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Through the Google Project, you have had training experience where you individually trained a class on a particular tool. In this project, you will teach and train a class in small groups of 3, 4 and 5 trainers.

The objectives of this are twofold. First, you will reinforce your earlier training experience with a broader set of skills. Second, through the "teach to learn" method, you will reinforce your own learning of the material as you prepare to teach it.

The textbook that will be your resource for this project is "Management Information Systems: Managing the digital Firm, Laudon and Laudon, Eleventh Edition". You have the Tenth Edition which is not substantially different but ONE copy per group of the newer book is available to each group.


1. Learn about the major components in information systems technology.
2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how information technology plays an increasing role in the decision making process of a modern organization.
3. Learn how to team teach. Your team will be assigned a chapter in the textbook and it will be your job to become an EXPERT on that topic through reading, discussion and regular meetings with your instructor. You will then teach and train the other members of the class on your topic.
4. Reinforce the use of relevant Google tools in a group environment.


1. You will form groups of 3, 4 or 5 members (depending on class size).
2. You will be assigned a chapter in the Laudon and Laudon textbook. Read your assigned chapter and begin preparing your group lesson.
3. Meet with your instructor to understand the learning objectives of the chapter.
4. Write the lesson/training plan including all activities. Make sure to address the learning objectives of the chapter. Activities can include videos, case studies, external speakers, field trips, homework assignments or whatever else you feels adds impact to your lesson. Please see the class Learning Styles profile to help you decide on appropriate activities - FSRV, Marketing and General Business Evening.
5. Discuss your training plan and training guideline with your instructor. Meeting #2.
6. Use relevant Google tools such as Google Docs, Calendar, Google Reader, etc for group communication, sharing of documents and other resources
7. Deliver your lesson. Each lesson must be a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 2 hours. Team members need to speak for equal times. Lessons may carryover into the next class period later in the week.
8. Issues within your teams must be identified and resolved early. Do not come at the end of your project to tell your instructor(s) about problems within teams.
9. You will be given general guidelines on what you need to do. At this point in your studies, you are expected to find/create specific information based on general guidelines. Do not expect your instructor to provide you the answers. Rather, based on discussions and suggestions, you are expected to get the answers through your own research!!

Time Frame

This project will be approximately 7 weeks long. By the end of the second week, you will have written your lesson plan and will have figured out all of your activities.

Final lesson plans will be submitted by the beginning of the third week. The FIRST Lesson will start on the first class period of the third week.

All lessons will be delivered by the Seventh week (Week 17).


1. Lesson plan and materials
2. In-class teaching presentation


1. Relevant chapters in the Laudon and Laudon textbook.
2. Classroom discussions, question and answer
3. Case studies and videos on the Internet
4. Teaching powerpoints and other materials you will need and use are posted here


This project will have the following assessments:

1. Lesson plan and materials. Group assessment. (10%)
2. Group assessment on lesson - how the group did during their lesson (well rehearsed, knew material, well prepared, spoke for allotted time). Individual/Group assessment based on quality and effort. (30% Group and 30% Individual)
3. Instructor meetings - preparedness of group and individual (15%)
4. Attendance during the other lessons (15%)

All assessments will be marked based on the QUALITY of output. Groups will also be ranked based on their delivery. Please read and understand the following general assessment criteria:




Lesson has all of the required elements – lesson was fun with excellent activities, kept the attention of every student and was flawless. Individual students were well prepared and knew their material. It should look like you spent a great deal of time in preparing/delivering your training.

There were no equipment problems or malfunctions and the training was perfect and above expectations.

Lesson plan and materials were delivered on time and show creativity and expertise. No absences from any of the other trainings


Lesson has all of the required elements including time but lesson is weak. Activities are not interesting or well thought out. Trainers cannot demonstrate expertise in their subject matter.

Lesson plan was delivered on time but lacks creativity and expertise.

Minimal equipment or technical malfunction during the lesson.


Lesson lacks a few of the required elements but it looks like some effort has been made. All lessons BELOW the required time limit will only be eligible for a "C" or less.

Trainers are not well-prepared and cannot demonstrate expertise.

Some deadlines have not been met and group/individual makes excuses for why their work is not better.

Training plan was not delivered on time or lacks creativity, completeness and "flow".

Major equipment malfunction during the lesson.

One absence from the other lessons


Lesson lacks a few of the required elements and it looks like little effort has been made.

Trainers are not well-prepared and do not show expertise. Group/Individual makes excuses for why their work is not better.

Deadlines have not been met and group/individual makes excuses for why their work is not better.

Training plan was not delivered on time or lacks creativity, completeness and "flow".

Major equipment malfunction during the lesson.

More than one absence from the other lessons


Lesson does not meet criteria. Students who are absent during their lesson will automatically receive an "F" unless it is a documented CRITICAL family issue.

Chapter topics - 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The tables below list all of the topics (chapters) available for this project. Use the questions for each topic as a starting point for your research and to determine overall learning objectives for that chapter.

Chapter #5: IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
1. IT Infrastructure
2. Infrastructure components (Operating system, Enterprise Software, Networking, Internet platforms)
3. Cloud computing, mobile Digital platform
4. Mashups and Widgets, Software for the web
5. Hands-on MIS projects
6. Cars.com
7. Salesforce.com, Amazon's New Store

Chapter Topics -> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Chapter #6: Databases and Information Management
1. What are the problems of managing data resources in a traditional file environment and how are they solved by a database management system?
2. What are the major capabilities of database management systems (DBMS) and why is a relational DBMS so powerful?
3. What are some important principles of database design?
4. What are the principal tools and technologies for accessing information from databases to improve business performance and decision making?
5. Why are information policy, data administration, and data quality assurance essential for managing the firm’s data resources?

Chapter Topics -> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Chapter #7: Telecommunications, the Internet and Wireless Technology
1. What are the principal components of telecommunications networks and key networking technologies?
2. What are the main telecommunications transmission media and types of networks?
3. How do the Internet and Internet technology work, and how do they support communication and e-business?
4. What are the principal technologies and standards for wireless networking, communication, and Internet access?
5. Why are radio frequency identification (RFID) and wireless sensor networks valuable for business?

Chapter Topics -> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Chapter #8:Securing Information Systems
1. Why are information systems vulnerable to destruction, error, and abuse?
2. What is the business value of security and control?
3. What are the components of an organizational framework for security and control?
4. What are the most important tools and technologies for safeguarding information resources?

Chapter Topics -> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Chapter #9: Enterprise Applications
1. How do enterprise systems help businesses achieve operational excellence?
2. How do supply chain management systems coordinate planning, production, and logistics with suppliers?
3. How do customer relationship management systems help firms achieve customer intimacy?
4. What are the challenges posed by enterprise applications?
5. How are enterprise applications used in platforms for new cross-functional services?

Chapter Topics -> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Chapter #10: Digital Markets and Digital Goods
1. What are the unique features of e-commerce, digital markets, and digital goods?
2. How has Internet technology changed business models?
3. What are the various types of e-commerce and how has e-commerce changed consumer retailing and business-to-business transactions?
4. What is the role of m-commerce in business and what are the most important m-commerce applications?
5. What are the principal payment systems for electronic commerce?

Chapter Topics -> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10