Strategic Information Technology

Purpose of Course  showclose

BUS206 introduced you to the subject of Management Information Systems (MIS). The focus of that initial course was on the nuts and bolts of information systems: how they work, how you create them, how to secure them, and so on. This course is developed to help you understand how information technology can be used as part of an organization’s overall strategy.
In this course you will focus on the allocation and use of technology resources across an entire firm as part of the larger organizational strategy. Because firms do not have an unlimited supply of capital, they must decide when and where to deploy new information technology. Firms must not only focus on when to deploy IT, but also if they should deploy IT at all! This brings up the bigger question about technology: Can the use of IT bring a sustainable competitive advantage to an organization? There are those who say, “No”; and others who say, “Of course!”  You will explore the differing opinions out there on this topic in unit 1.
In unit 2 you will delve into how IT might manage business processes and take a look at Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Business Process Management (BPM) systems, and business process reengineering. You will then move on to how technology can inform decision making in unit 3 by studying business intelligence, data warehousing, and data mining. Unit 4 introduces you to the world of e-commerce and examines such important topics as intellectual property and online marketing. In unit 5 you will explore major trends in technology today like cloud computing, Web 2.0, and mobile technologies. Units 1 through 5 lay the groundwork for understanding how IT can be used in business strategy, which you will put to practical use in unit 6 where you will focus on how to actually write a strategy.

Course Information  showclose

Welcome to BUS303: Strategic Information Technology. General information about this course and its requirements can be found below.
Course Designer: David Bourgeois
Primary Resources: This course is comprised of a range of different free, online materials. However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:
Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials. A key point to remember is that this is a course on strategy and how it relates to information technology.
Besides reviewing these materials, you will also need to complete:
  • Unit 6 “Develop Your Own Social Media Strategy” Assignment
  • The Final Exam
Note that you will only receive an official grade on your final exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to work through the readings and assignments listed above.
In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
Time Commitment: Completing this course should take you a total of 84.25 hours. Each unit includes a time advisory that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. These should help you plan your time accordingly. It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit, and then to set goals for yourself. For example, unit 1 should take you 16 hours. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete subunits 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 (a total of 2 hours) on Monday night; subunits 1.1.3 and 1.1.4 (a total of 2.5 hours) on Tuesday night; etc.
Tips/Suggestions: As noted in the Course Requirements, you must have completed BUS206: Management Information Systems before you take this course. It may be helpful to do a quick review of that course before beginning this one.
As you read, take careful notes on a separate sheet of paper. For each topic presented, ask yourself: What does this have to do with strategy or competitive advantage? See if you can find links between topics presented in different units, and see how they fit as a whole. These notes will help you as you write your strategy paper assignment.

Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the relationship between information technology and competitive advantage;
  • Explain the relationship between information technology and business processes in an organization;
  • Explain how an organization can leverage data for strategic planning through the use of data warehouses and business intelligence;
  • Identify different online technologies and explain how each can be used to improve their business and contribute to their competitive advantage; and
  • Describe the process to develop a technology strategy for an organization.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course, you must:
√        Have access to a computer.
√        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.
√        Have completed BUS103 and BUS105, as well as BUS206: Management Information Systems.

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