Study Guide for Week 3 Quiz Scope of the exam: Covers Terminal Course Objectives (TCOs) A and B presented during weeks 1 and 2. The chapters covered are as follows: • Week 1: Chapters 1 and 2 • Week 2: Chapters 3, 10, and 12 Exam Components: The Week 3 quiz is worth 100 points (10% of the grade). The multiple choice and essay questions probe your understanding of the facts and knowledge of the information presented online and in class. The quiz will also require you to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate course content to answer the essay questions.
There will be a total of 6 multiple choice questions for a total of 30 points (each question worth 5 points). The remaining portion of the exam is composed of 2 essay questions worth 70 points with each essay question worth 35 points. Length of Quiz: 1. 5 hours Allow yourselves about 30 minutes per essay question and 5 minutes per multiple choice question. Remember to save often. You can also enter and save your answers in Microsoft Word or some other Word processor and then copy and paste your answers over to the exam questions prior to submittal.
Materials for study: 1. Review the PowerPoint slides that I provided in the Doc Share folders and notes taken in class. 2. Review the Homework questions. 3. Review discussion questions 4. The chapters from the book. 5. Use the index and glossary to the extent possible to locate information quickly Key topics, but not limited to: • Business firms invest heavily in information systems to achieve strategic business objectives. • Types of MIS systems and how they are used and how are they inter-related • Improved decision making by using various decision support systems Various types of decision support systems • What are the types of decisions • Components of an information system • How Information systems relate to organizations, technology and management • How information systems relate to various levels of the firm (i. e. senior management, middle and operational management) • Return of Investment (ROI) of MIS • What are the major functional areas of business (i. e. , Human resources) • Enterprise Applications (4) • Understanding differences of data, information and knowledge • Differences between E-Commerce type of systems (B2B, B2C, C2C) Features of E-Commerce • Understanding of how business is conducted on the Internet, (how things are sold, who are the players and providers and how are payments made) • Transactional costs and agency theories • Understanding Porter’s Competitive Forces Model and its relationships to MIS • Value Chain Model for a business • Forces/factors that constrain the organization from benefiting from the use of MIS Strategy: You need to be able to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate Management Information Systems (MIS) concepts and principals to be successful on the exam.
On the essay portions of the exam you need to think and act like a Chief Information Officer (CIO) who understands the importance of applying MIS to solve business problems or how the business can leverage MIS to take advantage of business opportunities You must understand and integrate the technical, management, organizational, and business aspects of applying MIS in your answer. On the essay questions, the who, what, when , where, why (5y’s) and how are key in applying complete answers to essays.
Your answers to the discussion questions should contain relevant and detailed answers. Note: Not all the 5 y’s or how may apply, but use it as a check list as you answer the question. Exam Questions: • On the essay questions, your answers should be succinct, fully address each part of the question, and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in a concise but complete answer. Most essay questions require answers that are multiple paragraphs (not a couple of sentences) that directly speak to each part of the question.
Some students opt to work on the essay questions first, due to their higher point value and length of time needed to adequately address each question, but this is entirely your choice. • Remember to always use proper citation when quoting other sources. This means that ANY borrowed material (even a short phrase) should be placed in quotation marks with the source (URL, author/date/page #) immediately following the end of the passage (the end quote). Changing a few words in a passage does NOT constitute putting it in your own words and proper citation is still required.
Borrowed material should NOT dominate a student’s work, but should only be used sparingly to support your own thoughts, ideas, and examples. Heavy usage of borrowed material (even if properly cited) can jeopardize the points for that question. Uncited material can jeopardize a passing grade on the exam. As a part of our commitment to academic integrity, your work may be submitted to turnitin. com, an online plagiarism checking service. So please be VERY mindful of proper citation. • You paraphrases take ideas from other sources, but these ideas are written in your own words.
A paraphrase is usually about the same length as the original text. • To paraphrase, do not just change a word here or there, or it will be considered plagiarism. The language used must not be too similar to the original. If you need to use a few original words because they are technical and can’t be reworded, such as “CPU,” or “modem,” quotations marks are NOT needed since the terms are common knowledge to readers. 6 • One way to ensure that you don’t unintentionally plagiarize when you are paraphrasing is to put the original material aside and write from memory.
This will prevent you from relying on the original writer’s words. Writers spend a great deal of time picking their words, so they often phrase their sentences in a way that seems perfect. When you paraphrase, it is often difficult to let go of the original language, so forcing yourself to write from memory will help. • When to Paraphrase o Paraphrase in the following situations: ? • Paraphrase when a direct quotation is too long or too wordy. ? • Paraphrase when the exact, original wording is not as important as the meaning. • Paraphrase when you don’t want to break up the flow of your words. ? • Paraphrase to show understanding of the material. When you paraphrase, you process the information better since you must restate it in your own words. ? • Paraphrase to avoid quoting too much. • Tips and Suggestions o 1. When you decide on which part of the text you want to paraphrase, read it and then set it aside. Then, tell someone what it said or write down the idea from memory. o 2. Compare your paraphrase to the original: Are the words your own? Is it similar in phrasing, wording, or style?
If these similarities exist, your writing isn’t a paraphrase. Try again, or quote the source instead. o 3. In some word-processing programs, like Microsoft Word, you can right-click on a word to see suggested synonyms or highlight the word and hit ? Shift F7.? o 4. Remember that just changing the words isn’t enough. The sentence structure of your paraphrase should also be different from the original. o 5. Go back to the source to make sure you have not left out any important ideas and that the ideas are represented accurately. o Best wishes to you on the quiz.