BUSI 2400* Foundations of Information Systems Fall 2012 Section B, C & D Instructors: Name Email: Phone: Office: Office hours: Sections: Section B C D Day R T T Robert Riordan (Course Coordinator) email@example.com 613.520.2600x2505 DT 1014 By appointment Time 14:35 08:35 14:35 CRN 30511 30512 30513 Location SA518 TB446 UC282 Professor Riordan Riordan Riordan Tutorials: 1 hour/week REQUIRED. Selection opens Friday September 14th, 9AM; details in first class. Labs begin week of September 10. COURSE WEBSITE This site is for lecture notes, assignment details, readings, My Page and support information. We do not use WebCT or cuLearn. The website URL is: 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. BUSI 3400 (with a grade of C or higher) 2. BUSI 3402 (with a grade of C or higher) 3. BUSI 3405 (with a grade of C- or higher) 4. BUSI 3407 (with a grade of C- or higher) 5. BUSI 4009 (with a grade of C- or higher) 6. BUSI 4400 (with a grade of C- or higher) 7. BUSI 4404 (with a grade of C- or higher) 8. 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, cognitive science 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. LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Experience the value and importance of sharing data within an organisation through participating in assignments and in-class exercises wherein you must communicate with other groups using electronic and in-person methods; 2. Be able to identify the major functional areas in a traditional manufacturing business and appreciate how the organisation and its functional areas operate within the context of information systems; 3. Be aware of the key issues in information systems design, development, and deployment through hands-on exercises such as in-class discussions and reports, individual assignments and tutorial tasks using information and communications technology such as databases, spreadsheets and enterprise planning tools; 4. Be familiar with the basic technologies that underpin organisational information systems such as networks, operating systems and network services; 5. Have hands-on experience building and deploying simple yet effective information systems such as personal and group websites, personal BLOGS, enterprise tools such as databases as well as analysis and presentation tools such as spreadsheets and presentation software; 6. Have a basic understanding of services, service-oriented architectures (SOA) and Cloud Computing; 7. Have experience presenting reports based on the decision-making needs of managers in various fields as they apply to information systems; NEW TEXT Norrie, James L., Nanjad, M. and Mark W. Huber (2012), Introduction to Business Information Systems, Third Canadian Edition, John Wiley & Sons Limited. ISBN 13: 978118299791 Textbooks are available at Haven Books, just a short walk from campus across Bronson up Sunnyside Avenue. You must use this textbook. The textbook used in previous years is outdated and unsupported. Exams will be based on the new book. EVALUATION* Individual grade weight 66% / Group grade weight 34% (Group grades are peer evaluated) ELEMENT WEIGHT % Multiple Assignments 55 Test 1 10 Test 2 15 Final Exam* 20 TOTAL 100 *See Credit for BUSI 2400 section below for critical information. TESTS There will be two in-class tests. The tests will be held on the dates provided in the course schedule below. Makeup tests are not available in this course. You must be present to write these tests or you must present a medical or other note to explain your absence. If you must miss one of the mid-term tests 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 subsequent test in the term 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 midterm date. To be clear, if the test is 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://www1.carleton.ca/registrar/ccms/wp-content/ccms-files/med_cert1.pdf. You must show the ORIGINAL medical certificate to your instructor, keep the original for your records, 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, 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 four criteria: 1) You must write AT LEAST ONE in-class test. You cannot choose one or the other. 2) A missed in-class test must be documented per the procedure specified in this outline. Either you write the test or you produce a medical certificate according the guidelines in this document within 6 days. Carleton certificate, you show original to me, keep the original for your records, provide a copy for me. 3) You must score 50% or better on AT LEAST ONE in-class test and your average test grade must be 50% or higher. Even though the tests carry different weights in the overall grade scheme, they are considered to be of equal weight (because they test equal amounts of material) in this calculation. If you do not write Test #1, you must pass Test #2. If you do not write Test #2, you must have passed Test #1 in order to satisfy this criterion. Please be very clear on this. 4) 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 tests 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 # Week of: Topic Other # Sept 10 Introduction 1 IT for Business and Business Sept 17 2 Professionals (Ch 1) and Technology R&R Present Essentials (Ch 2) Sept 24 3 E-commerce (Ch 7) FAWS Present Oct 1 4 SAP and the enterprise push Test 1 Oct 8 5 Managing and Using Data (Ch 3) Oct 15 6 Enterprise Systems (Ch 4) Oct 22 7 Creating Business Value (Ch 5) Oct 29 8 The buyout Test 2 Web 2.0, Social Media and Online Nov 5 9 Trends(Ch 8) Managing IS Projects and Creating Nov 12 10 Solutions (Ch 6) Strategy, Big Data and Current Topics – Nov 19 11 Vis Present What’s New and What’s Next? (~) Nov 26 12 Cap + Exam params EEP Present *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 and end dates, holidays and drop deadlines. Required calculator in BUSI course examinations If you are purchasing a calculator, we recommend any one of the following options: Texas Instruments BA II Plus (including Pro Model), Hewlett Packard HP 12C (including Platinum model), Staples Financial Calculator, Sharp EL-738C & Hewlett Packard HP 10bII. A calculator is not required for BUSI 2400. Group work The Sprott School of Business encourages group assignments in the school for several reasons. They provide you with opportunities to develop and enhance interpersonal, communication, leadership, follower-ship and other group skills. Group assignments are also good for learning integrative skills for putting together a complex task. Your professor may assign one or more group tasks/assignments/projects in this course. Before embarking on a specific problem as a group, it is your responsibility to ensure that the problem is meant to be a group assignment and not an individual one. Medical certificate Please note that in all occasions that call for a medical certificate you must use or furnish the information demanded in the standard university form. http://www2.carleton.ca/registrar/forms/ Persons with disabilities 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 are 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 I receive 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 deadlines published on the PMC website. 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. Plagiarism The University Senate defines plagiarism in the regulations on instructional offenses as: "to use and pass off as one's own idea or product work of another without expressly giving credit to another." Borrowing someone else's answers, unauthorized possession of tests or answers to tests, or possession of material designed in answering exam questions, are also subject to university policy regarding instructional offences. For more information on Carleton University's Academic Integrity Policy, consult: http://www1.carleton.ca/studentaffairs/academic-integrity/ Important Dates & Deadlines - Fall Term 2012 September 1, 2012 - Last day for receipt of applications from potential fall (November) graduates. September 3, 2012 - Statutory holiday, University closed. September 4, 2012 - Fall term begins. September 4-5, 2012 - Academic Orientation. All students are expected to be on campus. Class and laboratory preparations departmental introductions for students and other academic preparation activities will be held. September 5, 2012 - Orientation for Teaching Assistants. September 6, 2012 - Fall and fall/winter classes begin. September 19, 2012 - Last day for registration. Last day to change courses or sections for fall/winter and fall term courses. September 30, 2012 - Last day to withdraw from fall term and fall/winter courses with a full fee adjustment. Last day for receipt of applications for review of final grades in summer term courses. September 28-29, 2012 - Summer deferred final examinations to be written. October 5, 2012 - University Day at Carleton. Undergraduate classes suspended. December examination schedule (fall term final and fall/winter mid-terms) available online. October 8, 2012 - Statutory holiday, University closed. October 15, 2012 - Last day for receipt of applications for admission to a degree program for the 2013 winter term from applicants whose documents originate from outside Canada or the United States. November 9, 2012 - Last day to submit, to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, Formal Examination Accommodation Forms for December examinations. November 15, 2012 - Last day for receipt of applications for admission to a degree program for the winter term. November 19, 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). December 1, 2012 - Last day for receipt of applications from potential winter (February) graduates. December 3 (Monday), 2012 - Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses. 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 fall term courses. Last day for receipt of applications for degree program transfers for winter term. Last day for receipt of applications for admission to a degree program for the 2013 winter term. December 4-5, 2012 - No classes take place. December 5, 2012 - Last day for receipt of applications for degree program transfers for winter term. December 6-19, 2012 - Final examinations in fall term courses and mid-term examinations in fall/winter courses may 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. December 16, 2012 - Fall Co-op Work Term Reports due. December 20, 2012 - All take home examinations are due. December 24, 2012 to January 1, 2013 - University closed.