Mis 201 Principles of Management Information Systems Course Syllabus

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MIS 201

Principles of Management Information Systems

Course Syllabus




S 110

Office Hours






KSU credits


Lecture timetable

3 lectures a week (Refer to your schedule for time and location)

Lab timetable

2 hours practical session in the lab (Refer to your schedule)

Lab demonstrator

Refer to your schedule

Course description:  This course introduces the principles of management information systems. In particular, the MIS 201 course provides students with the educational background to the technologies of information systems and to then development of large-scale information systems. Please note that the material presented in this course takes a management approach rather than a technical approach.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course the students will have an insight into the concepts of management information systems (MIS), information systems (IS) and electronic business (e-business). Students will explore the tools and techniques associated with the process of management information systems that align with organizational demands and needs.

After completing the course, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Define the process of an information system development life cycle to support organizational operations.

  • Describe how organizations use and manipulate information systems to meet organizational needs and goals.

  • Demonstrate their abilities to plan, design, develop and evaluate information systems using different approaches that align with organizations needs, and meet their objectives. 

  • Identify the role of information systems in influencing decision making processes.

  • Collect and manage useful data.

  • Evaluate how business use information systems.

Required text: Kenneth C. Laudon and Jane P. Laudon. Essentials of Management Information Systems, 10th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill, 2012. ISBN: 0132668556.

Supplementary materials: The materials required for MIS 201 course is available in an electronic version on the MIS 201 course website. It is highly recommended that students print the required material for each class and have them available.

Course Outline:




Week s 1,2

Chapter 1

Business Information Systems in Your Career

Weeks 3, 4

Chapter 2

E-Business: How Businesses Use Information Systems

Week 5,6

Chapter 4

IT Infrastructure: Hardware and Software

Weeks 7,8


Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management

Weeks 8

First Midterm Exam Sunday (24/5/1436H) (15 March 2015) at 12 O'clock

Spring Break (Week 9)

Weeks 10

Chapter 5

Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management

Weeks 11,12

Chapter 6

Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology

Week 13

Second Midterm Exam Sunday (7/7/1436) (26 April 2015) at 12 O'clock

Week 13, 14

Chapter 9

E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods

Week 14, 15

Chapter 11

Building Information Systems and Managing Projects

Week 16


GRADES: (The instructor abides by the following grading scale strictly and DOES NOT curve at all.)





Group Presentations


95 - 100






Two Tests (20% each)




Final (Comprehensive) Exam
















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  1. TESTS:  Two tests, which focus primarily on materials covered in class and from the textbook, will be administered during the semester.  Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Companion Website for additional coverage of the materials presented in the textbook.  In order to perform well on the tests, students must be familiar with the definitions listed in the Key Terms section, and do all the questions listed in the Review Questions section.  Students who cannot take the scheduled tests must discuss with the instructor in advance.  Makeup tests and exam will not be given except with prior notification and under extenuating and unavoidable circumstances.  The burden of proof of said circumstances is on the student.  Makeup examinations will usually differ from the original exam, and may be essay or oral.

  2. FINAL EXAM:  A comprehensive exam will be given during the KSU University exam schedule.  The format of the final exam is relatively similar to the format for the tests. 

  3. ATTENDANCE:  The attendance policy follows the guidelines stated in the KSU Catalogue (http://www.KSU.edu.sa/).  Students must assume full responsibility for any loss incurred because of absence, whether excused or unexcused.  All work missed because of absences will receive a grade of zero.  Excused absences are those resulting from the student’s participation in a University-sponsored activity, from recognizable emergencies, or from serious illness.  Students are encouraged to participate actively in class discussion and presentation.

  1. KSU HONOR CODE:  All students must obey the KSU Honor Code diligently.  The Honor Code is based on the need for trust in an academic community.  KSU’s Honor Code is a system developed by and maintained for the welfare of its students, and all students should make sure that they read and understand the provisions outlined in the Student Handbook (read http://www.ksu.edu.sa).  All work completed for this course will be considered pledged.  CHEATING IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TOLERATED AT KSU UNIVERSITY.  Plagiarism is a violation of the Honor code.  All papers submitted in this course are subject to evaluation using plagiarism detection software. 

  1. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY:  Cheating in any form will not be tolerated in the College of Business.  If the instructor determines that a student has cheated on an assignment, the grade of “F” may be assigned for the entire course.  “Cheating” is the use of unauthorized resources and/or work of another including but not limited to homework, tests, papers, presentations and exams.  Unless specifically instructed otherwise, students are to assume that all coursework is to be the work of the individual student alone.  If a student is unsure as to whether collaboration is permitted, the professor should be contacted in advance of performing the work.  If a faculty member penalizes a student in a course for an Honour Code violation, they should also bring formal charges against the student with the University Honour Board. 

  1. LEARNING DISABILITIES:  Any student who feels that he may need accommodations based on the impact of a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability should contact Students' Affair Office.

  1. Inclement Weather Policy:  In cases of inclement weather, commuter and campus based disabled students will be permitted to make decisions about whether or not to attend classes without penalty.  If the University is open, it is expected that residence students will attend all classes being held that day.  Cancelled classes will not be rescheduled since students should utilize the cancelled class period as computer lab time.


         The instructor reserves the right to make any appropriate and necessary changes to the Course Syllabus. 

         Students are responsible for all materials covered in class as well as materials in the textbook.  If you must be absent, the instructor assumes that you have obtained notes from a classmate.  Any student having difficulty with the materials should make an appointment to see the instructor.

         Private conversations between students are disruptive and annoying to both the instructor and other students. Therefore, students with disruptive and annoying behaviours are dismissed from class until the behaviour is under control.

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