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Computer Science 237

Introduction to Computers and Information Systems in Business

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 5 hours

Prerequisites: 12 university credit hours and English 099

Text: Experiencing MIS, Third Canadian Edition Author: David M. Kroenke, Andrew Gemino, and Peter Tingling, ISBN:  978-0-13-261566-2

Course Description:

This course is designed to make the students knowledgeable about the fundamentals underlying the design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use of modern, computer-based information systems for business data processing, office automation, information reporting, and decision making. The course also provides hands-on experience in the use of computers with particular emphasis on personal productivity tools. Advance and Post-advance topics of business software MS Office will be introduced.

Course Outline:

Week Chapter
Week 1 Chapter 1: MIS and You
Case Study 1: Running at the Speed of the Web: The Running Room.
Lab: Microsoft Word 2010
Week 2 Chapter 2: Business Processes, Information, and Decision Making
Case Study 2: High Touch --- High Tech.
Lab: Microsoft Word 2010
Assignment #1 Given
Week 3 Chapter 3: Productivity, Innovation, and Strategy
Case Study 3: ICS Courier: Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Lab: Microsoft Word 2010
Week 4 Chapter 4: Hardware and Software
Case Study 4: Network Effects, Increasing Returns, and Lock In.
Lab: Excel 2010
Week 5 Chapter 5: Database and Content Management
Case Study 5: Behind the Race.
Chapter 5A: Database Design
Lab: Excel 2010
Week 6 Chapter 6: Networks and Collaboration
Case Study 6: Keeping Up with Wireless.
Chapter 5B: Using Microsoft Access
Lab: Access 2010
Week 7 Lab: Access 2010
Chapter 7: Competitive Advantage and Business Processes
Case Study 7: Moving Like a Deere’s: Deere’s Innovative Revolution.
Week 8 Lab: Access 2010
Chapter 8: Decision Making and Business Intelligence
Case Study 8: Building Data for Decision Making at Home Depot
Week 9 Chapter 9: IS E-commerce, Social Networking, and Web 2.0
Case Study 9: Let Me Get That: Buyatab and Where Good Ides Come From
Lab: PowerPoint 2010
Week 10 Acquiring Information Systems through Projects
Case Study 10: Email of Freemail?
Lab: PowerPoint 2010
Week 11 Chapter 11: Structure, Governance, and Ethics
Case Study 11: Governance at Pacific Blue Cross
Week 12 Chapter 12: Managing Information Security and Privacy
Case Study 12: Phishing for Credit Card Accounts.
Week 13 Presentation Week



Quizzes (3) 15%
Assignments 20%
Attendance and Participation 5%
Mid-term 25%
Final Exam 35%


Ken Chan, B.Sc. (Simon Fraser), M.S.E.E. ( Wayne)
William Cheng, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Cal. State)

Yvonne Yang, B.Sc. (Hunan), Ph.D. (Paris)

Transferability: see