McCombs School of Business

MIS 374 — Business Systems Development
MIS 374: Schedule

Course Syllabus | Spring 2014

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  Clint Tuttle
Bruce White
Chelsea Baskin
Michelle Patterson
OFFICE Clint (CBA 3.404)  /  Bruce (CBA 3.416)
OFFICE HOURS Tues 11am-12:15pm (Bruce)
Wed 11am-12pm (Clint)  

and by appointment
E-mail for appointment
PHONES 512-232-8197 (office-Clint)
214-263-6758 (cell-Clint)
512-471-7858 (office-Bruce)

NOTE: we respond to email faster
CLASS TIME TTH 9:30am & 11:00am  (Unique #: 04190 & 04195 )

WEBSITES schedule, assignments, etc.) (Blackboard for grades.)


  1. Learn techniques for successfully developing systems and managing the development process
  2. Gain an understanding of the complexity of systems development environments and know when to apply specific management and development techniques


Weight Assignment
35% Client Project (Reports due 3/25, 4/17, 5/8)
20% Exam 1  (Thurs. Mar 6th)
15% Exam 2   (Thurs. Apr 24th)
20% Group Projects (Reports due Jan 29th & Feb 12th)
10% Exercises and Class Participation


The Client Project requires the delivery of a complete system for a client, although sometimes the scope of the project does not allow implementation. For all projects, the scope is defined by the student team working with their client and MIS supervisors - your professors. The quality of the system, documentation, team participation and user satisfaction count toward the grade. Students work in teams of 4 or 5 and choose their own team members. Projects are chosen from the Project Management Portal.


Your reports and presentations are subject to some less tangible grading criteria: an "acceptable" report that demonstrates a "correct" analysis of a problem may not earn all the points allotted to that assignment (e.g., 89/100 or 95/100). Intangibles such as creativity, depth of analysis, effectiveness of presentation, etc. differentiates an "acceptable, correct" report from a high quality report. Major deliveries 1, 2, & 4 are each 30% of the grade; Delivery 3 (the class presentation) is 10%. The peer evaluation is of utmost importance in Client Project (CP) grading. If the peer evaluation is high, then you will receive 100% of the grade. If the peer evaluation is low, you may receive as low as 50% or less of the grade. If you do not submit your peer evaluation, you will receive 75% of the client project grade.


There are two exams. Each consists of a case problem and several questions. The questions require application of methodologies and tools to solve the case problem. These are similar in type and content to class discussions, homework, and projects. They test your comprehension of the techniques required for projects in class and later in your career as well as your ability to generate ideas for planning system development projects. Exam 2 is optional. If you choose not to take it, your exam 2 grade will be the same as your grade on exam 1. If you miss the first exam because of illness, a University-approved absence, or an absence approved in advance by Clint and Sharon, you must take exam 2 and your grade will be used for both exams.


There are two group projects with team members chosen by Clint and Sharon. The Group Project grade is an average of the two grades. Peer evaluations will alter individual Group Project grades. For example, if your peer evaluation is very high you will receive a 100% and you will get full credit for the group projects. If the peer evaluation is low, you may receive as low as 50% or less of the grade. If you do not submit your peer evaluation, you will receive as low as 75% of the group project grade.


You must submit your request for an appeal of a grade within one week from when it was returned to you. First look at the posted solution and/or grading criteria, which will be posted on the web or on the board outside our offices. Then write up your appeal and put in the appropriate mailbox in the IROM dept. office, CBA 5.202.


There will be about 18 individual exercises to be completed during class. These will include many of the in-class exercises listed on the schedule as well as some unannounced exercises. Grading will usually be a quick check for completeness. "Reasonable effort" will be graded as 95%, superior work will receive 100% and minimal effort will receive 50-90%.


You are expected to participate in the classroom discussion by answering questions, by asking good questions, raising issues, and making observations. No comment is considered "bad" as long as it makes a constructive class contribution. I believe that a good learning environment is a safe environment -- one in which all feel free to question and discuss. A sense of humor is always welcome!


The core values of UT Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these  values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.


UT Austin  provides appropriate academic accommodations upon request for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact Services for Students with Disabilities—


By UT Austin policy, you must notify us of your impending absence at least 14 days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day.  If you miss an exercise, exam, or project in order to observe a religious holy day, we will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time of your absence.


The University defines academic dishonesty as cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, falsifying academic records, and any act designed to avoid participating honestly in the learning process. Scholastic dishonesty also includes, but is not limited to, providing false or misleading information to receive a postponement or an extension on an exam or other assignment, and submission of essentially the same written assignment for two different courses without faculty permission.

The McCombs School of Business has no tolerance for acts of scholastic dishonesty.  The responsibilities of both students and faculty with regard to scholastic dishonesty are described in detail in the Policy Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty for the McCombs School of Business:  

By teaching this course, I have agreed to observe all of the faculty responsibilities described in that document. By enrolling in this class, you have agreed to observe all of the student responsibilities described in that document.  If the application of that Policy Statement to this class and its assignments is unclear in any way, it is your responsibility to ask me for clarification.  Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty:  Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course an/or dismissal from the University.  Since dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.  You should refer to the Student Judicial Services website at or the General Information Catalog to access the official University policies and procedures on scholastic dishonesty as well as further elaboration on what constitutes scholastic dishonesty.

Students should refer to the Student Judicial Services or the General Information Catalog to access the official University policies and procedures on scholastic dishonesty as well as further elaboration on what constitutes scholastic dishonesty.


From To Grade GPA
93 100 A 4.00
90 93 A- 3.67
87 90 B+ 3.33
83 87 B 3.00
80 83 B- 2.67
77 80 C+ 2.33
73 77 C 2.00
70 73 C- 1.67
67 70 D+ 1.33
63 67 D 1.00
60 63 D- 0.67
0 60 F 0.00