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CI-310 Information Systems Applications


CI-310 Information Systems Applications, 3 credits Admin/ General
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:50 pm Hale 306 Schedule
Instructor: Ed Quigley 724.774.2088
Dept. Head: Dave Wood, Ph.D. 412.262.2788 Links


This course provides the student with an integrated perspective on the technology and techniques that provide information needed to support the operation and management of a business organization. The course involves both theory and practice, with the following concepts addressed: the role of information and information systems in operating and managing the business; systems theory; technology used to store and process information; and the techniques to design, develop, and implement information systems. Practical problems and case study techniques are used to support strategic, tactical, and operational decision making; implementing systems, such as decision support systems; and planning, utilizing, integrating, and managing the information resources within business and other organizations. Software proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database is required.

Written Assignments will be typed. The cover page must identify the course, the student, and the assignment. The body of the assignment starts on the page after the cover page. In the body of the assignment, each page will identify the student, course, and assignment. Any sketches or diagrams can be made with pencils or crayons.

Viruses. The instructor is nigh-paranoid about viruses. Refrain from sending attached files.

Attendance will be documented by the instructor. Department policy holds that students missing 25% of classes receive a Failing grade.

Integrity: Individuals/Groups who cheat, plagiarize, or misrepresent their work will receive a Failing grade for the course. This extends to the notion of intellectual property rights. When you use material (fair use) acknowledge it and give credit for it.

Professionalism: Students will behave with professional decorum and restraint. All participants will be treated with respect and dignity. Professionalism is not mutually exclusive with informality, and informality is encouraged.

Assignments are due as indicated. If business travel or personal logistics preclude meeting an assignment, please coordinate with the instructor at the earliest opportunity. Written assignments must be typed, double-spaced, and include a cover sheet. Always identify the question being answered. You may encounter problems completing assignments; this is to be expected-- let the instructor know about them.

Presentations must be professional and involve appropriate techniques and materials.

Projects are opportunities to use this course in the real world. If you would like to propose a project that would be useful in your job, life, or portfolio, please do propose it.

Feedback is welcome and encouraged. If the material isn't clear, if something gets in the way of learning, or if you have something to tell the instructor, please do. ASAP. Suggest! Ask! Challenge! (You're paying for this, aren't you?)