Course Name, Code(s) & Section(s)

MGT5014: Information Systems, Summer 2024, Sect. IU


Summer 2024

Meeting Days and Times

Since many of you have other FIT classes every night during the week, and are working professionals, I have decided to not have any scheduled class meetings for this course. The lack of these virtual meetings will require extra commitment and diligence on your part. You will be responsible for reviewing the material in the book, staying up to date on the information in Canvas and the syllabus, and raising any issues/questions to your instructor. If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you understand the material and do not need any further clarification.


This is an internet-based course.

Instructor Name:

Shawn Weisfeld

Office Location:


Office Hours:

Upon Request




Course Objectives

This course focuses on the effect of technology on the business enterprise and the use of IT for competitive advantage. By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles played by information technology in modern businesses and define various technological architectures on which information systems are built.
  2. Define and analyze typical information systems and identify how they meet the needs of the firm to deliver operational excellence and competitive advantage.
  3. Understand and discuss the importance and business value of securing information systems
  4. Define the relationships between the non-MIS manager and the MIS function and identify the role of the non-MIS manager in areas such as MIS strategic planning, end-user liaison support, customer-facing systems, and decision support systems.
  5. Discuss critical ethical and social issues in information systems.
  6. Understand and develop business processes models.

Students are expected to:

  1. Be an active participant in the class.
  2. Completing readings and responses to review questions.
  3. Complete assignments and exams submitted via Canvas on time.

Required Texts / Materials:

Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm
17th Edition
Author: Kenneth C. Laudon & Jane P. Laudon
ISBN 13: 978-0-13-697166-5 Vital Source eBook
ISBN 10: 0-13-697166-0
MBS Direct SKU #: 6044578
Publisher: Pearson

You can get your textbook via the FIT Bookstore

NOTE: Do NOT get the "Global" edition. The content will not line up with the regular edition. You only need the textbook. I will be using the digital edition available via the Pearson VitalSource service, however print and other digital sources will work.

Required Software

Optional Software


Required Training (if applicable):


Grading Policy (including late work policy):

Grades will be administered in accordance with College of Business and University policies and practices.  Letter grades will be earned based on total number of points attained, according to the following schedule:

A  =  900 – 1000    points (90% or more)
B  =  800 –  899  points (80% - 89.9%)
C  =  700 –  799  points (70% - 79.9%)
D  =  600 –  699  points (60% - 69.9%)
F  =   0   –  599  points (59.9% - or less)

Students will also be responsible to:

Late assignments are any assignments turned in after the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted. Assignments will be posted to Canvas and can be submitted early, so there should be little reason for needing to turn something in late. If you need to miss a class, plan ahead and turn in your work EARLY. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the instructor in advance.

Course Attendance Policy:

Since we will not have scheduled class meetings there is no attendence requirement.

Anticipated Weekly Subject Matter and Assignment Schedule:

Weekly Topics/Readings

Submission Due Dates and Points

This schedule is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. All submissions are due in Canvas by 5 PM Eastern US time on the above date.


Each assignment will either be a video case or other task related to the course material. Video cases assignments will be posted to Canvas, you will be required to complete a short answer question for each case. Your reply should be around 1 paragraph in size. These assignments should be submitted no later than the due date at 5 PM Eastern. After each video case assignment due date, you will be required to compete 2 peer reviews of your classmate's work (follow instructions on how to do peer reviews in Canvas here.


Your task is to write a research paper based on any topic that we will cover this semester. Review the "8 steps to Writing a Research Paper" PDF uploaded to the files section of Canvas. The online FIT library has a large collection of scholarly journals that you use to help formulate your hypothesis and use as evidence in your paper. Papers can utilize any well-known citation style (i.e. MLA, APA, etc.).

NOTE: A Research Paper must answer a question. For example, let's say you choose RFID as your topic. If your paper just describes the types of RFID systems is NOT a Research Paper. However, a paper that addresses the research question "What impact has RFID had on logistics for American retail companies?" and hypothesizes that "RFID has had a positive impact on American retail companies" is a research paper. The paper should then go on utilizing evidence from scholarly sources to either prove or disprove the hypothesis. Be sure that your paper answers a research question.

NOTE: Students will commonly pick a broad topic/question. This doesn't allow them to go into sufficient depth in the limited amount of space in the paper. This either leads to a paper that is too long or barley scratches the surface. Be sure your question is narrowly focused enough to provide sufficient depth in your paper. Be sure you stay to the length requirement, too long or too short is not good.

I am happy to review your paper at any stage of the process (topic, hypothesis, outline, draft, etc.) this is not requirement, I just ask that you allow me ample time to provide feedback. Just email me your paper via canvas and let me know what type of feedback you are looking for.

To receive full credit, the paper shall:

Project rubrics adapted from Cornell College

EXAM Information:

There will be four exams in this course. Each exam will contain multiple choice, true/false questions from the material covered in that section. Exams will need to be submitted to Canvas by 5 PM eastern on the due date. You will have 120 minutes to complete each exam. You may use your textbook/notes on the exam, but you may NOT use other people.

Where to Find Extra Help:

As your instructor, I look forward to guiding you through this journey. My intent is to make this course as interactive as possible by facilitating and encouraging dialogue. Although we may or may not ever meet one another in person, I hope that by the end of this semester, we all feel as if we know each other a bit better than before. 

If you ever feel lost in this course or have some extenuating circumstances that you feel deserve special consideration, please do not hesitate to contact me (email is the preferred medium for doing so 

If you would like to read a bit more about me and the work that I do please visit my online profile at 

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Academic Accommodations:  

Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services.  It is the student’s responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be approved/implemented.  Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the class.  Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR):  Telephone: 321-674-8285 / Email: Website: 

Recording Disclosure (Privacy Waiver):

This course may be recorded for use by students and/or faculty. Enrolled students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during the classroom presentations, remote access learning, online course discussions, and remote office hours/meetings. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in this class.  Recordings may not be reproduced, shared with those not registered in the courses, or uploaded to other online environments.  All recordings will be deleted at the conclusion of the academic term.