Information Systems for Business and Beyond

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David Bourgeois, Biola University

Pub Date: 2014

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Publisher: Saylor Foundation

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Reviewed by Henry Danielson, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

The textbook was executed with current knowledge and well versed. Since this is a introductory textbook the novice will gain many facets and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Diane Miller, Instructor, Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

This book is great for a beginning class for Computer Information Systems. Each chapter hits the highlights of that area, explains it in very … read more

 

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Reviewed by Patricia Elliott, Adjunct Faculty, Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA. , on 2/9/2017.

This textbook covers all areas of basic information technology including a very comprehensive history of technology and its evolution. In some … read more

 

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Reviewed by Ross Lamberth, School of Business Administration Instructor, Portland State University, on 2/16/2017.

This text does an excellent job of covering the broad range of topics essential to a beginning class in Information Systems. Ranging from concrete … read more

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is an Information System?

Chapter 2: Hardware

Chapter 3: Software

Chapter 4: Data and Databases

Chapter 5: Networking and Communication

Chapter 6: Information Systems Security

Chapter 7: Does IT Matter?

Chapter 8: Business Processes

Chapter 9: The People in Information Systems

Chapter 10: Information Systems Development

Chapter 11: Globalization and the Digital Divide

Chapter 12: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Information Systems

Chapter 13: Future Trends in Information Systems

About the Book

Welcome to Information Systems for Business and Beyond. In this book, you will be introduced to the concept of information systems, their use in business, and the larger impact they are having on our world.

This book is written as an introductory text, meant for those with little or no experience with computers or information systems. While sometimes the descriptions can get a little bit technical, every effort has been made to convey the information essential to understanding a topic while not getting bogged down in detailed terminology or esoteric discussions.

Learning objectives can be found at the beginning of each chapter. Of course, all chapters are recommended for use in an introductory information systems course. However, for courses on a shorter calendar or courses using additional textbooks, a review of the learning objectives will help determine which chapters can be omitted.

At the end of each chapter, there is a set of study questions and exercises (except for chapter 1, which only offers study questions). The study questions can be assigned to help focus students’ reading on the learning objectives. The exercises are meant to be a more in-depth, experiential way for students to learn chapter topics. It is recommended that you review any exercise before assigning it, adding any detail needed (such as length, due date) to complete the assignment.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

David T. Bourgeois worked as an information technology professional for 15 years for companies such as Southern California Edison and Texas Instruments before coming to Biola in 2002 to lead the information systems program. He received his master's degree in management science from Cal State Fullerton in 1994 and his doctorate degree in information systems and technology from Claremont Graduate University in 2006. Bourgeois currently serves as the undergraduate department chair and as the director of innovation with a focus on ensuring that all undergraduates are fully skilled in the digital technologies they need in their business careers.