DENİZ AKSEN'S APPLICATION FOR PROMOTION
LIST OF PROJECT AND 3HW WEBSITES IN FALL 2014
Thus far I have taught the following courses at the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics of Koç University:
A. UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
MGIS.301: Basic concepts of information technology, building information systems for problem solving; implications of information management for competitiveness; future directions in information systems.
MGIS.301 is an area required course for Business Administration majors. Students from other departments and colleges are also allowed to register it as an elective as long as the class quota is not exceeded. I taught MGIS.301 for 10 years in a row, each year in the spring semester. I designed and revamped the course website several times in the past. During the semester while the classes are in session I update it by myself without any support from my teaching assistants. The course website is a substantial facilitator both for the instructor and for the students. Course related announcements and exam schedules are posted on the website.
As a matter of fact, the website of MGIS.301 hosts the entire teaching intelligence accumulated in the past ten years of my teaching history inclusive of self-test exams, previous project topics, websites (if still available), and presentation photographs, project group memberships, quizzes and homework assignments, the histograms and statistics of midterms, final exams and total scores.
Currently registered students can easily look up their grades assigned so far by submitting a query with their ID numbers. This up-to-date grade inquiry helps them to see their standing in the course with respect to their classmates.
MGIS.410: Technological challenges of conducting business on the World Wide Web; innovative business models in electronic commerce; digital platforms of Business to Customer and Business to Business trade; guidelines for website usability; Internet marketing and advertising; search engine optimization and search engine marketing for profitability; web statistics and analytics; security issues on the Internet.
I designed the ever first electronic commerce related course of the college back in Fall 2004. I have been offering this elective course about once a year; though in 2008 and 2011, I did not teach MGIS.410 since I had already filled up my teaching quota.
My teaching performance in MGIS.410 has been traditionally outstanding. My evaluations in this course have always been above the average evaluations of the courses offered in the Business Administration program and also above the average evaluations across the the College and the University.
I regularly incorporate new material in MGIS.410. In Spring 2011 and 2012 I supervised a number of students teams in the Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC). In Spring 2011 there was one team under my supervision comprised of one CEMS MIM student only. We became one of the GOMC 2011 semi-finalists ranking in the top 100 among 3082 teams from 70 countries (Account ID: 474-542-0366). In Spring 2012, I supervised eight student teams five of which participated in GOMC 2012. None of them made it to the semi-finals. However, two of them became the second and the third best teams among 34 competing teams from Turkey. They were rated as "teams with good campaigns" meaning that their total scores were in the 70th to 89th percentile.
Following the decision by the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Academic Council of the University, MGIS.410 is cross-listed with the elective course MGIS.510 of the MBA/CEMS MIM programs since Spring 2012. The Fall 2012 class list was showing 10 international master students visiting Koç University as part of their MBA or CEMS MIM curriculum.
B. GRADUATE COURSES
MGIS.902: Basic concepts of information technology, systems analysis and design, competitive implications of information management, information systems and change, future directions in information technology use, managerial issues associated with e-commerce technology.
MGIS.902 is the MIS course listed on the Executive MBA (EMBA) program of the Graduate School of Business. I taught this course for three consecutive years from 2006 through 2008. Each year there were between 41 to 46 students coming from very diverse educational and professional backgrounds.
MGIS.510: The technological and institutional factors that influence the choice of hardware and software components of a management information system; introduction to systems analysis through teamwork on an actual business systems analysis problem.
I taught MGIS.510 twice, once in Fall 2008 for eight weeks with 6 weekly lecture hours, and once in late Summer 2009 for two weeks containing the same total lecture hours as the previous year. Fall 2008 schedule of MGIS.510 was apparently much more effective that Summer 2009 schedule. Both times the focus of the course subjects was customer relationship management (CRM), electronic commerce, software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing, search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO). The latter two topics were on the rise back in Fall 2008 in the wake of the global financial crisis that had begun to spread across the world in 2008.
The biggest challenge of being an MIS
professor at Koç University either at undergraduate or graduate level is to
keep up with the latest developments in information and web technologies,
consumer electronics, mobile communications, electronic commerce trends and
practices. My response to this challenge has been to chase the technology
and business news in the online media, and to attend at least one IT-related
industrial convention or workshop every year. If knowledge is a dynamic and
perishable asset prone to becoming obsolete, then the most dynamic and most
rapidly expiring knowledge is that of MIS. I always considered my teaching
career with the awareness of this simple fact.
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