Course Information                                                                                       Spring 2003

Course title: Using Information Systems for Solving Business Problems                   

Course number:  M&IS 34054 section 001

Course description:  This course is a continuation of M&IS 24053 and provides students with further study of use of information systems in solving business problems.

Location: BSA 108                Meeting day:  W          Meeting time: 6:15-8:45 PM

Instructor Information

Name:  Janet Formichelli, MS 


Office location:  BSA A410 

Office hours: T 1:30-3:00, 6:00-7:00; W 5:00-6:00; Th 1:30-3:00

Phone:  330-672-1159


Prerequisite: M&IS 24053

This course is only open to business management majors during the initial registration period. If space is available after the initial registration period, the course is open to any business major on a first-come first-serve basis. This course will not count toward a CIS major or minor.


Enrollment: Students have responsibility to ensure they are properly enrolled in classes.  You are advised to review your official class schedule during the first two weeks of the semester to ensure you are properly enrolled in this class and section.  Should you find an error in your class schedule, you have until Friday, January 24, 2003 to correct it with your advising office.  If registration errors are not corrected by this date and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester for any class in which you are not properly registered.


Course Goals:  To gain knowledge of information systems necessary for management, particularly through the study of cases. To use this knowledge to solve business problems. To devise projects using common business application software. 

Textbook: Martin, E. Wainwright, et. al., Managing Information Technology, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN 0-13-064636-9

Software Microsoft Office 2000 is available to KSU students for a nominal fee at the KSU bookstore. For more information, go to:


The WebCT site at will basically manage the course. The syllabus, calendar, assignments, course information and messages from the instructor will be available there. Your Kent userid and password will enable you to enter the site if you are enrolled for the class. A help page for using WebCT is found at:



When there are schedule changes or other announcements, the instructor will e-mail you using your KSU e-mail address. Check this frequently. If you commonly use another address, forward your Kent e-mail to that address. You can do this easily on the Kent Help Desk site at: 

To e-mail the instructor use: or if you reply to an e-mail from the instructor with another address, that is ok. Do not e-mail the instructor at WebCT.

For homework assignments, if you put the letters hw with a space on each side of the hw in the subject line of the e-mail, a reply will be generated to you that the instructor has received your homework. For example:

Subject:    Jones hw 5

You will not get the reply immediately, but you should have it within a day.

Course Requirements

5 assignments(involving Internet, Excel, Access, HTML): (25 points each): 125 points

oral team presentation: 25 points

3 course exams: (50 points each): 150 points

final exam(comprehensive):  100 points

Grading Scale

90-100 A        80-89 B         70-79 C         60-69 D         0-59 F

This scale is followed closely and there is no extra credit.


Missing class is not an excuse for failure to understand material or complete assignments.  Material covered in class will not be covered again outside of class. It is up to you to read the material and get notes from another student if you miss class. Do not expect any special help or privileges if you do not attend class regularly.

Late Assignments

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the due date. Absence from class is not an excuse for failing to have the assignment in. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day (not per class session).  Assignments will not be accepted after one week beyond the due date. 

Make-up Exams

Make-up exams are given only under extraordinary circumstances. Inform the instructor as soon as possible (ideally before the exam). Some form of written excuse for absence from an exam is required.

Academic Honesty

Cheating means to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of your academic work (e.g., tests, papers, projects, assignments) so as to get undeserved credit.  The use of the intellectual property of others without giving them appropriate credit is a serious academic offense.  It is the University's policy that cheating or plagiarism result in receiving a failing grade for the work or course.  Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University.


Academic honesty is expected and required. HELPING fellow students is acceptable. COPYING is NOT acceptable, and will result in loss of credit for the assignment, and possibly failure of the course for all students involved. If you give help to another student, then it is your responsibility to make sure that they fully understand the concepts.


If copying is suspected, both (or all) students involved will receive zeros for that assignment at the least, and possibly a failure for the course. DO NOT GIVE OTHERS YOUR WORK.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities:  In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required.  Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in the Michael Schwartz Service Center (672-3391).


Tentative Calendar

January 15

Chapters 1 & 2




January 22

Chapter 2



presentation topic

January 29

Chapter 2

  1.    presentation


Assignment 1

February 5

Chapter 3

      2.      presentation



February 12

Chapter 3

3.      presentation



February 19




Exam 1—Chp. 1-3

February 26

Chapter 4

4.      presentation


Assignment 2

March 5

Chapter 4

5.      presentation



March 12

Chapter 5

6.      presentation


Assignment 3

March 19

Chapter 6



Exam 2-Chp. 4, 5,6



March 22




Last Day to Withdraw

April 2


7.      presentation



April 9

Chapter 7

8.      presentation


Assignment 4

April 16

Chapter 9

      9.      presentation



April 23

Chapter 10

10.    presentation


Assignment 5

April 30


      11.    presentation


Exam 3—Chp. 7, 9, 10

May 7




Final Exam

5:45-8:00 PM