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BMIS 311, Principles of Management Information Systems

Instructor: Abbas Heiat, Ph.D.

Phone: 657-1627


Text Book:

  1. S. Haag & Cummings, Management Information Systems for the Information Age, 9th Edition, 2013, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  2. Monk, Davidson & Brady, Problem-Solving Cases in Microsoft Access and Excel, 12th Edition, 2015, Course Technology.

Course Content

An overview of core concepts related to the emerging interconnections between technology, the organization and information management. This course enables students to grasp foundational information technology concepts as well as leading-edge topics including the intelligent decision support systems, enterprise network environment, E-Business, intranets, extranets, group collaboration, and other emerging technologies and organizational trends in MIS.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

Analyze various aspects revolving around the strategic role of managing information.

  • Identify and discuss the purposes of various hardware components comprising the computer system.
  • Compare and contrast Internet, Intranet and Extranet, and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of each.
  • Identify and discuss the strategic role of major business applications software.
  • Discuss current operating systems and network support utilities commonly found in a variety of IS environments.
  • Discuss and contrast methodologies used to redesign the information infrastructure of the organizational enterprise.
  • Describe factors for managing systems security and implementing systems wide information controls.

COB Learning Goals:  In addition to the course objectives stated above, this course contributes to the learning of certain skills determined by the faculty in the College of Business at Montana State University-Billings in accordance with AACSB guidelines.  In this course, the following learning goals are addressed:

  1. LG1.Communication:  You will benefit from participating in class exercises and discussions.  Feel free to ask questions! You have the opportunity in this class to practice and work towards continued improvement in your writing skills. Students will submit written papers and case analyses. Students are expected to use their word processing, grammar and spelling tools and to improve their writing skills.
  2. LG2. Critical and creative thinking:  Students are expected to apply techniques developed in the class discussion and assigned readings to the assignments and their project.  
  3. LG3. Quantitative skills:  Topics covered in the course include; Excel analytics, data mining techniques, and Monte Carlo simulation.  You will have an opportunity to practice these methods through tutorials and your term paper
  4.  LG4. Ethics:  Two of the case assignments ask you to address an ethical issue and respond with a course of action.
  5. LG5. Information technology:  You will have the chance to demonstrate proficiency in using the computers, understanding of computer components and the role of Information Technologies in Business, basic Internet and email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and software add-ins to Excel.
  6. LG6. Globalization:  The issue of outsourcing will be discussed in software development and by a case assignment.

Course Schedule

This schedule is provided to offer general guidance on the schedule for the course. It may be updated to reflect the needs of the class. In the following (A) refers to S. Haag & Cummings, Management Information Systems for the Information Age and (B) refers to Monk, Davidson & Brady, Problem-Solving Cases in Microsoft Access and Excel.






Course Introduction



Computer Technology, The Information Age

(Module A, Pages 323-345

(A) Ch.1

(A) Ass. & Exr. 1 on page 348, Ass. & Exr. 5 on page 349, Ass. & Exr. 3 and 4 on page 31, and Closing Case2, page 29


Major Business Initiatives

(A) Ch. 2,

(A) Discussion Questions 4 and 5 on page 63, Closing Case 2 on page 60-61


Database and Data Warehouse

(A)Ch. 3, (B) Tutorial B

(B) Finished Tutorial B


Mid-Term Exam 1



Analytics, Decision Support, and Artificial Intelligence

(A)Ch.4, Module D pages 387-404.

(A) Group Projects Case 1 on page 286


Decision Support Systems in Excel

(B) Tutorial C (pages 88-110)

Finished Tutorial C


Electronic Commerce, Building E-Portfolio

(A)Ch.5, Modules B, F, & I

HTML Assignment


Systems Development

(A) Ch. 6, (B) Tutorial D (pages 145-171)

(B) Finished Tutorial D


Mid-Term Exam 2


IT Infrastructure

(A)Ch. 7

(A) Ass. & Exr. 2 on page 221.

Group Projects Case 8 on page 294


Computer Security

(A)Ch. 8, Module H

Projects Case 10 on page 296


Emerging Trends & Technologies

(A) Ch. 9

Group Project Case 14 on page 300


Mid-Term Exam 3




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