Course Syllabus for "PRDV208: Information Management and Processing"
The management and processing of information is an essential practice in a business environment. All organizations ranging from social groups, small businesses, non-profits, and large corporations have a need for information to be analyzed and processed. These organizations require that business analysts or other key employees demonstrate a mastery of information management and processing in order to address critical business problems such as business planning, inventory management, and organizational forecast planning. In particular, these skills are needed to perform data and information analyses and present the findings of such analyses to help guide business-related decisions. This course will provide you with a structured introduction to the key tools and techniques used in information management and processing. If you have ever been asked to organize information, analyze data, or create a presentation to help your organization make a business-related decision, then this course will help you develop or improve these essential skills. This course will also provide you with an understanding of practical approaches and techniques, such as integrating content from various sources and constructing graphs to show data relationships that are often used to process and present information in business decision-making. You will use the standard office suite tools that most companies use. You will learn how to select the best tool to address your specific business need and how to integrate content produced from the other tools. At the conclusion of the course, you will have mastered the processes of integrating data using the standard information management and processing tools and techniques.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- describe the function of information management and processing;
- explain how to identify, validate, and secure data /information to address business requirements;
- explain how to design and construct solutions to business-related issues, using information management tools and processes, as well as perform this task.
- define the term information as it is used in the context of a business environment, and identify the difference between information and data;
- define the concept of information management and processing in a business environment;
- identify how data is turned into information and how the business environment software tools are most commonly used;
- define the term business requirement;
- identify a business information-management need, and develop an effective business requirement to reflect that need;
- explain the role of the business owner (client) in data selection and validation;
- explain how public and proprietary data and information is used;
- identify the common functions of the word-processing tool, and explain how the word-processing tool and its various functions can be used in a business environment to help inform business decisions;
- explain how to design basic word-processing documents using free formats, templates, wizards, and other common word-processing tool functions, as well as perform this task;
- identify a successful presentation, and explain how the set of slides within the presentation work together to deliver an effective message;
- identify the tool functions that allow for integration and sharing across the word-processing and presentation tools;
- identify basic functions of the spreadsheet tool, and explain how the spreadsheet tool is used in a business environment to help inform business decisions;
- explain how to design and create basic spreadsheet documents, including business forms and charts, using free formats, templates, and wizards, as well as perform this task;
- compare and contrast structured and unstructured data within a spreadsheet;
- identify how information is structured and entered into a database, and identify the business needs that require a database solution;
- explain how to design and construct a database solution and reports in order to address a business need, as well as perform this task;
- identify various types of databases;
- explain the process and techniques used to create a database and how a database management system is used in a business environment;
- explain how database content can be integrated into a spreadsheet document and how an office suite can be integrated to produce business documents to support business decisions;
- explain how to design and construct a word-processing document with integrated presentation, spreadsheet, and database content, and perform this task; and
- explain how to design and construct a presentation document with integrated word-processing, spreadsheet, and database content, as well as perform this task.
In order to take this course, you must:
√ have access to a computer;
√ have a basic understanding of computers;
√ have continuous broadband Internet access;
√ have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g. Adobe Reader or Flash);
√ have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer;
√ have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.);
√ be competent in the English language;
√ have read the Saylor Student Handbook; and
√ have completed PRDV003: Word Processing Using Microsoft Word.
Welcome to PRDV208. General information on the course and its requirements can be found below.
Primary Resources: This course comprises a range of different free, online materials including several YouTube videos and readings. However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:
- The Open University’s An Introduction to Data and Information: “Section 3.3: Data and Information” and “Section 3.4 What Has Any of This to Do with Computers?”
- The Open University’s Storing and Processing Information: “The Technological Components of an Information System”
- The Open University’s Finding Information in Business and Management: “Evaluating Business and Management Information on the Internet” and “Organizing Your Information”
- LibreOffice’s Features
Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials. Pay special attention to Unit 1 as this lays the groundwork for understanding the more advanced, exploratory material presented in the latter units. You will also need to complete the Final Exam.
Note that you will only receive an official grade on your final exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to study all of the resources and complete the activities found in some of the readings.
In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of 30 hours to complete. Each unit includes a time advisory that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. These should help you plan your time accordingly. It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit and then set goals for yourself. Each unit should take approximately 3 hours to complete. Perhaps you can dedicate completing Units 1-3 (a total of 9 hours) one week; Units 4-6 (a total of 9 hours) the next week; and so forth.
Tips/Suggestions: It will be helpful to have an office suite with word-processing, spreadsheet, database software, and presentation software. You may currently have Microsoft Office or another office suite. You may also download LibreOffice, which is explored in this course, by following the instructions to download the free software here.