CIS 211, Computer Information Systems


Bowen Alpern
office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 to 4 pm and by appointment (or happenstance), 137-I Gillet Hall

Course hours: 9 - 10:40 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays (GI 225)

Course hours: 6 - 7:40 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays (DA 219)

This is a four credit course. You should expect to spend at least eight hours per week outside of class on this course.

Tardiness policy

I expect students to be on time for class.


The Fundamentals of Information Systems, 6E, Stair and Reynolds, CENGAGE Learning, ISBN: 978-0-8400-6218-5.

Grading policy

There will be two in class midterms and a final. Each will count 25% of your grade. The remainder will be homework and quizzes. If you do better on the final than your class average, I will count the final as 40% of your grade, diminishing the other components proportionately.

Tentative Course Calander

Tuesday Thursday
1/29 Introduction to Information Systems 1/31 Information Systems in Organizations
2/5 Hardware 2/7 Hardware
2/12 NO CLASS 2/14 Software
2/19 Software 2/21 Databases
2/26 Databases 2/28 Data Mining
3/5 Communication Networks 3/7 The Internet
3/12 The Internet 3/14 Midterm
3/19 Electronic Commerce 3/21 Mobile Commerce
4/2 NO CLASS 4/4 Enterprise Systems
4/9 Enterprise Systems 4/11 Decision Support
4/16 Decision Support 4/18 Knowlege Management
4/23 Specialized Information Systems 4/25 Midterm
4/30 System Development 5/2 System Development
5/7 Social Impact 5/9 Election Information Systems
5/14 Review 5/16 Review
5/21 6:15 pm evening class FINAL EXAM 5/23 11:00 am morning class FINAL EXAM