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IS 101 - Introduction to Information Systems

Revised: August 25, 2005
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: HTC 133
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
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Textbook: Click on Fluency with Information Technology, 2nd ed. by Lawrence Snyder, ISBN 0-321-35782-5 for the prices, click here for some discounters/used book dealers, or pay full price at the college bookstore.

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Course description: IS 101 - Introduction to Information Systems is an introduction to computer-based information systems management including hardware/software relationships, business applications usage, systems theory, current technology, networking, the Internet, computer security, and privacy issues. Recommended corequisite: IS 201.

Welcome to IS 101, Introduction to Computer Information Systems. This course covers essential computer technology and is designed to meet the GBC General Education technology requirement. We will cover computer hardware, major applications, systems theory, application development, emerging technologies, security, ethical, and privacy issues. This course should help you develop a strong understanding of computers and the role they play in the business environment and society at large. IS 201 is a recommended companion to this class. This class is primarily discussion but includes significant hands on components for which computers are used to complete assignments. Two of the more significant assignments include a written report due by mid-term and an oral presentation to be scheduled with the instructor. All other assignment due dates will be noted when the assignments are given. Additional time outside of class will be needed to complete assignments. To complete assignments students may use any open GBC computer lab or, if available, their own computer and appropriate software.

The textbook, Fluency with Information Technology, 2nd ed. by Lawrence Snyder, covers three knowledge domains:

I can be reached at the phone number listed above or you can make an appointment to see me during office hours or at other times. Office hours are posted on my office door and on my web site. The schedule of reading assignments, homework and tests is found below. Additional assignments will be given verbally or as handouts in class.


The primary objective for this class is to provide students with a working knowledge of technology, primarily computers, as used in modern society. To this end, the essentials of both computer hardware and software use in the workplace will be covered. Appropriate uses and common misuses of this seemingly omnipresent tool will be discussed. Some of the topics to be covered in this class include:

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of this class a student will be able to:

This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 20% on class participation and discussion, 40% on your assignments, and 40% on quiz results. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class unless otherwise indicated by the instructor when they are assigned. The instructor must agree in advance to any excused absences unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three (3) unexcused absences result in a failing grade. The code of conduct stated in The Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.

    Topics by week:
  1. Introduction to the computer terminology and the software interface using MS Word, Chapters 1 & 2
  2. Introduction to networking and web page creation, Chapters 3 & 4
  3. Finding and evaluating online information, Chapters 5 & 6
  4. 1st Quiz then on to debugging and troubleshooting, Quiz 1 & Chapter 7
  5. Relating computer hardware to software and data, Chapters 8 & 9
  6. Hardware continued and algorithms, Chapters 9 (cont.) & 10
  7. Multimedia, Chapter 11
  8. 2nd Quiz and computer math, Quiz 2 & Chapter 13 - TERM PAPERS ARE DUE
  9. Spreadsheets using MS Excel and introduction to databases, Chapters 13 (cont.) & 14
  10. More database concepts using MS Access, Chapters 15 & 16 - STUDENT PRESENTATIONS START
  11. Ethics, privacy, and social implications of IT, Chapters 12 & 17
  12. 3rd Quiz and introductory programming concepts, Quiz 3 & Chapter 18
  13. Trying your hand at programming, Chapters 19 & 20
  14. Mixing programming with the Web and multimedia, Chapters 21 & 22
  15. Computer's limits and the wrap up, Chapters 23 & 24
  16. 4th Quiz, & only Quiz 4

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