Public Management Information System
Raymond E. Foster,
information systems (MIS) are information systems, generally computer-based,
that are used by organizations to support processes, operations,
decision-making and some program implementation. Although computer-based, the
systems include the hardware, software, communications structure and the
people involved in the input, analysis and dissemination of information. This
course is designed to familiarize the learner with the use of MIS in the
public sector. This course is not about how software or hardware is
engineered, rather it concerns how MIS supports public sector goals.
1. As an online course that concentrates on technology and includes practical
exercises, the learner will develop new computer skills and enhance existing
skills, as well as enhance the learners information skills.
2. Because the study of technology requires a base of knowledge concerning
technical and scientific information, the learner will increase their general
knowledge of science and the scientific method while participating in this
3. Enhance their research and writing skills through course work.
4. The learner will be able to synthesize the different components of a
typical Public Management Information System.
5. The learner will be able to compare and contrast the different models of
6. The learner will be able to discuss the various legal, ethical and
practical problems with the collection, analysis and dissemination of data.
Two text books is
used for this course:
Foster, R. (2004) Police Technology, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New
Rocheleau, B. (2005). Public Management Information Systems. Idea Publishing
Group, Hershey, PA.
Note: Police Technology is available for purchase via the course website.
Public Management Information Systems is an e-book available via the Gary
Library on the Union
Institute and University Website.
Order a Copy of Police Technology
The learner will be evaluated on the
fulfillment of course requirements and assignments, and interviews with the
Assignments are due on their due dates. Failure to turn in assignments in a
timely manner will result in at least one grade drop for that assignment.
Extensions shall be granted on a case by case basis with prior discussions
with the adjunct. Submitted papers are to be completed in MLA or APA format;
although the APA format is strongly encouraged.
Participation = 20%
Modules = 20% each
Module Assignment Due Dates
Spring Semester 2006
Module One: March 20, 2006
Module Two: April 17, 2006
Module Three: May 15, 2006
Module Four: June 12, 2006
Spring Session I 2006 Due Dates
Module One: March 10, 2006
Module Two: March 24, 2006
Module Three: April 7, 2006
Module Four: March 21, 2006