Award-winning author, dynamic keynote speaker, trusted advisor, & workplace tech expert 


Classes Taught

Information about the in-person and online courses that I taught during my four-year run at ASU as a full-time college professor.


Table of Contents


Full-Semester, In-Person


CIS450: Enterprise Analytics: Capstone


CIS440: System Design Capstone


CIS235/236: Intro to Information Systems


Half-Semester, Online


CIS450: Enterprise Analytics Capstone


CIS405: Business Intelligence


Courses I Would Love to Teach ↗️

My Schedule: Visualized

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iconFull-Semester, In-Person

CIS450: Enterprise Analytics: Capstone

Course in a nutshell: This course explores the practice of modern analytics with a particular emphasis on Agile methods (read: Scrum). Over the course of the semester, students work with organizations on real-world projects. This typically involves data and statistical analysis, data visualization, scraping data, and more. I wrote Analytics: The Agile Way specifically for this course.

laptopCIS440: System Design Capstone

Course in a nutshell: This course covers traditional project-management methods and contemporary methods such as Agile, Scrum, Lean Startup, and DevOps. Over the course of the semester, students build a useful technology solution for their clients. This typically involves mobile apps, databases, or websites.

I learned a lot from your class, Professor Simon. Not only did it help me with my current classes, but I have applied that knowledge in my job as well.

—Former student

In May of 2018, the CIS department chair assigned me an introductory survey course for the forthcoming academic year. To be sure, I had improved my three 400-level courses—something that my student evaluations certainly reflected. It turns out that undergraduate freshman and sophomores frequently select their major if the professors who teach their introductory courses are particularly dynamic. Sure, I was a tad disappointed at first, but I understood why and flexibility is a core tenet of my teaching philosophy.

CIS236: Intro to Information Systems – Honors

Course in a nutshell: This survey course introduces the competitive and strategic uses of information systems. We tackle how information systems are transforming organizations and even entire industries. We also broach the issues, difficulties, and opportunities facing contemporary professionals and managers.

More specifically and in no particular order, we cover Big Data, cloud computing, business intelligence, databases, programming, how computers work, the Internet of Things, social media, analytics, Business Intelligence, Big Data, mobility, the web, the Internet, Business Process Management (BPM), and many other subjects.

Yikes. Talk about 30 pounds of, er, stuff in a ten-pound bag. 

If that wasn’t enough, we also cover The Phoenix Project, an excellent book about DevOps and continuous deployment.

CIS235: Intro to Information Systems

This course resembed CIS235, the non-honors version. I taught a bunch of sections of that one, too.

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.

—Gail Godwin

Half-Semester, Online

CIS450: Enterprise Analytics Capstone

I developed this course in the Fall of 2017. I prepared all of the materials and recorded all 32 lectures.

CIS405: Business Intelligence

This course presents students the tools and mind-set needed for contemporary BI. There’s a particular focus on building and using business-essential BI capabilities. I teach this course—originally developed by my friend and muse Alan Simon. Cue the musi

    CIS310: Data Visualization

    This course covers the design of insightful business data visualizations and dashboards to improve business decision-making. Students use Tableau create interactive data visualizations—one of my favorite tools these days. That is, they move beyond static pie and bar charts. That is a key point in my book The Visual Organization.