University of Dayton
School of Business Administration
Summer 1, 2018

MIS 300/301
Principles of Information Systems/Information Systems in Organizations

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Something interesting to read about grades. 

An article on the Introduction to MIS course; you might know one of the authors

Get your current grades (when available on Isidore), Jump to course schedule

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  BAI 103L (or equivalent) is a PREREQUISITE to MIS 301, and BAI 103L or HSS 226 (or equivalent) is a PREREQUISITE to MIS 300.  Students found to be enrolled in MIS 300/301 that have NOT COMPLETED the necessary prerequisites may be dropped from the course. 

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Dr. David Salisbury
103 Anderson Center
937-229-2938 (department office) 937-974-6384 (mobile - only in case of emergency) (professor) (course)
Class meetings will consist of modules (15-20 minutes MAX) that walk through slides/lectures, demonstrate software, and so forth.  Any slides and instructional sheets will be available in Isidore under resources, or in the Warpwire Video tab.  
Note:  With limited exceptions, I will be in the Dayton area during the course, so online students living nearby the UD Campus or my home in Xenia, Ohio are welcome to schedule time to meet with me locally if need be.  Please note that this is as pertains to assistance with course content; administrative issues will be handled by email. 
As this is an online class, email usage is mandated.  During times I am in the Dayton area I can meet face to face at mutuallly convenient time and location for those students in the Dayton area (subject to my presence in the area).  Again, this is for assistance with course content as noted above.  Any changes to this syllabus will be communicated to students via email. 

Course Description

This is an undergraduate course in Management Information Systems (MIS) for business majors.  The purpose of the course is for you to develop an understanding of the role of computer-based information systems in making managerial decisions and in improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability of the entire organization.  The course will emphasize the role of information in organizational processes and focus on current information technologies.   Concepts and techniques for assessing the information needs of an organization and analyzing, designing, and implementing the information systems that satisfy these needs will be discussed.  The major emphasis throughout the course will be on the role of the manager/user in the design, development and implementation of appropriate information systems and information technology for the organization.  To see your instructor's perspective on what is important in the introduction to MIS course please feel free to read this article (also available Isidore in module 01 "The Importance of MIS"). 

As with all courses in the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton, this course attempts to advance the University and School mission, to wit:

The School of Business Administration is a learning community committed in the Marianist tradition to educating the whole person and to connecting learning and scholarship with leadership and service in an innovative business curriculum designed to prepare students for successful careers in the contemporary business environment. 

To this end, the information systems course is designed to bring theory about how organizations work into the course, allow you to put this learning into practice building a prototype information system, and by doing so contribute to your understanding of how information systems enhance business so you may eventually apply this knowledge in your future careers. 

Course Objectives

The general purpose of this course, which is to provide students with an introduction to the field of Management Information Systems, can be expressed in terms of the following specific objectives.  After completion of this course the student should understand:

Specific skills to be developed and/or demonstrated include:

Course Materials

Kroenke, D. M. (2016). Experiencing MIS, 6th Edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. 

A functional laptop computer with appropriate software.  You should be advised that a laptop that can run Microsoft Access is required.  There is no version of Access for the Mac, although dual-boot, virtual machine or virtual environments for Mac can run Access in native (Windows) mode.  Please be advised that any student taking MIS 300/301, whether or not a business major, will be held to the laptop requirement. 

Other materials will be distributed in class and/or distributed electronically, primarily on Isidore.

Course Procedures


This course is a survey of theory and applications of computer-based information systems in organizations. Specifically, the course emphasizes the role of information in organizational processes, current information technology, systems to provide information for decision-makers, and systems/technologies for the support of commerce (both physical and virtual).

Practical Experience

An important aspect of the course will be the emphasis on understanding how information systems work through the building of a simple prototype system to address a business information management need.

Course Assignments

There are three individually submitted assignments, all of which are to be completed by individuals.   

Timeliness of Assignment Submission

It is important to submit assignments on time. All assignments are due on the assigned date and time. Late assignments will not be accepted. You are all going to be in the real world someday, and this is how they do it there. This policy will be strictly enforced, except as mentioned under the excuses section.

Although this class does not exclusively use technology, some aspects do involve the availability of a functioning laptop computer.  If you haven't already you may soon find out that the technology has a nasty habit of failing at inopportune times.  You should anticipate this and be prepared by getting your work done early. "My machine is in the shop", or "my Internet went down" is a poor excuse and it will not be accepted here.  See also notes about online courses.

Please be aware that no excuses except the approved ones noted in this document below will be accepted for assignments not being submitted on time. Reasons for turning in work late that are not accepted include (but are not limited to): the lab/my account/my computer/my files, etc. wouldn’t work. You should also be aware that you are responsible to see that your assignments have been submitted properly. I am not going to be chasing people down to make certain that they have submitted their work. In addition, you are also responsible to keep backups of all submitted work in case something gets lost in the shuffle, and you should keep all returned assignments until the end of the semester as proof they were submitted and marked.  Marks which have been posted for one week are final.  Hence, you should keep track regularly of your course marks as posted on the course website.

Finally, to discourage procrastination, I will offer no assistance on class assignments after 5PM on the day before they are due. This policy will be strictly enforced.  If an assignment is due on Tuesday, the last assistance I will render ends at 5PM on Monday. 

A Few Notes, Given this is an Online Class

First, I am aware that we don't have "classes", but I have done this class live in summer for many years now and have a pretty good idea what needs to be done by when in order to complete the course successfully, given a 6-week term and assuming 4 "class days" per week. 

The material is all done and recorded, so you can view it as you like.  Hence, you are welcome to do the course at your pace (save that assignments/tests are due/administered as described below).  For example, if you are busy on Monday through Thursday, you can do more of the work on Friday through Sunday. 

These things noted, to help you pace yourself I've highlighted Mondays in light blue; a good way to think of things is that, each week you should have the previous week's material done before Monday.  This is not a requirement; it's to help you to keep pace.

Since the quizzes are open book (they are intended to encourage you to read the book) you are welcome to complete them as rapidly as you like.  They are available from May 10 through the last day of class on June 24). 

Because of the online nature of the course, tests will be available for 48 hours.  Once you start the test, however, you are required to complete it within the alloted time.  Tests are closed book, which means no book, notes, mobile phones, friends or internet search engines.  This will be enforced by the ProctorU service, which is required for all "High Stakes" assessments as noted below. 

Next, while there aren't "classes" per se, stuff can at times occur with respect to due dates on assignments, or windows in which one takes tests.  Please check out the Acceptable Reasons for Rescheduling Exams, Late Assignments, etc. below.

Here's some more stuff, and it's important so it's highlighted. 

PLEASE NOTE - important note about this (or any) online class.  Several of the students in the course are taking it via distance.  While there are always different experiences and challenges in the online environment, ALL students MUST be aware of the following:

First, it is important to note that you MUST have a robust Internet connection to take this course.  Late submissions, non-completed tests, or inability to interface with the ProctorU service (see more below) due to unreliable Internet connection will result in the affected assignments being scored as a zero. 

Second, you should be aware that the UD SBA has adopted the ProctorU service for all SBA courses (not just this one).  When you take a high-stakes assessment in an online environment for this course, you must schedule with ProctorU and follow the instructions of the online proctor, just as you would if taking a test in a traditional classroom environment.  Failure to use the ProctorU service or to fully comply with the ProctorU proctor assigned to your assessment will result in a zero on that assessment.  You will receive an email about this as well. 

Third, you will be able to do a "trial run" of test conditions associated with ProctorU at the following address:  Among other things, this link features a "connect to a live person" option that will enable you to experience first-hand the proctored testing environment.

Finally, be advised that tests deemed "high stakes" for online students are identified in the syllabus and will be available for a 48 hour period on the day for that assessment noted in the syllabus.  It is up to you to schedule the specific time for your test with ProctorU at least 72 hours prior to the test to avoid a late fee. 

You are advised to take the time to read over and understand the ProctorU FAQ page.  Be also advised that neither I nor UDit can help you with any issues that may arise from the use of the ProctorU service.

Finally, students living near the UD campus are welcome to meet with me at mutually convenient time and location during those dates I am in the Dayton area. 

All times given will be Eastern US Time Zone (where Dayton, Ohio is located).

Reading Assignments

There is a fairly noteworthy amount of material to be covered through this course, and it is rather easy to fall behind. Please ensure that you stay current in your readings -- it is expected that you will have read in advance the material to be covered in a given presentation.

Communication with the instructor

The vast majority (save for those who live near Dayton and wish to meet face to face) of interaction with me will be through e-mail (  You should also note that I intend to communicate with you via email as well; hence, it is important that you check your email often, and clean out old messages so that you do not exceed your email quota (which would result in the message "bouncing"). 

Examination Procedures

The examinations will contain case-based questions, objective-style questions, and problem-solving questions. Exams will be based on the required text, on the in-class material associated with computer software, and on the other readings assigned by the instructor. You have a window in which you can take an exam, so please note this carefully: There will be NO make-up examinations, save for university-approved reasons. If you must miss an examination, be prepared to document a university-approved reason (see below, under Acceptable Reasons for Rescheduling Exams, Late Assignments, etc.). Job interviews, site visits and incarceration due to over-exuberant Halloween participation are examples of reasons that are NOT university-approved (my computer/the Internet went down doesn't work either).

Grading Scale and Course Components

The grading scale and grading components are presented below. If you make any of the cut-offs, you will receive that mark. For example, if you earn 930 points, you will receive an "A" for the course, or if you receive 885 points, you will receive a "B+" for the course.

Grade Assignment

Grade Components


>=900 <930
>=870 <900
>=830 <870
>=800 <830
>=770 <800
>=730 <770
>=700 <730
>=600 <700
<600 (failure)

(High Stakes-ProctorU) MS-Access Hands-On Test
Access Data Analysis
Excel DSS

System Project (specific deliverables TBD)
Initial Worksheet
Data and Process Models
Initial Prototype
Final System
Final Slide Deck

Online Quizzes
(High Stakes-ProctorU) Lowest Exam Score
(High Stakes-ProctorU) Highest
Exam Score

Total Points





Since the marks in my classes over the long term tend to look like a normal curve, I tend not to force an artificial curve. On the odd chance that there is a curve it will be applied only on the overall grade in all sections I teach. Thus, no question of curving will be entertained until after the final. In addition, no additional extra credit assignments (other than what is offered in this syllabus) will be offered; if you are unable to perform well on what has already been assigned, I don’t wish to burden you with extra work.  Finally, I encourage you that if you are in trouble, try to demonstrate an effort to improve and ask for help. Do not fail in silence.


Quizzes will be administered at various times during the semester with short notice. There will be ELEVEN such quizzes this semester, and TEN of them count (i.e. you can throw out your lowest score). The material will be taken from recently assigned readings.  Since the quizzes are OPEN BOOK, I anticipate that, if you do at least 10 of them you will get full points.  Still, you have to do them. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Dayton takes seriously the integrity of its students as they pursue their academic goals, as outlined in The Academic Honor Code.  Accordingly, I will vigorously pursue the prosecution of academic dishonesty. It is understood and encouraged that students often learn and work together; consequently you may be asking questions or getting help from others. Be very clear, however, that there is a reasonably obvious distinction between "help" and "cheating". In instances where such misconduct is proven, regardless of the weight of the assignment in question, I will seek the most severe penalty available to me under University of Dayton policy, which is an "F" in the course. Please consult the most recent editions of the  University of Dayton Student Handbook and the University of Dayton Bulletin for further information on Student Code of Conduct and Academic Policies.

Acceptable Reasons for Missing Stuff, Late Assignments, etc.

Note: It is conceivable there are other acceptable excuses that I've not anticipated, but you must receive permission from me personally in advance.

Additional Learning Support for Students

The University of Dayton and your instructor are committed to providing equal access to its educational opportunities for all our students, including those in need of accommodation due to disability.  Students who believe they have such need are invited to meet with your instructor privately to discuss specifics.  Formal disability-related accommodations are determined by the Office of Student Learning Support using specific guidelines.  As a consequence, it is important that a student needing accommodation be registered with SLS and notify your instructor of your eligibility for such accommodation with a signed SLS Self-Identification Form.  With this, and in consultation with the SLS, your instructor will devise the appropriate accommodation(s) for your need.

 Even if you do not have special needs per se, you may find resources provided by the Office of Student Learning Support helpful, with a variety of services to assist you in achieving academic success at the university, including study skills classes and workshops, tutoring and consultations, et cetera. 

Four Easy Ways to Raise Your Grade

Changes to the Syllabus

Since the main objective of this class is for you to learn relevant and useful stuff. I reserve the right to alter the syllabus as necessary to meet this goal. Any such changes will be announced, via email, and will be explained.


I took this position because I enjoy teaching. I genuinely care about you and your progress in the class. If you have a problem, complaint, comment, concern, etc., please schedule an appointment or drop in during open office hours.

Schedule--Subject to review and change.

To follow along with computer labs, computers are ABSOLUTELY required (don't ask me why I have to say that).

Submitted Assignments due
All slides are available at Isidore Site

Computer Lab Sessions are where I demonstrate how to do the various things in Access and Excel that you need to do. 
With respect to these,
watch the video and try to play along; if you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Class Date
(week of)


Reading Chapter Assignments
and/or Assignment Due Dates


M 14

Course introduction, Information Systems Before Computers (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 01)
Warpwire Videos:
00_Systems_Before_Computers_1_RAF 00_Systems_Before_Computers_2_Bletchley
  T 15 The importance of MIS (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 01)
Computer Lab Session 1 (Excel) -  NOTE:  This is NOT an in-class sesssion for an online class.  Just watch the videos & play along.
Warpwire Videos:
Kroenke - 1
DSS in Excel Hands-On Instruction


W 16

Database Processing (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 05)
Warpwire Videos:
Kroenke - 5, Chapter Extension 5
  R 17 Database Processing, Wilco's information-handling needs - data
Warpwire Videos:
Wilco Case 1 & 2 (documents in Isidore under Resources)
  M 21 Computer Lab Session 2 (Access Video 1-2) - NOTE:  This is NOT an in-class sesssion for an online class.  Just watch the videos & play along.
Warpwire Videos:
Access - Online materials (2007; 2010)
T 22 Business Processes, Information & Systems (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 02)
Wilco's information-handling needs - processes
Warpwire Videos:
Revisit Wilco Videos (1-2) from May 17 as needed
Kroenke - 2, Wilco Case 1 & 2 (documents in Isidore under Resources

DSS in Excel
Hands On Assignment Due May 22 6PM IN ISIDORE DROP BOX


W 23 Organizational Strategy, IS & Competitive Advantage (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 03)
Warpwire Videos:
03_Strategy 1-2
Kroenke - 3
R 24 Hardware & Software (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 04)
Warpwire Videos:
04_Hardware_Software 1-2
Kroenke - 4
  M 28 US Memorial Day  

T 29

Data Communications (The Cloud) (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 06)
Warpwire Videos:
06_Network_Cloud 1-2
Kroenke - 6
  W 30 MIDTERM EXAMINATION - ON ISIDORE - HIGH STAKES ASSESSMENT - PROCTORU REQUIRED Covers Chapters 1,2,3,4,5,6 and the "Information Systems Before Computers" module. 

Midterm will be available from 6PM May 29 through 6PM June 2. 
  31 Development Project Introduction
Warpwire Videos:
12-SystemDevelopmentProject 1
Development Project Page, Initial System Worksheet
June M 4

Computer Lab Session 3 (Access Video 3-4) -  NOTE:  This is NOT an in-class sesssion for an online class.  Just watch the videos & play along.
Warpwire Videos:
Access 3-4

Access - Online materials (2007; 2010)

  T 5 IS Development (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 12)
Warpwire Videos:
12-SystemsAnalysis 1-2
Kroenke - 12
Initial System Worksheet (System 1) Due June 5 6PM IN ISIDORE DROP BOX
  W 6 Computer Lab Session 4 (Access Video 5-7) -  NOTE:  This is NOT an in-class sesssion for an online class.  Just watch the videos & play along.
Warpwire Videos:
Access 5-7
Access - Online materials (2007; 2010)

R 7

Organizations & Information Systems (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 07)
Warpwire Videos:
07-Organizations_Enterprises 1
Kroenke -7
M 11 Review & Catch-Up (Access) - Spend some time as you need to review all of the Access Videos and finish up your Access assignment - these are the best ways to prepare for the test.
Warpwire Videos:
Access 1-7 as needed for review
Access Data Analysis Assignment Due June 11 6PM IN ISIDORE DROP BOX
(database in Isidore under Resources AccessHomeworkFile folder)
Data and Process Models (System 2) Due June 11 6PM IN ISIDORE DROP BOX

T 12

ACCESS HANDS-ON EXAMINATION - ON ISIDORE - HIGH STAKES ASSESSMENT - PROCTORU REQUIRED This test covers Access materials covered in class and any other resources provided. 

The Access Test will be available from 6PM June 12 through 6PM June 16.

W 13

E-Commerce and Social Media IS (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 08)
Warpwire Videos:
Ecom_social_media 1-2
Kroenke - 8, also review old Chapter 8 slides (Note:  the "old" slides I consider relevant are now embedded in the presentation with the "new" ones.)  Just use that combined deck.
  R 14 Business Intelligence & IS for Decision-Making (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 09)
Warpwire Videos:
Business Intelligence 1-3
Kroenke - 9, Chapter Extension 12
  M 18 Information Systems Management (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 11)
Warpwire Videos:
IS Management 1-2
Kroenke - 11
System Prototype (System 3) Due June 18 6PM IN ISIDORE DROP BOX
  T 19 IS Security Management & Ethical Issues (slides in Isidore under Resources Folder 10)
Warpwire Videos:
Security 1-3
Kroenke - 10 CE 14
W 20 Assistance on development project for those finishing (email/phone/chat are possibilities)
  R 21 Assistance on development project for those finishing (email/phone/chat are possibilities) Slides and Final System (System 4-5) Due June 21 at 6PM IN ISIDORE DROP BOX

ALL assignments are due at (or before) the START of class.