Friday, April 27, 2007

BIS Student Notice - No Class on Monday 30 April 2007


Dear Students,
Just to inform you that there will be no class on 30 April 2007.
I will see you on the next class which is Monday 7 May 2007 at 6.30pm.

Thank you.


Zainudin Johari
Senior Lecturer
BIS

BIS Tutorial 2

Dear Students,
You May download your tutorial 2 here.

Tutorial 2

Good Luck.

Zainudin

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

BIS Case Study No. 1 - Kewl Cookies

Dear Students,
For your reference,

Kewl Cookies


This exercise may be undertaken on an individual or group basis.


Kewl Cookies is an Australian company which operates in the main population centres in every state and territory. You have been retained by Kewl Cookies to produce an outline plan which describes the basic means of operation of the marketing and delivery side of the business and to identify the basic technology and strategies that are required to improve competitiveness.


The following is information you need to know about Kewl Cookies before you can begin.

· Kewl Cookies makes preservative free cookies. The shelf life of these cookies is no longer than seven days. Old stock is removed when the delivery drivers replenish the shelves. Delivering more than can be sold to an outlet means waste since they operate on a sale or return basis. Delivering insufficient stock will result in lost sales.
· The shopkeeper receives an invoice within 14 days and has 28 days to pay.
· Sales are good, the company is profitable and Kewl Cookies make a high quality organic product.

· The Kewl Cookie fleet of trucks deliver to each shop which sells Kewl Cookies twice per week on average.

· Kewl Cookies currently operate manual systems for delivery and marketing, drivers come into the bakeries collect their loads and then plan their own delivery routes.

· Kewl Cookies operates statewide over 700 outlets.

· Strategically Kewl Cookies would like to able to market more effectively at the individual outlet level.

· Ideally the new operating plan should save money and time and help the company become more efficient.

Consider the problem from a number of different perspectives; the driver's. the shopkeeper's and the marketer's. Do not get bogged down in technical detail, a high level view is what is required here.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Business Information Systems Unit Description

UNIT CODE and TITLE:
CP571 BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS

PREREQUISITE: Nil

CREDIT POINTS: 15

___________________________________________________________________________

Staff:

Name :
Zainudin Johari
Principal Lecturer

Telephone :
016 694 61 62

Email :
zzj2004@gmail.com
zainudin@unity.edu.my


Timetable Details:

Day :
Monday / Thursday
Time :
6.30 – 9.30pm
Room :
Unity A



Note there are 2 lectures, one tutorial and one laboratory each week, check Business and SITMS notice boards for laboratory times and student booking lists.

OBJECTIVES:

This unit provides an introduction to business information systems and explores database and spreadsheet skills in depth. It should thus provide significant support, in particular, for students studying accounting.

After this unit students should have:
• Knowledge of the way in which Information Systems are analyzed, designed and implemented;
• The ability to design a solution to particular information problems;
• The skills to implement this solution using software tools.

CONTENT:

Topics will include:

Business needs for information
Components of information systems
Problem Analysis
Designing solutions with software tools
Decision support modelling
Interface design
Controlling and automating
Software cycles and safeguards
Management support systems


SEQUENCE:

The following is an approximate guide to the sequence of topics in this unit.

Week Lecture Text Ref.
Benson
Chapter
1 Setting the Scene 1
2 Hardware Fundamentals 2
3 Business Software 3
4 Business Information Systems 4
5 Communications and Networks 5
6 Systems Integration 6
7 Systems Development 7
8 Strategic IS Management 8
Break
9 Managing the IS Function 9
10 E-Business 10
11 Web Commerce 11
12 Personal Productivity 12
13 Project and Unit Review


LEARNING TASKS AND ASSESSMENT:

1. Students need to become familiar with analysing Business Information system problems. The tutorials allow you to prepare and discuss the real world case studies specified in the schedule and to contribute towards a deeper understanding of the material.

2. Skills in manipulating spreadsheets and databases will be addressed in the computer laboratories, you should prepare for these as the hands-on applications will attract marks and lay the groundwork for your major assignment.

3. Comprehending all aspects of the design of Information Systems should be assisted by taking detailed notes of lectures and progressively summarizing these in preparation for the semester examination.

Assessable Tasks

Task
Type B
1)Hands-on Applications / Case Studies Solutions 10%
2)Tutorials 10%
3)Assignment - in small teams 20%
Type A
Examination semester exam period, 3 hours 60%

In order to receive a passing grade in this unit, students should receive a passing grade in the combined results of type A assessment tasks and a passing grade in the combined results of type B assessment tasks.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:

The available grades, a description of the corresponding required student performance and the required percentages for the unit is given in the University Handbook, The Schedule: Part II. The Unit Coordinator may standardise raw marks before allocating grades.

General criteria for the assessment of spreadsheet assignment work are:
• the degree to which the problem has been correctly solved
• the structure and clarity of the layout and content of worksheets
• the ease of use enabled by macros and other functions of the package
• the quality of documentation including printouts
• the overall presentation of the work.


Late assignments will generally not be accepted. However, extensions may be granted prior to the submission deadline in the event of demonstrated exceptional circumstances.

PLAGIARISM

It is important to learn from the work of others and you are encouraged to explore the library, World Wide Web resources and have discussions with other students. However work for assessment must be entirely the student's own work.

Plagiarism, that is copying or using the work of others without giving details of the source of information is not acceptable. All sources used and any collaboration in the exploratory work for an assignment must be clearly acknowledged using standard academic referencing.

You must not allow other students to copy your work and must take care to safeguard against this happening. In cases of copying, normally all students involved will be penalised equally; an exception will be if you can demonstrate the work is your own and you took reasonable care to safeguard against copying.

Plagiarism is a serious offence. Typically, students who are caught plagiarising will, for a first offence, be given a zero mark for that task. A second offence will normally result in a failing grade for the unit(s) involved.


ACADEMIC REGULATIONS:

Students are advised to acquaint themselves with the academic regulations regarding progress as outlined in the 2003 University Handbook. In particular note the regulations for special consideration in Statute 5.3, The Schedule Part 1, subsection 5, and the grounds for appeal against assessment in Regulation 5.3

Note that in cases of absence from a scheduled examination or lateness in submitting an assignment, it is the responsibility of the student (or other party) to notify the unit coordinator or the general office of the School of IT & MS (phone 53 279270) on the day or as soon as possible thereafter. Details must be verified in writing within seven (7) days of the scheduled date.

A deferred examination will not be held during lecture times. All such examinations will be held at the end of semester during the normal examination/testing period, and will be included on the official examination timetable.

Students should note that supplementary information concerning teaching, learning and assessment may be provided from time to time. In response to unforseen circumstances this may include changes in times or location of classes, order of the schedule or due dates for assignments. Announcement of these matters in classes and placement of a notice on the officially designated School Noticeboard shall be deemed to be official notification.

It is recommended that students who have life circumstances or personal limitations which may affect their course of study, should refer to the list of Student Services contacts on the official noticeboard.


TEXT BOOK:

Benson, Stephen & Standing, Craig, (2002). Information Systems - a Business Approach, Wiley

Text required for laboratory projects:
Brady, J. & Monk, E. (2003). Problem Solving Cases in Microsoft Access and Excel, Course Technologies.

REFERENCES:

Kalakota, Dr. Ravi, ((2001) e-Business 2.0 - Roadmap for Success, Addison Wesley
Laudon & Laudon (2002) Management Information Systems - Managing the Digital Firm (7th ed.), Pearson Education


INFORMATION DESK, COMPUTING

Established in the Library, the help desk can provide detailed reference manuals, news and procedure sheets for all University software.

BIS Recommended Text















These are my recommended text

1) Benson, Stephen & Standing, Craig, (2002). Information Systems - a Business Approach, Wiley

2) Kalakota, Dr. Ravi, ((2001) e-Business 2.0 - Roadmap for Success, Addison Wesley

3) Laudon & Laudon (2002) Management Information Systems - Managing the Digital Firm (7th ed.), Pearson Education

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Final Year Project Dates to Remember April 2007

Dear Students,
As your reference

Project Briefing : 24 January 2007

Dead line Proposal Submission : 30 January 2007

First Draft Project Report ( Softcopy ) : 16 April 2007

Second Draft Project report ( Hardcopy ) : 23 April 2007

Presentation Tentative : 26-28 April 2007

Final Project Report ( Hard-copy Binding ) : 5 May 2007

Project Management and Workshop Assignment Dead line

Dear Students,

The deadline for submission for Project Management and Workshop is
set as on 16 April 2007 12.00pm.

Thank you.

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