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COB 204 Learning Objectives 

Upon completing COB 204, students should be able to do the following.

  1. Introduction to information systems
    • Explain the difference data versus information.
    • Explain information system concepts including input, processing, and output.
    • Describe information system components including hardware, software, databases and telecommunications.
  2. Organizational foundation of information systems
    • Demonstrate understanding of the new role and widening scope of information systems in organizations.
    • Explain the strategic role information systems play in organizations.
    • Identify and define the major types of information systems including transaction processing systems, management information systems, decision support systems, expert systems and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
    • Describe the ethical and social impact of information systems.
  3. Hardware
    • Explain the purpose and major characteristics of the six major hardware components of an information system:
      • primary memory,
      • secondary storage,
      • the central processing unit,
      • input devices,
      • output devices, and
      • communication devices.
    • Describe the different types of computers including
      • personal computers,
      • midrange computers,
      • mainframe computers, and
      • supercomputers.
    • Explain how one would select computer hardware.
  4. Software
    • Explain the concepts of systems software and application software.
    • Explain how one would select software.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the evolution of programming languages.
    • Use common personal productivity tools.
  5. Databases
    • Define the data hierarchy including field, record, file and database.
    • Describe the different types of databases.
    • Explain how one would select database management software.
    • Create a database using a relational DBMS such as Access. Demonstrate the ability to create reports, queries and join two tables in the DBMS.
  6. Telecommunications
    • Demonstrate an introductory level of knowledge about telecommunication and network components such as media, devices, software, and protocols.
    • Explain the concepts of LAN, WAN, and network topology.
    • Explain client/server systems.
  7. The Internet
    • Explain how businesses use the Internet.
    • Describe the use of E-commerce.
    • Describe the World Wide Web and concepts such as browsers, search engines, and HTML.
    • Describe Intranets and Extranets.
    • Explain Internet privacy and security issues.
    • Use the Internet to conduct research, find information, and communicate.
    • Create a personal web page.
  8. Systems development
    • Describe the activities that take place during each phase of the systems development life cycle.
    • Explain alternative system building approaches such as prototyping, end user development, software packages, and outsourcing.