Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BA 131
Course Title:
Introduction to Business Technology
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Course Description

Covers computer concepts and the use of information technology in business organizations including the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Includes introduction to hardware, software, databases, system development, and tools that businesses use for communication and collaboration. Includes appreciating the value of ethical conduct in a business/computer environment and the impact of technology on industry and society. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to: 

  • Apply an understanding of how organizations utilize computer and communications technology to collect, process, and store data and information.
  • Apply technology to support business planning, operations, marketing, strategy, and decision-making
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software in the business environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to ethics, environmental responsibility, and privacy issues associated with information technology use in business and society.
  • Analyze how businesses use the Internet, social media, and technology to connect with customers and employees, market and deliver their products, and create competitive advantage.
  • Apply an understanding of the rapidly changing technological environment to make business decisions.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class participation
  • Case study analysis
  • Individual or group assignments/projects
  • Presentations
  • Completion of assessment examinations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Computer and communications technology
  • Business technology applications
  • Using computer hardware and software tools to work more productively
  • Ethics and privacy issues

Competencies, Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various elements of computer and communications technology, including computer hardware, software and telecommunications technology.
  • Identify the various types of computer systems and their business applications.
  • Describe the hardware components (input, processing, storage, output and communications) and how they relate to the computer system.
  • Understand the differences between operating system and applications software.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and electronic mail and Internet browser software.
  • Review how technology is being used to support various businesses and functions.
  • Recognize societal and ethical issues associated with the use of technology and computers by businesses.