Course Information ††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† †††††† Spring 2004

Course title: Data Integration†††††††††††††††††††

Course number:M&IS 34053†† section 001

Course description:This course mixes concepts of data and information with hands-on applications using popular business software and migration of the information to the Internet as well as intranets.

Location: BSA 108 †††† †††††† Meeting day:T †††††† Meeting time: 7:00-9:30 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


Prerequisite: M&IS 24060 Systems Analysis and M&IS 24070 Principles of System

Development. Students must also be declared CIS minors. This course is only open to CIS minors. CIS majors will not receive credit.Students attending the course who do not have the proper prerequisite risk being deregistered from the class.


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 Saturday, January 24, 2004 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. To devise projects using HTML, XML, and JavaScript.To gain more in-depth knowledge of some information systems topic and share it with the class in a presentation.

Summary of key components of the course:


o       Basic formatting, font formatting, links, unordered and ordered lists, tables, images, style sheets


o       Alerts, prompts, functions, status bar messages, rollovers, displaying current date and last date modified


o       Reading and writing to XML file using VB.NET 2003

        Web site

o       Creating a Web site on the Kent server and adding to it as new HTML and JavaScript concepts are learned

        Role of information systems in the organization

        Major types of information systems found in firms today

        Ethical and social issues surrounding use of information systems

        Types and components of system hardware

        Types of software, languages and business applications

        Managing data resources

        Telecommunications and networks

        Internet and information systems infrastructure

        Knowledge management, knowledge workers and artificial intelligence


Textbook: Kenneth C. and Jane P. Laudon, Essentials of Management Information Systems, Prentice-Hall, Fifth Edition, 2003, ISBN 0-13-008734-3


Software:CD-ROM: Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003

Six disks: 1, 2, Prerequisite and 3 MSDN Disks

These can be copied to 6 of your own blank disks. The lab aides have them to give you. You can then copy them in the lab. (See Obtaining and Installing Visual Studio.NET 2003 for details.)

Need Visual Basic only for this course. Can load other languages if you wish, depending on space on your machine.

This software is also available on the lab computers in BSA.

Optionally, students can obtain this software from the bookstore for $60. We will use it for only one assignment.



The WebCT site ( or itís accessible through flashline) will basically manage the course. The syllabus, assignments, Power Point slides and other course information 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

6 assignments, including a team presentation: (25 points each) 150 points

3 course exams: (50 points each) 150 points

final exam: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 Schedule for Spring 2004


Week 1

Jan. 13

Chp. 1












Week 2

Jan. 20

Chp. 2




Presentation Topics Due by e-mail








Week 3

Jan. 27

Chp. 2 & 5












Week 4

Feb. 3

Chp. 5


Presentation 1

Assignment 1








Week 5

Feb. 10

Chp. 5


Presentation 2









Week 6

Feb. 17

Chp. 6


Presentation 3

Assignment 2








Week 7

Feb. 24

Chp. 6


Presentation 4

Exam 1--Chapters 1, 2 and 5








Week 8

Mar. 2



Presentation 5









Week 9

Mar. 9

Chp. 6 & 7


Presentation 6

Assignment 3








Week 10

Mar. 16

Chp. 7


Presentation 7



Mar. 20





Last Day to Withdraw








Mar. 23





Spring break; no class

Week 11

Mar. 30

Chp. 7












Week 12

Apr. 6

Chp. 8


Presentation 8

Exam 2--Chapters 6 & 7







Assignment 4








Week 13

Apr. 13

Chp. 9












Week 14

Apr. 20

Chp. 10




Assignment 5








Week 15

Apr. 27




Exam 3--Chapters 8, 9 and 10







Course Evaluation


Week 16

May. 4




Final Exam--Comprehensive

††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† †† 8:15 - 10:30 PM