Ch 1: Introduction to Business Information Systems

About This Chapter

This introductory chapter on business information systems can be accessed whenever you need to refresh your understanding of basic information system topics. Study at any time and use the chapter to prepare for exams, catch up in class and complete your homework assignments.

Introduction to Business Information Systems - Chapter Summary

Review the fundamentals of business information systems with this convenient online study guide chapter. You'll examine the main components of information systems, as well as types of data, binary number systems, bytes and more. The chapter is accessible on any computer or mobile device, which helps you study whenever you have spare time in your schedule. The chapter also contains lesson-specific quizzes, as well as a comprehensive chapter exam. You can also submit questions to our instructors if you have any. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Know what an information system is
  • Recognize different types of data and their sources
  • Evaluate the uses and advantages of binary number systems
  • Understand what bytes measure
  • Identify the characteristics of valuable information in business
  • Assess the components of an information system

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Business Information Systems
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is an Information System?

1. What Is an Information System?

Information systems are an integral part of businesses. But what, exactly, is an information system? In this lesson, we'll define information systems and then examine the three main components of an information system.

What are Data? - Types, Sources & Definition

2. What are Data? - Types, Sources & Definition

In this lesson, learn what data are and compare different types. Understanding how to represent and organize data is a key element of using a computer.

Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia

3. Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia

Discuss the basic types of data found in databases. These include character strings, integers, decimals, images, audio, video and other multimedia types.

Binary Number System: Application & Advantages

4. Binary Number System: Application & Advantages

All computers use a binary number system, that relies upon just two symbols, typically 0 and 1. In this lesson, you'll learn about the advantages of using the binary number system, as well as some of its practical applications.

What is a Byte? - Definition & Measurements

5. What is a Byte? - Definition & Measurements

In this lesson, we will find out what a computer byte is. We will also take a quick look at where this word comes from, and how it is used in the computer industry.

Valuable Information in Business: Characteristics & Examples

6. Valuable Information in Business: Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson we will be looking at the significant role information plays in business. We will examine the characteristics of information that fuel the type of decisions business and individuals made.

Input, Processing, Output & Feedback: Information System Components

7. Input, Processing, Output & Feedback: Information System Components

What are the components that really make an information system work? In this lesson, we'll explore IPOS (input, process, output and storage) and how this system works.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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