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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ISM6046
Tracking Number - 4856

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-12-02
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by USFSP. To USF Sys 8/14/14. To SCNS after 8/21. Subm as 6124 (existing course #); apprd eff 11/1/14 - as 6046

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-12-04
  2. Department: Business Administration
  3. College: BP
  4. Budget Account Number: 140100
  5. Contact Person: Alison Watkins
  6. Phone: 7278734086
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ISM
  9. Number: 6046
  10. Full Title: Contemporary Issues in Information Systems Management
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 1
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Contemporary Issues in ISM
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Admission to Graduate School; ISM 3011 and MBA Essentials: Information Systems
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: An exploration of the variety of legal, ethical, and social issues involving the use of information systems and technology as well as managers' responsibility for ensuring that information resources are adequately protected and appropriately used.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Information Systems and IT in general are becoming the masters of the universe. The ability for students to understand their processes and their ethical implicatins is critically important to graduate business students.

    Although this course is primarily to serve the USFSP MBA program, any other graduate program may elect to use this course in their program, with the permission of the USFSP MBA Director.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D is only requirement
  29. Objectives: 1) gain an understanding of how IT is used within business;

    2) know when to become involved with IT and systems;

    3) be able to analyse business processes;

    4) develop effective strategies to develop and improve IT systems; and

    5) understand the ethical implications inherent in any IT system

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, students should be able to

    • advance the effective use of information technology (IT) within business;

    • identify appropriate times to involve themselves with IT and systems;

    • effectively address technical and organizational issues surrounding the development, procurement and use of IT;

    • Identify business processes and contribute to plans for their optimization;

    • Identify opportunities for operational, tactical and strategic change and develop effective change strategies to exploit them.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Strategic Planning

    2. Project Management

    3. Business Process and IT Outsourcing

    4. Corporate Governance and IT

    5. Collaboration Tools and Wireless Networks

    6. E-Business

    7. Enterprise Resource Planning

    8. Business Intelligence

    9. Enterprise Architecture

    10. Ethical, Privacy, and Security Issues

  32. Textbooks: Reynolds, George Information Technology for Managers Course Technology (2010) ISBN 978-1423901693
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Various readings on contemporary issues of the day will be posted online at the course site.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 6 Discussion Forums (5 points each) 30

    6 Time limited tests (5 points each) 30

    2 Examinations (20 points each) 40

    Total 100

    Final grades will be distributed as follows, based on a maximum of 100 points

    Grade >= <

    A+ 97 100

    A 94 97

    A- 90 94

    B+ 87 90

    B 84 87

    B- 80 84

    C+ 77 80

    C 74 77

    C- 70 74

    D+ 67 70

    D 64 67

    D- 60 64

    F 0 60

    Students with Disabilities:

    Please notify your instructor if you have a learning disability or require special assistance with this portion of Essentials. Confidential personal and learning assistance counseling are made available to students through the USFSP Division of Student Affairs. Contact R. Barry McDowell ( for more information

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The following is based 16 class meetings or 16 online course modules.

    1. Course Introduction and Overview

    2. Strategic Planning

    3. Project Management and Quiz on Topics (2) and (3)

    4. Business Processes

    5. IT Outsourcing and Quiz on Topics (4) and (5)

    6. Corporarte Governance and IT

    7. Wireless Networks-Issues; Quiz on Topics (6) and (7)

    8. E-Business

    9. Enterprise Resource Planning and Quiz on Topics (8) and (9)

    10. Business Intelligence

    11. Enterprise Architecture

    12. Quiz on Topics (10) and (11)

    13. Enterpise Architecture

    14. Ethical, Privacy, and Security Issues

    15. Quiz on Topics (14) and (15)

    16. Final Exam

  36. Attendance Policy: First Class Attendance is mandatory. For online versions of the class, first class attendance will be done through an online assignment.

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Canvas site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    Religious Holy Days: Students who anticipate the need to be absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance should provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting in order that the attendance element of your assessment is not compromised. Students who must miss an examination due to a religious holiday should notify the instructor during the first two weeks of class.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make-up Policy will be at the option and choice of the individual instructor.

    Academic Honesty: Each student is expected to earn her or his own grade on the basis of personal effort. Likewise, group projects are expected to be completed by the assigned group members. Because of the University’s commitment to academic integrity, plagiarism or cheating on course work or on examinations will result in penalties that may include a grade of “F” for the specific exam or course work and a grade of “F” or “FF” for the course. Any incident of academic dishonesty will be reported to the dean of the college. University policy on academic honesty and the definitions of plagiarism, cheating and student disruption of the academic process are explained in detail in the Undergraduate Catalog (see

  38. Program This Course Supports: USFSP MBA Program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This could support any other program that allows ISM courses to be used as electives within their program.

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