CCOG for BA 131 Spring 2024

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

Covers the use of information technology in business organizations. Includes introduction to hardware, software, databases, system development, and tools that businesses use for communication and collaboration. Explores the value of ethical conduct in the business environment and the impact of technology on firms, industry and society. Recommended: Basic computing skills, familiarity with word processing and presentation software. Audit available. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to: 

  • Describe how organizations utilize information technology to collect, analyze, and store data and information.
  • Discuss how technology supports business planning, operations, marketing, strategy, and decision-making.
  • Identify potential threats to privacy and information security associated with business use of information technology.
  • 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.
  • Explain how business use of information technology poses ethical and societal challenges. 

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.
  • Review common threats to privacy and information security associated with information technology use by businesses, their customers, and their users.

  • Understand how business connect with customers and employees, market their products, and compete using information technology, the Internet, and social media.

  • 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.