IAF340 - Business Information Systems

Outline info
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Subject Title
Business Information Systems

Subject Description
This is an introductory course in the use of computer-based information systems in management and accounting, taking into consideration the global aspect of business. Topics surveyed include hardware and software of computer systems; file and database organization; networks and telecommunications; the systems development process; designing information systems solutions; system security and controls; artificial intelligence; and the management of information systems. Computer software is used to provide illustration and practice in database concepts.
Pre-requisites: BAB140 and BAB220

Credit Status
One credit towards the Honours Bachelor of Commerce - International Accounting and Finance degree program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of information systems in assisting organizations to meet their business objectives and to enhance the ability of the organization to plan, control and evaluate business information systems.
2.Describe the major components of a computer system and file and database concepts.
4. Explain the importance of various information system methodologies and techniques including the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
4.Explain database management systems, best practices, enterprise resource planning (ERP), security issues surrounding e-commerce, and structured design techniques.
5. Demonstrate computer skills through the application of accounting software using financial reports.
6. Explain the basics of networks and telecommunications.
7. Discuss e-business and internet technologies.
9. Distinguish between operations support systems, management support systems, decision support systems, executive support systems and expert systems.
10. Explain features of a CBIS environment related to control objectives.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

BAB140 and BAB220

Topic Outline

Introduction to Information Systems
Foundations of Computer Systems
File and database organization
Systems Development
Designing Systems
Networks and Communication
Internet and World Wide Web
Transaction Processing and Enterprise Resource Planning
Information Systems and Management
Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence
Information Systems Issues

Mode of Instruction

A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts
TITLE: Introduction to Information Systems
EDITION: 4th Canadian Edition, Loose-Leaf Print Companion with WileyPlus E4 Blackboard Card
AUTHOR: Rainer, Prince, Splettstoesser-Hogeterp, Sanchez-Rodriguez
ISBN: 9781119388722

Reference Material
updated Term 2154, March 2105

Required Supplies

  •  1 Gb USB Flash Memory to facilitate the storage and transportation of their work. 
  •  Additional storage devices may be required for assignments.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Comprehensive group case 20%
Mid Term, Tests 30%
Final Examination 50%
Total 100%


1. Test and exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.
2. Tests or exams missed for any reason, other than illness, will result in a zero grade. In the case of illness, a validated doctor’s certificate must be presented within one week of returning to the college.
3. On any test or exam, up to 10 % of the marks on that test or exam may be deducted for poorly presented work, misspelled words and poor usage of  language.

Late Assignments

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date for submission.  Any extensions must be negotiated in advance.  Assignments are considered one day late at the conclusion of the class date submission day and 10% will be deducted for every day thereafter until  the late mark accumulated total reaches 20 at which time it will be listed as non-submitted and receive a zero grade.

English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this subject in both oral and written work. Strive to be clear and concise. Ensure your written work is consistent with the rules of English grammar, especially in sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Always spell-check, edit, and proof-read your work.

Language Across the Curriculum Rubric
Clear   Confusing  
Good Detail   Lacks Detail  
Easy to Follow   Difficult to Follow  
Answers Question   Evades Question  

Seneca College Library Resources

Be sure to begin all your research, assignment support and career preparation at the Seneca College libraries website http://library.senecacollege.ca where you will find information about our services and collections including, print and e-books, databases that will lead you to thousands of articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, carefully selected websites, how-to tutorials, streamed videos and much more.

Accounting & Financial Services Subject Guide

Go to http://seneca.libguides.com/content.php?pid=51134&hs=a for an online customized guide for accounting and financial services students that meets specific program needs – you will find library resources, websites, industry associations and organizations, a business glossary, career sites for accounting and financial services students and more.


For rules on citing your sources, consult Seneca Libraries' online MLA Citation Guide at http://seneca.libguides.com/mla, or purchase a print copy of the Guide to Research & Citation: MLA Style in the Seneca Bookstore.
Ensure that you do not commit plagiarism. Information on academic honesty, including the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism tutorial is available through the library at: http://library.senecacollege.ca/Academic_Honesty/index.html.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Coordinator
Cynthia Duncan

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier