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Thompson Rivers University

MIST 2611: Management Information Systems

Students acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to effectively utilize information systems and technology in support of organizational strategy. Topics include an introduction to information systems in organizations; strategy and information systems leadership; databases and data management; information networks; the Internet and social media; enterprise resource planning and business applications; e-business; wireless and mobile technology; knowledge management; developing and implementing information systems; security and information systems auditing; information ethics and privacy; and practical skills using operating systems, word processing and spreadsheet software.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain what a management information system (MIS) is and describe its role in decision making within organizations.
  • Explain how the four components of an MIS add value to an organization.
  • Solve business problems using information technology (computers, networks, and various software solutions, such as Word and Excel).
  • Solve business problems using decision-making systems.
  • Identify privacy, security, and freedom of information issues in a business environment.
  • Solve business tasks in MS Word and Excel.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations
  • Module 2: Decisions and Processes—Value-Driven Business
  • Module 3: Ebusiness—Electronic Business Value
  • Module 4: Ethics and Information Security—MIS Business Concerns
  • Module 5: Infrastructures—Sustainable Technologies
  • Module 6: Data—Business Intelligence
  • Module 7: Networks—Mobile Business
  • Module 8: Enterprise Applications—Business Communications
  • Module 9: Systems Development and Project Management—Corporate Responsibility
  • Module 10: Hardware and Software Basics and Networks and Telecommunications
  • Module 11: TelecommunicationsDesigning Databases & Emerging Trends and Technologies
  • Module 12: Connectivity: The Business Value of a Networked World & Enhancing a Presentation with Animation, Video Tables, and Charts

Note: Students will also study MS Word and Excel

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Gaskin, S., Vargas, A., Geoghan, D., Graviett, N. (2019). Go! with Microsoft Office 365, 2019 edition introductory. Pearson.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN-13: 9780135768877

Students require the following e-textbook, which can be purchased directly from the link at:

  1. Baltzan, P. (2021). Business driven information systems (7th ed.). McGraw Hill Ryerson.
    Type: E-Textbook. ISBN: 9781260590074

Additional requirements

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 software.
  • Student Office 365 software—which includes Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher—is free for students via TRU’s IT Services.

Note: The functions and tools are different in Mac and Open Office versions as well as previous versions of Microsoft Office. Students have used older versions (Office 2007 or newer) and versions designed for Apple products with success, but the details will be slightly different, and support from your Open Learning Faculty Member will be impacted.


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 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1: Microsoft Word 10%
Quiz 1 5%
Assignment 2: Microsoft Excel, Part 1 10%
Quiz 2 5%
Assignment 3: Microsoft Excel, Part 2 10%
Quiz 3 5%
Assignment 4: Excel Update, PowerPoint Presentation 15%
Quiz 4 5%
Discussion Forum Postings 5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 30%
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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