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Using MIS: International Edition, 2nd Edition

by: David Kroenke

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Publisher: PEARSON EDUCATION AU,01.01.08

Category: Business Information Systems Level:

ISBN: 0137130295
ISBN13: 9780137130290

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PRESCRIBED TEXT FOR INFS1001 AT ANU, SEMESTER 1 2010


For undergraduate Management Information Systems (MIS) courses.

Using MIS is the book that teaches students how people use information systems to solve business problems.



New To This Edition

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For undergraduate Management Information Systems (MIS) courses.

This edition encourages students to work collaboratively, developing the negotiating skills necessary to be successful business students and future employees.

NEW! Information Systems for Collaboration

Students are expected to collaborate in their business courses as well as when they graduate and enter the work force, yet no one teaches them how.

Chapter 2 explains the nature of collaboration and explains how collaboration pertains to decision-making, problem solving, and project management in business.

This chapter introduces students to collaborative software such as:


  * Microsoft Sharepoint


  * Google Docs & Spreadsheets


  * Microsoft Groove

NEW! Collaboration Exercises

With two collaboration exercises featured in every chapter, students can practice collaborating on a variety of different topics utilizing Microsoft Sharepoint and other collaborative systems.


  * The first asks students, working in teams, to apply knowledge of the chapter to a business situation; Pg. XX


  * The second asks students groups to identify and develop innovative applications of some aspect of the chapter topic; Pg. XX

NEW! Chapter Opening Interviews

Most students see people in IS as computer geeks who sit in a cubicle and write code.

These interviews, featuring real people who work in IS, show them that IS is important for all types of people in business. Students will learn directly from someone who is doing the work, today, right now.

All of these people are engaged in busy professional lives, and they speak from direct and relevant experience.

OTHER TOPICS OF DISTINCTION

New! Question-Based Pedagogy

Instead of aimlessly reading multiple chapters at a time, each chapter utilizes a question-based pedagogy, so students know exactly what topics they are supposed to be focusing on in their reading.

Designed for a more conducive learning experience, chapters are organized as follows:


  * Each chapter opens with a list of questions that students should be able to answer upon finishing the chapter; Pg. XX


  * Section headings feature questions, so that students know exactly where to find the answer; Pg. XX


  * Instead of creating an "End of Chapter Summary," the questions are repeated and an activity is provided, so students can prove they understand the chapter material; Pg. XX



Features and Benefits

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For undergraduate Management Information Systems (MIS) courses.

Using MIS is the book that teaches students how people use information systems to solve business problems.

NEW! Information Systems for Collaboration

Students are expected to collaborate in their business courses as well as when they graduate and enter the work force, yet no one teaches them how.

Chapter 2 explains the nature of collaboration and explains how collaboration pertains to decision-making, problem solving, and project management in business.

This chapter introduces students to collaborative software such as:


  * Microsoft Sharepoint


  * Google Docs & Spreadsheets


  * Microsoft Groove

NEW! Collaboration Exercises

With two collaboration exercises featured in every chapter, students can practice collaborating on a variety of different topics utilizing Microsoft Sharepoint and other collaborative systems.


  * The first asks students, working in teams, to apply knowledge of the chapter to a business situation; Pg. 25


  * The second asks students groups to identify and develop innovative applications of some aspect of the chapter topic; Pg. 26

NEW! Chapter Opening Interviews

Most students see people in IS as computer geeks who sit in a cubicle and write code.

These interviews, featuring real people who work in IS, show them that IS is important for all types of people in business. Students will learn directly from someone who is doing the work, today, right now.

All of these people are engaged in busy professional lives, and they speak from direct and relevant experience.

Current Issue Guides

Each chapter includes three unique guides designed to stimulate thought, discussion, and active participation to help students think critically about information systems issues that may arise when they enter the workforce.

The categories include:


  * Ethics Guides - Ethical issues abound in business. As recent news stories indicate, some businesspeople are better than others at sorting through ethical conflicts.

Therefore, the author chose not to have a separate chapter on 'ethics,' but rather discuss ethics in every chapter because it is so paramount to business.

These guides help students respond to future ethical dilemmas authentically and in a way that is consistent with their values. Examples include:

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        Dialing for Dollars; Pg. 260

o


        Churn and Burn; Pg. 108

o


        Personal Email at Work?; Pg. 190


          Security Guides - Highlights appropriate security skills and behaviors to protect valuable assets, both theirs and the firm because we live in an information age where securing information is mission-critical for businesses and their employees. Examples include:

o


        Securing Collaboration; Pg. 52

o


        Passwords and Password Etiquette; Pg. 80

o


        Semantic Security; Pg. 360


          Problem Solving Guides - Present ideas from cognitive science and apply them to MIS.

This teaches students to use technology more wisely to attain their business goals, while they learn methods of how to better analyze and solve just about any problem life throws at them.

Examples include:

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                                Understanding Perspectives and Point of View; Pg. 20

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                                Egocentric vs. Empathetic Thinking; Pg. 54

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                                Questioning Your Questions; Pg. 132


  * Opposing Forces Guides - Promotes discussion by introducing students to someone who disagrees with one of the main ideas and methods in the chapter. This helps students learn to manage their opinions and respond effectively.

Examples include:


              o Flavor-of-the-Month-Club; Pg. 280


              o Is Outsourcing Fool's Gold?; Pg. 446


              o Data Mining in the Real World; Pg. 362


          Reflections Guides.

An editorial by the author that expresses his opinion on some aspect of the chapter's contents. Students are encouraged to approach them with skepticism and a critical eye to help students respond to opposing viewpoints and practice their reflection skills. Examples include:


              o Duller Than Dirt?; Pg. 22


              o Keeping Up To Speed; Pg. 130


              o Dealing with Uncertainty; Pg. 412


              o The Final, Final Word; Pg. 488

"In Practice" Boxes

In attempt to help students apply innovative information systems solutions to real business problems, each chapter includes two "In Practice" boxesto transfer knowledge gained from the chapter to a practical business challenge.


  * One asks students to apply the chapter's topics in a business situation; Pg. 9


  * The second asks students to find innovative applications of systems or technology; Pg. 17

Application Exercises

These exercises ask students to solve business situations using spreadsheets or database applications.

Computer skills for both Excel and Access will be sharpened in preparation for advanced business classes and the corporate world.

OTHER TOPICS OF DISTINCTION

New! Question-Based Pedagogy

Instead of aimlessly reading multiple chapters at a time, each chapter utilizes a question-based pedagogy, so students know exactly what topics they are supposed to be focusing on in their reading.

Designed for a more conducive learning experience, chapters are organized as follows:


  * Each chapter opens with a list of questions that students should be able to answer upon finishing the chapter; Pg. 2


  * Section headings feature questions, so that students know exactly where to find the answer; Pg. 5


  * Instead of creating an "End of Chapter Summary," the questions are repeated and an activity is provided, so students can prove they understand the chapter material; Pg. 24



Table of Contents

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Part 1

Why MIS?


  Chapter 1


  MIS and You


                          


  Chapter 2


  Information Systems for Collaboration


      


  Chapter 3


  IS for Competitive Advantage


  

Part 2

Information Technology


  Chapter 4


  Hardware and Software


  Chapter 5


  Database Processing


              


  Chapter 6


  Data Communications


          Appendix 6A:

How the Internet Works


        

Part 3

Information Systems


  Chapter 7


  Information Systems Within the Organization


  Chapter 8


  E-Commerce and Supply Chain Systems


    


  Chapter 9


  Business Intelligence Systems


                

Part 4

Managing Information Systems Resources


  Chapter 10


  Systems Development


        


  Chapter 11


  Information Systems Management


              


  Chapter 12


  Information Security Management


            

Glossary
Index