Business | BUS K204 Honors: The Computer in Business
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BUS K204 Honors: The Computer in Business (3 cr.) P: Direct admit freshman or
honors student. This course provides an introduction to the role of computers and
other information technologies in business. It provides instruction in both functional
and conceptual computer literacy. Conceptual computer literacy is the focus of the
weekly lecture. After introducing the basic concepts of computer use, these lectures
devote special attention to current technological innovation in social and business
environments. Topics include technology and organizational change, telecommunications,
privacy in the information age, and business security on the Internet. Functional
computer literacy is the focus of the weekly discussion section, which meets twice
a week in a computer lab. This part of the course presents an introduction to two
of the most widely used database and spreadsheet packages: Microsoft Access and
Microsoft Excel. Students learn, via hands-on examples, many of the powerful tools
contained in these two packages with emphasis on how to analyze a variety of business
problems with Access and Excel. The goal is not to teach these packages in an abstract
sense, but rather to show how they can be applied to real business problems to help
make important decisions.  K 204 is the honors version of K 201, and it shares the
same basic course content as K 201. However, its in-class applications and its projects
and exams are more challenging than those in K 201.