Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

IS 101: Introduction to Information Systems

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Information Systems
  • Discipline: Information Systems (IS)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces the student to the role of computers in today's technology-driven environment, allowing for a hands-on lab experience. Students will be introduced to the Internet, distance education, and the World Wide Web for research, along with operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, database and basic multi-media. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate basic computer survival skills, understand computer terminology, and create data using a variety of software.

II: Course Objectives

This course is an introduction to computer terminology, hardware, and application programs for management information systems. Students are introduced to business, industry and education applications of popular software using spreadsheets, word processors, and databases. "Hands-on" experience is provided through student use of open lab. Prerequisite: none.

  • 1. Discuss appropriate applications for word processing, spreadsheet, database, operating system software, and Internet tools.
  • 2. Use terminology appropriate to computer system design, hardware and software, users and data.
  • 3. Create, edit and store files from word processing, spreadsheet, database and operating system software.
  • 4. Use internet to research.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course fulfills an emphasis requirement in the General Business Associate of Applied Science degree and the Management Associate of Applied Science degree. It may be chosen to satisfy an elective requirement in any degree under the Business program.

The mission of the Associate of Applied Science degree in business is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the current business environment.

This course addresses the following AAS degree student learning outcomes and students are expected to:


  • Demonstrate entry level skills in Information Systems.

  • Demonstrate communication appropriate to a business environment.

  • Standards of social, ethical, legal, and diversity issues of an office environment.

  • Commitment to on-going learning of their field's technology and practice.



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