Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) 431
Information Technology Leadership (Revision 3)
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 50 percent on the Final Examination, and an overall grade of D (50 percent) for the entire course. The weighting of each assessment activity is indicated in the chart below.
|Assignment 1: Leadership Journal||20%|
|Assignment 2: Case Analysis||15%|
|Assignment 3: Innovation Presentation||15%|
|Participation in Graded Forums||10%|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Austin, R. D., Nolan, R. L., & O’Donnell, S. (2016). The adventures of an IT leader (updated ed.). Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing. ISBN 978-1-63369-166-7
McKeen, J. D., & Smith, H. A. (2015). IT strategy: Issues and practices (3rd. ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0-13-354424-4.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Students will access all other course materials online.
Students will complete Assignment 1 in the form of a blog. The blog tool is available on the course website.
Students will present Assignment 3 to their Academic Expert using PowerPoint (or similar software) in a synchronous teleconference with their Academic Expert.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.
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 3, November 4, 2016.
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Updated January 15 2019 by Student & Academic Services