Syllabus for CMP-202

FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Foundations of Information Technology provides an overview of the fundamental ideas and principles behind information systems. The course approaches traditional computer concepts from a managerial perspective geared to the requirements of businesses and organizations. Within this context students use case studies to analyze and discuss design concepts and approaches to managing information and implementing technology solutions. The course introduces students to the role of information systems in business, society, and private life, to the role of critical decision makers, and to important decision support tools. It further addresses core ethical issues, principles, and procedures. Students are expected to develop critical thinking as well as analytical and problem-solving skills.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Describe the different types of information systems and structures.
  2. Explain the requirements for systems development and methods.
  3. Evaluate the basic functions and attributes of an information system.
  4. Identify the functions of various types of information systems.
  5. Articulate and discuss the role and responsibilities of all levels of staff and professionals within an information systems function.
  6. Apply traditional and nontraditional management techniques and applications to both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations.
  7. Analyze the management structures, principles, concepts, ethics, and techniques required to implement an effective information system.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following testbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.


Required Textbook

  • Stair, R., & Reynolds, G. (2012). Fundamentals of information systems (6th ed.) Boston: Thomson Course Technology.

    ISBN-13: 978-0-8400-6218-5

COURSE STRUCTURE

Foundations of Information Technology is a three-credit online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include an overview, list of topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, complete case studies, take module quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Foundations of Information Technology requires you to participate in five (5) graded discussion forums (worth 15% of your course grade). There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Discussion questions—for which you will have a choice in each module—are drawn from end-of-chapter discussion questions in the textbook. Communication and collaboration among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a discussion question and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Writing Assignments

You are required to complete five (5) case study assignments (worth 20% of your course grade) and five (5) written assignments (also worth 20% of your course grade). The case study assignments are based on the running Web site case about Whitmann Price Consulting and include written discussion questions and critical thinking questions. The written assignments consist of short-answer essay questions and a choice of projects.

Take the time to read through the case study and written assignment questions before you begin each module. Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the course materials. Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials), citing text materials and outside sources where appropriate and in an appropriate manner.

Prepare your case study and written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

Quizzes

At the conclusion of each module, following the written assignment, is an online module quiz. The quizzes for Modules 1, 4, and 5 consist of 30 true-or-false and multiple-choice questions and are 30 minutes long. The quizzes for Modules 2 and 3 consist of 60 true-or false and multiple-choice questions and are 60 minutes long.

Module quizzes (together worth 15% of your course grade) may be taken only once. Consult the course Calendar for quiz deadlines. A good way to prepare for the module quizzes is to take the chapter practice quizzes designated in each module.

Final Project

In lieu of a final exam, you are required to complete a final project (worth 30% of your course grade).

The Final Project asks you to write an 8–10 page research report (typed, double-spaced) or a 4–5 page research report with accompanying PowerPoint presentation (15–20 slides) in which you describe a company of your choice, the nature of its business, a specific product or service, and how that product or service is produced and distributed by the company and then recommend the information technology system you think should be in place and why. The project entails two stages:

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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