Topics: Information system, Information, Information systems discipline Pages: 7 (1239 words) Published: May 16, 2014
Week 1 Podcast

This is the Week 1 podcast for the course CMIS 1001: Introduction to Information Systems. The topic for this week is Information Systems and You.

This week, we introduce the topic of information systems (IS). You will learn how computer hardware and software, in conjunction with people and business processes, form a system to collect, store, analyze, and distribute information. You will learn how business applications perform routine operations, such as sales and payment processing, and how these operations support the decision-making process within an organization. This week, you will also investigate career possibilities within the field of IS. You will learn how to locate positions currently available in the field and what skills and preparation are needed to secure a career.

You join millions of people each day when you surf the Internet. Yet the Internet is an information system (IS) that is unregulated and vast, yet manageable. The Internet is not owned by any one person or corporation, and thus, is a self-governed business system. Situated within local coffee shops, such as Panera Bread, or found at your place of employment, the Internet is a business tool, used to gather real-time information or send and receive corporate e-mail or business data.

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Have you ever wondered where data goes once you hit the send button? Have you ever wondered who manages the flow of data on the Internet or the amount of data globally generated by email? These questions and the strategies to manage data are just a few topics to keep in mind as we discuss IS and its function within business processes.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

Use a case study to link business applications of information systems to the organization’s business processes

Provide examples of the different types of information systems based upon previous or learned knowledge and experiences

Demonstrate familiarity with career opportunities in information systems

Let’s take a look at the resources you’ll be using this week.

During Week 1, you will use a variety of resources including selections from the course textbook, audio versions of key readings, the Walden University library, Web resources, and

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other Supplemental Resources. The Weekly Schedule (a navigation link under Week 1) outlines the resources you will need to participate in Discussions and complete Application Assignments.

Please recall from the Course Home Resources page how the media files are delivered in three formats. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly podcasts in iTunes by clicking on the iTunes icon below. Outlook, Internet Explorer or higher, Firefox, Safari, and other applications save lists of RSS feeds that you subscribe to. You can determine how you want to receive your RSS feeds.

Let’s outline the individual resources that you will need for this week.

This is a summary of Chapter 1 titled “Foundations of Information Systems in Business” from the course text: Introduction to Information Systems, written by O’Brien and Marakas and published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

The chapter consists of two sections: Section I: Foundation Concepts: Information Systems in Business and Section II: Foundation Concepts: The Components of Information Systems.

Information systems play a pivotal role in today’s business environment. An information system is a set of five basic interacting components: hardware, software, network, data, and people. The major information systems activities involve input of data resources, processing of data into information, output of information product, storage of data, and control of system performance. Different types of information systems exist for different purposes. The two major categories © 2009, Laureate Higher Education Group, Inc.


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