Department of Computer Science & Industrial Technology

Dr. Ihssan Alkadi

Fayard Hall 327B , 985-549-2037


Semester:                                Fall 2011

Class:                                      CMPS 204. Fundamentals of Information Technologies and Systems

Class Time:                24/7

Location:                    Internet

Office Hours:             MW

                                    All other times by appointments only

Mailing Address:       Southeastern Louisiana University

                                                Department of Computer Science & IT

                                                SLU 10847

                                                Hammond, LA 70402


DESCRIPTION:       CMPS204 - Fundamentals of Information Technologies and Systems

Credit 3 hours.  Survey course to provide a foundation for understanding Computer Information Technology.  Coverage of the fundamentals of information system and information technology concepts, strategies, and skills.


TEXTBOOKS:          Ralph M. Stair, George Reynolds, Fundamentals of Information Systems, Fifth Edition, Course Technology, 2009, ISBN 9781423925811


Course Objectives:  

This is a reading-understanding-exercising-and-testing course.   Students will be assigned to read the texts on various aspects of computing and information systems, to do problem-solving, web, and career exercises, to test your knowledge on the topics, and to do case studies.  The self-discipline is necessary to work independently, including the ability to read and write well and the ability to follow written instructions.


Upon Successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

            Define information technology and information systems

            Describe the role of information technology and information systems within organizations

            Describe job opportunities and career paths

            Identify popular classes of organizational information technology systems and discuss the roles of each: networks, client-server, enterprise, web-based

            Identify basic approaches to developing application software

            Describe computer programming and its role in the software world

            Describe data organization, databases, and their role in computer applications

            Explain network topologies and how the Internet works

            Describe website construction

            Identify and briefly describe components and applications associated with Website development

            Explain requirements analysis, system development, and project management

Minimum Topics:

          An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations

          Hardware and Software

          Database Systems and Business Intelligence

          Telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets

          Electronic and Mobile Commerce and Enterprise Systems

          Information and Decision Support Systems

          Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems

          Systems Development

          The Personal and Social Impact of Computers



  1. CMPS204 text book
  2. PowerPoint presentation
  3. Publisher links
  4. Web Sites


CMPS 204 ¨C Fall 2011 Tentative Schedule




Assignments due date


Go over the Syllabus and get the textbooks and start studying Chapter 1



Assignment 1 due



Start studying Chapter 2



Labor Day Holiday



Assignment 2 due



Start studying Chapter 3



Assignment 3 due



Start studying Chapter 4



Assignment 4 due



Fall Break






Start studying Chapter 5



Assignment 5 due



Start studying Chapter 6



Assignment 6 due



Start studying Chapter 7



Assignment 7 due



Start studying Chapter 8



Assignment 8 due



Start studying Chapter 9



Assignment 9 due



Final Exam




      Students will earn their grades from assignments, examinations, and final paper. The effectiveness to the cumulative grade of each one of these tests is determined by their highest possible points. Following procedure is applied to calculate the cumulative course grade of a student:

1.   Calculate the sum of all points earned by student (EP).

2.   Calculate the sum of all highest possible points of test subjects (HP).

3.   Calculate cumulative grade: CG = (EP/HP) * 100

          90 <= CG      is A

                        80 <= CG < 90 is B

                        70 <= CG < 80 is C

                        60 <= CG < 70 is D

                        0  <= CG < 60 is F

4.   The instructor reserves 2% or less of total number of points as a behavioral bonus points at the end of the semester to the students who deserve.


Students should be careful on collecting the number of points, not the letter grades until the end of the semester, because the course grade after the final report will be a letter grade calculated by using Total of Earned points and Total of Maximum Possible Points for the assignments, exams, and final report. Cumulative course points will be posted after each assignment and exam.





1.   Students are responsible from the indicated part of the course textbook in the ¡°Course Information¡± section of the Black Board. Students may be dropped off the course if 18.75% or more of the semester Black Board participation (3 weeks of missing interactions). This participation ratio will be determined by the number of interactions between student and instructor based on the tests taking and assignment submitting.

 2.   Students should have the ability to work independently, including the ability to correctly read and follow written instructions. Students should have Ownership of, or access to, a PC and access to an account with an Internet service provider (e.g.,, AOL, etc.). Students should be able to access to and expertise with: an e-mail client, a text or word processor, a web browser, and Adobe's Acrobat Reader. 

3.   Blackboard is optimized for use with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Blackboard is the primary instrument used in this course. The assignments will be posted on the Blackboard and the students have to submit the assignments and final report on Blackboard.  All the exams will be posted on the Blackboard and the students will take the on-line test on the Blackboard.



4.   Late assignments will not be accepted. Considering a possible illness or an unexpected event, students can submit their assignments earlier. For the accuracy of grading and consistency of course content, students need to use MS Office Programs (MS Word), Assignments produced by using other software will not be graded. Students are responsible from backing up the assignments on the back-up disks. Students have one week period after the assignment grades are posted to discuss about the earned grades for the assignments.


5.   No make-up tests will be given. In the case of illness, doctor¡¯s excuse is needed. The test will be given not later than a week from the exam date after the doctor¡¯s excuse is confirmed. No more than two make-up tests can be given in one semester period.


6.   If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. Appropriate current documentation and accommodation requests must be provided. Any questions may be directed to the Office of Disability Services:


7.   Telephone and office conversations may be tape-recorded by the instructor for the accuracy and the clarity of the questions and the suggestions that are made by students.


8.  Open Door Policy:  The instructor welcomes input to help making your learning of the 

     material in this course better and easier.  Please feel free to come by the office and voice your  

     suggestions and ideas. 


9.  Notes:  -   Last Day to withdraw or resign from the University:

                                    Friday 10/21/2011

                 -   Check Blackboard often for important announcements.