An introduction to contemporary information systems and their uses throughout global organizations. Emphasis is on the key components of information systems – people, software, hardware, data, and communication technologies, and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. Students will gain an understanding of how information is used in organizations and how IT enables improvement in quality, speed, and agility. This course also introduces systems and development concepts, technology acquisition, and various types of application software that have become prevalent or are emerging in modern organizations and society.