BUSI 2400* Foundations of Information Systems Summer 2012 Section A Instructors: Name: Email: Office: Office Hours: Al Pilcher firstname.lastname@example.org TBA By appointment Sections: Section Day A Monday & Thursday Time 8:35 – 11:25 CRN 20641 Professor Pilcher Tutorials: 1 hour/week REQUIRED. Selection will start Friday May 11th, 8am; details in first class. COURSE WEBSITE This site is for lecture notes, assignment details, readings, My Page and support information. We do not use WebCT. http://busi2400.ssb.carleton.ca PREREQUISITES Enrolment is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Commerce Program. The School of Business enforces all prerequisites. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the prerequisite requirements are met. Failure to meet the prerequisites may result in your deregistration from this course any time into the term. This course is a prerequisite to 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. BUSI 3400 (with a grade of C or higher) BUSI 3402 (with a grade of C or higher) BUSI 3405 (with a grade of C- or higher) BUSI 3407 (with a grade of C- or higher) BUSI 4009 (with a grade of C- or higher) BUSI 4400 (with a grade of C- or higher) BUSI 4404 (with a grade of C- or higher) BUSI 4609 (with a grade of D- or higher) COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an introduction to the study of information systems in organisations. No manager can be effective in administering complex modern organisations without some understanding of information systems and their impact. Information Systems is multidisciplinary, with contributions coming from computer science, organisational theory, organisational behaviour, management science, operations research, strategic management, sociology, psychology, and political science. As information systems are social as well as technical systems, their impact is best understood from a sociotechnical perspective. Topics covered will include: fundamental concepts of information systems; the technical foundations of information systems, and; approaches to building, deploying and controlling information systems. Presentation and collaboration skills will also be developed in this class. TEXT Haag, S., Cummings, M., Riordan, R., and Pilcher, A. (2009), Management Information Systems for the Information Age, Fourth Canadian Edition, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Textbooks are available at Haven Books. Only a five minute walk from campus across Bronson on Sunnyside Avenue. You must use this textbook. EVALUATION ELEMENT WEIGHT % Test 1 10 Multiple Assignments 50 Final Exam* 40 TOTAL 100 * In addition to satisfactory in-term performance (see below), you must score a grade of 50% or better on the final examination in order to gain credit for BUSI 2400 in this term. TESTS There will be one in-class test. The test will be held on the date provided in the course schedule below. Makeup tests are not available in this course. You must be present to write this test or you must present a medical or other note to explain your absence. If you must miss the test due to verifiable illness or, in rare and highly exceptional cases, due to some other circumstance beyond your control, you may apply to have the weight of the missing test applied to the final exam by submitting a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation (if not a medical issue) to your instructor no later than 18:00 on the fifth (5th) calendar day following the test date. So if the test is, for example, on the 1st day of the month, your documentation must be in your instructor’s hands by 6:00 PM on the 6th day of the month. For medical issues, you must use the medical certificate form found at: http://www2.carleton.ca/registrar/ccms/wp-content/ccms-files/med_cert.pdf. You must show the ORIGINAL medical certificate to your instructor, and provide a photocopy for our records. For other rare circumstances, your instructor will decide ad hoc what constitutes reasonable and appropriate documentation. ASSIGNMENTS There are many small to medium-sized assignments in this class. Each is described in full on the website and adequate warning and discussion will be provided in class, in labs and potentially via various electronic means. There are several resources to use in order to accomplish the tasks required in this class, including a dedicated Help Desk providing guaranteed 12-hour turnaround of emails, 7 days a week. CREDIT for BUSI 2400 In order to receive credit for BUSI 2400, you must meet the requirements for satisfactory in-term performance (as specified below) AND you must achieve a grade of 50% or higher on the final exam, whether written during the scheduled examination period or as a deferral. The requirement for satisfactory in-term performance consists of two criteria: 1. The missed in-class test must be documented per the procedure specified in this outline. 2. Your overall term work grade going into the final (i.e. the weighted sum of all individual and group assignments (after peer evaluation weights are applied) as well as test and any bonus marks earned, when considered together as your final preexam grade) must be 50% or higher. Failure with No Deferral (FND) Unsatisfactory in-term performance in this course will lead to a grade of FND in this term. COMMUNICATION 2400 Email Procedure: It is important to use the structure outlined in the template below: The subject of the email must begin with 2400. The first line in the body of the email must contain your name, student number, section of the course and your FA# (more on FA# later). SPECIAL NOTE: Your instructor will not reply to emails which ask for information that was either supplied verbally in class, is in class notes, was provided in tutorials/labs or was posted as a News item on the course website and/or Blog. So make sure the information isn’t in the public domain before you ask… Do not expect an email reply if you do not use the proper email procedure. Do not expect a reply from your instructor on weekends or holidays. The Help Desk, however, will always reply within 12 hours. Sample email message: DETAILED COURSE SCHEDULE* Class # Date Topic Test # th The Information Age (Ch 1) May 7 1 Protecting People & Information (Ch 8) May 10th 2 th Databases & Data Warehouses (Ch 3) May 14 3 th Going-e May 17 4 1 th Major Business Initiatives (Ch 2) May 24 5 E-commerce (Ch 5) May 28th 6 Enterprise infrastructures (Ch 7) May 31st 7 th SAP June 4 8 th Emerging Trends & Technologies (Ch 9) June 7 9 th Decision Support & AI (Ch 4) June 11 10 th Systems Development (Ch 6) June 14 11 Final Presentation & Cap June 18th 12 *Note: While every attempt will be made to keep to the schedule listed above, unforeseen circumstances may necessitate modifications throughout the semester. Please check the University’s important dates & deadlines (http://www.carleton.ca/cuuc/university/academicyear.html) for information on this term’s start & end dates, holidays and drop deadlines. May 4, 2012 • Deadline for fee payment or assignment of funding to ensure payment is processed to your account without incurring a late charge. May 7, 2012 • Early summer and full summer classes begin. May 14, 2012 • Last day for registration and course changes for early summer courses. May 18, 2012 • Last day for registration and course changes for full summer courses. May 21, 2012 • Statutory holiday. University closed. May 31, 2012 • Last day to withdraw from early summer courses with full fee adjustment. June 8, 2012 • Last day to withdraw from full summer courses with a full fee adjustment. • Last day to submit to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, formal Examination Accommodation Forms for June examinations. June 12, 2012 • Last day for tests or examinations in courses below the 4000-level before the final examination period (see Examination Regulations in the Academic Regulations of the University section of this Calendar.) June 19, 2011 • Last day of early summer classes for non-Engineering students (NOTE: Full summer classes resume after Canada Day). • Last day for handing in term work and the last day that can be specified by a course instructor as a due date for term work for courses that end on this day. • Last day for academic withdrawal from early summer courses. June 13-23 (may include evenings and Saturdays), 2011 • Fall/winter and winter term deferred final examinations will be held. June 22-27, 2012 • Early summer examinations will be held. Examinations are normally held in the day and evening during the Monday to Saturday period. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to schedule an examination on a Sunday. June 30, 2012 • Final deadline for summer term fee payment. July 2, 2012 • Statutory holiday. University closed. July 3, 2012 • Late summer classes begin. Full summer classes resume. July 10, 2012 • Last day for registration and course changes for late summer courses. July 20, 2012 • Last day for withdrawal from late summer courses with full fee adjustment. July 27, 2012 • Last day to submit to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, Formal Examination Accommodation Forms for August examinations. August 6, 2012 • Statutory Holiday. University closed. August 8, 2012 • Last day for tests or examinations in courses below the 4000-level before the final examination period (see Examination Regulations in the Academic Regulations of the University section of this Calendar.) August 15, 2012 • Last day of late summer and full summer classes. • Last day for handing in term work and the last day that can be specified by a course instructor as a due date for term work for courses that end on this day. • Last day for academic withdrawal from late summer and full summer courses and any other courses that end this term. August 18-23, 2012 • Summer examinations will be held. Examinations are normally held in the day and evening during the Monday to Saturday period. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to schedule an examination on a Sunday. ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION You may need special arrangements to meet your academic obligations during the term because of disability, pregnancy or religious obligations. Please review the course outline promptly and write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist. Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations in this course must register with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) for a formal evaluation of disability-related needs. Documented disabilities could include but not limited to mobility/physical impairments, specific Learning Disabilities (LD), psychiatric/psychological disabilities, sensory disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and chronic medical conditions. Registered PMC students are required to contact the PMC, 613-520-6608, every term to ensure that your Instructor receives your Letter of Accommodation, no later than two weeks before the first assignment is due or the first in-class test/midterm requiring accommodations. If you only require accommodations for your formally scheduled exam(s) in this course, please submit your request for accommodations to PMC by the last official day to withdraw from classes in each term. You can visit the Equity Services website to view the policies and to obtain more detailed information on academic accommodation at http://carleton.ca/equity/accommodation RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE Students requesting academic accommodation on the basis of religious observance should make a formal, written request to their instructors for alternate dates and/or means of satisfying academic requirements. Such requests should be made during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist, but no later than two weeks before the compulsory academic event. Accommodation is to be worked out directly and on an individual basis between the student and the instructor(s) involved. Instructors will make accommodations in a way that avoids academic disadvantage to the student. Students or instructors who have questions or want to confirm accommodation eligibility of a religious event or practice may refer to the Equity Services website for a list of holy days and Carleton’s Academic Accommodation policies, or may contact an Equity Services Advisor in the Equity Services Department for assistance. PREGNANCY Pregnant students requiring academic accommodations are encouraged to contact an Equity Advisor in Equity Services to complete a letter of accommodation. The student must then make an appointment to discuss her needs with the instructor at least two weeks prior to the first academic event in which it is anticipated the accommodation will be required. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Using, summarizing or copying directly from another person’s work, without identifying the name of the original thinker, is considered a form of cheating called “plagiarism”. Plagiarism has serious consequences and can result in course / assignment failure and /or academic suspension. When using, and/or summarizing the ideas and words of another, be it from a web site, a written text, lecture or discussion group, you must identify the source. Should you choose to use the exact words of another, you must acknowledge these words as such by enclosing them within quotation marks. However, be aware that it is not acceptable to copy large chunks from a source, even if you reference it correctly. Examples of plagiarism and other instructional offences are identified in the Undergraduate Calendar (section 14, p. 59), parts of which read: Examples of plagiarism include Submitting a take-home examination, essay, laboratory report, or another assignment, written, in whole or in part, by someone else. Using ideas or direct verbatim quotations, paraphrased material, algorithms, formulae, scientific or mathematical concepts, or ideas without appropriate acknowledgements in academic assignments Using another’s data or research findings Failing to acknowledge sources through the use of proper citations when using another’s works and/or failing to use quotation marks. Unauthorized Cooperation or Collaboration …… students shall not cooperate or collaborate in the completion of an academic assignment in whole or in part, when the instructor has indicated that the assignment is to be completed on an individual basis. Failure to follow the instructor’s direction regarding which assignments, or parts of assignments, should be completed by the individual alone will be considered violation of the standards of academic integrity. Answering with another students’ clicker is also a violation that can lead to severe sanctions.