School of Business
OPIM 3103C: Business Information Systems


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Wei-Kuang Huang

Waterbury: Rm. 339
Tel: (Office)203-236-9922; (Cell)646-327-2789
Class Web Page
Class Time TH 6:30pm - 9pm (Hartford)
W 12:15pm-2:45pm (Waterbury)
Office Hours W 2:45pm-3:45pm (Hartford)
Sun 8-9pm via,51978748 (Online)
By appointment
  • Information Technology. University of Connecticut, 1e. ISBN: 1269272675 (ISBN-13: 9781269272674)
  • (optional) Office 2010 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
Software We will be using Microsoft Office 2010 as an integral tool in this course. You are expected to work through the in-class exercises and a self-paced learning experience.
  • MS Office Help
  • Any MS Office 2010 book
  • Online turorials
Course Objective This is an introductory course in management information systems. The course focuses on both the concepts and hands-on development practice. Upon completion of this course, students should understand the concept, learn to analyze business problems, develop system solutions, and manage business systems in the digital firm. The course will cover the following fundamental concepts and techniques:
  • Understand concepts and components of information technologies infrastructure and how information systems support major business functions.
  • Management and organizational support systems for the digital firms
  • Learn to use information systems to enhance management decision making.
  • Managing information systems in the digital firms
  • Discuss the processes of acquiring and managing the firm's hardware and software assets.
  • Understand how Internet technology has transformed valuation propositions and business models as well as facilitating management and coordination of internal business processes.
  • Be aware of the security and control issues and measures that relate to the reliability, availability, and security of electronic commerce and digital business processes.
  • Hands /on MS Office 2010.
  • Email will be the best communication channel between students and the instructor. You are also responsible to check the class web site regularly for the information update. Any change of class schedules, assignment requirement, exam format and date, grade,  and other important announcements will be posted on the class web site as the semester progresses. 
  • There is a home assignment for each chapter. They will be posted at the class web site and  due on the specified date. Late assignment will be penalized at the rate of 10% per day late.
  • Submit your assignments via online submission
  • Homework should be the result of individual effort. You can treat homework as a preparation for the quizzes. Be sure to allocate sufficient time to complete and test your work.
in-class discussions
  • There will be in-class discussions. The questions will be posted prior to the class. Students are encouraged to participate actively in the discussion.
Lab practicals
  • The lab practicals are mandatory to attend. The lab practical exam will test mainly on the proficiency of using MS office 2010 (see the Task list) .
  • There are three written quizzes and one lab exam. The quizzes will be focusing on the comprehension of the concepts in the textbook and hands-on design questions (for lab practical exam). No make-up exam can be scheduled without prior arrangement.
Academic Integrity For all assignments, you must properly cite sources of information as well as the ideas and words of others. Misrepresenting someone else's work as one's own is a serious offense in any academic setting and it will not be condoned. Cheating of any sort will not be tolerated and will result in a failure of the exam or assignment, deduction in the class participation grading component, and potential failure of the course.

A student who knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct shall be equally accountable for the violation, and shall be subject to the sanctions and other remedies described in The Student Code. For details refer to, appendix A.

Student expectation during exams/quizzes and class Assignments

  • Only resources approved by the faculty may be used
  • No communication with others
  • keep your eyes on your own work
  • All materials not approved for the exam (i.e., books papers and other materials) must be removed from the table/desk and chairs and placed on the floor
  • No caps/hats
  • No earphones
  • All cell phones must be turned off and put away unless expressly permitted by the instructor
  • No electronic devices unless explicitly allowed by the instructor
  • let your professor know if you witnesses someone cheating  

Final exam week for Spring 2014 takes place from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 10. Students are required to be available for their exam during that time. Students must visit the Dean of Students Office if they cannot make their exam. The DOS will give the student his or her instructions thereafter.

Please note: vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, weddings (unless part of the wedding party), and other large or small scale social events, are not viable excuses for missing a final exam. Please contact the Dean of Students office with any questions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Project There is a group project consist of no more than 3 students in each group. The project provides an opportunity for students to conduct a case study on a topic of emerging information technologies. The case study requires students to analyze real world business problems, perform online researches and provide a solution for a desirable technology, its business value and applications. Support your reserch with company cases and factual data. The deliverables include a 20 minute presentation to the class. The structure of the presentation should contains
  • Description of the business problems
  • Key features of related technologies and its development
  • The proposed solutions
  • Pro-con, Cost-benefit / Strength, weakness, opportunity and threat (SWOT) analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Citation sources of information.
The following is a Basic coverage and guideline for a well-structured project report. The research should provide enough details for the state of the art technology, its business value and applications. Make a list of the problems and issues that have to be confronted. Apply the concepts and analytical tools in the textbook. Support any and all opinions with well-reasoned arguments and numerical evidence; don't stop until you can purge "I think" and "I feel" from your assessment and, instead, are able to rely completely on "My analysis shows.". Be certain to include reasoning behind your conclusions and assumptions, considering the pros/cons, direct/indirect impacts, and qualitative/quantitative aspects of each. Develop charts, tables, and graphs to expose more clearly the main points of your analysis. Prioritize your recommendations and make sure they can be carried out in an acceptable time frame with the available skills and financial resources. Review your recommended action plan to see if it addresses all of the problems and issues you identified. Avoid recommending any course of action that could have disastrous consequences if it doesn't work out as planned; therefore, be as alert to the downside risks of your recommendations as you are to their upside potential and appeal.
Project case
Case Presentation Sample 1
Case Presentation Sample 2
Grading  Assignments (including in-class discussions & participation) -- 27%
quizzes (6% each) -- 18%
Project (presentation & report) -- 27%
lab practical exercises - 10%
Lab practical exam -- 18%

Students are responsible for checking their grade through the online grade reporter regularly. Any missing or incomplete grade should be reported to the instructor.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Class Topics
Video clips
Lab Topics (online)
Assignment Due
Week 1+
Initial meeting
Chapter 1
      Ch1 slides  
Week 2
Chapter 2     HW1 due(ch1)  Ch2 slides
Week 3
MS lab practical
Group project discussion
(5-10 slides)
  MS Excel working file   HW2 due(ch2)
Team roster 
Week 4
Chapter 3     HW3 due(ch3)  Ch3 slides
Week 5
Quiz 1(ch. 1, 2, 3)
in-class discussion
Case proposal presentation
(10-13 sldies)
    LP1 due       IT portal site   
Week 6
Chapter 4     HW4 due(ch4)  Ch4 slides
Week 7
MS lab practical
Chapter 5
  MS Access exercise- Sales.accdb  
HW5 due(ch5)   Ch5 slides  
Week 8
Chapter 6
    HW6 due(ch6)   Ch6 slides  
Week 9
Spring Break      
Week 10
Case progress report
Quiz 2 (ch.4, 5, 6)
    LP2 due (3/30 11pm)    
Week 11
Chapter 7      HW7 due(ch7)   Ch7 slides  
Week 12
Chapter 8   Lab practical Q/A   HW8 due(ch8) Ch8 slides  
Week 13
Lab Practical Exam         MS Office Task list
lab practical sample page  
Week 14
Chapter 9     HW9 due(ch9)   Ch 9 slides  
Week 15
Case Presentation        
Week 16
Final Exam(ch.7,8, 9)         
+ Weeks marked in red are required meeting weeks for the Hartford and Waterbury sections
* Assignments due on Sunday 11pm of the week for both sections.