This course will focus on providing an understanding of how information technologies gather, store, process, and communicate information. The course combines a conceptual understanding of the technology necessary for success in the information age, along with an understanding of the hardware and software required for an organization to successfully utilize technology. Attention will also be given to the legal, social, and ethical uses of technology. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the role of information systems and its applicability to a broad set of business goals, strategies, and needs.
- Identify and describe computer hardware and software components and systems.
- Discuss the role and value of computer networks and their applicability to communications of varying types.
- Analyze the value of data and consider methods to manage and store broad datasets via databases.
- Define and discuss web technologies and web infrastructure and its impact on the growing digitalization of business.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
|Discussions (due weekly on Wednesday)|
|Quizzes (due weekly on Sunday)|
|Weekly Reflection (due weekly on Sunday, but not submitted before Friday)|
|Midterm Exam (due Sunday ending Week 4)|
|Final Exam (due last day of class)|
Required Textbooks (Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore):
- Sousa, Kenneth (2015). Management Information Systems (7th Edition). Course Technology Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-285-18613-9
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Business Information Systems: An Overview
Topic: Strategic Uses of Information Systems
Topic: Business Functions and Supply Chains
Topic: Business Hardware
Topic: Business Software
Topic: Business Networks and Telecommunications
Topic: Database Management Systems
Topic: The Web-Enabled Enterprise
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.