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Managing Information Systems

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 203

       Course Name: Managing Information Systems

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS 101 or 103 and 4 credits of CIS courses.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents analysis and management of a computer system for business or personal use. Content includes selection and evaluation of appropriate hardware and software, software installation, backup, security, network communication, and maintenance.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  1. Analyze the computing needs for a small business or home system.
  2. Evaluate and select software based on its capabilities, ease of use, documentation, support, possible future upgrading, and compatibility.
  3. Evaluate and select hardware based on its suitability, ease of use, documentation, maintenance, and future expendability.
  4. Plan for computer hardware and software installation, and to formulate security, maintenance, and backup procedures.
  5. Describe the ethical and legal issues in hardware and software selection, development, and implementation including contractual issues, software protection, back-up, copying and responsibility for software, hardware and data errors.
  6. Understand the use of the major types of software (e.g., database, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, communications) in developing microcomputer-bases business systems.
  7. Understand how software can be integrated to produce business report and quality management information.
  8. Understand the elements of network communication in a microcomputer based system.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.  Analyzing computing needs

B.  Software selection/development
        1.  The make or buy decision
              a)    Use of consultants
              b)    Selection of pre-written software
              c)    Writing your own software
              d)    Software contracts and license agreements
        2.  Use of major types of software in developing microcomputer-based business
        3.  Resolving software incompatibility / Portability Issues
        4.  Legal and ethical issues
              a)    Software protection
              b)    Software copying
              c)    Responsibility for software failure and errors
        5.  Software integration, compatibility, and support

 C.  Hardware selection
        1.  Hardware selection
        2.  PC compatibility
        3.  Vendor selection
        4.  Processor selections
        5.  Networking considerations

D.    Input and Output Devices

E.    Secondary Storage Device Consideration

F.    Organization Applications of Microcomputers
        1.  Management Information Systems
        2.  Decision Support Systems

G.  Introduction to Local Area Networks


H.  Analysis and Design of Microcomputers
        1.  SDLC, System Development Life Cycle
        2.  Systems Requirements Determination
        3.  Structured Systems Analysis
        4.  Structured Systems Design

I.    Developing and Implementing Microcomputer Systems
        1.  Program Design and Coding
        2.  Program Testing
        3.  Hardware Acquisition
        4.  Developing Procedures

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, group and individual oral presentations, class discussion, and hands-on lab exercises.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The student will be expected to read the text and necessary periodicals and complete cases studies and papers as specified by the instructor; 2 individual classroom presentations, and one group case analysis  presentation.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A.    Tests and Quizzes
B.    Completion of short case studies, papers and/or assignments.
C.    Two individual oral and written presentations
D.    In group work-setting a completion of an in-depth business needs analysis, including recommendation of software, hardware, procedures and RFP (Request For Proposal).
E.    A classroom presentation of findings will be required.

XI.   Other Course Information

Course - ID changed from DPR 146 to CIS 203, Fall, 92

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.