A management of information systems course would be core to a criminal justice degree.

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Public Management Information System
PAU 321


Raymond E. Foster, MPA


Course Description:

Management 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.


Learning 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 course.
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 government procurement.
6. The learner will be able to discuss the various legal, ethical and practical problems with the collection, analysis and dissemination of data.


Source Material:


Two text books is used for this course:

Foster, R. (2004) Police Technology, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
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


Papers and Assignments:


The learner will be evaluated on the fulfillment of course requirements and assignments, and interviews with the Adjunct Professor.

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

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