TIM50, Spring 2013, Section 01: Home


John  Skardon
Baskin School of Engineering
Technology and Information Management
Office PSB 310

TEL:  831-459-4678

Course Overview

Information technology enables much, if not all, of modern business.  When you graduate, you will interact with a wide variety of different IT systems and software to perform your job.  Understanding how these systems are organized and operate will help you be more successful.  Traditionally, most software was purchased and installed in on-premise servers and other hardware.  You will be graduating at time of great change, as global technology driven industries begin to move some or most of their IT infrastructure to cloud based services.  This shift in IT deployment creates opportunities and challenges. 


This course provides an introductory survey of the use of information systems in business enterprises. We will study how organizations can use information systems to improve efficiency and enable new ways of doing business. You will gain a conceptual understanding of the basic building blocks of information system technology, such as database management and network architecture. We will study examples of how business needs can drive the development of new technology and also how advances in technology can drive changes in business. Such an understanding will enable you to identify existing technologies to solve a business problem or conceptualize new technologies that meet emerging business needs.


Textbooks and other course materials

I will make my lecture slides available for each week of study at least 1 week in advance. 

Two readers are required for this course.  These can be purchased at the Bay Tree Book Store.

1. TIM 50 Business Information Systems, Winter 2012, published by Pearson Custom Business Resources.  This contains chapters from - Selected chapters from Essentials of Management Information Systems, 9/e by Laudon and Laudon.

2. An extract of chapters from a well known text - Understanding Networked Applications, by David Messerschmidt.   Please note that this spiral bound volume also contains the 5 major case studies used in this course.

This material may be supplemented by handouts, supplemental readings, and homework.