Business | BUS K 201 The Computer in Business
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BUS K 201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.) 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.