This course introduces students to the essential knowledge required to achieve a well-rounded understanding of the explosive impact of the Internet and technology in all aspects of modern society. Computers are now the primary means of information retrieval, analysis and communication among individuals and organizations throughout the world. This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of information technology in the 21st Century and to explore the use of computers as a tool for human empowerment. This course will provide students with the understanding of computer hardware and software, database systems, internet, business information systems, system development and social issues. It will further explain electronic and mobile commerce and enterprise systems along with information and decision support systems, knowledge management, data warehousing, data mining and specialized information systems. The course will also include the personal and social impact of computers.
This course meets the following CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand computer concepts including hardware components, network systems, architectures, operating systems and Languages and software packages and tools.
- Understand communications technologies (networks - LANS, WANS, WLANS, VPN).
- Explain Systems Development Life Cycle (systems analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance.
- Understand Data, information, and file structures (data administration, data warehousing, and database management systems.
- Recognize database querying and data mining techniques to facilitate information retrieval.
- Discuss the use of information system business and society, including the personal and social impact of computers.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Written Assignments (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Stair, Ralph M. & George W. Reynolds. Fundamentals of Information Systems. 9th ed. Cengage Learning, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781337097536
Readings and Exercises
Topic: An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations
Topics: Hardware and Software
Topics: Database Systems and Applications
Topics: Telecommunications and Networks
Topics: Electronic and Mobile Commerce and Enterprise Systems
Topics: Information and Decision Support Systems
Topics: Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems
Topics: System Development and the Personal and Social Impact of Computers
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.