N90321 Management Information Systems

Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale
Academic Year 2019/20 Second Semester

Docente TitolareMauro Mezzenzana
Office"Torre" (main tower), 2nd floor
Phone0331 572386

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the course are:

  • to provide basic notions regarding information technology (IT) and digital innovation
  • to develop a deep understanding of the issue on information management and strategy within an organization
  • to develop a deep understanding of the issue on information management and strategy across organization in a supply chain or a cluster of firms
  • to develop the ability to analyze and manage business evolution in relationship to the adoption of IT in general

Learning targets

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the use and function of management information systems
  • describe and evaluate information systems development processes and techniques
  • identify and evaluate hardware and software requirements for information systems
  • evaluate data management technologies
  • explain the security risks associated with management information systems
  • develop knowledge on the most recent digital technologies

Course Content

Classes are held by professors from both LIUC faculty and Grenoble School of Management (France).

In synthesis, the lectures cover the following main topics:

  • the role of information and information systems (IS) within organizations
  • the relationship between IT and the structure, the processes and the strategy of the organization
  • the sustainability of IS strategy and the IS strategic planning
  • software applications and IT systems for IS management: the role of "IT solutions" (e.g., ERP systems, KMS, CRM systems, etc.) regarding business processes and strategies
  • IS development: approaches and methods to build and manage IS
  • digital innovation enabled by recent internet-based technologies (e.g., Internet-of-Things, Big Data and Analytics, RFId, etc.)
  • tools and frameworks, shaped on individual cases and problems, to handle the complex and systematic relationships of various functions and issue (e.g., feasibility study, business process modelling, etc.)

Course Delivery

The course is delivered face-to-face. 
Classes include speeches of professionals and experts from different firms that will discuss key topics of the course. 
During the course, LIUC e-corsi online e-learning platform is used to share documents and to hand in assignments.

Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated considering:

  • Class participation, case study discussion and assignment grades: 40% of the final grade
  • Final oral exam: 60% of the final grade

Final oral exam details

The final oral exam lasts approximately 15 minutes for each student.

During the exam students are required to answer to:

  • at least one question about the theory of management information systems to assess the knowledge of definitions and purpose of frameworks discussed during the course;
  • at least one question about the topic of the design of information systems to assess the comprehension of design methodologies and mastery of UML diagrams.

If a distance learning setting is required by the School of Engineering, the final oral exam might take place using Microsoft Teams videoconferencing platform.

A simulation of the final oral exam might be scheduled during one of the latest lectures of the course.

Class participation assessment

  • Frequency: you regularly contribute to class discussions
  • Quality: you contribute quality comments
  • Respect: you behave responsibly in the classroom
  • Listening: you listen attentively to other students and the instructor

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