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  1. 1. University of Nevada Las Vegas – Department of MIS MIS 775 IT Architecture for Business Spring 2009 Course Information Course Title: IT Architecture for Business Course No.: MIS 775 Prerequisites: MIS 760 and MIS 762 (or equivalent courses) Room: BEH 217 Time: Mondays & Wednesdays: 5:30pm – 6:45pm Course URL: or and follow the link to MIS 775 Instructor Information Professor: Dr. Marcus Rothenberger Office: BEH 335 Phone: 702-895-2890 (office), 702-372-4185 (cell) E-mail: Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays: 4:30pm – 5:25pm and by appointment Expected Learning Outcomes The course will examine how IT Architecture can meet corporate information systems needs. Topics include system scaling, architecture design, enterprise integration, service- oriented architectures, web services, agile application development, corporate IT security, disaster recovery, cost of ownership, and others. Students apply concepts using the IBM System i. Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to: • be able to understand and evaluate different strategies for a corporate IT Architecture. • understand major issues related to IT Architecture, such as service-oriented architectures, security, enterprise integration, ERP architecture.. • apply the theoretical concepts to the IBM System i environment.
  2. 2. Course Materials • Required Materials: o David S. Linthicum, ‘Next Generation Application Integration’, Addison- Wesley 2007, ISBN 0201844567 (“L” chapters on schedule) o ‘IT Architecture for Business’, custom published book, McGrawHill, online book available for download (“C” chapters on schedule) o Harvard Business Cases, online available for download o Articles as specified on reference list (“A” chapters on schedule) • Optional Book: o Frank G. Soltis, ‘Fortress Rochester’, 29th Street Press 2001, ISBN 1-58304-083-8 • Class Notes handed out in class and available on course web site Grading Policy The course grade will be based on the overall weighted average as follows: 1. Midterm Exam 25% 2. Final Exam 25 % 3. Research Project 30% 4. Case Presentation 20% A weighted score of 93+ is an A grade, 92 to 90 is an A- grade, 87 to 89 is a B+ grade, 83 to 86 is a B grade, 80 to 82 is a B- grade, 77 to 79 is a C+ grade, 73 to 76 is a C grade, 70 to 72 is a C- grade Contingent on the overall class performance, the instructor maintains the right to adjust the scale. Office Hours Office hours are scheduled on a regular basis (see the top of this syllabus). You may stop by during these office hours or you may ask questions by email. If you would like to see me outside the scheduled office hours, please make an appointment by email.
  3. 3. Assignment Schedule Below is a schedule of topics and assignments. You are expected to read the material prior to class to gain familiarity with the topic. The instructor reserves the option to make deviations from the schedule as and when necessary. Keep up to date on the course schedule. Don't get behind and don't miss class. Week Date Topic Reading Scheduled Due Dates Week 1 1/12 Course Introduction 1/14 Intro to Architecture A_1 Week 2 1/19 Martin Luther King Day-No Class 1/21 Types of Application Integration L_1-3, Project Topics Due (Email) Week 3 1/26 A_1b 1/28 SOA and Portal-Oriented Arch. L_4, 5, Case Preferences Due (Email) Week 4 2/2 A_2 2/4 SOA and System i L_6 Research Paper Proposal Due Week 5 2/9 Middleware L_9 2/11 Web Services with System i L_11, 15 Week 6 2/16 Washington’s Birthday-No Class 2/18 XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI A_3 Amazon Web-Services Case Week 7 2/23 Verticalization, 12 Steps L_17, 18 2/25 Distributed Object Technology L_18 Week 8 3/2 Enterprise Integration: Concepts C_7, Case Cisco Systems Architecture Case 3/4 Intro to ERP Detailed Research Paper Outline Due Week 9 3/9 Guest Speaker (to be confirmed) 3/11 Mid-Term Week 10 3/16 Enterprise Integration with ERP A_4, Case Harley Enterpr S/w Selectn Case 3/18 Week 11 3/23 Network Malware and Attacks C_12, SAP Platform Strategy Case 3/25 C_14 Week 12 3/30 Ensuring the Secure Use of S/w Case 4/1 Virtualization VMware Virtualization Case Week 13 4/6 Spring Break – No Class 4/8 Spring Break – No Class Week 14 4/13 Paper Presentations Research Paper Due 4/15 Cost of Ownership Week 15 4/20 Paper Presentations, 4/22 Service Computing, IT Utilities A_5 Week 16 4/27 Study Day – No Class 4/29 Week 17 5/6 Wed Final Exam 6:00pm
  4. 4. Research Project: The purpose of this two student project is to provide the opportunity for you to research, understand, organize, and present a synopsis of a current topic in IT Architecture. Project can address virtually any management or technical issue, opportunity, or constraint. You are required to pick a topic of your choice and interest. The project requires you to study the topic in-depth and present it. The paper and presentation should address (but not limited to) the following: (i) the basic technology involved, (ii) the relative advantages and disadvantages compared to alternative technologies, (iii) practicality and level of implementation of this technology, (iv) the ability to adapt to business needs in future, and (v) cost trends. Here are the tasks you need to accomplish for the research project: 1) (5 points) Find a team partner and provide two topics per team that you are interested in as soon as possible Before the due date, email me the two topics (with your first priority indicated) you want to work on and the team member names. In the email, each topic should be described as specific as possible in one paragraph. As no two teams in the class can study the same topic, it is advantage for you to email me your topics as early as possible. I will email you back as soon as possible to let you know if your topic is approved. 2) (5 points) Develop a project proposal Once your topic is approved, you shall develop a project proposal. The project proposal should include three parts: a. A one page introduction section for your project describing your topic and your motivation b. a high-level paper outline c. an initial reference list for your research 3) (10 points) Identify appropriate references and develop a detailed paper outline. Find a minimum of 12 formal references to be cited in your paper. At least a few of these references must be current trade journals which an telecommunications manager might read, such as Computerworld, PC Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, etc. About half of your references should be from academic journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Communications of ACM, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, etc.. Develop a detailed paper outline. At the end of the outline, list each reference using proper research paper style, such as APA, Turiban or others (for a summary of the APA style see and describe what its contribution will be to your research project.
  5. 5. 4) (50 points) Research paper A 10 page research paper (including references) is required (although it may be longer if you so choose). Format the document with letter size paper, double- spaced, 12 point font, any standard print font such as Times Roman, one inch margins on all sides, and page numbering. List your name, student ID and project title on the cover page. Diagrams and numeric examples should be included as needed. You should write the paper in your own words. Verbatim quotations, if any, should be short and within quote marks, with the reference clearly identified. Severe penalty will be imposed if it is found that a paper contains unacknowledged quotations from books, journals or websites. Your paper will be evaluated based on the following items: • Problem definition • Key issues • Relevant background information – on competition, customers, environment • Technology involved • Potential market • Evaluation of alternative courses of action • Relevant analysis (qualitative and quantitative) • Usefulness • Recommendation • Overall presentation Submit a hard copy to the instructor by the due date. 5) (30 points) Project presentation You will make a 15-20 minute presentation on the project topic in class. You will be graded on your talk. Grading will be based on the following items: • Slides: Legible, simple, understandable, nicely done, too many, too few, professional? • Presentation Skills: Relaxed, pleasant, loud enough, slow enough, smiled, clear and to the point, kept within time restrictions? • Topic Content: Well researched, interesting, made it clear to audience why we were listening? • Organization: Had introduction, middle and end, and these were all clear to us, the audience? Case Study: This is a group assignment for three students per group. Teams will be paired up based on case preference. Each group must develop a detailed case write-up and at least a 30 minute presentation in class.
  6. 6. Academic Misconduct “Academic integrity is a legitimate concern for every member of the campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the expectations of the Academic Misconduct Policy and are encouraged when faced with choices to always take the ethical path. Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution.” An example of academic misconduct is plagiarism: “Using the words or ideas of another, from the internet or any source, without proper citation of the sources.” See the “Student Academic Misconduct Policy” (approved December 9, 2005, located at <>). Copyright The University requires all members of the University Community to familiarize themselves and to follow copyright and fair use requirements. YOU ARE INDIVIDUALLY AND SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR VIOLATIONS OF COPYRIGHT AND FAIR USE LAWS. THE UNIVERSITY WILL NEITHER PROTECT NOR DEFEND YOU NOR ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT VIOLATIONS OF FAIR USE LAWS. Violations of copyright laws could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability, as well as disciplinary action under University policies. To familiarize yourself with copyright and fair use policies, you are encouraged to visit the following website: <>. Disability Resource Center (DRC) The Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinates all academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. TheDRC is the official office to review and house disability documentation for students, and to provide them with an official Academic Accommodation Plan to present to the faculty if an accommodation is warranted. Faculty should not provide students accommodations without being in receipt of this plan. UNLV complies with the provisions set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, offering reasonable accommodations to qualified students with documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, you will need to contact the DRC for the coordination of services. The DRC is located in the Student Services Complex (SSC), Room 137, and the contact numbers are: VOICE (702) 895-0866, TTY (702) 895-0652, FAX (702) 895-0651. For additional information, please visit: <>.
  7. 7. UNLV Writing Center One-on-one or small group assistance with writing is available free of charge to UNLV students at the Writing Center, located in CDC-301. Although walk-in consultations are sometimes available, students with appointments will receive priority assistance. Appointments may be made in person or by calling 895-3908. The student’s Rebel ID Card, a copy of the assignment (if possible), and two copies of any writing to be reviewed are requested for the consultation.