BUS-K204 Honors: The Computer in Business
- 16 weeks
- 3 credits
- Prerequisite(s): Students must be admitted to the Hutton Honors College or the Business Honors Program to register for this course.
K204 is the Honors version of K201, an I-Core prerequisite that is required for all business majors. It shares the same basic course content as K201, however, this is a service-learning course and incorporates challenging real-life projects for clients (usually non-profits). The course provides an introduction to the role of computers and other information technologies in business. It provides instruction in both functional and conceptual computer literacy. Classes meet twice weekly for 75 minutes, and concepts and practical skills are taught together in a lab setting. Students become skilled at solving problems with widely used database and spreadsheet packages, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel. Students in BUS-K 204 also learn database theory and design. Conceptual topics include the importance of information systems in business, technology and organizational change, telecommunications, privacy in the information age, and business security on the Internet. Functional computer literacy in concert with conceptual literacy is emphasized through a service learning component. Students learn, via hands-on examples, many of the powerful tools contained in the software with emphasis on how to analyze a variety of business problems with Access and Excel. The goal is not to teach these packages in an abstract sense, but rather to show how they can be applied to real business problems to help make important business decisions. Students in K204 immediately apply their knowledge to help a real organization with their IT needs.