REVIEWING NEW IT COURSES IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

ATIF HASSAN
atif.hassan@dacb.edu.pk

June 15 - 21, 2009

Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has included three courses related to information technology in the curriculum of business administration. The titles of the courses are:

IT in Business
Management Information System
E-Commerce

BOOK REVIEWS

PETER NORTON'S INTRO TO COMPUTERS, 6/E

Norton (2006) has introduced sixth edition of his very popular book series i.e. Introduction to computers, Peter Norton's Intro to Computers is a trusted name in information technology. Peter Norton is associated name with computers for nearly two decades. The unparalleled success of this series has led to the sixth edition of the trilogy that is built up of Computing Fundamentals, Essential Concepts and Introduction to Computers bringing together what can only be described as one of the leading educating resources for faculty and students alike.

The Norton series of concepts titles is designed for future IT professionals, to help prepare them for further study in information technology. The text is ideal for IT programs offered in community colleges, proprietary schools, technical/vocational schools, and 4-year colleges. Peter Norton's Introduction to Computers, Sixth Edition, is designed for students in IT, CIS, and business programs who need a fundamental introduction to computer technology.

Important features of this edition includes web-integrated text and a new design with enhanced illustrations, Self-check questions with answers, Norton Online Notes, Norton Notebooks, Productivity Tips, Computers in Your Career, and At Issue articles, End-of-Chapter material including Lesson Quizzes, Internet Labs, Ethical Questions, and Research and Report activities, and completely revised and updated version to cover new technologies to adapt to our quickly changing world.

Internet applications are covered earlier in the text while new and updated coverage is provided about the architecture of the internet. Database management includes new coverage of enterprise systems and Web databases, such as Oracle and MySQL, Improved four-color designed sporting a cleaner, more open look with vivid photographs and illustrations, Margin icons correlate text to activities and assessments in SimNet.

Each lesson will include a key term list, key term quiz, multiple choice questions, essay questions, and lab projects. Each chapter includes additional lab projects, discussion questions, research report, and ethical issue questions. Each book consists of chapters, each divided into two lessons that enable instructors to continue mentoring more flexibly.

New articles added to this particular edition include information security - critical to today's systems and the Internet - Chapter devoted to information security that helps students understand how best to protect themselves and their computer systems, Database management systems including overviews of Oracle, IBM DB2, mySQL, and Microsoft SQL Server, Expanded coverage of Networking and Internet technologies. Features: All new articles spotlight trends in information technology. These new articles will offer compelling looks at how technology is used in to help people do their work or make their lives better. Interviews with real IT professionals will put a human face to the many exciting career IT career opportunities available.

Contents of the book include Introducing Computer Systems, Presenting the Internet, Interacting With Your Computer, Seeing, Hearing, and Printing Data, Processing Data, Storing Data, Using Operating Systems, Working with Application Software, Networks, Applying Internet Technologies, Database Management, Development of Information Systems, Software Programming and Development and Information Assurance: Security, Privacy, and Ethics.

LAUDON'S MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 11/E

Laudon and Laudon (2008) define the MIS course with their latest comprehensive text. Management Information Systems provides comprehensive and integrative coverage of essential new technologies, information system applications, and their impact on business models and managerial decision making in an exciting and interactive manner. The latest revision of this text focuses on MIS and business with greater clarity and depth.

This book is designed for introductory undergraduate courses, and MBA-level MIS and Information Systems courses that want to integrate business with technology. These authoritative authors continue to define the MIS course by providing comprehensive and integrative coverage of essential new technologies, information system applications, and their impact on business models and managerial decision making in an exciting and interactive manner.

Laudon, 10/e provides an integrated framework showing how information systems are composed of management, organization, and technology elements.

The importance of these three elements is reinforced in classroom projects and case studies using examples from business and public organizations that are familiar to students.

The emphasis is on integrating business with technology understanding.

Career Resources show students how the text and the course are directly related to their future business careers. A new Heads Up section at the beginning of each chapter illustrates why students need to know about the upcoming chapter and how this knowledge will help them in their future careers. A new Digital Portfolio section in the text and on the Companion Web Site shows students how to build a digital portfolio that demonstrates their business and software skills to future employers.

Beginning in Chapters 1 and 2, this edition shows students how firms need to change their processes and management behavior in order to reap the benefits of new systems and technologies. Students learn to integrate business objectives with information systems.

This edition has a new section in chapter 9 on global supply chains and additional sections in other chapters, showing students how to use information systems in a global business environment whether they are small business entrepreneurs or managers in large firms. There is also a brand new full length Chapter 15, Managing Global Systems.

All new copies of this book contain a Student CD ROM that enriches the learning possibilities for students and faculty and enables students to dig deeper into subjects described in the book, master new management and software skills, and explore new topics. The student CD ROM contains:

MIS Bullet Text Study Guide summarizes the CORE text and helps students master the leading ideas and concepts

MIS Learning Track Modules take students deeper into MIS topics, concepts and debates, basic technology concepts, HTML and FrontPage Web design software, and much more

Management Problem Solving Cases teaches students how to use Excel, Access, and Web resources to solve classic management problems. Fifteen case studies are available with software tutorial instruction for each case.

MIS Video Cases engage students with real-world vendors and professional associations with whom they will be interacting throughout their business careers. Case study questions integrate the videos into the concepts of each chapter.

Interactive Quiz helps students review and check their knowledge of what they have learned in each chapter.

Contents of the book include Information Systems in Global Business Today, Global E-Business: How Businesses Use Information Systems, Information Systems, Organizations, and Strategy, Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems, IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies, Foundations of Business Intelligence: Databases and Information Management, Telecommunications, the Internet and Wireless Technology, Securing Information Systems, Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy: Enterprise Applications, E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods, Managing Knowledge, Enhancing Decision Making, Building Information Systems, Project Management: Establishing the Business Value of Systems and Managing Change, Managing Global Systems.

TURBAN'S ELECTRONIC COMMERCE 2008, 5/E

Turban, Lee, King (2008) has introduced fifth edition of his very popular book series i.e. Electronic Commerce for undergraduate and graduate courses in Electronic Commerce.

Electronic Commerce 2008, the best seller in the business school market, offers a comprehensive managerial approach to electronic commerce. This new edition emphasizes the impact that social computing is having on the business world and global economy.

Electronic commerce can be approached from two major aspects: technological and managerial. This text emphasizes a managerial perspective. However, the authors recognize the importance of technology and incorporate several features.

In order to show the most recent capabilities of E-Commerce in the real world, the authors have provided multiple features throughout the text. Extensive, vivid examples of large corporations, small businesses, and government and not-for-profit agencies from all over the world show students the cost, justification, and the innovative ways real corporations are using EC in their operations.

Topics such as networking, e-learning, e-government, e-strategy, web based supply chain systems, collaborative commerce, mobile commerce, and EC economics are presented from a theoretical point of view as well as from the application side.

Throughout the text, theoretical foundations are presented ranging from consumer behavior to the economics theory of competition. Website resources, exercises, and extensive references supplement the theoretical presentations to enhance each concept.

The text offers a number of helpful tools to aid students:

Opening Vignettes. Each chapter opens with a real-world example that illustrates the importance of EC to modern corporations.

EC Application Cases. In-chapter cases highlight real-world problems encountered by organizations as they develop and implement EC. Questions follow each case to help direct student attention to the implications of the case material.

Managerial Issues. At the end of every chapter, it explores some of the special concerns managers face as they adapt to doing business in cyberspace.

End-of-Chapter Exercises. Questions for Discussion promote class discussion and develop critical-thinking skills, Internet Exercises require students to surf the Internet, and hands-on exercises send students to interesting Web sites to conduct research, investigate an application, download demos, or learn about state-of-the-art technology. The Team Assignment and Role Playing exercises are challenging group projects designed to foster teamwork.

Real-World Cases. Each chapter ends with a real-world case, which is presented in somewhat more depth than the in-chapter EC Application Cases. Questions follow each case relating the case to the topics covered in the chapter.

Contents of the book include Overview of Electronic Commerce, E-Marketplaces: Structures, Mechanisms, Economics, and Impacts, Retailing in Electronic Commerce: Products and Services, Consumer Behavior, Market Research, and Advertisement, B2B E-Commerce: Selling and Buying in Private E-Markets, B2B Exchanges, Directories, and Other Support Services, E-Supply Chains, Collaborative Commerce, and Corporate Portals, Innovative EC Systems: E-Government to E-Learning to C2C, Mobile Computing and Commerce and Pervasive Computing, Dynamic Trading: E-Auctions, Bartering, and Negotiations, E-Commerce Security, Electronic Payment Systems, Order Fulfillment, eCRM, and Other Support Services, E-Commerce Strategy and Global EC, Economics and Justification of Electronic Commerce, Launching a Successful Online Business and EC Projects, Legal, Ethical, and Compliance Issues in EC, Social Networks and Industry Disruptors in the Web 2.0 Environment.

(Writer is a lecturer at Defence Authority College of Business, Karachi)