ERIC Number: ED431413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
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Should the Introductory Information Systems Course Be Removed from the Business School Curriculum? A Preliminary Investigation.
Gordon, Gene M.; Chimi, Carl J.
This paper reports on the results of a preliminary investigation of the extent to which first-year students entering a university during the summer, who enroll in the introductory information systems course in a college of business, meet the requirements for the course upon entrance. A second objective is to recommend a course of action to be taken in regard to the continuance or discontinuance of the introductory information systems course. A justification for the study is that more and more students are being exposed to computers and computing in scholastic settings and as a result find the introductory course repetitive and tedious. In addition, students are acquiring their own computers in rapidly growing numbers and, because of their personal use of applications such as Microsoft Office, are sufficiently knowledgeable to move on to more advanced courses. Finally, the need for computer usage in college is vital especially in light of the fact the 45% of college students in the Northeast report they use computers regularly. The study used a pretest to measure student knowledge of general theoretical computer concepts and applications. It is concluded that, until further research is done, the introductory computer information systems course should remain a required part of the business college curriculum. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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