course introduces students to systems thinking and information
management. Students learn to identify the risks of system
sub-optimization created by silo oriented operations in organizations.
They practice how to define, design, and develop databases needed to
satisfy the information requirements of their customers and the entire
organization. Using object based data models students design a
conceptual model to discuss with customers (end users) and then convert
the concepts to relational models for database developments using
normalization methods. To practice the database development process
students are assigned a project that requires research and preparation
for customer interviewing, conceptual design, customer verification,
logical design, prototype development using ms-access, testing and
presentation of results. This course serves as a primer for advanced
courses in information management and systems optimization.