Students are introduced to key business, environmental and social issues in the field of information systems. The issues are brought forward through diverse teaching media such as class discussion, case studies, and electronic discussions, group presentations and lectures. Discussion topics may include the impact of IT enhancements on the workforce, the impact of outsourcing, confidentiality and privacy issues, social welfare and the information gap within and across nations. Assignments in this course provide a complete view of the environment in which technology is introduced. An example of this is an assignment in which students are asked to perform a stakeholder analysis. Stakeholders often do not have a full understanding of the capabilities of an information system, nor are the able to accurately assess its costs and benefits. Relevant stakeholders include end-users, IT personnel, project managers, IT executives, non-IT executives, vendors, customers, suppliers, and competitors. It is becoming more difficult to fully understand organizations without understanding the technology and systems that support and enable their operations. This course therefore provides students with the tools to understand the use and impact of information systems to be able to use them effectively in an increasingly competitive and dynamic business environment.
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