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California State University, Fullerton
College of Business Administration and Economics
Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences
ISDS 433
Enterprise Systems Administration

Section 1, 3 units, Schedule Number 17013

Fall 2001

Paul Sheldon Foote



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          Students in this section will have hands-on experience with SAP R/3.

California State University, Fullerton is a member of SAP’s University Alliance Program

SAP R/3 is a registered trademark of SAP AG



Class Meetings:  Thursdays, 7:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M. in UH 246 (lecture classroom) and 8:30 P.M. – 9:45 P.M. in LH 317 (computer classroom)

Course Objectives (Focus): The focus of this course is upon the administration of ERP systems.  The topics of this course are especially useful for anyone who desires to be an ERP consultant or administrator.  This course includes extensive hands-on experience with SAP R/3.

Teaching Method:  Approximately half of the class meetings will be held in a traditional classroom where we shall discuss major ERP system administration concepts.   Approximately half of the class meetings will be held in a computer classroom.  In the computer classroom, you will work on hands-on SAP R/3 assignments.  This is not a lecture course.  There will be no true and false questions on examinations. The examinations will contain mainly questions in a short-answer format. 

Office: 617Langsdorf Hall

Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:45 P.M., by appointment

Telephone: (714) 278-2682

Electronic Mail: pfoote@fullerton.edu

Web Sites: http://business.fullerton.edu/pfoote/

CSUF’s SAP R/3 Web Site: http://business.fullerton.edu/sap

Class Attendance: You may be called upon to present your assignments. Your prompt and faithful attendance could make the difference between success and failure in this course. 


Titan Bookstore, 800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92834, (714) 278-3418, (714) 278-2031 FAX

You may purchase textbooks online at:


Text Mart, 2436 East Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831, (714) 449-7999, (714) 449-7990 FAX


The following Web sites will find the best online book prices:



Required Textbooks and Learning Aids:

Hernandez, Josè Antonio, SAP R/3 Administrator’s Handbook, 2nd Edition, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2000.  ISBN 0071354131.  $59.99

Topics Covered in SAP R/3 Administrator’s Handbook:


Chapter                     Topic

1                                            What is SAP R/3?

2                                            The Architecture of SAP R/3

3                                            Installation Concepts and Guidelines

4                                            Distributing R/3 Systems

5                                            Using SAP R/3

6                                            The Transport System

7                                            Introduction to the ABAP Workbench

8                                            ABAP Data Dictionary

9                                            Management of Users, Authorizations, and Profiles

10                                       General Administration Utilities

11                                       SAP Housekeeping:  The Computer Center System (CCMS)

12                                       Alert Monitors

13                                       Background Jobs

14                                       The SAP Printing System

15                                       SAP Administration for Oracle Databases

16                                       SAP R/3 Technical Implementation and Operation


Recommended Textbooks and Learning Aids:

Lunsford, Andrea, and Robert Connors, Easy Writer: A Pocket Guide, St. Martin's  Press, New York, 1997. ISBN 0-312-17085-8

Recommended Web Sites:




For my research, I use BullsEye from IntelliSeek, Inc. You may use BullsEye at the Web site or download a free version from:



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Library Research and Electronic Resources Instruction

For a schedule of Library Survival Skills Workshops, see:



Registration and Fees; Add/Drop Procedures:

Please consult your current Class Schedule for the TITAN add and drop periods and procedures. Professors sign add or drop forms only during specified periods for each course. Professors will administratively drop students who do not attend during the first week unless students notify the professor (or the department) within 24 hours of their intention to maintain their enrollment.

Incomplete Authorized (I):

CSUF policy permits instructors to give incomplete grades only for extraordinary reasons beyond the student's control: (1) illness (2) extraordinary financial problems (3) loss of outside position.  Approvals of requests for incomplete grades become further complicated if the professor will not be teaching the same course during the following semester.


Withdrawal (W):

"Students may withdraw from class during the first two weeks of instruction without record of enrollment."  After that, the university may approve a W only for documented, serious reasons.


Grading will be based upon the distribution of total points at the end of the course only: straight scale (90% A, 80% B, 70% C, 60% D) or curved. Curving techniques: (1) straight scale applied to your percentage of the top student's total score (2) z score = (your score - class mean)/class standard deviation. My Excel spreadsheet selects the highest grade.

Grade Value Straight Scale        z score

A       4.0     90% - 100%          +1.28 and above

B       3.0    80% - 89%            +0.52 to +1.27

C       2.0     70% - 79%            -0.51 to +0.51

D       1.0     60% - 69%            -1.27 to –0.52

F       0.0     0% - 59%              -1.28 and below

Midterm Examination  (40%)

Final Examination (40%)

Examinations are closed books and closed notes.  There will be assigned seating.  The typical format will be short answer or fill in the blank.  There might be some multiple-choice questions.  There will be NO true/false questions.  Examination questions will not be limited to class presentations.  You will be responsible for reading assigned readings.  I shall tell you which chapters or sections of chapters to read in order to prepare for each examination.  There will be NO makeup or early examinations.

Homework Assignments and Class Presentations (20%)


Business Writing Program

If you receive two grades on your research paper (such as B/A), it means that you have earned the lower grade on the paper. You may raise the grade by making an appointment with the SBAE Writing Lab (FTS-1001, 278-2704), discussing your writing errors with a graduate assistant, and re-submitting a paper with corrections. Microsoft Word has excellent spelling and grammar checkers plus a thesaurus. Use them to improve the quality of your work.

Writing Center

The Department of English and Comparative Literature provides tutors who will help you improve your writing (ideas for how to rewrite your papers, correct confusing prose, and explain grammatical errors). They will not edit or proofread your papers. You must have your student ID with you whenever you use the Writing Center. You may change tutors at any time for any reason. In addition to taking a printed paper with you, you may take a disk containing the file of your paper. Humanities Building 528. Telephone: 278-3650 to make an appointment (half an hour or one hour).

Academic Dishonesty

The University's policy on academic dishonesty is that the faculty may assign an F in the course and send a formal report to the Vice President for Student Affairs for possible university-level disciplinary action. Do your own, individual work. Maximize your personal growth as a scholar. Do not copy solutions from any student or from any other source. CSUF values intellectual and personal integrity within the learning process. See the current catalog for complete details.


At the first meeting, you will provide me with an email address. All assignments and any changes in class meetings will be communicated to you via email. You are responsible for checking your email daily.  Be sure that your mailbox is not full. Be sure that you are using an email account with a service accepting attachments.

If you know an SAP R/3 administrator, please discuss with me the possibility of inviting the SAP R/3 administrator to the computer lab portion of our class meetings to demonstrate and discuss system administration techniques.


Meeting       Month         Date   Chapter       Assignment Due

1                 8                 23      1                 None

2                 8                 30      2                 None

3                 9                 6        3                 None

4                 9                 13      4                 Assignment 1 Process Overview

5                 9                 20      5                 Assignment 2 Distributing R/3

6                 9                 27      6                 Assignment 3 Using SAP R/3

7                 10                4        7                 Assignment 4 Transport System

8                 10                11                         Midterm Exam (Chapters 1 – 7)

9                 10                18      8                 Assignment 5 ABAP Workbench

10                10                25      9                 Assignment 6 ABAP Data Dictionary

11                11                1        10                Assignment 7 Users, Authorizations

12                11                8        11                Assignment 8 Administration Utilities

13                11                15      12                Assignment 9 SAP Housekeeping

                   11                22                         Thanksgiving Recess

14                11                29      13                Assignment 10 Alert Monitors

15                12                6        14                Assignment 11 Background Jobs

16                12                13                         Final Exam (Chapters 8 – 14),

7:30 – 9:20 P.M.




Research Paper and Presentation Standards:

Submit your assignments at the start of the class meetings. If, on rare occasions, you must miss class, then try to attend the meeting of the other section or email your assignment to me before the start of the class meeting shown as the due date for the assignment. Late submissions will usually receive lower grades.

Check your spelling and grammar. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have spell checking capabilities. You will receive lower grades if there are spelling or grammar errors.

Do your own work. In my sections, there will be NO group assignments. While you may discuss with others in the course the concepts of the course, you may not submit identical or similar solutions to assignments. Use your own words, computations, and formats. Do not copy solutions from any source. If you cannot explain your own answers, then I must assume that you did not author them. All cases of plagiarism will be reported in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Research Paper and Presentation Guidelines:


Use Microsoft Word’s Header and Footer (under View) to identify each assignment and the author.

Use page numbers.

Include a title for each assignment.

Use subheadings.

Include references in the body of your paper (where you use them) and complete references at the end of the paper.

Use quotation marks when you quote others.

Label the sources of any charts or tables you copied from Web sites or from printed materials.

Check your spelling and grammar with Microsoft Word.

Use 14-point fonts.

State a clear focus in the first paragraph.

Explain the importance of the research problem.

End your research paper with a conclusion.


Confuse its and it’s.

Use etc. (or "and so on") when the reader cannot complete the series.

Example 1: Number each page: 1, 2, 3, etc.

Example 2: My favorite things are: stars, birds, etc.

Research Paper References

Your research paper must include page number references within the body of the paper.

SAP Hands-on Assignments:  During the course, you will be provided with SAP R/3 accounts and with detailed instructions on how to complete your SAP R/3 hands-on assignments.

Instructor: Paul Sheldon Foote

Education: BBA, The University of Michigan--Ann Arbor; MBA, Harvard Business School; Advanced Professional Certificate in Accounting, New York University; Ph.D., Michigan State University.Legal studies, New England School of Law. Persian language studies, Harvard and Michigan State. Arabic language studies, New York University and Michigan State University.

Teaching Experience: University of Washington, Chapman University, Sultan Qaboos University (Sultanate of Oman), Pepperdine University, New York University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Windsor (CANADA), University of Michigan--Flint, Michigan State University.


Publications: CORPORATE PROFITABILITY: Determinants and Forecasts, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983; numerous articles, especially in the Journal of Business Forecasting.

Public Accounting Experience: Touche Ross [now Deloitte and Touche], Los Angeles, 1988.

CPA Review Experience: California State University, Fullerton CPA Review, 1998 – present. Conviser-Duffy, 1997. The Mark Dauberman CPA Review Course [now Mark’s CPA Review], Los Angeles, 1988-1990. Formerly in New York City with: Conviser-Miller; Lambers.

CMA Review Experience: Malibu Publishing Company.

Consulting and Seminar Leading Experience: Financial Forecasting; What A CPA Should Know About Investment Decisions; Audit Sampling; Strategic Planning and Information Systems; Fundamentals of EDP Auditing; Compilation and Review of Forecasts and Projections; Audit Risk, Sampling and Materiality. Internal Control Systems and Fraud Auditing consulting.

Business Experience: Singer Sewing Machine Company (Greece, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco); Citicorp (Lebanon and India); Mutual of New York (New York City); Barclays Bank (London, England).

Governmental Experience: United States Department of Commerce (Iran); The Regional Development Fund (Oslo, Norway).

Military Experience: United States Army, Vietnam.

Expert Witness Experience: have served as an expert witness in litigation involving accounting, 1989.