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Information Systems for Business

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 201

       Course Name: Information Systems for Business

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103, and four credits of CIS courses.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines characteristics of the most common types of online business applications. Content includes in-depth coverage of input, output, processing, controls and management implications for each business system. A hands-on accounting-based case study will be completed with focus on processing of sales, receipts, payables, disbursements and payroll transactions.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:
  1. Understand the role of batch and interactive processing in business systems;
  2. Understand the input, output, processing, controls, and management implications of the most common types of on-line business systems;
  3. Understand the relationships among the most common types of on-line business systems;
  4. Apply knowledge of various on-line business systems to a laboratory case study

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to business systems
        1.    The computer processing environment
        2.    Methods of processing
            a)    Role of, advantages of, and disadvantages of batch processing
            b)    Role of, advantages of, and disadvantages of interactive processing
        3.    Database management
        4.          On-line communications

B.    Properties and types of on-line systems

C.    The role of and types of systems documentation
        1.    Data flow diagrams
        2.    Systems organization charts
        3.    Program processing and file processing menus
        4.    System flowcharts

D.    On-line systems design
        1.    Input
        2.    Processing
        3.    Output
        4.    Files
        5.    Controls

E.    Receivables Systems
        1.    Customer invoicing
        2.    Customer cash receipts
        3.    Accounts receivable

F.    Payable Systems
        1.    Accounts payable
        2.    Fixed assets
        3.    Payroll

G.    Materials Control Systems
        1.    Order entry
        2.    Finished goods inventory
        3.    Purchasing and receiving

H.    Financial Systems
        1.    General ledger
        2.    Budget planning
        3.    Profit planning

I.    Sales Analysis Systems

J.    Market Planning Systems

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Case study
D. Hands-on exercises and projects
E. Quizzes/tests
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The students will be expected to complete appropriate assignments, quizzes and tests to meet the course objectives.  Number and type of assignments, quizzes, and tests are determined by the instructor.  In addition, the student is expected to complete a semester-long laboratory case study involving the business systems studied.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Class and laboratory assignments quizzes/tests

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.