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CIS207 Information Systems Fundamentals

Week 1 Discussion

Discussion Question: Understanding Data, Information, and Knowledge

Includes TWO (2 Long Answers) to this Discussion Question

Find a receipt from a current purchase you made and answer the following questions:

• What are the data items on the receipt?

• Which ones are static and which ones are dynamic?

• Based on this data, what kind of informational report could you design for a store manager?

• Based on that report, what knowledge would the manager gain that is actionable?

Discussion Question: Understanding Process

Includes THREE (3 Long Answers) to this Discussion Question!

Materials: Learning Team Strategies for Success Video

One critical requirement that IT organizations are looking for in their human resources is the ability to work in a team. Information Systems have become so complex that specialists from multiple disciplines have to work together to solve problems or design new software. In this course, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your classmates. In future courses, you will work with a team to complete an assignment.

Design a list of steps that you would execute if you were the team leader that would help your team get off to a good start.

Discussion Question: Information Systems vs. Information Technology

Includes FIVE (5 Long Answers) to Discussion Question!

The terms "information system" (IS) and "information technology" (IT) are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not the same. It is important for your professional credibility to understand the difference and to use the terms


Summarize the differences between an IS and IT.

Provide an example of an IS and IT from your personal or professional experience and explain your example.

Example: Tickets are scanned as people enter the state fair.

• The ticket scanners are information technology components. They are input devices that gather information about the redeemed ticket. They are also output devices as they confirm the validity of the ticket.

• The software that gathers and stores the redeemed ticket information is part of the information system used to track data related to attendance and ticket sales sources.

Post your response to the discussion forum.

Respond to a minimum of two of your peers.

Discussion Question: Access to Knowledge is Power

Includes FIVE (5 Long Answers) to Discussion Question!

Information technology has advanced to the point where we can almost literally "never be out of touch" with data, information, and other people. Almost instant access can be a benefit to those working with and using the information.

Select one information system in use at an organization with which you are familiar (e.g., work, library, school, government agency, or community organization).

Explain its importance and benefits to the organization.

Example: A community food pantry tracks donations, dispersals, and inventory at multiple locations throughout the community. The information system provides information about high-use, excess inventory, and low inventory, so the

coordinators can move inventory to where it is needed. This enables the organization to serve the most community members possible and reduce waste from unused inventory at lower-volume sites.

Post your response to the discussion forum.

Respond to a minimum of two of your peers.

Discussion Question: IT Role

Includes THREE (3 Long Answers) to this Discussion Question!

The role of the Information Services Department has significantly changed since computers became a necessity for business. In Table 1.2 of Introduction to Information Systems is a description of those changes.

Select two of the new consultative tasks that you feel you would like to be part of your job description and describe the following:

Why do you feel those tasks are a good fit for your skills?

Why do you feel those tasks are needed at your company or any company?

Discussion Question: Information Systems in Organizations

Includes Long Answer to Discussion Question!

What is a specific role an information system can play in an organization? What are three components of this system? How do they work in the enterprise?

Discussion Question: IT Systems

Includes TWO (2 Long Answers) to Discussion Question!

How can an IT system initially help a company advance, but later become a requirement for that business to stay competitive?


CIS207 Information Systems Fundamentals

Week 2 Discussion

Discussion Question: Information System Components

Materials: Computer Requirements website and BrowserHawk

Computer Information Systems whether they are personal or corporate have four main components: hardware,

software, data, and network.

Describe these components for the system that you use to access Explain why you selected these

components. To be sure that you have the minimum standards to access University resources, go to the Home tab, select the Help icon, select Technology Requirements, and run BrowserHawk.

Discussion Question: Information System Architecture

In today's environment, companies have several options as to where they locate each component of an information system. These options can be confusing to management.

Put yourself in the position of an IT Professional and explain to a manager where the following components can reside given the current system architecture and why this option is beneficial and/or risky. Make sure you use terms that a non-technical user would understand.

• Thin client like Chromebook

• Managed Service

• Software as a Service

Discussion Question: Network Protection and Alternatives

Since access to the network is critical to your success as a student, describe your current network environment and how you would respond if it went down. After reading and discussing this week, how do you think a Network Administrator in a large company would respond? Be sure to defend your response. 

Discussion Question: Network Terminology

Business users are often confused by the network terms that IT professionals use when talking about communications between systems. Using the information in Ch. 6 of Introduction to Information Systems, explain the following terms using examples that a non-IT person would understand.




Packet Switching


Discussion Question: : IT Systems

How is information used in the modern enterprise? How does this use affect IT systems?


CIS207 Information Systems Fundamentals

Week 3 Discussion

Discussion Question: Understanding Transaction Processing Systems

The nervous system of many organizations is the Transaction Processing System (TPS). As described in Week One,

accurate data is the foundation of information and knowledge transfer in an organization. The key requirements of a

TPS are:

• One or more users accessing the system simultaneously

• Data that is moving through the system is protected from disruptions in the process

• It is mandatory that a transaction can be reversed

• All transactions must have an audit trail

Respond to the following topics on a TPS in use at your company or one that you use in your daily life, such as an


• Describe the purpose of the system and the data that is collected.

• Describe the departments that receive and process the data.

• Describe some of the managerial reports produced by the system and how the report assists in decision making.

• Describe the benefit to your company of having such a system.


Discussion Question: Understanding Functional Systems

One of the roles of a Director of MIS or CIO is to understand his or her portfolio of information systems. Some of these systems are common to all organizations, and some are unique to the company's industry, and some are unique to the core business of the company. In Ch. 10 of Introduction to Information Systems, you learned about the more common systems. Let's take the opportunity to learn about some of the more unique systems.

Describe a unique information system or subsystem at your company by responding to the following questions. If you do not have knowledge of a unique business system, then respond with a description of a unique system that you use personally that your classmates may not know about or have knowledge of.

• What is the primary purpose of the system?

• Which stakeholders benefit from using the system?

• When and how did the company acquire and implement the system?

• How would you enhance the system if you had responsibility for it?

Discussion Question: Mobile Computing

How is mobile computing, Web 2.0, and social media changing how IT systems are used?

Discussion Question: Mobile Devices and IT Systems

How are mobile devices changing the way IT systems are used? What are the useful aspects and dangers of these devices? What can organizations do to maximize value and minimize risk when users use these devices?


CIS207 Information Systems Fundamentals

Week 4 Discussion

Discussion Question: Understanding the Role of IT Relationship in B2C eCommerce

For decades, the Management Information Services (MIS) department had focused on their internal customers. With the growth of eCommerce, more MIS departments are working with the Marketing department to build or integrate websites and/or mobile apps with these internal systems.

Review Table 7.1 on page 218 of Introduction to Information Systems, and choose a commercial website that you use frequently. Respond to the following questions:

• Which of the business models in Table 7.1 does this site use and why?

• What aspect of the site do you suspect requires integration with an internal system?

• If you were on the design team for this site, what would you suggest as ways to improve the user experience?

Discussion Question: Understanding the Relationship Between the End User and Social Media

Materials: Salman Khan: Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education and Khan Academy website

When people and your textbook talk about Web 2.0, it is hard to really find a clear definition of what kind of website can be classified as a Web 2.0 site. However, the founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan saw a way to use short videos to further education. He started a site that is a cosmic shift in how websites can change peoples' lives. His site is

Before you go to that site, watch the video presentation in your Course Materials of Khan's TED Talk.

After watching the video, share the key reasons you feel using social media can make a difference in the way employees are educated.

Discussion Question: System Adoption

Write a 200- to 300-word short-answer response to the following:

Describe three types of systems used in organizations. Note the factors that normally lead to adopting the system and requirements that will likely push its future growth of each type.

Discussion Question: Transformational IT

Write a 200- to 300-word short-answer response to the following:

Discuss an IT system that has transformed the way organizations in at least one field carry out work. Note what requirements drove the system to be developed and what requirements are likely to drive it to change in the future.


CIS207 Information Systems Fundamentals

Week 5 Discussion

Discussion Question: Understanding the Systems Development Lifecycle

Review Figure 13.4 in Ch. 13 on pg. 420 of Introduction to Information Systems. In Week One, you identified the particular position you are trying to achieve by getting your degree. How does your career choice fit in the phases o the traditional Systems Development Lifecycle and what would be your role?

Discussion Question: Understanding Digital Dashboards

Materials: Using the Class Performance Dashboard video

As we discussed in Week One, data becomes information, which becomes knowledge. Some of the data collected from a TPS is placed into a Data Warehouse where it can be used to support a Dashboard used by management to monitor the performance of the company. Your instructor has a Dashboard to monitor your individual and team performance during a course.

Review the video that instructors use to learn how to use the Class Performance Dashboard. Respond to the following questions:

    • What surprised you about the information that instructors have on your performance?

    • If you were to have a personal student Dashboard, what information would you want to see displayed and why?

    • How would that information change if you wanted the Dashboard to show Team progress and why?

Discussion Question: System Acquisition

Discuss two major issues involved with acquiring systems and two major issues commonly faced when maintaining them. Address how each can be minimized or overcome.

Supporting Activity: Strategic Planning

Describe the effect of an organization’s strategic planning on the IT systems it uses. Address how strategic planning simplifies and complicates IT system development and use.

Discussion Question: Strategic Planning on IT Systems

Describe the effect of an organization’s strategic planning on the IT systems it uses. Address how strategic planning simplifies and complicates IT system development and use.

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