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INFO331 - Management Information Systems

Course Details

Course Code: INFO331 Course ID: 3288 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides a technical and organizational foundation for understanding the use and importance of information systems and information technology in today's management environment. This course covers the hardware, software, and infrastructure that support management information systems. Information and decision support systems, knowledge management and specialized information systems, database management systems, telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, Extranets, and wireless networks will be examined. This course also covers systems development, e-commerce, and the ethical and societal impact of management information systems.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/21 - 06/03/22 06/06/22 - 07/31/22 Spring 2022 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/22 - 07/01/22 07/04/22 - 08/28/22 Summer 2022 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/22 - 07/29/22 08/01/22 - 09/25/22 Summer 2022 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/22 - 09/02/22 09/05/22 - 10/30/22 Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of information systems on businesses.
  • Analyze the role information systems has played in the success of several real world businesses.
  • Explain how the phenomenal rate of growth of technology has contributed to environmental issues and what steps are being taken to resolve these issues.
  • Explain how social media services and Web 2.0 technologies can be used as marketing tools to effectively promote businesses.
  • Contrast various categories of software, including operating system software, application software, cloud computing and open source software.
  • Describe how technology can be effectively harnessed to overcome the many challenges inherent in the management of data and knowledge in today’s world.
  • Describe the major information security issues that organizations face, as well as the resources, methods, and approaches that can help make firms more secure.
  • Evaluate the potential future impact on society of emerging information systems that are currently under research and development.

This course requires disciplined independent practice and individual completion of assignments. Although Distance Learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal, and academic responsibilities, you are expected to follow the syllabus and submit assignments on time and on schedule. Assignments and initial forum posts may be submitted up to one week late, but will lose 5 points per day late. For forum initial posts, this means Wednesday of the week following the due date. Follow-up posts will not receive any credit if posted after the due date (Sunday of the discussion week). After one week past the due date, assignments and initial forum posts may not be submitted for credit. All work must be submitted by the end of the class session. No assignments will be accepted after the class end date.

Important Note: Due dates for all forums and assignments are in Eastern Time! No exceptions. If you live in another time zone, plan accordingly and be aware of the time difference to ensure that you submit all of your work by the Eastern Time Zone deadlines each week.

Assigned Readings

Each week, you will be assigned chapters from the class textbook to read. You will be evaluated on your understanding of the material in your readings through your forum contributions and written assignments (analysis essays and final case study). In order to grasp the weekly course objectives and participate fully in the discussions, it is highly recommended that you read each week’s assigned reading chapters before participating in the week’s forum discussion or completing your written assignments.

Supplemental Readings

Students are encouraged to research weekly topics on the Internet and use their research findings in their forum posts and weekly assignments to support their points.

Forum Participation

Each week you will be expected to participate in a class discussion on the forum. Each week’s discussion questions can be found on the forum itself. Each one of you will have different and unique experiences and points of view related to the topics that we are learning each week, and we can all learn from each other by sharing our thoughts and ideas together on the forum. Your participation in the forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week, allowing time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue.

Forum Timing: Your initial post, with your answers to the week’s questions, is due by 11:55 PM ET on Wednesday each week, to allow adequate time for your classmates to read and reply to your posts. Your two follow-up posts are due by 11:55 PM ET on Sunday. Between Wednesday and Sunday, be sure you read all of the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification posted by your classmates or your instructor. In your posts, you are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Initial forum posts may be submitted up to one week late (Wednesdayof the week following the initial due date), but will lose 5 points per day late. Follow-up posts will not receive any credit if posted after the due date. After one week past the due date, assignments and forum initial posts may not be submitted for credit.

Forum Guidelines:

  • Your initial post in each forum, answering the week’s discussion questions, is due by 11:55 PM ET on Wednesday each week.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 250 words of your own writing (not including your reference list).
  • Do not include my questions or discussion prompts in your post. You may number your answers, but your post should contain only your own original writing (the 250-word minimum is based only on your words in the post).
  • Write in complete sentences and full paragraphs and avoid using lists of any kind in your posts.
  • Your initial post must be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Include your own personal experience related to the topic being discussed. If you do not have experience working with information systems, describe your experience with various information systems, including web-based systems, you use in your personal life.
  • You should also conduct research on the topic of discussion using outside sources, in addition to your textbook, each week. You are encouraged to use the APUS Online Library to find scholarly articles related to the topics of discussion. You may also use the Internet to search for information, but make sure you only use scholarly and authoritative sources (not Wikipedia or other similar sites).
  • Write in your own words and avoid copying and pasting from other websites.
  • If you do quote from a source, keep quotations to a minimum – I would rather see you express your own understanding of what you learned from your sources, in your own words.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 PM ET on Sunday each week.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words each.
  • For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by addressing the student you are replying to by their name.
  • Responses to classmates must be significant in content, to advance the discussion forward. Your responses should add additional insight to the discussion or challenge your classmates’ opinions.
  • You are encouraged to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the class discussion on the forum.
  • Refer to the forum and the Rubric for Grading (posted in each forum) for more details on grading. Forum postings are a significant part of your grade and I will be looking for quality and depth in your participation in the weekly forum discussions.


There are no exams or quizzes in this course.


During the first week of class, you will choose an information system to analyze throughout the semester. Each week on the forum you will be asked to examine a different aspect of your chosen information system. During the semester you will also write two analysis essays, in which you will analyze specific aspects of the information system you chose. Requirements for each analysis essay will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom.

Final Project

Your final project in the course will be a Final Case Study due at the end of Week 8. Detailed instructions for the case study will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom.

Standards for Original Work:

All work submitted must be original work. Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in you failing the assignment, and repeat incidents will result in failing the course. I check forum posts and assignments regularly for incidents of plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Please read and understand the University policy on academic dishonesty (Plagiarism Policy). When writing about

ideas learned from your sources, you must summarize the ideas in your own words (rather than using direct quotations from your sources). Be sure to provide appropriate citations and references on your forum posts and assignments to give credit to your sources for the ideas you are paraphrasing and writing about, even though you will not be directly quoting from your sources.

NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Wk 1 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 2 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 3 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 4 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 5 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 6 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 7 Topic 1 6.25 %
Wk 8 Topic 1 6.25 %
Essays 30.00 %
Analysis Essay 1 15.00 %
Analysis Essay 2 15.00 %
Case Studies 20.00 %
Final Case Study 20.00 %

Required Readings

Embedded in each week’s Lessons will be links to the chapters of the e-book that you are required to read that week.

Additional Resources

Video lectures will also be embedded in the weekly Lessons.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name- APA Formatting and Style Guide

Web Site URL/Address-

Book Title:Information Systems for Business and Beyond - online text provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:Open Textbook Library
Author:Bourgeois, et. al.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.