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.

An introduction to the systems lifecycle and methods of system requirements analysis, specification, and design. Computer-aided project management techniques will be explored. Students will use practical and accepted methods for the analysis and design of computer-based solutions to organizational problems.  Prerequisites: CPS 201; COM 100; ENG 101. Open to Juniors and Seniors. This course replaces CPS 341 and 343. Students who have already taken CPS 341 and/or 343 are not eligible for this course. (Fall of even-odd years)