Management Information Systems (Spring 2020 – CIS 3345)


This class is transitioning to a full online course for the rest of the semester. Our class sessions will be conducted via Blackboard Collaborate. Attendance will now become part of your grade.

To learn how to use Blackboard Collaborate check the following video, you can find it under the tools section:

Please note that for full features it is recommended to take these sessions in a laptop or desktop, and not on a mobile device as some screen sharing features may not work properly. Also note that Blackboard recommends using Google Chrome as your web browser.


This course integrates both computer concepts and information systems concepts, and provides a strong managerial emphasis focusing on the impact of technologies in different environments. Coverage includes the analysis, design, development, and implementation of information systems. The course provides the fundamentals of management of information systems including organizational, global and strategic issues.


Spring 2020
CRN 20845
Meeting Times:  TR 9:00 AM -10:20 AM  BUSN 319 ONLINE
Office Hours: By appointment only
Recommended reading (not required): Management Information Systems
Recommended software: Azure


Projects (Cloud / IoT & Class Review Video)20%

Class Schedule

Week Topic Notes
1 Introduction Course goals and content
2Computer HardwarePC components, networks, etc.
3 Operating Systems Unix, Windows, Android, etc.
4IT InfrastructurePhysical and software infrastructure
5Data ManagementOrganizational data collection
6Decision Support SystemsSoftware and infrastructure use-cases
7TelecommunicationsEnterprise connectivity
8Cloud ComputingWeb services, AWS, Azure, G Cloud
9Midterm ReviewApril 9th (Blackboard)
10Internet of ThingsDevices and use cases
11Smart SystemsAI powered systems
12Ethical Case StudiesPrivacy, security, IP, etc.
13Emerging TechnologiesSaaS, virtualization, GPU, Quantum
14Final ReviewMay 5th
15Final ExamMay 12th (Blackboard) 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Important Dates


  • Week 1 (Syllabus)




Links lead to the project rubric and description. They should all be submitted through Blackboard in their appropriate sections.


Students can get up to 50% of their missing grade from their midterm by submitting a full midterm review for grading no latter than April 30th. If hypothetically you got a 5 out of 10 in the midterm, submitting a review and receive a perfect score on the graded review can bring up the grade up to 7.5. By contrast, if someone achieved a higher grade, like 9 out of 10, submitting a perfect review will net a maximum of 0.5, for a total of 9.5. This assignment is optional and considered extra credit. This is an unusual offering due to the exceptional circumstances we are living through.

EXAM Policy

  • The midterm will be on April 9th, the final exam will be on May 12th at 10:00 am online via Blackboard.
  • All topics in the course schedule will be covered.
  • There will be reviews.  As usual, you will have to bring your own questions. A short review may also be provided to you during class for practice.


Students are encouraged to create an online portfolio to highlight their work, knowledge, and achievements. Your web portfolio must consist of a website (you can use WordPress, Wix, Drupal, or other free web building tools and templates). This will award you 5% extra credit at the end of the semester. To receive full credit, your portfolio should contain the following:

  1. A professional looking picture. Don’t spend on this, use your career services department, or take one with your phone.
  2. A professional looking URL. The domain is free with some web building tools but it has a few restrictions (e.g. you can have a free domain that looks like this: firstnamelastname
  3. A link to an updated LinkedIn profile.
  4. A short paragraph describing your career goals (i.e. pursue a master’s degree, work for X or Y firm or company).
  5. A section or a list with the projects you are most proud of. These should be full projects, and can and should contain those which are done as part of your academic coursework, whether it is for this class or others

If there are any personal reasons or privacy concerns for which you would prefer not to create your online portfolio come talk to me and an alternative extra credit will be assigned. If you are taking another class with me, the same portfolio provides extra credit for all classes, provided information about the projects performed in that class is included.

Class Guidelines

  1. No late assignments will be accepted. Please turn in assignments as-is before the deadlines to prevent a cascading effect where you are never able to catch up. Any grade is better than zero grade.
  2. The midterm and final exams are open book, open notes, and you can use the internet to search for information, however, you cannot communicate with your classmates or anyone else in any way online or otherwise. The tests will require coding and will contain quite a few of our “morning questions”, in-class coding exercises, and homework assignments.
  3. Homework will not be graded. Versions of these problems, whether verbatim or with slight variants will appear on your exams.
  4. Projects will be graded, each containing its own rubric materials. Read the rubric!
  5. Projects will only be graded if they are submitted through Blackboard within the given time-frame.

Contact and Office Hours

Email: Send them to my UTEP email with the exact header CIS3345-FirstName-LastName. Emails are automatically filtered, not adhering to this syntax may cause your email to be lost in my inbox.

Office hours: I do not have an office at UTEP, which makes scheduling somewhat complicated. You are welcome to schedule an appointment and visit me at the Boost Human office downtown (500 W Overland, Ste 230). Please do not drop by unannounced as I may not be there or available.

Individual Meetings

Schedule a time to meet with me to wrap up the semester. Slots are first-come-first-serve. I want to hear from you, ask you questions about your work for this class and assignments, and give you the chance to ask one-on-one questions. We will also discuss your grades. This will be during class time, in the classroom (for the most part). Due to the limited time there will be no rescheduling or make up appointments. Time is very limited so be punctual. If you have to schedule after class, we will meet at the tables next to the small cafeteria inside the third floor of the business building, where the doors face the library.  The sign in sheet will appear as we approach the end of the semester.

Class Feedback

Please remember to give feedback about the course. As we approach the end of the semester, you will receive an online survey from UTEP about this class, make sure you respond!

During the first week of class please answer the following survey to get a sense on where the class stands. Survey link.


If you feel you may require special accommodations for any reason, please contact the Center for Accommodations and Support Services (CASS) at 747-5148, go to Union Bldg., East, Room 106, or e-mail


Some additional course materials have been recorded for your convenience, find them all here!