Introduction to Information Systems and Technology

Course number: 
CIS 1048
Fall 2016


No textbook is required.
Topics covered: 
This course introduces students to the field of Information Systems Technology, and highlights the material covered throughout the entire IS&T Program at Temple.  The course covers these topics:  1) an overview of the fundamental business strategies, processes, and underlying methods of decision making, and how they are enabled and supported by information systems, 2) the interactions among people and technologies on both an individual and institutional level, 3) the design and operation of contemporary information technology infrastructures, and 4) the core enterprise class information systems, and how they support and enable fundamental business processes.
Course goals: 
By the end of this course, students must demonstrate these competencies:
  • A firm grasp of the various models for developing strategies within an organization, and how information technology helps ensure their success.
  • Knowledge of the predominant technologies utilized by individuals, organizations, and society as a whole.
  • A strong understanding of information systems technology, including hardware, software, databases, and networking.
  • A working knowledge of the various types of information systems, and how they’re typically used to support key business processes.
  • A practical understanding of the basic steps in building and managing information systems.
  • An appreciation and awareness of the key issues impacting contemporary information technology – e.g., ethics, privacy, security, etc.
  • A solid understanding of the wide variety of Information Systems/Information Technology career opportunities.
  • Effective writing and presentation skills – e.g., clear, concise, and grammatically-correct writing; content-rich, visually appealing presentation decks, poised presentation delivery; etc.
  • An ability to apply critical analysis skills by assessing real-life, typical issues that confront practitioners of information systems and technology, and propose well-considered solutions – e.g., case study assessments.
Attendance policy: 
Attendance to all meetings of the class is mandatory.
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
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