COMPUTERS & IT IN BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

STUDY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                               

This Program is advantageous to any and all managers, business people, administrators and workers in any and all organizations, and will provide the knowledge which is needed for upwards progress; executives and directors will look for staff with proven computer and IT knowledge and understanding to help improve efficiency and make best use of the technology available.  For those working in or wanting to enter the IT field, it provides the ability for advancement because it covers far more than just technology – it provides the foundation to become a manager and to translate the theoretical benefits of computer systems into reality to the benefit of all types of organizations.

SUMMARY OF MAJOR TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Computers and technology in business; their roles as aids to management and administration and as a decision-making tool.
  • The functions and duties of management, the technical and human aspects.
  • Human factors in IT and management.
  • Computer technology development and characteristics of computers; mass technology.
  • Advantages and limitations of computers and IT.
  • Digital information, computer hardware, the CPU, interfacing, memory, bootstrapping, storage.
  • Input and output devices.
  • Understanding the technology, how it works.
  • Operating systems, programming tools, computer languages, codes, applications.
  • Information flows, security, location.
  • Understanding digital information, data orthogonality, programming.
  • Hardware systems, software operations.
  • Management information systems, using software: forecasts, modelling, graphs, competitor and market analysis.
  • Understanding and using business intelligence.
  • Computers and communications, communication devices, protocols, networks.
  • The internet – its uses and how it works, IPs, URLs.
  • Practical uses of computer systems: accounting and financial systems, in property, hotels, insurance, retail, production, sales and other businesses and administrative uses.
  • Digital and print media technologies.
  • Traditional word processing and desk-top publishing; publishing software, digital media.
  • Websites and website design and production.
  • Objectives of computerization.
  • Defining, choosing and implementing a computer system; requirements and specifications.
  • Delivering and testing a new computer system.
  • Project management approaches to computer and IT systems, from concept to operation; quality assurance.
  • The efficient running and maintenance of an IT system.
  • Ensuring business continuity, planning for problems and failures.
  • Back-up systems, disaster recovery, dealing with a cyber-attack, physical security.
  • Setting and managing passwords and data access systems.

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