240 - INTRODUCTION TO DATA
PROCESSING/MANGEMENT OF INFORMATION
To give a thorough and up-to-date grounding in the realities of commercial applications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s). To Examine the roles of data, information and knowledge within modern business organisations, and the roles that information and communication technologies (ICT’s) play in supporting people and groups within organisations. To provide students with a thorough understanding of how the various information and communication technologies work, the basic principles on which they are built and their role in computer based systems in the business community. To give an insight into the historic development of computer technology and its impact on business management.
1. DATA AND INFORMATION
Introductory concepts of Data and Information (definition, representation, storage). General characteristics or attributes that add value to information. Value of information in the modern business enterprise.
Role of data and information in business. Information uses and flows in management. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Paradigm. Integration of ICT’s into modern business practices.
The Data processing cycle.
2. COMPUTERS AND ASSOCIATED PERIPHERALS
Introduction to key ICT technologies. Brief history of the computer. Computer systems: Types and general categories (micro-computer, supercomputer, minicomputer, mainframe). Other categories and mobile business productivity. (PDA’s, Palmtops, Handhelds, Smart phones etc..)
Architecture and structure of computer systems. Computer data representation. Data, fields, records, files and databases. Data and Information handling Importance (Entry, validation, verification)
Input Devices: General Categories, VDU (touch and non touch sensitive), keyboard, Mouse, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Image Recognition Systems, Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR), card and badge...
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