Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) 431

Information Technology Leadership (Revision 2)


Temporarily closed, effective May 30, 2016.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.**

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: CMIS 351

Centre: Faculty of Business

CMIS 431 has a Challenge for Credit option.


This course explores the role of IT leadership—especially that provided by the CIO. What are the issues, activities, and responsibilities facing IT leaders in delivering value to organizations through information technology? Course topics include

  • the CIO role
  • understanding and measuring IT value
  • setting IT budgets
  • developing IT roadmaps and managing innovation
  • managing perceptions of IT
  • implementing IT controls
  • managing vendors
  • managing employees in the IT organization.

This course is particularly important for students interested in careers in information technology. However, IT is a service on which all business units depend so understanding its management is helpful for all students who intend to work in organizations.


Students of CMIS 431 study the following units:

  • Lesson 1: The CIO and IT Leadership
  • Lesson 2: Managing the Costs of IT
  • Lesson 3: The Value of IT
  • Lesson 4: Planning the Future State of IT
  • Lesson 5: IT Governance
  • Lesson 6: Managing IT Risk
  • Lesson 7: Building Strong IT-Business Relationships
  • Lesson 8: Leading Technology-enabled Innovation
  • Lesson 9: Vendor Partnering
  • Lesson 10: Managing Talent


To receive credit for CMIS 431, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50%) on the Final Examination, and an overall grade of “D” for the entire course. The weighting of each assignment and the exam is indicated in the chart below. The passing grade for the final exam is “D” (50 percent).

The three written assignments. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
25% 10% 15% 50% 100%

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

Course Materials


McKeen, J. D., & Smith, H. A. (2012). IT strategy: Issues and practices (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780132145664

Austin, R. D., Nolan, R. L., & O’Donnell, S. (2009). Adventures of an IT leader. Boston, MS: Harvard Business Press. ISBN 978-1422146606

Other Materials

Students will access all other course materials online.

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

To receive credit for the CMIS 431 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

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 2, July 13, 2012.

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Updated June 03 2016 by Student & Academic Services