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IS 208 is one of the required core courses for all students in the MIMS (Masters degree) program. (See Questions 8 & 9 below.) It is normally taken during the Spring semester of the first year. (See Question 5 below.) Ph.D. students are not required to take IS 208.2. What topics are covered?
Although the exact mix of topics can vary from year to year, typically we cover:3. What are the asignments structured and how are students graded?
See http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/courses/is208/s02/208-course-outline02.htm#schedule for the topic list from 2002.
- Systems analysis and the system development life cycle
- Managing systems and innovation
- Project management
- Process management tools including data flow diagrams and flow charts
- Research design
- Interviewing & focus group methodologies
- Data and statistical analysis tools
- Cost analysis
- Organizational design
- Organizational innovation
- Budgets and the budget process
- Decision making
While aspects of some of these topics are covered in other SIMS and MOT courses, we try to tie them into the course objectives, which leads to different emphases.
There are typically a mix of individual and group assignments. See http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/courses/is208/s02/208-course-outline02.htm#assignments for more on the assignments in 2002.4. I am not a SIMS student. Can I take or audit IS 208?
No, with almost no exceptions. This is due to the nature of the course and the size of the classroom.5. Can I postpone taking IS 208 until my second year?
Except under the most extraordinary circumstances, the answer is no. We do not advise postponing IS 208 for several reasons:6. There is a special package with the textbook and software packages. If I don't want the software, can I buy the book on its own through the SIMIANs , online, or at a bookstore?
If you need to postpone taking IS 208, you should talk to both your advisor and Associate Dean Lyman as soon as possible and, certainly, no later than the start of your second semester.
- The project requirement in IS 208 is good preparation for the final project you will do during your fourth semester.
- It makes no sense to do the IS 208 project and the final project at the same time.
- IS 208 can be very useful for summer internships.
Yes. The package is meant only as a convenience for students. It contains the second edition of the Dennis text along with SPSS and MS Project software (Windows versions only) and has the ISBN of 0-471-44848-6. The ISBN for the text alone will be 0-471-07322-9. (Note that we are using the new second edition for 2003.)7. I already know SAS, Systat, or some other statistical software package. Do I have to use SPSS for the statistics assignment?
All required software is available on the SIMS LAN for use in the lab. A limited-time trial version of MS Project is available from Microsoft. The main use of the package is to make full versions of the programs available to you at a "low" price.
You can use any statistical package for the assignment.8. I worked for XYZ.com for n years and already know lots about IT management and project management. Should I still take IS 208?
Probably yes. First, there are a variety of topics designed, in part, to supplement your knowledge and experience. Second, we truly believe that the course material adds new perspectives to your "how we did it right/wrong" experiences at XYZ.com. Third, you will learn from the experiences other students provide during class discussions and they will learn from you.9. I have reviewed the topic list and have covered all (or almost all) of the material by means of a mix of coursework and job experiences. Can I be exempted from the IS208 requirement? How do I do this?
Possibly yes. You should first discuss this informally with either Professor Braunstein or Professor Lyman. They will ask you to write a brief statement outlining the prior coursework and experience that has covered the topics in the course. After they have both approved your request, check that a copy of the decision has been sent to Phil Walz in order for it to be included in your file.
We strongly recommend that you take additional, more advanced, coursework in this area to reinforce your existing knowledge and background.
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