Frequently Asked Questions About MGMT 337
Fall 2015


What topics does MGT 337 cover?
What are the prerequisites?
Do I need to be an MIS major to do well in this course?
Is this class like other online classes?
Will we do any programming?
What activities will we do?

Why is MGMT 337 offered only online?


What topics does MGT 337 cover?

Think of MGT 337 as four computer science courses rolled into one. A traditional computer science curriculum usually includes separate courses on CPU design and logic, computer hardware architecture, operating systems, and networks.  This class covers all of those topics in less detail.  The primary emphasis is on technical knowledge needed to acquire and configure hardware and system software infrastructure to support information and other business systems.


What are the prerequisites?

There are no formal prerequisites for MGMT 337.  However, since it's an upper-dividision managemrnt course, it's assumed that you've completed ASM preadmissionr equirements (see list below).  In addition, the more knowledge of computer hardware and software that you have coming into the class the more that you'll get out of it.  It is much easier to understand the concepts and technologies buried within the computer hardware and software if you have at least some experience with computers and software.

Recommended prerequisites include:

You won't need calculus in this course but there will be the occasional problem that requires a bit of algebra.  Also, some of the material in Chapters 3 and 4 drives math-phobic students crazy.  As for economics - some of the assignments and projects focus on making economically rational technology choices. You don't need formal economic models to complete those assignments and projects.  But it helps if you have some experience thinking about choices in terms of costs, benefits, and markets.


Do I need to be an MIS major to do well in this course?

It helps, but it isn't essential. What is essential is a general comfort level with technology, college-level math and writing abilities, keeping up with the readings and assignments, and asking for help and making extra efforts when there's something that you don't understand.

Many non-majors enroll for this course in their senior year to fill an elective requirement.  Some of them assume that online courses are easy and don't require a significant time commitment.  Neither of those assumptions is correct for this course.  Plenty of non-majors have successfully completed this course, but they usually work harder to do so than in other ASM courses - online or face-to-face.


Is this class like other online classes?

Yes, no, or maybe - depending on what other online classes you've taken.  Feedback from students in earlier online semesters indicates the following common differences:


Will we do any programming?

No.


What activities will we do?

Activities will include readings, quizzes, assignments, projects (larger assignments), and exams.  Some of the assignments and projects will be web-based research/analysis tasks and the remainder will examine hardware/software configuration and performance in depth.  All assignments and projects will require written answers or short papers.  You'll write a lot in this course though you'll have plenty of examples to guide you, highly-structured assignments, and ample opportunities for feedback on drafts.


Why is MGMT 337 offered only online?

There are multiple reasons, but the two most relevant are accessibility and UNM policy.  UNM is migrating many of its classes online and is trying to offer complete degree programs including the BBA program.  Although it's possible to complete a BBA with no concentration, the degree is more valuable with a concentration.  The BBA MIS concentration is the first to be offered completely online.  Since online and face-to-face course differ substantially and since we have limited faculty resources, ASM will offer all undergraduate MIS courses only in an online format for the foreseeable future.


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