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Introduction to Information Systems


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Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with an overview of computer and infromation systems concepts along with a working knowledge of some of the most popular software tools currently available. Upon completion of this course you will be well-aquainted with basic computer teminology, hardware and software components, communications technology, information system development, application of information system in Business and issues arising out of the rapidly envolving field of information systems. You will achieve a working knowledge of personal computer software including the use of operating system software and environments as well as word-processing software, spreadsheets and analytical graphics, and presentation software.




Required Textbooks

will be announced in class


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to

  1. demonstrate basic understanding ( or literacy) in the use of hardware and software.
  2. describe what the basic technology concepts behind Telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets.
  3. understand terminology of information technology , network technology and information systems environment.
  4. use Microsoft Office applications: MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint to accomplish basic requests.

Assignments /Projects

Apart from midterms and final exams, students will be expected to complete regular assignments unless specifically exempted. The structure of these assignments and Final project and their due dates will be described in class and handouts distributed in class, as the term progresses. Marks will be deducted for late assignment.


General participation in class: 10%


Assignments: 20%

Mid-term Exam: 15%

Final Projects:20%

Final Exam: 25%


  Letter Grades

         Marks  Grade  GPA                      Marks    Grade   GPA

            95-100  A+   4.33                            65-69      C+   2.33

            90-94    A     4.00                            60-64      C     2.00

            85-89    A-    3.67                            55-59      C-    1.67

            80-84    B+   3.33                            50-54      D     1.00

            75-79    B     3.00                             0-49       F      0.00

            70-74    B-    2.67                          Incomplete  N     0.00

Expectation / Course Requirements

In borderline cases, personal evaluation that reflects the student’s effort, work habits, participation in class, improvement over the course, and regular attendance will be taken into account in order to assign a letter grade.Late submission of course work will encounter a 10% deduction of the full mark per calendar day (not working day). No mark will be assigned after the solutions are discussed.Missed examinations and assignments will be given zero marks unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.  Usually no make-up exam is allowed unless for medical reason. Regular attendance is strongly urged. Missing classes will often result in confusion and loss of continuity.Students are responsible for all announcements made in class. Assignments must be based on individual efforts. Examination and tests will be conducted in a restricted environment. Use of written ideas, concepts and design of others must be acknowledged. Instructors and students must comply with College policy on plagiarism and cheating, in some circumstances if a student is suspected of cheating, an oral examination may be required.

Learning Activities

Activities can include, but are not restricted to the following:

§       Attending lectures and taking notes

§       Working on assignments and Completing excercises in class.

§       Demonstrating expertise by writing regular quizzes

§       Participating in group discussions

§       Analyzing case situations

§       Presenting ideas to and meeting challenges from the class

Course content/Topic Outline

Content or topic outline will include, but is not restricted to the following :

Assigned Reading/Homework
Sep 7

An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations, Information Concepts,Information System, Electronic Commerce, Transaction Processing Systems, Information and Decision Support Systems, Special-Purppose Business Information Systems, System Development,

Alteon Web Systems Case Study
Sep 14
Overview of Hardware, Processing and Memory Devices, Secondary Storage and Input and Output Devices,Computer System Types, Overview of Software.  
Sep 21
Introduction to Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Word Processing.  
Sep 28
Data Management, Data Modeling and Data Models, DBMSs, Database Development.  
Oct 5
Telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets.  
Oct 12
An Introduction to Electronic Commerce, E-Commerce Applications, E-Commerce Technology Components.Strategies for Successful E-Commerce, Transaction Processing Systems.  
Oct 19
Mid-term Exam !  
Oct 26
Introduction to Electronic spreadsheets, basics of the Excel programming.  
Nov 2
Information and Decision Support Systems. Management Information Systems.The Group Decision Support System. The Executive Support System.  
Nov 9
Specialized Business Information Systems: Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, and Virtual Reality.  
Nov 16
Introduction to Power Point, Presentation graphics.  
Nov 23
System Development (Investigation, Analysis, Design, Implementation, Maintenance and Review)  
Nov 30
Security, Privacy, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems and the Internet.  
Dec 7
Final - Project Presentation and Review .  
Dec 14
Final Exam !