INF220: IS Principles Ashford university full course (discussion+assignments)

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INF220: IS Principles ashford university week 1

Discussions

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1. Information Systems and Globalization

How are information systems transforming business and what is their relationship to globalization? Give examples to illustrate your answer. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

2. Organizational Performance

How do enterprise applications, collaboration and communication systems, and intranets improve organizational performance? Give examples to illustrate your answer. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


Assignments

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UPS and the Utility of Information Systems

After reading chapter one, watch thevideo: (Real Media Player can be downloaded for free atwww.real.com) and read the additional write-up on page 16 of your text. Answer the questions listed below using APA format. Be sure to integrate vocabulary from the text to demonstrate your understanding of concepts. The paper should not exceed 2 double-spaced pages (excluding title page).

United Parcel Service's operations are driven by its information systems technology. Beginning as a local delivery service in 1907, UPS expanded on the West coast initially, reached New York in the 1930s, and went international in the 1970s. Today, UPS delivers over 14 million packages daily to 200 countries and territories. A $1.5 billion technology investment in the 1980s buoyed the growth of UPS. The investment enabled the development of the International Shipments Processing System (ISPS), which is the key to the company's overseas operations. The technology infrastructure enables UPS to offer its customers services in addition to the basic shipment of packages. UPS drivers play an important role in the company's services by capturing information at the endpoints of each delivery segment. Volume, cultural differences, and hardware readiness all impact the development and continued growth of UPS.

1. What external factors affect international operations at UPS?

2. How do these factors cause UPS to adjust its operations?

3. What are the inputs, processing, and outputs of UPS’ tracking system.

4. What technologies are used by UPS? How are these technologies related to UPS’ business model and business objectives?

5. What problems do UPS’s information systems solve?

Week 2

NF220: IS Principles Ashford university week 2

Ashford 3: - Week 2

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1. Role of BPR

What is the role of business process reengineering (BPR) in enhancing competitiveness? Give examples to illustrate your answer. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

2. Hardware and Software Selection

Why is selecting computer hardware and software for the organization an important business decision? What factors should be considered? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


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<pstyle="color: rgb(112,48,160);="" font-size:="" 16px"=""> Identifying OpportunitiesSelect a company described in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, or another reputable business application. Visit the company’s Web site to find additional information about that company and see how the firm is using the Web. On the basis of this information, briefly identify important business processes and the firm’s business strategy. Suggest information systems that might give that particular business a competitive advantage, including those based on Internet technology. Your paper should be two double-spaced pages in length (excluding title page) and in APA format. Be sure to integrate vocabulary from the text to demonstrate your understanding of concepts.

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  1. Database Development

To what extent should end users be involved in the selection of a database management system and database design? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

  1. RFID

Should all major retailing and manufacturing companies switch to RFID? Why or why not? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


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Network Design

In a two-page APA formatted paper, provide analysis answering the following:

Network design is a key business decision as well as a technological decision. Why? Provide an example of a company you believe has a good network design, providing supporting rationale on why that network is effective and what types of business decisions or reports can be made from its utility.

Week 4

Discussions

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  1. Security in Business

Respond to the following: “Security isn’t simply atechnology issue, it’s a business issue.” Be sure to include business examples in your post. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

  1. Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is less about managing the physical movement of goods and more about managing information. Discuss the implications of this statement. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


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Evaluating Security Software

In a two-page APA formatted paper, provide analysis answering the following:

Use the Web to research and evaluate security products from two competing vendors, such as antivirus software, firewalls, or antispyware software. For each product, describe its capabilities, for what types of businesses it is best suited, and its cost to purchase and install. Which is the best product? Why?

Ashford 6: - Week 5

Discussions

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  1. Impact of the Internet

The Internet may not make corporations obsolete, but corporations will have to change their business models. Do you agree? Why or why not? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

  1. Moral Dimensions of Information Systems

Refer to page 413 Figure 12-1 in your text – The Relationship Between Ethical, Social, and Political Issues in an Information Society. “The introduction of new information technology has a ripple effect, raising new ethical, social, and political issues that must be dealt with on individual, social, and political levels. These issues have five moral dimensions: information rights and obligations, property rights and obligations, system quality, quality of life, and accountability and control.” Give a business example of each. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


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Final Paper

The final paper will demonstrate the students’ ability to assimilate, synthesize, and apply the concepts of management information systems; specifically how information systems transform business; how information systems help to solve business problems; how information systems support major business functions, and how information systems affect business careers.

Focus of the Final Paper

Your final paper should demonstrate understanding of information systems and how they contribute to forming competitive advantage in business. Prepare a 4-6 page paper that addresses the following questions in narrative form (APA form and style). Be sure to provide examples and supporting rationale throughout the paper.

1. How are information systems transforming business and what is their relationship to globalization?

2. Why are information systems so essential for running and managing a business today?

3. What exactly is an information system? How does it work? What are its people, organization, and technology components?

4. How will a four-step method for business problem solving help you solve information system-relations problems?

5. Identify and describe the major features of a business that are important for understanding the role of information systems.

6. Describe the information systems supporting the major business functions: sales and marketing, manufacturing and production, finance and accounting, and human resources.

7. How will information systems affect business careers and what information systems skills and knowledge are essential?

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

· Must be four to six double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.

· Must include a cover page that includes:

· Student’s name

· Course name and number

· Title of paper

· Instructor’s name

· Date submitted

· Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.

· Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

· Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.

· Must use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all sources.

· Must include, on the final page, a Reference Page that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.

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