information systems.
  • Evaluate data management technologies.
  • Explain the security risks associated with management information systems.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have a basic understanding of computers.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.).

√    Be competent in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

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