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XBIS 220 Entire Course *INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS*

  • XBIS 220 Entire Course *INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS*
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Discussion Questions

Week 1

DQ 1

What are some of the ethical challenges surrounding the movie and music industries as they relate to the Internet? How has education affected your views about the practice of downloading or copying multimedia content in these fields?

 

DQ 2


What collaboration tools have you used in your work environment or personal life? How have these information systems benefited you? How does University of Phoenix work to combat plagiarism? What other steps do you think could be implemented to deal with this problem?

 

Week 3

DQ 1

What are some of the types of electronic commerce? How they are used today?

 

Do you think that social networking tools can be relevant in the workplace? Why do you think this?

 

 

DQ 2

What are some ways databases are used in the work environment? What are some ways database use could be improved in the workplace?

 

What are two of the most popular database vendors in the marketplace? What are the pros and cons of each vendor? What are some issues you would consider in making the decision to select a database vendor for an organization you work for?

 

Week 5 

 

DQ 1

How has wireless media affected telecommunication? What are some of the challenges to developing a system of communications based on wireless media?

 

What are the benefits and drawbacks of location-based applications for businesses and individual users?

 

DQ 2

 

What are some capabilities of Microsoft® Excel® discussed in this week's readings you were unaware of before? How might you use them in a professional capacity in the future?

 

 

Week 7

DQ 1

Why is the systems development life cycle important? The readings for this week mention six stages of the systems development life cycle. There are other models, however, that contain more than these six stages. Research some of these other models. What are their similarities and differences?

 

 

DQ 2

What capabilities of Microsoft® PowerPoint® discussed in this week's readings were you unaware of before? How might you use them in a professional capacity in the future?

 

 

Week 9 

DQ 1

What are some emerging technologies available in the marketplace today? How can we benefit from them? What do you predict will be the most influential emerging technology for business over the next five years? Why do you think this?

 

DQ 2

What are some benefits of using social networking? What are some drawbacks? How do you see social networking sites being used in the future professional world? In the education world?

 

Assignments

Week One: Information Systems and Word Processing Tools

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

1.1 Describe ethical issues related to information technology.

 

 

Course Preparation

Read the course description and objectives.

Read the instructor’s biography and post your own.

Day 1

 

Reading

ReadCh. 1 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 2 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 3 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadTechnology Guide 1 of Introduction to Information Systems

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 1 for Word in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 2 for Word in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

12

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

8

CheckPoint

Information Technology Acts Paper

Selecttwo of the following acts to research:

 

· Do Not Call Implementation Act, 2003

· Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, 2003

· Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), 2002

· Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (US Patriot Act), 2001, renewed 2006

· Children’s Internet Protection Act, 2000

· Financial Services Modernization Act, 1999

· Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), 1998

· No Electronic Theft (NET) Act, 1997

· Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 1996

· Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 1991

· Video Privacy Protection Act, 1988

· Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 1986

· Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 1986

· The Cable Communications Policy Act, 1984

· Electronic Funds Transfer Act, 1978

· Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 1974

· Fair Credit Reporting Act, 1970

 

Prepare a 350- to 700-word paper that answers the following question:

 

· Whatwere the advances in information technology that resulted in new ethical issues necessitating the creation of each act?

 

Formatyour paper consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

 

 

Week Two: Information Systems and Word Processing Tools

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

2

2.1 Explain the benefits of information systems in the work environment.

2.2 Use word processing tools to communicate business objectives.

 

 

CheckPoint

Using Word Processing Tools

Writea 250-word summary about the capabilities of Microsoft® Word that you were unaware of before completing this week's readings. Include how you might use them in a professional capacity in the future.

 

Format your summary consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

Individual

Information Systems Proposal

Resource: Table 2.2 in Introduction to Information Systems

 

Scenario: Imagine that you and a business partner are considering starting a small, brick-and-mortar, nostalgic record store. Your friend does not have much experience with information systems or technology, and needs a basic understanding of the different types of information systems available to businesses.

 

Write a proposal of the types of information systems that would work well for your chosen business, and their benefits and drawbacks. The proposal must explain five types of information systems. See Table 2.2 in Introduction to Information Systems.

 

Include the following in your summary using the features of Microsoft® Word:

 

· A table of contents

· A table

· A minimum of two styles

· An image

· Either a bulleted or numbered list

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your Assignment in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 6

 

120

 

 

Week Three: Databases, Network Applications, and E-Business

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

3

3.1 Describe how databases are used in the work environment.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 4 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 5 of Introduction to Information Systems

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 6 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 9 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadTechnologyGuide 2 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReviewCh. 1 for Access® in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

12

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

8

CheckPoint

Databases

Resource:Ch. 4–6of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

Writea 350-word summary describingtwo of the most popular database vendors in the marketplace. Answer the following questions:

 

· What are the pros and cons of each vendor?

· What are some issues you would consider in making the decision to select a database vendor for an organization you work for?

 

Formatyour summary consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

 

 

Week Four: Databases, Network Applications, and E-Business

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

4

4.1 Compare types of electronic commerce.

4.2 Explain the benefits of collaborationtools in the work environment.

 

 

CheckPoint

Types of Electronic Commerce Activity

Resources: Types of Electronic Commerce Activity

 

Completethe Types of Electronic Commerce Activity located in Week Four of the student website.

 

Takea screen shot of the completed activity

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

Individual

Efficiency and Collaboration Proposal

Resources: Ch. 1 & 2 of Excel® in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

Scenario: Imagine you are an employee of Party Plates, a company that manufactures decorative paper plates and napkins for special events. Your team has been assigned a new project. The president of your company has tasked you with improving the efficiency of the current information systems used in the sales department, because the current systems are somewhat antiquated.

 

Your organization is currently using Microsoft® Excel® to track all personnel data, but would like to migrate to a relational database like Microsoft® Access®. You have also been tasked with identifying potential collaborative software that may improve internal communications and help streamline some of the work processes for the sales department.

 

Prepare a 350- to 700-word proposal addressing the potential implementation of new information systems in your organization.

 

· Explain the usefulness of converting data currently held in Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets into a relational database using Microsoft® Access®.

 

· Describe the benefits of using Microsoft® Access® in the work environment.

 

· Include suggestions for the future use of collaborative software and how it can help the sales department improve communications and streamline work processes.

 

Formatyour proposal consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your Assignment in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

 

Day 6

 

180

 

 

Week Five: Wireless Technology and Spreadsheets

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

5

5.1 Describe how wireless technologies are used in the work environment.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 7 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 8 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 11 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadTechnical Guide 3 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReviewCh. 2 of Excel® in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

12

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

8

CheckPoint

Wireless Technology in the Work Place

Write a 250-word summary describing ways that smart phones that incorporate wireless technologies have changed how business is done.

 

Formatyour summary consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

 

 

Week Six: Wireless Technology and Spreadsheets

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

6

6.1 Use spreadsheets in business situations.

 

 

Individual

Wireless Technologies Proposal

Resources: Ch. 1- 2, 7-8, &11 for Excel®in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

Scenario: The president of Party Plates has requested a new proposal from your team. She would like information on wireless technologies and how they might be used in the organization.

 

Write a 350- to 700-word proposal discussing wireless technologies.

 

Include the following in your proposal:

 

· Your recommendation of at least two wireless technologies that would be beneficial to implement in the Party Plates organization

 

· The pros and cons for incorporating these two wireless technologies in the organization

 

· A justification for the decision, and the risks of using wireless technologies in the department

 

· A spreadsheet to track hardware or software requirements of your proposed wireless technologies, including the associated costs

 

Include the following in your spreadsheet using the features of Microsoft® Excel®:

 

· The SUM function to give a cost estimate of equipment needed

· The date function

· An additional math or statistical function of your choice

 

Formatyour proposal consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post your Assignment in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 6

 

180

 

 

Week Seven: Systems Development Life Cycle and Presentation Tools

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

7

7.1 Describe the systems development life cycle.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 12 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadTechnical Guide 4 of Introduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReviewCh. 1 for PowerPoint® in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

 

Reading

ReviewCh. 2 for PowerPoint® in Microsoft® Office 2010.

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

12

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

8

CheckPoint

Systems Life Cycle

The readings for this week mention six stages of the systems development life cycle. There are other models, however, that contain more than these six stages

 

Research some of these other systems development life cycle models.

 

Writea 350- to 700-word summary in which you describe similarities and differences of the additional stages.

 

Formatyour summary consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

 

 

Week Eight: Systems Development Life Cycle and Presentation Tools

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

8

8.1 Use presentation tools to communicate business objectives.

 

 

CheckPoint

Presentation Tools

Research and choose three presentation tools available in the marketplace.

 

Write a 350-word paper in which you identify how they are used and any advantages and disadvantages to using them.

 

Formatyour paper consistent with APA guidelines.There’s no need for additional APA formatting such as a title page nor page headers: only double spacing and references if used.

 

Post as an MS Word document. Attach your CheckPoint in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

Day 4

30

Non-graded Activities and Preparation

Social Media and Networking Presentation

(Preparation)

Beginworking on the Social Media and Networking Presentation due in Week Nine.

 

 

 

 

Week Nine: The Internet and Emerging Technologies

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

9

9.1 Explain the benefits of emerging technologies in the work environment.

9.2 Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of social networking.

 

 

Reading

ReadCh. 5 ofIntroduction to Information Systems.

 

 

Reading

ReadTechnical Guide 5 of Introduction to Information Systems

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

12

Capstone Discussion Question

Respond to the capstone discussion question.

 

· Whatdo you predict will be the most influential emerging technology for business over the next five years? Why do you think this?

 

18

Individual

Social Media and Networking Presentation

Scenario: Imagine that you have been hired as a consultant for a university that wants to leverage social media and networking technologies to encourage the collaboration of students, and improve their overall sense of community. The president of the university also needs to know what the system development life cycle is, and how you intend on bringing social networking tools to life within this cycle.

 

Analyze how the university might integrate at least two social media and networking technologies to accomplish their goals. Your analysis must cover the advantages and disadvantages of social networking.

 

Develop a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation that you will present to the university president translating the critical details of your proposal.

 

Include the following in your presentation using the features of Microsoft® PowerPoint®:

 

· A slide template

· Slide layouts

· Themes

· At least one animation example

· At least one media object example

 

Post your Assignment in the “Assignments” link on eCampus, not in the Individual forum. Please be sure to select the correct location for your post within the “Assignments” section.

 

 

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