Module/Course Description

Course Title: Computer Systems and Design

Course Code: UU-COM-1000

Programme: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration - MW - BL

Credits: 3.00

Course Description:

Objectives of the Course:

· Introduce students to the digital world. Follow the developments in computer hardware and software from the initial steps of generation to modern and future time.
· Introduce the components of an information system, i.e., hardware, software, data, networks, facilities, personnel, services and partners.
· Closely examine information system’s hardware. Specifically consider the processing unit, input and output devices, and primary and secondary storage. Examine the         technology and analyze its characteristics.
· Examine information systems in organizations. Explore different types of software: applications, system software.
· Introduce information systems’ development. Consider the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Introduce computer programming languages and database concepts.
· Introduce data communications. Focus on local area networks and consider security issues.
· Explore the Internet, web resources and their use.
· Address information systems security, and issues relating to ethics, and crime in the computer world.

Learning Outcomes:

· Appreciate the role of information systems and technology in our digital world.
· Comprehend the developments occurring in the information technology era from its initiation to present time and the future trends.
· Name and describe the components of an information system. More specifically and concerning information system’s hardware the student should be able to describe and   analyze the characteristics of the processing unit, input and output devices, and primary and secondary storage.
· Based on the knowledge gained above the student should be able to suggest a certain computer configuration based on specified organization or personal needs.
· Understand data representation and work with different number systems.
· Describe an I. S. professional and his/her role and career opportunities in an organization.
· Differentiate between application and systems software and subtypes.
· Understand the requirements for developing an information system: process (e.g. SDLC), computer programming languages, and data storage.
· Demonstrate basic knowledge about data communications, the Internet and web resources.
· Understand how to secure information systems resources, focusing on both human and technological safeguards.
· Understand how information systems raise ethical concerns in society, and how they influence crime.


Prerequisites: UU-BA-IND100, UU-FNT-103


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