Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) 351

Management Information Systems (Revision 10)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: CMIS 245. Registration into CMIS 351 assumes that you have access to Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word and that you are proficient in their use. Without good working knowledge of these tools (especially ACCESS), you will be unable to complete the course assignments. If you are unsure about whether your Access skills are sufficient for these assignments, take the Access self-assessment here.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Télé-université du Québec equivalency: ADM 2006.

CMIS 351 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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CMIS 351: Management Information Systems explores the use of information systems in today's organizations. This is an exciting field because of the degree of change occurring in technology and how that translates into new opportunities for management and business process. Knowledge about information systems is essential for creating successful, competitive firms, for managing global corporations, for adding business value, and for providing useful products and services to customers. Throughout the course, case studies (mostly Canadian, but some international) are provided to illustrate how organizations use IT to manage their businesses. The main topics covered in the course include

  • organizations, management, and the networked enterprise
  • information technology, infrastructure, platforms, and telecommunications
  • systems development and management, managing global systems
  • applications for the digital firm, including e-business and e-commerce.


CMIS 351 consists of the following fifteen lessons of study:

  • Lesson 1: Information Systems in Global Business Today
  • Lesson 2: How Businesses Use Information Systems
  • Lesson 3: Information Systems, Organizations, and Strategy
  • Lesson 4: Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Information Systems
  • Lesson 5: IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
  • Lesson 6: Databases and Information Management
  • Lesson 7: Telecommunications, and the Internet and Wireless Technology
  • Lesson 8: Securing Information Systems
  • Lesson 9: Enterprise Applications to Manage Supply Chains and Respond to Customers
  • Lesson 10: E-commerce: Digital Markets and Digital Goods
  • Lesson 11: Managing Knowledge
  • Lesson 12: Enhancing Decision Making
  • Lesson 13: Developing Information Systems
  • Lesson 14: Project Management, Business Value, and Managing Change
  • Lesson 15: Managing Global Systems


To receive credit for CMIS 351, you must write a midterm and a final examination. You must achieve a passing grade of at least 50% on each examination and an overall course grade of at least “D” (50 percent).

Although assignments are important for your learning and you are strongly encouraged to complete them, you are not required to complete and submit each assignment in order to pass the course. If you do not complete an assignment, you will receive zero for that assignment. To pass the course, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least "D" (50%).

Assign 1 Assign 2 Midterm Exam Assign 3 Assign 4 Assign 5 Final Exam Total
5% 10% 25% 10% 10% 15% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: Depending on the version of this course you are registered in, the examination may be paper-based or online. Please refer to the examination information provided in your course materials for further clarification. This examination must be taken at an invigilated location. If you are writing the online examination, it is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes electronic textbooks. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to the eText Initiative site.

Laudon, K. C., Laudon, J. P., & Brabston, M. E. (2013). Management information systems: Managing the digital firm (6th Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada Inc. ISBN: 9780133259438

Grauer, R. T., Mast, K., Poatsy, M. A. (2011) Exploring Microsoft®: Office Access 2010 Introductory, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc. ISBN: 9781256870555

A print version of the eTexts can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbooks on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other materials will be available to students online.

Software Requirements

You must have an Office suite that includes Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint (or compatible products).

As an AU student, you can purchase Office 365 at a special student price(note that it does not include Access for Mac computers). To download the software, go to:

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

The CMIS 351 Challenge for Credit evaluation process is made up of one assignment and one examination (online, three hours). To receive credit, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination on EACH of these two components.

  • Online examination (worth 75% of grade)
  • Assignment using Access database (worth 25% of grade)

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 10, November 7, 2013.

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Updated May 12 2017 by Student & Academic Services