Contact Information

Kannan Mohan
Associate Professor of CIS
(646) 312 3372
Office hours: TH 2 to 3PM

Learning Objectives

Category Learning Goal
IT’s carbon Footprint
  • Analyze the impact of IT on the environment
  • Assess the business value of green IT
  • Assess energy needs of IT
  • Identify challenges in and solutions to reducing the environmental impact of IT
IT as a solution
  • Articulate ways in which IT could enable environmental sustainability
  • Analyze examples of IT-based sustainability solutions
IT’s connection to social sustainability
  • Articulate the role of IT in enabling social sustainability
  • Identify the factors that are critical in leveraging IT for social sustainability


BBA Learning goals addressed:

  • Analytical and technological skills: Students will be expected to develop deliverables that focus on analyzing the impact of technology on the environment. Examples of deliverables include business cases, case analyses, and project reports.
  • Communication skills (Oral and written): Students will develop written project reports and will be required to present their projects.
  • Proficiency in the discipline: Students will be able to identify information systems solutions that enable and/or adversely impact environmental sustainability initiatives.


  • CIS 2200

Course Material/Readings

 Required Textbooks:

  • “Harnessing Green IT : Principles and Practices” by Murugesan, San (Editor) ; Gangadharan, G. R. (Editor)
    Wiley, 2012, ISBN: 9781118306512 (available free of cost as an e-book through Baruch library)
  • “Sustainable Operations and Closed-Loop Supply Chains” by Souza, Gilvan, Business Expert Press, 2012, ISBN: 9781606493700  (available free of cost as an e-book through Baruch library)

Recommended books:


Journal and trade press articles relevant to green IT will be provided during the course of the semester as part of the list of readings. Links to such articles will be provided in the schedule page accessible through blackboard and/or via the E-Reserve page at our library.


The course schedule lists several cases that the students are expected to purchase directly from the case publisher, read ahead of the class session when the case is scheduled to be discussed, and discuss in class.

Course Deliverables and Grade Distribution



Online Exercises (a mix of individual and group exercises)


Online Quizzes (individual work)


Clicker Quizzes (individual work)


Case analyses reports (group work)


Project report and presentation (group work)


Final Exam (individual work)


In-class participation (individual work)





Grade Grade Point Equivalent Score
A 4.0 930 – 1000
A- 3.7 900 – 929
B+ 3.3 871 – 899
B 3.0 830 – 870
B- 2.7 800 – 829
C+ 2.3 771 – 799
C 2.0 730 – 770
C- 1.7 700 – 729
D+ 1.3 671 – 699
D 1.0 600 – 670
F 0.0 below 600

General Course Policies

Assignments and Projects

Instructions for each assignment will be provided on the course website. The instructions will identify if the assignment is to be completed individually or in a group. Due dates shown in the course schedule will be strictly enforced. Late submissions will not be accepted.  Instructions will also state what is expected to be completed for each assignment and how it is to be submitted. For group work, each team member is required to contribute his/her fair share of work for each deliverable that requires teamwork. The instructor reserves the right to ask for percentage of work contribution by each team member for all deliverables. Work distribution should be done within each team for each deliverable rather than across deliverables. In other words, team members should contribute equally towards the development of each of the deliverables that requires teamwork.

Class Participation, Attendance and Student performance

All students are required to attend all classes.  If one or more classes are missed, it is the student’s responsibility to determine the specific material covered during their absence and make the necessary arrangements for making up what is missed.  Class discussion is strongly encouraged. Your class participation grade may depend on in-class discussions, online contributions, and ad-hoc assignments/quizzes/clicker quizzes. No direct credit shall be awarded just for attendance. However, if you miss any of the components that affect class participation (described above), it will impact your grade. Assigned readings should be read before each class session.  This course requires continuous commitment of students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Case preparations and discussions are a critical component of the course. Students are expected to read the cases before the class session during which the cases are scheduled for discussion. Students should be well prepared to discuss the cases in class.

Please note that this syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be notified through announcements/updates on the course website and/or announcements in class.

Academic Integrity Statement    

The CIS Department fully supports Baruch College’s policy on Academic Honesty, which states, in part: “Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Cheating, forgery, plagiarism, and collusion in dishonest acts undermine the college’s educational mission and the students’ personal and intellectual growth. Baruch students are expected to bear individual responsibility for their work and to uphold the ideal of academic integrity. Any student who attempts to compromise or devalue the academic process will be sanctioned.” Additional information can be found at  Deliverables that are required to be completed individually should not involve collaboration with other students.  Deliverables that are required to be completed in a team should not involve collaboration across teams. Unauthorized collaborative work will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Academic sanctions in this class will range from a grade of F on the assignment to a grade of F in the course. A report of suspected academic dishonesty will be sent to the Office of the Dean of Students.