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Thompson Rivers University

BUSN 6061: Strategic Management Information Systems

NOTE: For registration please contact Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics General Program Inquiries (Email: or Tel: 1-877-663-4087).

Students examine the ability of information technology to enhance the quality and efficiency of decision making by improving the various elements of the decision-making process and making data collection more cost effective. They also discover what every manager needs to know to leverage information systems for the design and implementation of business models in an organization. Topics include: introduction to information systems, organizational strategy and competitive advantage; overview of hardware and software; managing data, information and knowledge; computer networks; information systems in support of business operations; decision support systems and business intelligence; information systems for strategic advantage enterprise resource planning; World Wide Web, E-commerce and mobile commerce; management information systems development and acquisition; cybercrime, information security and controls; and ethics and privacy.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the components of Information Systems and how they support organizational strategy to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Develop an understanding of hardware and software on which different information systems are built.
  • Develop insights into management of data, distinguish between Data, Information and Knowledge and manage data using Data Bases, Data Base Management Systems, Data Warehouses and Data Marts.
  • Describe components of computer networks and how computer networks are built.
  • Discuss the role of Transaction Processing Systems (TPS), Functional Area Information Systems (FAIS) and others that support internal business operations.
  • Explain Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence and the role they play in enhancing the performance of a firm.
  • Debate how strategic information systems SCM and CRM provide sustainable competitive advantage to firms.
  • Discuss how strategic information system ERP provides sustainable competitive advantage to firms.
  • Describe World Wide Web and explain the increasingly important role E-commerce and Mobile commerce are playing in the business landscape.
  • Plan and execute information system development or acquisition effectively.
  • Understand cybercrime and potential threat to information security and develop effective strategy to deal with security issues.
  • Discuss privacy and ethical issues in relation to Information systems.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Introduction to Information Systems and Its Components
  • Module 2: Hardware and Software for Information Systems
  • Module 3: Strategic Management Information Systems and Competitive Advantage
  • Module 4: Data
  • Module 5: Computer Networks
  • Module 6: Examples of Information Systems
  • Module 7: SCM and CRM for Competitive Advantage
  • Module 8: Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Module 9: E-Commerce and Mobile Commerce
  • Module 10: Planning and Implementation of IS
  • Module 11: Security Issues for IS
  • Module 12: Privacy Concerns and Ethical Issues

Required text and materials

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. Please see the list of required textbooks here:

Please note that publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may purchase a package of your choice as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact OLMaterials. They will be happy to assist you.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Individual Assignment 1: Cyber Attack 10%
Group Assignment 1: NetFlix Analysis Study 10%
Group Assignment 2: Harvest City Case 10%
Group Assignment 3: Rent the Run Way 10%
Group Assignment 4: FlipKart 10%
Discussion Posts x5 10%
Final Examination: (mandatory) 35%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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