Fall 2003, 2nd seven weeks


Jakob Iversen, Ph.D
Office: Clow Faculty 220
Phone: 920-424-0166
Fax: 920-424-7413
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AIM: iversen220

Office hours

TR 9:30-10:30

Other times by appointment or drop-in.



Time & Location

Thursdays 18:00 - 21:10

Room: NE 222

Check on-line schedule for changes.



Web page




(Stair) Fundamentals of Information Systems, by Ralph M. Stair and George W. Reynolds. Course Technology, 2nd ed., 2003.

Additional material may be made available.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to computer information systems and their use in organizations. The focus of the course is on the use, management, and development of management information systems from a user perspective. Current computer systems are described, and information systems history and trends are examined to provide a context for future use.

 Course Goals

Students who successfully complete this course will

bulletUnderstand the relationship of the IS function to the general organization.
bulletUnderstand basic IS hardware and software concepts and terms at the computer and network levels.
bulletUnderstand basic database concepts.
bulletUnderstand basic telecommunications and networking concepts, including the Internet.
bulletUnderstand the business implications of the Internet and eCommerce.
bulletUnderstand IS project development methodologies.
bulletDevelop team (group) work skills.
bulletPractice oral communication skills.
bulletBe ready for additional IS coursework at the graduate level.

General Policy

1.    Other than occasional absence will have a negative effect on your academic performance. Absence is never considered as a valid excuse for not knowing assignments, due dates, etc.

2.    Assigned readings are to be completed prior to the scheduled class time in order to facilitate class discussion. If, at any time, you don’t understand the material in either book or lecture, do ask questions. You are probably not the only one who didn’t understand it. “He who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning” (old Danish proverb).

3.    Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned except as announced.  Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty of 10 percentage-points per week or portion of a week! Exceptions to this policy will be granted only by prior arrangement, and only for serious cause.

4.    In general, a grade of incomplete will be granted only in the case of serious illness or other serious cause. Please note that additional work to raise a final course grade will not be permitted. Other changes to final grades will be made only in the event of error in grading, recording of grades, or computational errors.

5.    Academic misconduct: Please refer to UWS 14.03 (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Discipline Code, pp. 2-9) for information on academic misconduct <>. Pay particular attention to UWS 14.03 (definition of academic misconduct) and UWS 14.04 (disciplinary sanctions). Please note that all incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported to the appropriate university authorities. If you are in doubt about what would constitute academic dishonesty, consult with the instructor.

    It is not acceptable for two or more students to work together and turn in the same work unless the assignment is specifically a group assignment. In the case of a group assignment, groups are treated as a unit and the sharing of work between groups is not permitted.

    Plagiarism is defined as the use of another’s work without attribution. It is acceptable to use a published solution to a particular problem if the solution’s source is documented. If you are using material from a published source or an organization’s internal documents, that source must be documented or referenced.

    If proprietary materials are utilized, appropriate permissions must be obtained. Conducting research on the web can be difficult. I have written a short document that takes you through some of the common pitfalls. If you are in doubt about what would constitute academic dishonesty, consult with the instructor in person, by email, or by telephone.

6.    The published schedule is tentative and may be changed at any time. An up-to-date schedule is available on-line. Changes will be advertised by e-mail.

7.    The instructor reserves the right to alter the grading policy if circumstances warrant. Any change in grading policy will be announced.

8.    All email will be sent to the email address listed in Blackboard. Make sure the address listed there is current. Here's how: Log in to Blackboard and select 'Personal Information' in the 'Tools' area on the left part of the screen. Then click on 'Edit Personal Information'. If you use the UWO email address you can check it anywhere you have Internet access by pointing your browser to

9.    Most materials for the class will be made available on the course web site ( ).


Students with Disabilities

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities. Please contact the Disability Services [Dean of Students Office, 125 Dempsey Hall, 424-3100 (Voice), 424-1319 (TTY)] for the University’s accommodation request form and documentation requirements or visit their website at Information related to an individual’s accommodation request and/or arrangements will be confidential and will be shared with relevant University personnel or offices on a ‘need to know’ basis.