MGT 731 Management Information Systems

MGT 731 Management Information Systems introduces you to the techniques and tools of management information systems. With a clear emphasis on the business and management elements of information technology, the coursework provides an ideal resource for you as an MBA student. Coverage is given to the latest information technologies, practices, and trends.

The text uses real-world examples and case studies, providing skills and knowledge that are easily transferable to the business world. From overviews of the information age to online business and business intelligence, you will gain a sound balance of the technical and business elements of information technology.

Coursework Highlights

Coursework is designed for understanding and evaluation of contemporary management information systems. Here are examples of some assignments you may complete as part of MGT 731 Management Information Systems.

  • Read weekly case studies, answer questions with a well-formulated thesis, and respond to classmates’ posts in a thoughtful, substantial, and polite manner.
  • Create a written case analysis about a provided organization scenario addressing a management information systems dilemma. Integrate the principles, theories, and practices discussed and explored throughout the course.
  • Complete weekly discussions and quizzes to illustrate your understanding of that module’s management information system topics.

Weekly Themes

Each week of this course focuses on a different theme. Your group discussions and coursework will align with the week’s theme as well as its primary objectives. All weekly course material is proposed and subject to change.

Week 1 – Business Information Systems: An Overview of Strategic Uses of Information Systems

During the introduction week, you’ll understand that information technology is not merely a resource to support day-to-day operations, but can significantly change an organization's long-term strategic position. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Define the importance and uses of information technology and systems.
  • Identify major ethical and societal concerns created by widespread use of information technology.
  • Illustrate how information systems can give businesses a competitive advantage.
  • Discuss fundamental requirements for developing strategic information systems.
  • Explain circumstances and initiatives that make one IT strategy succeed and another fail.

Week 2 – Business Functions and Supply Chains and Business Hardware

In week two, you’ll approach the overall understanding of all elements of a system, including hardware, to know what options are available to control quality, costs, resources, and supply chains. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify various business functions and the role of ISS in these functions.
  • Articulate what supply chains are and how IT supports their management.
  • Explain enterprise resource planning systems and CRM systems.
  • Classify computers into major categories and identify functions, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Identify and evaluate key criteria for deciding what computers or related devices to purchase.

Week 3 – Business Software and Business Networks and Telecommunications

Throughout week three, you’ll explore how software consists of instructions, called programs or applications, that tell the computer and its peripheral devices what to do and how to do it. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain main differences and developments of application software and system software.
  • Identify and explain the roles of Web programming languages and design tools.
  • Clarify the differences between proprietary software and open source software.
  • Identify the major media and devices used in telecommunications.
  • List networking protocol, technologies, and trends.

Week 4 – Databases and Data Warehouses and The Web-Enabled Enterprise

During the midpoint week of the course, you’ll explore designing a database, including understanding how to organize and use data in a way to gain responsibility and authority in a work environment. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain how relational and object-oriented database management systems are used.
  • Enumerate the most important features and operations of a relational database.
  • Discuss how databases are used on the Web, including operations involved in transferring data.
  • Outline the functionality of various Web technologies, including servers.
  • Define basic business-to-business and business-to-consumer practices, technologies, and annoyances on the Web.

Week 5 – Challenges of Global Information Systems, Decision Support, and Expert Systems

As you progress to week five, you’ll discuss how to meet the demands of global operations with international ISS to accommodate the free flow of information both within a single company's divisions and between multinational corporations. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain why multinational corporations must use global information systems.
  • Provide elementary advice for designing websites for an international audience.
  • Cite the cultural, legal, and other challenges to implementing international information systems.
  • Articulate the difference between structured and unstructured decision making.
  • Give examples of how decision support systems and expert systems are used in various domains.

Week 6 – Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management, Systems Planning, and Development

In week six, you’ll discover how information technology makes it possible to organize, store, and utilize vast amounts of unstructured data. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain the concepts of data mining and online analytical processing.
  • Explain the notion of business intelligence and its benefits to organizations.
  • Identify possible ethical and societal issues arising from globalization of IT.
  • Describe the systems development life cycle and challenges involved.
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of different system conversion strategies.

Week 7 – Choice in Systems Acquisition Risks, Security, and Disaster Recovery

Throughout this week, you’ll explore alternatives, savings, benefits, threats, and risks of using a variety of information systems. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain the differences among the alternatives to tailored system development.
  • List the business trade-offs inherent in the various methods of acquiring systems.
  • Discuss organizational policies and goals on computer use and information security.
  • Enumerate the main types of risks and security measures to information systems.
  • Outline the principles of developing a recovery plan and economics of information security.

Week 8 – Tying it All Together: The Advertising Campaign Plan

During the last week, you’ll focus on the final case study, which is a culmination of all concepts, principles, theories, and practices discussed, applied, and analyzed throughout the course. Among many things, completion of the final case study will prove you can:

  • Identify the techniques, hardware, software, tools, and processes of management information systems.
  • Examine how management information systems assist in promoting an effective and efficient supply chain.
  • Analyze the web enabled enterprise and strategic business practices.
  • Analyze the inherent challenges and opportunities in global information systems.
  • Examine sound systems acquisition processes, and demonstrate proper knowledge management, data archiving practices, systems planning, and development.
  • Evaluate the risk, security, and disaster recovery of an information management system.
  • Evaluate a contemporary management information system.

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