This course examines the design, selection, implementation and management of enterprise Business solutions. The focus is on identifying critical business processes and envisioning how technology can be developed to provide solutions which generate competitive advantage. Students learn how applying frameworks and strategies around the Business Process and Organization Strategy provide a competitive advantage. The course also includes a component for Technical Writing for Information Systems.
This course is one of two cornerstone classes for future Information Systems, Information Technology, and Computer Science professionals. This course focuses on the tools and technologies that comprise information systems as well as the strategies for employing technology to achieve competitive advantage in business. The course provides an introduction to topics that are taught in subsequent computing classes, such as systems analysis and design, project management, web development, database design and development, networking, hardware and software, programming, human-computer interaction, and technical writing.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Integrate the relevance of course material and the use of technology into a biblical worldview.
- Differentiate between the disciplines of Information Systems, Information Technology, and Computer.
- Describe how Information Systems and Information Technology can be used to create competitive advantage for a business.
- Develop elements of applications for information.
Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes
Communications and Information Literacy (CIL):
CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
CIL 5: Relate communications and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
The student will complete 3 (three) Discussions in this course. Each Discussion is worth 50 points.
The student will complete 5 labs over the duration of this course. The labs will include a combination of Wireshark—Packet Sniffing, SQL—Database, Excel, HTML—Website, and UML—Flow Chart diagramming. These activities that reinforce the materials presented in each module/week.
Each Lab is worth 50 points.
Quiz: SQL Database
Before attempting this assignment, the student needs to complete the mini-tutorial in the assigned module.
In this assignment, the student is a professional working at a helpdesk for Foods, Inc., a grocery store distributor located in Manhattan. It is the student's responsibility to answer questions from customers, suppliers, and internal managers of the company by querying your Foods, Inc.’s database.
Foods, Inc.’s database consists of eight tables that are already created and populated with data:
This quiz is open-book/open-notes, contains 19 fill-in-the-blank and 2 multiple choice questions and has no time limit.
These quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 15 true/false and multiple-choice questions.
When taking this quiz:
- The student will be given 30 minutes to complete
- At the end of time, the quiz will automatically submit, even if the student is not done
- The student may take the quiz up to three times and the highest grade will be recorded
Essay questions cover some topic in the chapter readings. These essays will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 1 (one) question.
Format is a critical element in the essays. Be sure your essays are complete and have the following elements:
- Introduction paragraph
- Body paragraph(s)
- Conclusion (summary) paragraph
- APA reference (citations: Reference list and in-text citations)
- Accurate spelling and grammar
This cumulative quiz includes all the reading material covered in modules 1 through 4. This will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 75 minutes to complete the exam.
This cumulative exam includes all reading material covered in Modules 5 through 8. This will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 55 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.