IS 435 Organization Modeling for Digital Transformation

Makoto Nakayama

Office: CDM 839
Fall 2020-2021
Class number: 10213
Section number: 701
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
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The course explores contemporary approaches to analyzing and modeling organizational problems, processes, workflow, users and data for digital transformation. The emphasis is on the initial stages of analysis where the root causes of problems are identified, formulated and modeled. Students will acquire an array of modeling skills and be able to prescribe the proper modeling approach based on a variety of organizational and contextual factors. Business process modeling, management, and metrics will be covered. Object-oriented and user-centered approaches will be introduced.

This is an online course due to the pandemic situation.


No purchase of textbooks is needed. The key reading materials are available online through Ebook Central, Safari Books Online and D2L.


Term project              55%
Assignments             35%
Participation (online) 10%


IS 421 or SE 430

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of IS435, the students will be able to:
- Define and describe strategic opportunities of digital transformation for an organization
- Construct a new business process with 5 to 10 major tasks with their inputs and outputs, given the goals of digital transformation
- Evaluate a given business process designs with resources, metrics, and simulations

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Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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Academic Policies

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Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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