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                                                    Lindsey Wilson College

                                          Accounting Information Systems                     

                                            (Management Information Systems)

                                                        ACCT/BUSI 3973  

                                                           Spring 2005                                                   

 Instructor                    :           Dr. Margaret Combs, DBA, CPA

Office                          :           Turner 216

Office Phone               :           384-8124

Email                           :           combsm@lindsey.edu

Office Hours               :        MWF:   08:30-09:30, 10:30-11:30    

                                              MW:     01:00-03:00

Other times available by appointment

Prerequisites              :           Junior Standing

Required Textbook    :           Haag, Cummings, & McCubbrey (2005). Management Information Systems for the Information Age, 5th edition. McGraw Hill  Publishing.

Course Description    :           This course is an introduction to management problems related to various computing functions and systems.  The course is designed to provide students knowledge about the fundamentals underlying the design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use of modern, computer-based information systems for business data processing, office automation, information reporting, and decision making.

Course Objectives     :           At the completion of this course, the student should have achieved the following objectives:

1.                  Be able to identify and define management information systems and describe the importance of such systems for successful business strategies.

2.                  Be able to describe supply chain systems, their strategic and competitive opportunities, and the challenges businesses face in employing them successfully.

3.                  Be able to differentiate between databases and data warehouses.

4.                  Be cognizant of information system ethics, intellectual property, and security measures.

5.                  Be able to recognize computer crimes, hackers, forensics, and means to hide information.

6.                  Develop team building and team working skills that are vital for success in today’s business environment.

7.                  Be proficient in the use of Excel spreadsheets for financial and quantitative analysis

8.                  Be able to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

9.                  Will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills

 Topic Outline:                                                                                    Contact Hours:

 I.                     Introduction to the Information Age                                                                            3

A.                  Information as a key resource (MGT)

B.                   Information technology as a key resource (IT)

C.                   Information technology in support of business (IT/ETH )

D.                  Information technology from a global perspective (INTL)

II.                   Gaining Competitive Advantage with IT                                                                 3

A.                  Supply Chain Management (MGT/MKT)

B.                   Customer Relationship Management (MKT)

C.                   E-Commerce (IT/INTL)

III.                 Databases and Data Warehouses                                                                             3

A.                  Relational Database Model (IT)

B.                   Database Management (IT)

C.                   Data Warehouses and data mining (IT/FIN)

IV.                 Decision Support and Artificial Intelligence                                                           3

A.                  Decisions (MGT/ACC)

B.                   Decision Support Systems (IT)

C.                   Decision analysis using spreadsheets (IT/FIN/ACC)

D.                  E-Commerce (IT/INTL)

V.                   Electronic Commerce                                                                                                   3

A.                  Framework for competitive advantage (MGT)

B.                   E-commerce to identify customers (IT/MKT)

C.                   E-commerce to move money (IT/FIN)

VI.                 Systems Development                                                                                                 3

A.                  Insourcing and systems development (IT)

B.                   Prototyping (IT)

C.                   Outsourcing (IT/MGT)

D.                  Building a web page (IT)

VII.               IT Infrastructures                                                                                                         3

A.                  Information Views (IT)

B.                   Business Logic (IT)

C.                   Data storage and manipulation (IT)

VIII.             Protecting People and Information                                                                           3

A.                  Ethics (ETH)

B.                   Privacy (ETH/IT/LGL)

C.                   Information (FIN/MGT)

D.                  Security (IT/MGT/LGL)

IX.                Computer Crime and Forensics                                                                                  3

A.                  Computer Crime (IT/MGT/LGL)

B.                   Computer Forensics (IT/LGL)

C.                   Computer Ethics (ETH)

X.                  Emerging Trends and Technologies                                                                         3

A.                  Changing Internet (IT/MGT)

B.                   Implementing a Database with Microsoft Access (IT)


Summary of CPC topics covered in this course:                              Contact Hours:


Accounting (ACC)                                                                                             3

Business Ethics (ETH)                                                                                       5

Finance (FIN)                                                                                                       2

Information systems (IT)                                                                                  30

International/Global Dimensions of Business (INTL)                                    2

Legal environment of business (LGL)                                                               4

Management (MGT)                                                                                             7

Marketing (MKT)                                                                                                  3

                                Total Estimated Contact Hours                                         56                               

Teaching Strategies/Student Activities:

Course requirements/Grading Plan:


Exam #1                                                                                               100

Exam #2                                                                                               100

Final Exam                                                                                          150

Projects and Cases                                                                            150

Other Assignments                                                                             50                    

                      Total Possible Points                                                  550

Grading Scale

            A  90% of total points                             B  80% of total points

            C  70% of total points                              D  60% of total points

            F    Less than 60% of total possible points


Attendance is expected.  You cannot master the knowledge and skills without class attendance and participation.  You diminish class quality by non-attendance.  To have a successful professional career, you must be responsible for your actions. 

If you are absent from class, you are still responsible for the material covered and any announcements made by me.

Excessive absences (defined as more than three) will result in a loss of the “benefit of the doubt” in borderline grades.  Excused absences include serious illness (yours, or a member of your immediate family for whom you are responsible), death in the family (verified by the Dean of Students) or a sanctioned college activity.

Deadlines/Due Dates:

Recognizing that a large part of professional life is meeting deadlines, it is necessary to develop time management and organizational skills.  Failure to meet the course deadlines will result in penalties.

Make-up policy:

You are responsible for taking all examinations at the dates announced. Students missing a scheduled examination, who know in advance they will miss class (i.e. excused Lindsey Wilson College activity) are to make arrangements for a make-up BEFORE the examination.  Those missing because of an unanticipated absence (i.e. illness) must make arrangements for a make-up within ONE class meeting of their return to class.   An unexcused absence from a regular examination will be recorded as a zero grade.   

Computer Use:

This is not a computer class.  However, you should be learning (if you haven’t already) to use the computer as a tool.  I will require you to find and use software with which you may not yet be trained

I will often send email messages to the class.  You should plan on checking your email several times a week, at a minimum.  As I check my email frequently, the best way to reach me and to make appointments, make requests for material that you want me to bring to class, etc. will be through the email.  I will also post information for the class on my webpage.  You should check the webpage frequently.


Written work must be presented in a professional manner.  Work that is not submitted in a professional manner will not be evaluated and will be returned as unacceptable. 

All case and research assignments must be typed utilizing the following guides:

·         Times New Roman or Arial 12 font.

·         Double spaced unless bullets are used

·         Proper grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.

All assignments are to be completed using a computer.  You will be penalized for handing in handwritten assignments

Academic Honesty:

Academic dishonesty refers to any form of cheating or plagiarism in academic courses.  Plagiarism is defined as any use of another writer’s words, concepts, or sequence of ideas without acknowledging that writer by the use of proper documentation.  Plagiarism is not only the direct quotation of another writer’s words but also any paraphrase or summary of another writer’s concepts or ideas without documentation.  Academic dishonesty is a profoundly serious offense.  It is not tolerated at Lindsey Wilson College.  Students who are detected plagiarizing or cheating the first time may expect an “F” for the activity in question or an “F” for the course, at the discretion of the instructor.  All incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported by the instructor to the Provost along with copies of all relevant materials.  A second offense will cause the Provost to move the student before the campus Judicial Board for possible suspension or expulsion from the College.  Each instance of cheating or plagiarism is counted separately.  A student who cheats or plagiarizes on any two assignments during the same semester will be deemed guilty of two offenses. 

Note: The College has purchased a web product for detecting plagiarized papers. 

Statement on Learning/Physical Disabilities:

Lindsey Wilson College accepts students with learning disabilities and provides reasonable accommodation to help them be successful.  Depending on the nature of the disability, some students may need to take a lighter course load and may need more than four years to graduate.  Students needing accommodation should apply as early as possible, usually before May 15.  Immediately after acceptance, students need to identify and document the nature of their disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide to the College appropriate materials documenting the learning disability, usually a recent high school Individualized Education Program (IEP) and results from testing done by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or qualified, licensed person.  The College does not provide assessment services for students who may be learning disabled.  Although LWC provides limited personal counseling for all students, the College does not have structured programs available for students with emotional or behavioral disabilities.  For more information, call Dr. David Ludden at 270-384-8080 or Dr. Lillian Roland at 270-384-8187.

Academic Support Center:

The Academic Support Center offers peer tutoring to aid students in completing class assignments, preparing for exams and improving their understanding of content covered in a particular course.  In addition, computers are available for student use.

Students are encouraged to utilize this Center as a resource for improving study strategies and reading techniques.  The Center also offers assistance with other academic problems resulting from documented learning disabilities.  All services are free of charge to all Lindsey Wilson College students (students with learning disabilities are responsible for providing documentation from an appropriate outside professional source such as a professional evaluation or school IEP).  Please contact Jan Green, Tutor Coordinator at 384-8037 for further information and assistance.

Final Exams:

Final Exams are scheduled for the Spring 2005 semester May 9-12. The academic calendar, which contains the schedule for finals, is in the College Catalog and course schedule listing.  Please make any necessary flight arrangements after the final exam week.  Students will not be permitted to take early finals unless extenuating circumstances exist.  “Extenuating circumstance” means illness, a verified family emergency or participation in officially sponsored travel in support of an event arranged by the College.  Travel arrangements must be made in sufficient time that tickets may be obtained after final exams and the semester is officially over.  All requests for early finals must be made in person to Dr. William Julian, Provost.  

 Other Information: 

With prior notice, the professor has the discretion to add any additional criteria to the grading components if the class circumstances warrant the action.  Additionally, with prior notice, the professor has the authority to change the weight of the grading components. 

 Hats/Headgear, etc:  Headgear must be removed in class.

 Email:   Students must furnish the professor with a dependable email address and check their email daily.



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