Computer Based Information Systems Courses

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Core Courses

Human Side of Information Systems

How is information technology changing our workplaces, homes and society as a whole?

Complement your technical knowledge by examining how computing and communication technologies are transforming business, education, health care, government and everyday life. Engage with your instructor and fellow learners in discussing current topics in privacy, security, intellectual property, global development and community management.

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Web-based readings only.

IT Security and Privacy

Concerned about IT security issues? Want to understand how your privacy may be at risk? Assess the risks and understand the available tools to provide a secure environment in the office and on your personal devices. An industry expert will lead you through this course, employing a variety of activities including news stories to inform and illustrate how IT security and privacy can be managed – with a plan.

Complete case studies and self-assessment exercises for reinforcement and self-evaluation of the concepts presented in the course.

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Web-based readings only.

Networks and Network Management

How does a computer network function and support users every day on the job?

In this course, you will work with an industry expert to gain an understanding of how networks fit into the information system of an organization. This foundational course will explore computer networks, their implementation, operation and management. You will cover topics such as:

  • network technology
  • architecture
  • management
  • operating systems
  • security
  • reliability
  • maintenance
  • interconnectivity
  • user interface and support

An added bonus: Prepare to write the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam, one of the top global networking certifications.

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Network+ Guide to Networks (7th ed.), West, Dean, and Andrews; plus web-based readings.

Project Management

Get a handle on your project. Whatever your area of expertise, learn and apply the fundamental concepts of effective project management. A seasoned PMP designated professional will work with you throughout a project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing. You will learn how to maximize the use of MS Project software throughout this project cycle.

You’ll learn:

  • the concepts and methodologies needed to plan, manage and track performance over a complete project life cycle
  • cost–benefit analysis
  • change control management
  • quality control
  • risk management
  • performance tracking and corrective action

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: An Introduction to Project Management (Fifth Edition), Schwalbe.

Systems Analysis and Design

How do we make information systems work better for users? What are the best practices for understanding business needs and designing effective systems?

Work with a data scientist, otherwise known as a systems expert, who will introduce you to the methodologies in system design. You will gain a comprehensive introduction to systems analysis and design and a working knowledge of its relationship to mainstream business and project management.

Learn about:

  • the practice of systems methodologies
  • the roles and elements involved in system development, implementation and support 
  • how to avoid the common causes of project failure

Complete applied assignments to learn how to select a project from a portfolio and propose appropriate methodologies and management techniques for its implementation.

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Web-based readings only.


Elective Courses

Business Administration

This course introduces you to the nature and scope of decision making in business, and provides an overview of the functional areas of management, finance, marketing, and organizational behaviour. Using a business case approach, you will develop a personal framework for defining and analyzing business problems and developing solutions and plans of action.

It is strongly recommended you take this course first in the Certificate in Business Administration Program.

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

Want to harness the power of 'big data'?

Increase your analytical capacity by learning to manipulate and understand data to make effective business decisions.

Guided by expert data scientist Dr. Keith Potter, Use R and RStudio (informatics tools) to develop, analyze and build a case to support strategic business decisions that impact the bottom-line.

There is no prerequisite for the course. Learners should have basic computer knowledge, and will be supported by detailed course instructions for using new software and software functions.

*Please note this course is available in a face-to-face format only.

Business Writing and Presentation Skills

Those wishing to assess and add to their business writing skills will find this course a confidence builder. Developing the self-assurance to communicate effectively in the workplace will be the main objective, and students will benefit from the practical approach to building these skills. They will identify the characteristics of effective communication and learn how to successfully critique business documents.

A repeatable writing process and strategic planning guides for specific applications will be introduced and practised through learning activities. Peer support and feedback will be emphasized.

Business communication formats covered will include letters, memos, business proposals and email.

Communicating effectively in the workplace requires specific skills and the self-confidence to apply them effectively. Accordingly, the course is designed to improve writing and speaking skills by providing practical processes and easily applied strategies for achieving success. Class discussions—as well as individual and group exercises—will be designed to encourage active participation; emphasis will be placed on peer support and feedback.

Computing Concepts

Tune up your toolkit – deepen your understanding of hardware, operating systems, productivity software and basic website design. Boost your productivity by using advanced functions of tools including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Work with an engaged instructor who provides timely and constructive feedback on applied assignments.

The course requires Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (including Access) or LibreOffice. LibreOffice is an open source application that can be downloaded from the Internet at no cost. For further information about LibreOffice, please visit www.libreoffice.org

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Digital Planet: Tomorrow's Technology and You, Introductory (10th Edition), Beekman and Beekman.

Financial Accounting

This course is an introduction to financial accounting. You will be introduced to the accounting cycle as well as the preparation of journal entries and financial statements. Other topics covered include the accounting for:

  • cash
  • accounts receivable
  • inventory
  • capital assets
  • current liabilities
  • owner’s equity

A strong knowledge of the principles of accounting gives you the power to make sound business decisions.

Interpersonal Business Communications

The primary goal of this course is to assist in improving the effectiveness of your interpersonal communication in a workplace and personal setting. As a participant, you will be challenged to examine the way you communicate, the effect that your communication has on others and the application of the course material in a workplace settings. This is a dynamic course structure, one that will require introspection and involvement.

This course examines communication from many perspectives and explores the skills that improve interpersonal communication, the communication between two people. The course will help to develop effective communication approaches for personal and workplace relationships through a thorough study of communication concepts.

Management Practices

This course provides managers and students who aspire to management positions with an opportunity to assess and enhance their own use of contemporary management techniques and practices.

Based on the extensive use of simulations in a workshop setting, the course focuses on:

  • strategic management
  • decision-making
  • leadership and supervision
  • group process
  • conflict resolution
  • employee development
  • performance planning and review
Managing in the Digital Economy

The business environment is rapidly changing as a result of the evolution of information technology and systems. It does not matter whether you work in a large company or small, for yourself or for others, for profit or public service – technology affects your business decisions.

This course will demystify the opportunities and challenges created by technology and provide guidance on how to successfully leverage technology for business success while mitigating risk. This is not an IT course; it is a business course for Business Leaders/Managers/decision-makers (current or aspiring) in any industry.

Untangling the Web by Analyzing and Architecting Digital Solutions

Have you ever been shopping online and thought to yourself 'wow, this site is great – nice design and user-friendly'? Online retail is just one example of the power of a web application. Come and acquire the skills to build your own web app. Maybe even put the power of a web app to use for a business idea.

Come and explore this hands-on opportunity to take an idea and put it into motion. You will find the energy in this course contagious as your instructor, Derek Jacoby, takes you on an exciting journey in web app development.

Note: Be prepared to be challenged in this face-to-face class and at home; homework required.

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