Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

A management information system (MIS) provides information that organizations need to manage themselves efficiently and effectively

Mid-Semester Test

Mgt. Information Systems

Time allowed: 1½ hours

Date: 31/3/2011


First question

Discuss the common organizational levels and link them with the appropriate MIS Instruments. Evaluate these MIS instruments?

The concept of leveling above how does it relate to general system theory?


Second question

Discuss DSS and Executive Support Systems pitfalls?

Do you, think their models are appropriate to support decision making in Sudanese organizations? And state the appropriate way to integrate developmental aspects with managerial aspects to support the decision making via the general system theory


Third question

Systemize and discuss the classical management model?

Show how this systemized model can be decomposed to render a system model to structure and resolve managerial problems in Sudanese organizations?




 Mid-Semester Test

Mgt. Information Systems

Time allowed: 1½ hours

Date: 21/3/2013


Answer At Least Two Questions


Q (1):-

1- Show the basis of the General System Theory (GST) focusing on the concept of evelling ?

2- Show how the concept of levelling is implemented with regard to MIS evolution?

3- Show how the GST can be used as a catalyst to reinterpret the various kinds of computer-based MIS?


Q (2):-

1- Show how the strategy and strategic values are associated and integrated with GST concept?

2- Show how Michael Porter used the strategic vision to redefine the structure of industries and created value out of the implementation of computer-based MIS?

3- Discuss the viability of Porter's model with regard to the socio-economic context of Sudan?


Q (3):-

1- Show how the GST and its agent the structured approach redefine MIS development process in Sudan?

2- Show - with example - how the analysis and design elements of the GST's methodology- support with proven and valid methods and instruments-initiate change into Sudanese organizations?

3- Do you think this form of Development process consistent with the overall philosophy of MIS and its potential role in changing organizations' and management philosophy Sudan?




Mgt. Information Systems

Final Examination

Time allowed: 3 hours

Date: 30/5/2012


Answer five questions only


1- Show how the proliferation of information and communication technologies (lCTs) will lead to the construction of common global organizational culture and value systems based upon the General system theory (GST) philosophical underpinnings.

(State yowr answer by referring to the network and data based models and other types of computer-based management information systems)


2- Show how the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP) Systems has lead to restructuring, re-engineering, radical and paradigm shift in business organizations (state your answer by referring to your project).


3- The structured approach-via the GST-is used in the analysis, design, programming and management of information systems to render optimal and universal results.

(Refer to your project to substantiate the above assertion).


4- Strategic thinking and Management lriformation Systems are intertwined; discuss this phrase by referring also to the strategic impact of lCTs and its relationship with GST as a computing theory? Also show how your project supports decision makers strategically?


5- A traditional decision support system is a rallying cry; discuss this phrase by referring to the emergent model of decision making theory that also unites hardware, software and communication theories? Also argue how your project can be perceived as a decision support system (DSS) based upon the emergent model of decision making?


6- lCTs have lead to the emergence of global business and economic institutions, gatherings and programs. Discuss this phrase also showing the appropriate approach together with its theoretical basis and instruments to be followed in organizing and administering these institutions.


7- The system approach supported by the lCTs will lead the emergence of new dominant management theory. Discuss?



Mgt. Information Systems

Final Examination

Time allowed: 3 hours

Date: 8/6/2011


Answer four questions only


1- The structured approach is a universal system language, show how you used to to analyze and design management information systems (refer to your project for illustration)


2- The concept of database is focal to information systems development and amangement, show how your project reflects this notion in terms of DBMS, SQL, relational model and ultimately in the design of your project


3- Show how information systems, being central nerve of the organization, affect other functional fields of management in terms of systemicity?


4- There are various tyoes of strategies for implementing information systems projects, discuss them thouroughly and show which one is appropriate for your project execution.


5- Business process re-engineering, change, change agents and TQM are notions that are closely associated with implementation of information system projects; show how your project realizes the above mentioned systemic notion?


6- Strategy and tactics are important tools for carrying out information system goals and objectives; show how Michael Porter’s contributions in terms of competitive forces and value chain has contributed to the construction of MIS strategy to be carried out by Sudanese organizations?


Each question carries equal marks (15)



Mgt. Information Systems

Final Examination

Time allowed: 3 hours

Date: 16/6/2010


Answer four questions only


1- Using the general system theory in terms of the levels and the cybernetic model show how to develop information systems projects (refer to your project in terms of the analysis and design process)


2- Refering to your project, show how the business process can be re-engineered and the organization can be restructured as a result of introcustin of a computer based management information system


3- Show how your project reflects a paradigm shift in terms of the decision support to management


4- Referring to your project, show what kind of implementation strategy you will employ to execute ypur project, and why


5- Show how your project is utilizing universal systems tools to develop, manage and use maangement information systems


6- Show how the structured approach can be utilized to develop management information systems projects (in terms of the analysis, design and programming) and hence render optimal and viable model. (Illustrate answer by referring to your project)


7- Show, in your opinion, how information systems can be used as a model to shift systemicity to other disciplines of business


All questions carry equal marks (15)



Mid-Semester Test

Mgt. Information Systems

Time allowed: 2 hours

Date: 3/4/2010


Question one

Show how the general system theory is valid when applied to managerial, organizational and computing aspects ( illustrate your answer by drawing models)? Discuss how these models can produce, optimal, sustainable, global and viable models to be applied in real life problem situations in Sudan? (6 mark)


Question two

Does information and communication technology affect organizations strategically? Do you think enterprise systems can affect Sudanese organizations in a strategic manner? Using drawing show how the value chain is adding value to organizational resources. (7 marks)


Question Three

Using drawings, discuss Simon’s traditiona model. Using drawing, state and discuss the modified version of Simon's model? Which one do you think it represents reality in an optimal way? (6 marks)


Question four

State the degree of structuredness that differentiate between decision problems and link them to the hierarchial triangle of organizations? Do you thinkthe general system theory can offer something to structure decision problems? (6 marks)


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