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Course Overview

Building on Phase One courses, this course explores different types of information systems and the process of developing an effective information strategy for the management of an organization. The course uses a very recently revised, comprehensive textbook and a number of readings and cases to study how organizations are creating innovative information management systems and incorporating them into their business strategies.

As with all master level courses, this course is not about black and white questions and answers. Instead, it deals with gray areas. Through readings and discussions, you will gain insight into and understanding of the issues associated with managing and exploiting information and information systems. By the end of the course, you will be able to more effectively participate in decision making regarding IT-related issues.

 

Course Objectives

The key objectives for this course are for you to gain:

  • An understanding and appreciation of the variety of ways IT can enable and create business opportunities
  • An understanding and appreciation of the challenges and issues in developing and implementing IT-enabled initiatives
  • An appreciation for the various issues associated with managing the information resources of the firm

Course Outline

Part 1:
IT in Business

  Lesson 1: The Role of IT in Business
  Lesson 2: IT Infrastructure
  Lesson 3: E-Business and E-Commerce

Part 2:
Information Systems

  Lesson 4: Functional Information Systems
  Lesson 5: Corporate Information Systems

Part 3:
Implementation of IT

  Lesson 6: IT Strategy and Planning
  Lesson 7: Acquiring IT Infrastructure
  Lesson 8: IT Economics

Student Evaluation

Your grade will be based on three organization assignments and participation in weekly Think Tank discussions.