Introduction to Course

MIS 2000
Information Systems
for Management
Introduction to Course
Section A03, Bob Travica
Updated: January 2014
• What is Management Information Systems (MIS)?
• Focus of MIS 2000
• Course at a Glance
• Teamwork
• Assignments
• Hands-on: Class Exercises & Labs
• MIS on your resume
What is Management Information Systems (MIS)?
An area of management study and practice (as marketing or HRM*).
MIS focuses on managing organizational data, knowledge and
information technologies (IT) in order to achieve greater efficiency
(productivity) and effectiveness (accomplishment of goals).
Central concept is Information System (IS), which includes data, IT and
work procedures.
The term “MIS” is historical, when the main kind of IS would record
transactions and report on basic operations (e.g., payroll, inventory,
Today, MIS is about any type of IS (see Syllabus for types).
Focus of MIS 2000
An introductory course, with both conceptual and practical focus.
Management approach: Analyzing business (organizational) processes (BP)*
in order to understand:
– organizational data (in various states of organization)
– BP working with organizational data
– support of information systems (IS) to BP
– how to improve BP by IS support
Critical thinking: Stay away from a “silver bullet” approach – a new
information technology “solves all problems”!
Look at process design and performance and ask, how it can be supported
with better IT and IS.
Try to see how IS and IT can improve BP in your area of study.
Course at a Glance
Course outline: online, paper
Study materials: No textbook, materials online & some paper handouts
Study methods: lectures, teamwork (all assignments and class activities,
class exercises, labs (MS Access, Excel, SAP*), discussion
Laboratory (MS Access & Excel)
Three home works
Two exams
Class participation: talking on the topic in class (1 mark).
– If you do not attend, you can’t participate. Just attending is not enough.
– participating in teamwork on class exercises brings 0.5 marks.
Course at a Glance – Online Support
Study materials:
– Concept list on your instructor’s Website
– Class notes (slides) – same Website. Wait for updates, check
the time stamp!
– Other materials – same Website
To save and print class notes off the Web site use the procedures
listed in the footer of this slide (save the printer tonner!)
UofM’s Virtual Learning Commons (doing research, writing paper,
academic integrity)
• Make a team of three to five members (not more!)
• Specify the study area (major) if you can; not all members have to
be from the same area
• Elect a coordinator/spokesperson – communicates with instructor
• Start planning time and responsibilities related to assignments
1. Data Analysis & Diagramming: The task is to analyze a narrative
describing a business situation and to create a data diagram.
2. Business Process Analysis & Diagramming: The task is to analyze a
narrative describing a business situation and to create a process
3. Labs will have quizzes and homeworks on MS Access or Excel.*
Hands-on: Class Exercises & Labs
Class exercises in teams; focus of some key aspects of the topics
studied (e.g., process diagramming, decision making…)
– Problem to solve as team; instructor helps
– Present your work, learn from others
Laboratory training:
– MS Access and MS Excel
– Check schedule
– Total 6 sessions; assignments and a final grade
– SAP – software for enterprise level IS
MIS on Your Resume
Information systems support every department and most work in
today’s organizations.
MIS is related to all management disciplines.
Understanding MIS makes a better accountant, marketer,
HR manager, purchasing manager…
It pays back to double major with MIS!
MIS courses cover IS Strategy, databases, IS Analysis & Design,
computer networks, and accounting IS.