Management of agricultural research: A training manual. Module 6: Management information systems, computers and network techniques

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Prepared by
V.N. Asopa
Indian Institute of Management
G. Beye
Research and Technology Development Service
Research, Extension and Training Division, FAO

Rome, 1997

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Session 1. Management information systems

Session guide: Management information systems
Reading note: Management information systems

Information and the MIS concept
Management and the MIS process
Systems approach
Organizational structure and MIS
Information requirements for MIS
Types of MIS
Process of MIS
Criteria for MIS
Strategies for determining MIS design


Session 2. MIS exercise

Session guide: Management information system exercise

Session 3. Computers as management tools

Session guide: Computers as management tools1
Reading note: Computers as management tools

Overview of computer technology
Computer fundamentals
Computer applications in agricultural research
A framework for de-centralized use of computers
Management of the computer services function
Acquisition of computer resources
Literature references for further reading

Session 4. Network techniques

Session guide: Network techniques
Reading note: Network techniques

A drainage experiment for salinity control
Concept of a project network

Distinguishing between events and activities
Drawing the network
Estimating time
PERT and CPM models
Incorporating the time estimate
Critical path
Earliest start and finish times
Latest finish and latest start times
Slack time
Time-cost relationship

Session 5. PERT and CPM exercise

Session guide: PERT and CPM exercise
PERT and CPM exercise: Developing salt-tolerant varieties of paddy