Welcome to IS-240: Information Systems in Business!
NOTE: This is a generic syllabus of IS-240. See individual course instructor's syllabus for details
This is a hands-on, performance-based class with an excellent learning and sharing atmosphere. I do my best to respond quickly to email, especially when students use proper email criteria.
Course Description: A study of information systems in business to include management decision support systems, concepts of systems analysis and design, and information processing. Students will learn to use and apply various software programs as productivity tools.
Course Learning Objectives: Upon completing IS 240, students are able to:
- Identify and explain the components of an information system
- Explain the impact of information systems on business activities
- Apply a common project process to the development of systems
- Use information systems to ethically solve problems and make decisions
- Differentiate information systems concepts and vocabulary
- Apply collaborative skills to produce team projects
- Learn to use and apply various software programs as productivity tools
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UWEC Bookstore Rental: Business Driven Technology (Baltzan), 5th Ed., Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin
UWEC Bookstore Purchase*: New Perspectives Microsoft Office Excel 2013 (Parsons), Introductory, with SAM 2013 Projects Access Code (Custom). Cengage, Inc.
* If you obtain the Excel textbook elsewhere, you must purchase the required SAM 2013 Projects Access code separately. For a more detailed clarification of the Excel textbook and SAM, click here.
Software: The Microsoft Office 2013 version of Excel software is required to complete the Excel tutorial/SAM case problems, and is NOT included with the textbook purchase. You can purchase Microsoft Office 365 from the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC) at http://wiscsoftware.wisc.edu/wisc/ for $79, or check the alternatives listed in D2L.
Laptop computer: All College of Business students are required to provide their own laptop computer running the Windows 7 or 8 operating system for classes that require laptops as per the COB Laptop Initiative (http://www.uwec.edu/COB/undergraduate/laptop.htm).
Mac computers running the Mac OS and Mac versions of Office have limitations, and will not work for some assignments - details and alternatives are available in D2L under FAQ on the Navigation bar.
Document Quick Links:
- Check your UWEC email and D2L News daily for class-related updates or announcements.
- Use the Raise Your Hand discussion forum to post questions related to course content and assignments. Instructors typically check the forum frequently, fellow student replies are encouraged. Do not provide complete homework files.
- Include your name, class section, and when appropriate, your team number in your correspondence.
- In business, as with course-related correspondence, email is regarded as a professional means of communication. Proper capitalization and punctuation are required.
- Be sure to use your campus email address, as other addresses are often automatically sent to a junk folder, or seen as SPAM.
*Emails not following proper criteria may receive a blank reply.
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Grading scale - Letter grades are based on the grading scale below and determined by the percentage of points earned in the assessments.
A 93 - 100%
A- 90 - 92%
B+ 87 - 89%
B 83 - 86%
B- 80 - 82%
C+ 77 - 79%
C 73 - 76%
C- 70 - 72%
D+ 67 - 69%
D 63 - 66%
D- 60 - 62%
F 0 - 59%
Grades are automatically rounded to the next whole number. For example, an 89.4x is a B+, where an 89.5 is rounded up to an A-. There are no exceptions or "bumping up" of grades "close" to the next higher grade level.
Approximate % of overall grade
- Students are typically assigned graded in-class discussion/presentation topics throughout the semester in addition to required participation in non-graded class discussions.
- Discussion document naming criteria: The prefix is Disc, followed by the week number and your name. For example, the week 2 discussion document must be named Disc2_LastnameFirstname. Use the standard assignment heading as outlined in Assignments above, substituting DiscX for AsnX-X.
- Discussion due dates: Discussion documents are due in the appropriate In-Class Discussion/Presentation Dropbox folders in D2L BEFORE class time on Monday of the week they are due as listed in the Course Calendar.
- All students are assigned three graded team projects during the semester.
- Naming criteria: The team project prefix is Project followed by the project number, Team, and your team number. For example, Project 1 must be named Project-1_Teamx (x = team number).
- Due Dates: Team projects are due in the appropriate Project Dropbox folder during in-class labs as listed in the Course Calendar.
- The standard team project heading must be left justified and formatted as shown below:
Team 0 (team number)
Eric Cartman, Don Gaber, Meg Griffin, Homer Simpson (all contributing team members)
IS-240.00X, Project 1 (course.section (X = section number), assignment or project)
All assessment items must be completed at a competency level appropriate for a college student. A minimum of 10% of your assessment grade may be assessed on the following criteria:
- Central Theme/Topic/Issue; Clear, Succinct
- Logical and Coherent Organization
- Appropriate Level of Supporting Detail
- Visual Appeal (heading structure, graphic highlighting, paragraph length)
- Syntax, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, and Mechanics
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- Be sure to review the Submitting an Assignment, Viewing Submitted Files, and Viewing Feedback instructions at this LTS Online Help link: http://www.uwec.edu/Help/campus/d2lstu/dropbox.htm
- You will receive an e-mail from D2L saying that you successfully uploaded a file to the Dropbox. If you did not receive the email, assume the file was not successfully uploaded, and verify the procedure. Keep a copy of your email message!
- If you submit an incorrect file by mistake, you may submit one additional file before the deadline as long as it has not already been graded. Files submitted beyond the 2nd submission will be ignored. Be sure to put a comment in the Description box letting your instructor know which file you want graded.
- If you fail to submit a required file to the Dropbox, regardless of the reason, you will be required to use one of your make-up options for reduced credit. If you used up both make-up options, you will receive 0 credit.
- Weekly quizzes are D2L-based and enabled for 2.5 days beginning Wednesday at 12:00 noon, and ending Friday at 11:59 p.m.
- Quizzes are valued at 10 possible points each. With the exception of the Week 1 Quiz (which has unlimited attempts and time), all quizzes have only 1 attempt available with a 20 minute consecutive time limit. There are 10 randomly selected questions based only on material from the Business Driven Technology (BDT) and Excel textbooks.
- Upon completing the quiz, the submission view will not immediately display questions or feedback. Any time after the quiz period ends (11:59 PM Friday), the submission view will display questions and responses along with the correct answer and feedback. To access the submission view, click the action arrow beside the quiz and select Submissions, and click on Attempt 1.
- At the instructors discretion, in-class hand-out quizzes will be randomly substituted for the D2L-based quizzes without prior notice.
- Most unit exams are D2L-based. Unit exams 1-4 are enabled for 2.5 days beginning Wednesday at 12:00 noon, and ending Friday at 11:59 p.m. The final exam will be available as listed in the Course Calendar. Earlier exam starting times may occur depending on holidays or unforeseen events.
- The unit 1-4 exams are valued at 25 possible points each, with 1 attempt allowed and a 50 minute consecutive time limit. There are 25 randomly selected questions based on material from the Excel and BDT textbooks, assignments, projects, learning activities, and class lecture material.
- The final exam is valued at 40 possible points, with 1 attempt allowed and an 80 minute consecutive time limit. There are 40 randomly selected questions: 8 from unit 1-4 exam question pools, and 8 questions from unit 5 material. A good study practice is to review the 4 unit exams before completing the final.
- Upon completing the exams, the submission view will not immediately display questions or feedback. Any time after the unit exam period ends (11:59 PM Friday), the submission view will display all questions and responses along with the correct answers and feedback. To access the submission view, click the action arrow beside the exam and select Submissions, and click on Attempt 1.
- Lowest Unit Exam Score Dropped option: As a bonus, students with no missed assessment items and no more than one unexcused absence qualify to have their lowest unit exam (not the final) score dropped at the end of the semester - after completing the final exam. In other words, students can not skip the final exam. The lowest unit exam score will not be dropped if the result lowers your final grade.
- At the instructors discretion, in-class hand-out exams may be substituted for the D2L-based exams.
Assessment Make-up Options:
- Each student has two opportunities to submit or complete a missed or late individual assessment item. This includes assignments, discussions, quizzes and exams.
- Students must contact the instructor before 3:30 p.m. on the Friday following the missed item's due date in order to use a make-up option. A 25% late penalty will be assessed on the first make-up item, and a 50% late penalty will be assessed on the second make-up item. After contacting the instructor, the student will have until the following evening at 11:59 p.m. to complete or submit the assessment item.
- The make-up options cannot be used for assessment items due during the last week of the regular semester or the final exam.
- Missed assessment items: Any missed assessment item(s) will disqualify you for the Lowest Exam Score Dropped option. Items completed using either of the make-up options will not count as a missed assessment item.
- To pass this course, you are to behave in accordance with defined norms of professional ethics. In part, these include submitting assessment items and arriving in class on time; doing your own work on all assessment items; attending all class sessions; behaving collegially; and obeying the law. Unethical behavior will be dealt with according to University policy (http://www.uwec.edu/DOS/policies/).
- You are expected to attend class and prepare for class by reading the appropriate material as listed in the weekly reading assignments. If you must miss class for any reason, you are held responsible for obtaining notes, handouts, assignments and any other materials that you may have missed due to non-attendance. The instructor will not hold a personal "review" session for missed classes.
- Everyone has the right to learn in this class. Facebook, YouTube, texting, and IM are great technology tools – but a distraction to you, the instructor, and to others around you. Keep them (and games) closed during class or the technology use policy for this course WILL change! Phones and iPods must be turned off and put away during class.
- Academic Misconduct: You must do your own work on all assessment items. Always log in with your own user name from the computer you are using while completing assignments. File tracking, file compare, and encrypted coding procedures are used, and students caught sharing or submitting the same file, parts of a file, or submitting another persons work as their own will receive a zero for the assessment grade, and further action may be taken according to the UWS 14-Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures (http://www.uwec.edu/DOS/policies/academic/index.htm).
- Copyright: Standard copyright laws apply to all course material. Review http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf for copyright laws and information.
- Please observe the UWEC College of Business Code of Conduct located at http://www.uwec.edu/cob/info/code_of_conduct.htm
- Attendance will be taken daily at the start of the hour. Unexcused absences and being late for class will have the following effect:
- One unexcused absence: No effect - it happens!
- Two or more: Disqualification from the the Lowest Exam Score Dropped option
- Four to seven: Reduction of your final grade by one-third letter at the end of the semester. For example, a C will become a C-
- Eight or more: Reduction of your final grade by one full letter at the end of the semester. For example, a C will become a D
- Tardiness: Each third offense of coming to class late will be recorded as an unexcused absence
- Excused versus unexcused absences: Emailing the instructor does not automatically make your absence excused. For absences to be considered excused, you may have to provide the proper university release form, a slip from a doctor or clinic, or in some cases have an e-mail sent to the instructor from the Dean of Students on your behalf. If you are unsure of the University absence policy, check out the web site at http://www.uwec.edu/DOS/policies/attendance.htm.
Typical examples of unexcused absences include "my ride home is leaving early," weddings, last-minute unsubstantiated Friday illnesses, etc.
- Funerals: Contacting the Dean of Students for funeral related absences is no longer required in order for the absence to be considered excused. Instead, provide the following information to the instructor before missing the class: Name and relationship of the deceased, date of the funeral, location and name of the funeral home.
- Your number of recorded unexcused absences will be updated at the end of each unit and available in D2L. If you have a discrepancy with the number of unexcused absences listed, contact the instructor before the Friday @ 3:30 p.m. following the end of the unit, since absence status will not be changed retroactively after that date and time.
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Accommodation of Disabilities:
Students with disabilities are encouraged to discuss their needs with the instructor, preferably during the first week of class. All reasonable accommodations will be made to see that disabilities do not restrict a student's opportunity to learn. Help is also available from Office for Services to Students with Disabilities (Old Library 2136, phone 715-836-4542).