MIS 374 Course Syllabus, Fall 2010
Unique numbers are 04000 (TT 8am) and 04005 (TT 9:30). Both meet in CBA 4.326.
Sharon Dunn Eleanor Jordan PROFESSORS
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Professors’ Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11 – 12; and by appointment
TAs -- e-mail for appointments, as needed
Josh Jones – Joshua.Jones@bba07.mccombs.utexas.edu
Alyssa Rains – Alyssa.Rains@bba07.mccombs.utexas.edu
WEB SITES http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/courses/MIS374
http://courses.utexas.edu/ (for grades on Blackboard)
TEXT Systems Development: A Project Management Approach by McLeod & Jordan
COURSE PREREQUISITES MIS 333K & registration in, or credit for, MIS365
COURSE 1. Learn techniques for successfully developing systems and managing the OBJECTIVES development process.
2. Gain an understanding of the complexity of systems development environments and
know when to apply specific management and development techniques.
GRADING Weight Assignment
35% Client Project (3 report due dates: 10/26, 11/19, 12/9) th 20% Exam 1 (Thurs. Oct. 14) rd15% Exam 2 (Thurs. Nov 23 ) stthndth20% Group Projects (1 report due Sept. 10, 2 due Sept. 24)
10% Exercises and class participation
CLIENT The Client Project requires the delivery of a complete system for a client, although PROJECT sometimes the scope of the project does not allow implementation. For all projects, the
scope is defined by the student team working with their client and MIS supervisor – your
professor. The quality of the system, documentation, team participation and user
satisfaction count toward the grade. Students work in teams of 4 or 5 and choose their own
team members. Project descriptions are provided and projects are chosen from the Project
Management Portal: https://acsprod.mccombs.utexas.edu/bridge/projects/portal/student/
CLIENT Your reports and presentations are subject to some less tangible grading criteria: an PROJECT "acceptable" report that demonstrates a "correct" analysis of a problem may GRADE not earn all the points allotted to that assignment (e.g., 89/100 or 95/100). Intangibles such
as creativity, depth of analysis, effectiveness of presentation, etc. differentiates an
"acceptable, correct" report from a high quality report. Major deliveries 1, 2, & 4 are each
30% of the grade; Delivery 3 (the class presentation) is 10%. The peer evaluation is of
utmost importance in Client Project (CP) grading. If the peer evaluation is high, then you
will receive 100% of the grade. If the peer evaluation is low, you may receive as low as
50% or less of the grade. If you do not submit your peer evaluation, you will receive 75%
of the client project grade.
EXAMS There are two exams. Each consists of a case problem and several questions. The questions
require application of methodologies and tools to solve the case problem. These are similar
in type and content to class discussions, homework, and projects. They test your
comprehension of the techniques required for projects in class and later in your career as
well as your ability to generate ideas for planning system development projects. Exam 2 is
optional. If you choose not to take it, your exam 2 grade will be the same as your grade on
exam 1. If you miss the first exam because of illness, a University-approved absence, or an
absence approved in advance by your professor, you must take exam 2 and your grade will
be used for both exams.
GROUP There are two group projects with team members chosen by your professor. PROJECTS The Group Project grade is an average of the two grades. Peer evaluations will alter
individual Group Project grades. For example, if your peer evaluation is very high you will
receive a 100% and you will get full credit for the group projects. If the peer evaluation is
low, you may receive as low as 50% or less of the grade. If you do not submit your peer
evaluation, you will receive at most 75% of the group project grade.
APPEAL You must submit your request for an appeal of a grade within one week from when
PROCESS it was returned to you. First look at the posted solution and/or grading criteria, which
will be posted on the web or on the board outside your prof’s office. Then write up your
appeal and put in the appropriate mailbox in the IROM dept. office, CBA 5.202.
EXERCISES There will be 12 to 17 individual exercises to be completed during class or before class.
These include many of the in-class exercises listed on the schedule as well as some
unannounced exercises. Grading will usually be a quick check for completeness.
―Reasonable effort" will be graded as 95%, superior work will receive 100% and minimal
effort will receive 50-90%.
CLASSROOM You are expected to participate in class by answering questions, by asking good questions, PARTICIPATION raising issues, and making observations. No comment is considered ―bad‖ as long as it
makes a constructive class contribution. A good learning environment is a safe environment --
one in which all feel free to question and discuss. A sense of humor is always welcome!
UT HONOR The core values of UT Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual
CODE opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these
values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.
STUDENTS UT Austin provides appropriate academic accommodations upon request for WITH qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact Services for DISABILITIES Students with Disabilities—http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd.
RELIGIOUS By UT Austin policy, you must notify us of your impending absence at least 14 days prior HOLY to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you miss an exercise, exam, or project DAYS in order to observe a religious holy day, we will give you an opportunity to complete the
missed work within a reasonable time of your absence.