IS 371

Information Technology Leadership


Instructor:            Pat Bailey, x67543,, NH 291

Required Texts:    From Enterprise to IT Governance (online)Klause D. Nieman (ISBN 978-3-8348-9011-5)

Stand Back and Deliver, Pixton et al. (ISBN 0321572882)

Thinking in Systems, Donna H. Meadows ( ISBN 1603580557)



Catalog Description: This course explores the role of the Chief Information Officer and the key Christian leadership issues within a technical environment. It emphasizes aligning IT to provide optimal value to organizational missions. It explores the economic considerations of IT management including project budgeting, outsourcing analysis, financial ratios applied to technical investments and establishing service level agreements. This course will address these issues in the context of a significant full-class project. Prerequisite: CS262 or permission of instructor.


Specifically, leadership will be explored at the team, software architect, project management and senior corporate levels. Perspectives on long term policy issues for all information systems will be explored through readings and discussion.


Outcomes for the Course:  At the completion of the course, the student should be able to do the following:


       Be able to articulate the IT leadership roles and responsibilities in a typical corporate environment.

        Be able to articulate and apply the concepts of systems thinking and decision making tools

        Be able to explain the strategic use of information technology and information

        Be able to apply Christian perspectives to leadership issues in the corporate environment

        Understand and apply basic leadership concepts to small and large groups.

        Be able to define meaningful processes based on a value proposition

        Understand the significance of intellectual property and its value to the organization

        Be able to define and apply IT governance structures

        Be able to develop a project plan with a work break down structure and implement it for a significant event

        Be able to apply concepts of architecture at the appropriate level of implementation in an organization