California State University, Los Angeles

Department of Information Systems


CIS-301 Management Information Systems (4 Units)


Instructor:                              Dr. Ming Wang

Office Location:                    ST #609

Office Phone:                         (323) 343-2958  

Office Hours:                          MW 3:20-5:20 p.m.    

Web Site:                      

Textbook: Management Information Systems, 8/e, 2009

Stephen Haag and Maeve Cummings, ISBN: 0-07-337678-7, McGraw-Hill.


TextBook Companion Web Site:

Electronic course material downloads are available on the WebCT


Course description:

This course introduces the organizational context of information systems; business related information technology; data analysis; decision support systems; database management; information systems integration; and user roles in systems development.

Pre-requisite: CIS-100


Course Goal: Design, use, evaluation, and change of information systems within organizations


Instructional Procedures:
Classroom activities will consist of lectures, example demonstrations, and in-class practice exercises. The course contents taught in class will be followed by homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.


Assessment of Academic Achievement:
     Assignments (24%)
     Mid-term (30%)

     Quiz (10%)
     Final Exam (36%)


The final grade will be determined on the above performance.
Grading scale: A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%, F 0-59%


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


 BS CIS Program

Learning objectives


Course learning outcomes

After completion of the course students will be able to:

1.      To acquire basic knowledge and understanding of the technical and managerial concepts for Information System Management.


·         Understand Internet and Web development

·         Use databases and DBMS

·         Use spreadsheets for data mining

·         Describe business intelligence and data warehouses

·         Compare decision support systems with expert systems

·         Define networking and IT architecture

·         Web Design and Development


2.      To integrate business and economics with information technology solutions.

·         Understand enterprise infrastructure and integration

·         Define e-commerce business models

·         Define supply chain management (SCM) systems

·         Define customer relationship management (CRM) systems

3.      To understand the roles and duties of “Information System Professional” in an organization, as well as the specific professional roles and duties corresponding to the student’s chosen option.

·         Understand IS/IT concepts and terms

·         Understand the system development life cycle

·         Define e-collaboration

·         Describe business continuity planning (BCP)

·         Understand IT career in the business field

4.      To acquire and practice a set of leadership and managerial skills that will positively enhance performance as an Information System Professional.

·         Describe how to use Porter’s Five Forces Model

·         Compare Porter’s 3 generic strategies

·         Describe the role of value-chain analysis

·         Discuss systems development methodology

·         Compare metrics for assessing the success of IT systems.

·         Define and describe the various hardware and software infrastructure considerations.

5.      To integrate ethical and global considerations with information system knowledge in analysis and decision making when addressing holistic business-problem assignments.

·         Understand the IT outsourcing practice

·         Define IT professional ethics

·         Describe intellectual property and copyright

·         Describe information assurance and security

·         Ethical issues for data management

·         Global project planning and management


Class Policies:



Students are expected to accomplish their assignments individually and independently. Students are encouraged to discuss any questions in class, during office hours, or via emails. Students are expected to use the equipment of computer labs at CSULA for class assignments. 


To receive full credit a project and an assignment must be completed on time by the due date. The late penalties will be assessed as follows:


Up to 24 hours after time due --- 25% penalty
Over 24 hours after time due --- 100% penalty


Tests: Exams are cumulative in nature for this class. Take examinations at the scheduled time. Absence from a test is excused only in a medical emergency.


Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes:


Class attendance

Class attendance is required. Class attendance is essential for successful completion of assignments since homework concepts, techniques, and hints are presented during the class time. Regular attendance will improve the class performance.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request to any student who is registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities.


Academic honesty and Integrity Policies

You are expected to do your own work.  Cheating on assignments and/or tests will result in an F for the assignment or test. California State University, Los Angeles is committed to intellectual integrity and considers academic dishonesty a very serious offense. Cheating (i.e. substantial help given or received by a student on a homework assignment, regardless who is at fault) will be punished and may result in an automatic F. See the following university Web site for details:


Class conduct:  Common courtesy and respect of all people and property expected. Punctual arrival of the class required.  NO cell phones or beepers in class.