An Introduction to Management Information Systems 888342

Comprehensive Guide to Management Information Systems (MIS): An Introduction

All materials required for the Introduction to Management Information Systems course for students are available here.

The course introduction with all information for new students is available at:
Course Introduction 888342 Intro to Management Information Systems

Information systems vocabulary can be difficult to international students. Here are some simple explanations of the meaning of some of the terms on this course:
Information system terms

  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Business Information Systems & Management Information Systems
  • The Need for Management Information Systems
business information systems workers talk in a meeting

Computer Systems

computer information systems workers around a monitor
  • Hardware
    • inside a computer
    • I/O
  • Software
    • system software
    • application software
data systems

Data Resource Management and DSS

  • Database Systems
  • Data Systems
  • Decision Support Systems

Business Applications

  • SDLC Systems Development Life Cycle
  • System Acquisition
  • Project Management
business applications staff meeting
functions with the business information system

Functional Applications of Information Systems

  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Functional Information Systems

Understanding Information Systems

  • To understand management information systems, we need to know how we transform data to information, and how we use systems using feedback and control.
  • What is information, what is good information and how we use information to make decisions are all essential parts of understanding the foundations of information systems.
  • Business information systems differ but day to day and transactional systems are classed as operational. Management information systems deal with decision-making over the long term, at the strategic level, or at the tactical level to achieve these strategic goals.

Understanding Computer Systems

  • Computer Information systems are information systems that use computers which are most systems nowadays.
  • Computer systems can be considered computer hardware, and what we use to work these, called software.

Inside a computer

    • The parts, or components, inside a computer, are all connected by the motherboard, a large circuit board that passes the data & instructions to and from the other parts.
    • The ‘brain’ of the computer is the processor, the CPU (Central Processing Unit). This CPU processes the input data, makes calculations and directs any following actions such as any output.

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understanding of business objectives, business goals, business needs and business problems,  business and technology

business analytics with business data to see business value


Data and information, computer and information, management of information, related to information, Quality of information, Knowledge and wisdom Business environment, Managerial decision making

Management / information / systems / right info, right time, place person, use information technology

MIS career, MIS professional qualities, information system professionals, information system managers

Computer Science & Information Technologies

Business Information Systems

Introduction to systems, types of information systems, Business information systems, Resources that support BIS, Categories of BIS, E-Business systems, Enterprise systems, business uses information systems

business intelligence analysts, understanding of business processes and operations

Types of Management Information Systems

hardware and software systems

Functional applications of information systems

Functional Business Systems

transaction processing, management information , decision support, IS that support the business functions of accounting, finance, marketing, operation management and human resource management.

expert systems

Enterprise systems

enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), supplier relationship management (SRM), e-commerce

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