MIST 2611

Management Information Systems

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.


Recommended: ENGL 1101


BBUS 1370, BBUS 1371, BBUS 2370, COMP 1000, COMP 1350, COMP 1700, COMP 1910, MIST 2610


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • 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 Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations

Module 2: Strategy and Information Systems Leadership

Module 3: Databases and Data Management

Module 4: Information Networks

Module 5: The Internet and Social Media

Module 6: ERP and Business Applications

Module 7: e-Business

Module 8: Wireless and Mobile Technology

Module 9: Knowledge Management

Module 10: Developing and Implementing Information Systems

Module 11: Security and Information Systems Auditing

Module 12: Information Ethics and Privacy

Note: Students will also study MS Word and Excel

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Baltzan, P., Detlor, B., & Welsh, C. Business driven information systems Loose Leaf version. (4th Canadian Ed.). McGraw Hill Ryerson Press, 2015.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN-10: / 1-25-945657-9, ISBN-13: 978-1-25-945657-2
  1. Kinser, A. S., Jacobson, K. A., Kinser, J. E., Kosharek, D. L., & Moriarity, B. Your office: Microsoft Office 2016 (Vol. 1). Pearson Education, Inc, (2017).
    Type: Textbook. ISBN-10: 0-13-432080-8, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-432080-9

Additional Requirements

Note: The final exam is an open book exam. However, no digital or electronic resources will be permitted.

A computer with Internet and Microsoft Office 2016 software (Home & Student Basic Version - Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required.

Note: This course is written for the Windows version of Microsoft Office. Mac users will require further software options to emulate a PC on a Mac.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environments "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


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: Microsoft Excel Comprehensive 15%
Quiz 4 5%
Online Discussion Postings 5%
Final Exam * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory