Applied Info Management Systems

Course Description

This course introduces students to the key concepts in the field of Management Information Systems (MIS) and enhances understanding of the issues that business organizations face when developing and managing information systems. In this course, students will be presented with a broad overview of the field to first examine the increasing impact of information technology in business organizations, and second, in preparation for more advanced courses in data analytics and information systems. Specifically, the three major topics covered include (1) e-businesses and networks, (2) databases, as well as (3) enterprise resource planning (ERP) and process models. These topics are designed to prepare students for further inquiry on web analytics, data mining, project management, supply chain management, as well as business in general. By completing the course, students should be better equipped to apply IT skills to solve business problems, to participate in IT projects, and to communicate more knowledgeably with IT professionals.

Course Learning Goals

After completing this course, you will be able to:

Course Competencies

In this course, you will develop the following competencies:


Competence Statement and Criteria


Can implement technology solutions to business problems.


Can analyse the integration of information technologies in business processes.


Can apply the concepts and tools discussed to one's focus area

Course Resources

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Required Readings

R Kelly Rainer Jr., Brad Prince (2015). Introduction to Information Systems (6th ed). Wiley.
ISBN-13: 978-1119108009
ISBN-10: 1119108004

Grading Scale

A = 95 to 100

A- = 91 to 94

B+ = 88 to 90

B = 85 to 87

B- = 81 to 84

C+ = 77 to 80

C = 73 to 76

C- = 69 to 72

D+ = 65 to 68

D = 61 to 64

F = 60 or below


Grades lower than a C- do not earn credit at the School for New Learning.

Course Structure

This course consists of 10 modules. The estimated time to complete each module is 1 week.

The following table outlines the course:

Week, Module # and Title



Week 1, Module 1: Introduction and Portfolio

Power point presentation (as a supplement for the Chapter)

Online resource for Digication

Textbook (Rainer, Chapter 1)

Articles (where applicable)

Recap 1

Discussion 1

Week 2, Module 2A: Networks

Power point presentation (as a supplement for the Chapter)

Textbook (Rainer, Chapter 6)

Articles (where applicable)

Recap 2

Discussion 2

Week 3, Module 2B: Websites

Kompozer Demo Walkthrough

Kompozer manual

Power Point presentation

Setting up a web host

Assignment I

Week 4, Module 2C: e-Business

Power point presentation (as a supplement for the Chapter)

Textbook (Rainer, Chapter 7)

Articles (where applicable)

Recap 3

Discussion 3

Week 5, Module 3A: Databases

Power point presentation (as a supplement for the Chapter)

Textbook (Rainer, Chapter 5)

Articles (where applicable)

Recap 4

Discussion 4

Week 6, Module 3B: Entity Relationship Diagrams

ERD Walkthrough

Power point presentation (as a supplement for the Chapter)

Textbook (Rainer, Chapter 5)

Articles (where applicable)

Assignment II

Week 7, Module 3C: Relational Databases

Access Demo Walkthrough

Articles (where applicable)

Week 8, Module 4A: ERP and Process Modelling

Power point presentation (as a supplement for the Chapter)

Textbook (Rainer, Chapter 2 and Chapter 10

Articles (where applicable)

Recap 5

Discussion 5

Week 9, Module 4B: Flowcharts

Flowchart Walkthrough

Articles (where applicable)

Assignment III

Week 10, Module 4C: Data Flow

Data Flow Diagram Walkthrough

Articles (where applicable)

To see the course due dates, please check the Calendar on your course home page.

Assessment of Learning

Percentage Distribution of Assessments

Grading Category:

% of Final Grade:

Assignments (x3)




Discussion (x5)


Recaps (x5)




Grading Policies and Practices

To complete the course, you must complete each of the assignments as described in the course and submit them to your instructor by the assigned deadline.  In addition, you must participate in the course discussion forum by responding to all instructor requests and by interacting with fellow classmates as necessary.

Completed work must be uploaded on D2L. This includes all assignments and the ePortfolio. The discussions and recaps are completed on D2L. The due dates for each of the assignment are on the course calendar. All late submissions without an approved extension will receive a 5% penalty for each day late. All coursework, with or without an approved extension, must be turned in by the end of the 11th week. Afterwhich, no submissions will be accepted.

General Assessment Criteria for All Writing Assignments

All writing assignments are expected to conform to basic college-level standards of mechanics and presentation.

Consider visiting the Writing Center to discuss your assignments for this course or any others. You may schedule appointments (30 or 50 minutes) on an as–needed or weekly basis, scheduling up to 3 hours worth of appointments per week. Online services include Feedback–by–Email and IM conferencing (with or without a webcam). All writing center services are free.

Writing Center tutors are specially selected and trained graduate and undergraduate students who can help you at almost any stage of your writing. They will not do your work for you, but they can help you focus and develop your ideas, review your drafts, and polish your writing. They can answer questions about grammar, mechanics, different kinds of writing styles, and documentation formats. They also can answer questions and provide feedback online, through IM/webcam chats and email.

Obviously, the tutors won’t necessarily be familiar with every class or subject, but they are able to provide valuable help from the perspective of an interested and careful reader as well as a serious and experienced student-writer.

Schedule your appointments with enough time to think about and use the feedback you’ll receive. To schedule a Face-to-Face, Written Feedback by Email, or Online Appointment, visit

Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums are an important component of your online experience. This course contains discussion forums related to the topics you are studying each week. For requirements on your participation in the Discussion Forums, please see “Course Expectations” in the syllabus.

A Course Q & A discussion forum has also been established to manage necessary, ongoing social and administrative activities. This is where the management and administrative tasks of the course are conducted, and where you can ask ‘process’ questions and receive answers throughout the course. Please feel free to answer any question if you feel you know the answer; this sharing of information is valuable to other students.

Course Expectations

Time Management and Attendance

SNL's online courses are not self-paced and require a regular time commitment EACH week throughout the quarter.

You are required to log in to your course at least four times a week so that you can participate in the ongoing course discussions.

Online courses are no less time consuming than "face to face" courses. You will have to dedicate some time every day or at least every second day to your studies. A typical four credit hour "face to face" course at SNL involves three hours of classroom meeting per week, plus at least three to six hours of study and homework per week.

This course will require at least the same time commitment, but your learning activities will be spread out through the week. If you have any problems with your technology, or if you need to improve your reading or writing skills, it may take even longer.

The instructor should be notified if your life events do not allow you to participate in the course and the online discussions for more than one week. This is particularly important when there are group discussions or you are working as part of a team.

If you find yourself getting behind, please contact the instructor immediately.

Your Instructor's Role

Your instructor's role in this course is that of a discussion facilitator and learning advisor. It is not their responsibility to make sure you log in regularly and submit your assignments. As instructor, s/he will read all postings to the general discussion forums on a daily basis but may not choose to respond to each posting. You will receive feedback to assignments.

The instructor may choose to designate "office hours" when s/he will be online and available and will immediately respond to questions. Depending on the instructor, this response may be by e-mail, instant messenger or telephone. Otherwise, you will generally receive a response to emailed or posted queries within 48 hours.

Your Role as a Student

As an online student, you will be taking a proactive approach to your learning. As the course instructor's role is that of a learning guide, your role is that of the leader in your own learning.

You will be managing your own time so that you can complete the readings, activities and assignments for the course, and you will also be expected to take a more active role in peer learning.

Please also note that this is a course offered by DePaul University's School for New Learning (SNL), a college for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students 24 years and older. SNL welcomes the perspectives and encourages the participation of all DePaul students, and students who take this course should respect and be mindful of SNL's mission in supporting a diverse and inclusive environment. More information about SNL can be found here.

View this brief demo Taking SNL Online courses in D2L to learn how to navigate through your course.

If you're new to SNL Online see additional resources on the course home page under Student Resources/Getting Started.

Course Netiquette

Online discussions are an important part of your course experience. To ensure a positive learning environment, please follow the following minimum expectations. Use your common sense, as not all situations can be covered:

Course Policies

College and University Policies

This course includes and adheres to the college and university policies described in the links below:

Academic Integrity Policy (UGRAD)

Academic Integrity Policy (GRAD)

Incomplete Policy

Course Withdrawal Timelines and Grade/Fee Consequences

Accommodations Based on the Impact of a Disability

Protection of Human Research Participants

APA citation format (GRAD)

Additional Course Resources

University Center for Writing-based Learning

SNL Writing Guide

Dean of Students Office

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary. If a change occurs, it will be clearly communicated to students.


This course was designed and produced by Dr. Ben Yeo and staff at SNL Online of the School for New Learning of DePaul University.

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