Information Technology Management

Tips for Success and Being Professional

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  • Submissions without your name stated above earn a 0.
  • Submissions with the original questions and/or formatting removed from the file earn a 0.
  • Submissions without adequate references or acknowledgements will earn a discounted grade, potentially a 0.
  • Submissions that I can’t open or require a password will earn a 0.
  • Second chances might be requested at any time through D2L email, and are awarded at the sole discretion of the instructor.

Success in This Course

Being successful in this course requires you to read the syllabus, understand its goals and requirements and plan to work accordingly.  Once you plan your work, you need to implement the plan and keep up.  You also need to follow best professional practices in achieving your goals.  This exercise intends to aid you in being successful in this course and do so in a professional manner.

Readings for this assignment:

  • Course Syllabus
  • Class Schedule Spreadsheet
  • The D2L Course Resources and Structure
  • Class Roster (D2L)
  • Course Reading Materials (D2L LMs) Readings ReadMe Files for this assignment and the other LMs
  • Communication Rules
  • Policy on Plagiarism (in this Assignment)
  • Varied sources on the web linked into this assignment

Actions/Deliverables for this assignment:

  • Read as per above
  • Research what you read and other policies on plagiarism
  • Respond to this assignment within the file (leaving all questions and formatting intact)
  • Deliverable: Upload your response using the A1 Assignment Folder in D2L
  • Deliverable: Make entries on the Module 1 Discussion
  • Completion and grading options: All questions must be completed. When all are successfully completed, you will earn an A.

Q1 Required- 10 Points) Read the syllabus.

  • What questions do you have?
  • What are the goals of this course?
  • How do they align with your career goals?

Q2 Required- 10 Points) Review the class schedule spreadsheet to establish a plan to be successful in the class.  Note that there are six exercise assignments including this one and your final grade exercise component will be based on the top four exercise assignment grades. The exercises and any follow-up discussion need to be done in a timely fashion because they prepare for and feed into the final project/case study.  You can maximize your chance for success by thoughtfully completing the exercises according to the due dates in the plan.

  • Review your plan and comment on your confidence in being successful in this course.
  • What questions and comments do you have?

Q3 Required- 10 Points) Review the D2L for the course.  You will be using the assignment folders, learning modules, discussion and email mostly.

  • What questions and comments do you have about D2L?
  • Review the discussion tool for the Case Study and answer the following questions:
    • What is the due date for Case Study Team Formation?
    • What is the due date for the Case Study Plan?
    • What is the due date for the Case Study Checkpoint/Outline?

Q4 Required- 10 Points) Review the class roster in D2L.  Locate classmates you know and can work with.  Contact them by D2L email.

  • According to the syllabus, which assignments can/will you work in teams?
  • Since you can choose your own team mates, what comments do you have?

Q5 Required- 10 Points) Review the self- and team-assessment form for this course’s case study project.

  • Do you predict that you can provide an objective assessment on this form of
    • Your performance in this course?
    • Your team mates performance in this course?
    • Why or why not?
  • Given this form, describe your ideal team mate (without using any names):
  • Given this form, describe your most dreaded team mate (without using any names):

Q6.Required 10 Points) OER Edition: Review the resources for the course linked from the LM1-ReadMe file.

  • Do you think the resources such as those prescribed will contribute to your success in this course?
  • Do you have questions or comments about having no textbook and relying on cost-free web resources?
  • Read the Wikipedia article on IT Management ( List and comments or questions on our use of this online resource: We will use it as a learning resource for acquiring knowledge and skills appropriate for IT managers to participate and contribute to:
  • Governing IT Resources
  • Managing IT Risks including Sourcing IT
  • Business-IT Alignment
  • IT Financial, Service and Configuration Management
  • Note that the cost-free, online resources are written from many perspectives. Please list any comments, questions or concerns that you have about our course materials having many perspectives.
  • Finally, do a web search on “computer accessibility” and define what it is here and also state in a paragraph the importance to the IT profession of making computers accessible.

Q7 Required- 10 Points) Review the Communication Rules for this course.

  • What questions do you have?
  • Do these guidelines seem reasonable and helpful for interacting together professionally, especially on a team?
  • What other guidelines do you think we should use in our online communications and in working together on a team?

Q8 Required- 10 Points) Policy on Plagiarism

Unfortunately, plagiarism has become more prevalent in all of society, including the university.  Therefore, effective this term, I will be applying plagiarism tests to everything that you submit.  The test will utilize available search techniques to determine whether what you submit is your work. If I determine that you have plagiarized, your assignment grade will be penalized according to the following guidelines:

Your Plagiarism Response
You buy work and claim it is your own. Work with the administration to get you expelled from KSU.
You accept or use work from another and claim it is your own. Work with the administration to fail you in my course.
You download or scrape work from the web and claim it is your own. Work with the administration to fail you in my course.
You accept or use work from another and do not adequately cite or acknowledge. Award a zero on that assignment.
You download or scrape work from the web and do not adequately cite references. Award a zero on that assignment.
You do not perform adequately in supporting a team effort in a class assignment. Award a lower grade down to a zero on that assignment.

In many cases where I identify the possibility of plagiarism, I will try to work with you to remedy the situation in a positive fashion.  For example, my second chance assignment submission might be used to re-submit an assignment after having included proper citations, etc.

For this question, please do the following:

  • Review my policy.
  • Compare it to other professor’s policies at KSU and other universities too.
  • Your comments on Plagiarism policy:
  • Do a web search on reference citation methods for the ACM [3], APA [2] and MLA [1].  Comment on the commonalties and differences here.  Choose one for your use in this course and describe here which one and why you chose it.  Then USE THAT METHOD OF CITING REFERENCES IN THE REMAINDER OF THE COURSE.

Q9 Required- 10 Points) Review relevant ethical codes and professional practice approaches and adopt one or select and compile to develop your own to guide your professional practice as an IT manager.

Some Suggestions:



Complete these statements to complete question 9 (Required):

  • The code of ethics and professional conduct I will follow in this course is <list them>.
  • They came from <list the sources>.
  • I chose them because <list the reasons why you chose those principles and guidelines>.

Q10 Required- 10 Points)

  • Answer two questions here and then copy your answers to complete D2L Discussion Posting for Exercise 1- yes you have to provide the same material twice:
  • Plagiarism part:
    • Create an example of plagiarism (hint: scrape something off the web without attribution or citation).
    • Describe why it is plagiarism.
    • Fix it so that it is no longer plagiarism and describe how that eliminates the plagiarism. Make sure to use your chosen method of reference citations from Q8.
    • Copy your example of plagiarism and fix and also make comments on the discussion for this assignment.
  • Teamwork part:
    • Describe your ideal team mate for this course (do not use any names)
    • Describe your dreaded team mate for this course (do not use any names)

Q. Optional IT Career Enhancer) Consider building a toolkit for your own use as an IT manager. This toolkit would contain tools you have found useful for managing IT. Consider beginning this toolkit with your approach to ethics and professional practice. Describe resources you have found here and considering sharing them by posting them on the D2L discussion topic for toolkits.  If you would rather not start a toolkit, please briefly tell why here. Answer these questions for each tool you want to include:

How is the tool accessed?

How is the tool used?

What is the value of the tool for the IT manager?

General comments on the tool:

Remember, this question is OPTIONAL.

Sources and works used in completing this exercise:

  1. Purdue Online Writing Lab on MLA Citations (retrieved April 20, 2019)
  2. Purdue Online Writing Lab on APA Citations (retrieved April 20, 2019)
  3. ACM Citation Style and Reference Formats. (retrieved April 20, 2019)

Required: Please add your list of sources.

Required: Please complete the following:

___ I did not use any method of citation (maximum B on the assignment).

___ I used the ACM approach and have cited my references as I went in the text and also listed them at the end.

___ I used the APA approach and have cited my references as I went in the text and also listed them at the end.

___ I used the MLA approach and have cited my references as I went in the text and also listed them at the end.

Required: Acknowledgements of people and discussions used in completing this exercise:


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