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Information Systems

Information Systems

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It covers the fundamentals taught in an introductory college-level business information systems course. It reviews knowledge, terminology, and basic concepts about information systems as well as the application of that knowledge.

Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

“Information Systems” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into seven modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and readings.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate the understanding on concepts and techniques applicable to a variety of products and environments. Knowledge of arithmetic and mathematics equivalent to that of a student who has successfully completed a traditional first-year high school algebra course is assumed.

The exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. What are Information Systems?

1.0 Introduction to What are Information Systems?   

1.1 Introduction to Information Systems   

1.2 What Is Information?   

1.3 Key Elements of Information Systems   

1.4 History of Information Systems   

1.5 Information Systems Today   

1.6 What We Mean by “Digital”   

1.7 Readings

2. Hardware and Systems Technology

2.0 Introduction to Hardware and Systems Technology   

2.1 What is a Computer?   

2.2 How Does a Computer Operate?   

2.3 Types of Data Storage and Memory   

2.4 More About Memory and Storage   

2.5 Telecommunications – How We Move Data   

2.6 Telecommunications – Bandwidth   

2.7 Wireless Technologies   

2.8 Input/Output Devices   

2.9 Networks and Connected Computers   

2.10 Servers and Routers   

2.11 Network Architectures   

2.12 Mobile Technologies   

2.13 Satellites and Microwaves   

2.14 RFID and GPS   

2.15 Readings

3. Software Development and Programming Concepts

3.0 Introduction to Software Development and Programming Concepts   

3.1 What is Software?   

3.2 Primary Types of Software   

3.3 Operating Systems   

3.4 Software Applications   

3.5 Common Office Applications   

3.6 Spreadsheets   

3.7 Software Development   

3.8 Common Software Development Processes   

3.9 Coding and Common Software Languages   

3.10 Implementing New Software Tools   

3.11 Software Standards   

3.12 Software Methodologies   

3.13 Programming Concepts   

3.14 Readings

4. The Internet and the World Wide Web

4.0 Introduction to The Internet and the World Wide Web   

4.1 History of the Internet   

4.2 The World Wide Web and the Browser   

4.3 What Browsers Can Do for Us   

4.4 What is a Website?   

4.5 Website Design   

4.6 Other Creatures on the Web   

4.7 Key Web Software Tools   

4.8 Search Engines   

4.9 Intranets and Cloud Computing   

4.10 The Internet of Things   

4.11 Readings

5. Technology Applications

5.0 Introduction to Technology Applications   

5.1 What is a Database?   

5.2 Types of Databases   

5.3 Choosing the Right Database   

5.4 Database Programming Tools   

5.5 How to Search Your Database   

5.6 Data Warehousing and Mining   

5.7 Enterprise-Wide Data Systems   

5.8 And More Enterprise Systems   

5.9 Specialized Systems – GIS and Experts   

5.10 Integrating Modern Databases   

5.11 Readings

6. E-Commerce

6.0 Introduction to E-Commerce   

6.1 Business on the Internet   

6.2 Business and Competition   

6.3 Common Business Internet Transactions   

6.4 Threats and Opportunities Online   

6.5 The Likely Future of E-Commerce   

6.6 Readings

7. Social and Ethical Implications and Issues

7.0 Introduction to Social and Ethical Implications and Issues   

7.1 Security and Risk   

7.2 Malware, Privacy, and Encryption   

7.3 Identity Theft - Who Are We?   

7.4 Privacy and Social Media   

7.5 Intellectual Property Rights   

7.6 Workforce Impacts   

7.7 In and Out Sourcing   

7.8 Jobs and Job Designs   

7.9 Health and Ergonomics   

7.10 Artificial Intelligence - People 2.0?   

7.11 Careers in IS Now and Tomorrow   

7.12 Readings

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Final Steps

Prof. Gregory Gardner's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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