CISC110 Introduction to Information Systems

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC110 Introduction to Information Systems
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score of 41 or above, or Level 3, or permission of the STEM department
V. Other Pertinent Information
Extensive reading and comprehension is required. A series of laboratory assignments and exercises dedicated to developing a hands-on proficiency with popular software tools and operating systems will be included in this course. A proctored comprehensive departmental final will be evaluated at 15-20% of the course grade.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an overview of business information systems. Topics include hardware and software fundamentals, use of software packages, effective use of networks, Internet, and other communication tools, the design of management information systems, as well as the ethical use of computers in business and society. Hands-on experience is provided.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify and utilize information and computer system components and peripherals;
    2. demonstrate knowledge of basic system software and application software;
    3. identify and apply the steps involved in analyzing Information Technology (IT) solutions;
    4. demonstrate ability to use networks, world-wide web, and other communication tools in a variety of settings; and
    5. create and/or modify files appropriately through the use of office productivity tools: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and database.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Course Outline:

    1. Hardware
      1. Current storage (measurements, types)
      2. Peripheral components
      3. Processing
      4. Security (physical components, locks)
      5. Ethics (responsible disposal)
    2. Software Applications
      1. System software (OS, NOS, utilities, virus)
      2. Application software
      3. Security
      4. Licensing considerations and ethics
      5. Appropriate use of resources
    3. Networks
      1. Concepts and terminology
      2. Components
      3. Uses of networks
      4. Security (passwords, firewalls, configurations)
      5. Ethics (hacking, approved use)
    4. System Design through Problem Solving
      1. System life cycle
      2. Security (backup, redundancy, encryption)
      3. Ethics
      4. Teamwork
    5. Digital and Information Literacy
      1. Sources
      2. Appropriateness
      3. Effective and efficient search
      4. Legal and ethical use
    6. Lab Experiences
      1. Operating systems
      2. Word processing
      3. Spreadsheets
      4. Presentation software
      5. Internet usage, including search engine utilization
      6. Databases
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on written tests, labs and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate, and a departmental final exam.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook and other learning materials. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/06; Core Goals/Objectives added 2/06; Revised 6/09; Core Goals revised 5/11;Core Goals Revised 5/12; New Core 8/2015