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Business Information Management 1b: Data Essentials

Building on the prior prerequisite course, you will become more familiar with the application of information management in business. You will learn about professional conduct, team work, and managerial skills while also examining careers in business technology. The basics of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software are explored while you become comfortable operating each of these programs. Finally, the future of business technology is discussed, providing you a foundation in business information management.

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Course Highlights

  • Learn to meet project goals through collaboration and team communication.
  • Visualize documents by applying your knowledge of document design.
  • Think of your spreadsheets as another form of communication.
  • Imagine what your advantage will look like in the global marketplace.

Units at a Glance

Unit 1: Workplace Communication and Business

Communicating with others is a cornerstone of life. Be it chatting to friends, arguing with parents, or even listening to music, it’s all communication, but there’s more to communication than words. Being conscious of what and how you communicate with others is never more important than it is in the workplace, and this includes how you speak, how you behave, and more.

Unit 2: Communicating by Email

In spite of the ceaseless rise in popularity of social media networks, email remains a staple of communication. In other words, as far as business is concerned, there really is no communicating without email, and there won’t be for a long time. Because of this, it’s important to know how to “do it right.” Knowing how to write good emails is a necessity when working for a business. This means that you must be able to communicate clearly and take advantage of the tools available to optimize your use of email at work.

Unit 3: Word Documents in Business Communication

When it comes to communication, the written word is one of the strongest assets we have. Business communication and private communication alike strongly depend on us knowing what to write and how to write it. However, nowadays that comes with a caveat. Since people tend to prefer electronic communication to hand-written letters, they require some tech skills along with an ability to write. Word processing software, cloud storage, and shared documents—it’s a package deal now.

Unit 4: Communicating Using Spreadsheets

Communication comes in many different forms, and not all of them are spoken—you can even use spreadsheets to communicate. In business, exchanging files is, of course, commonplace, and spreadsheets form a big part of that exchange. They are a convenient way to collect, track, and report data, and because of this, they are used to carry out a wide variety of tasks, from creating charts to reporting budgets. Information can be shared in many different ways, and the rows and columns of spreadsheets are a popular choice.

Unit 5: Creating and Using Databases in Business

Data comes in many forms, of course, and one of the easiest ways to store data in bulk is to collect it in a database. In essence, databases are tables in which information is stored in rows and columns that group together similar or identical pieces of information or duplicates to make it easier to view. Databases are just about everywhere: they exist behind the scenes on websites, and they even form part of the software that makes your phone work!

Unit 6: Communicating Using Slide Presentations

While you could be forgiven for thinking of communication as primarily being something that occurs between two individuals, this is not always the case. It can also take place between one person and a group, which often occurs when a person delivers a presentation, or something like a talk delivered at a conference. Teachers usually teach to groups, too. Regardless of who the participants are, however, there are tools available to make this type of communication easier for everyone to follow, and that is exactly what we will cover in this unit.

Unit 7: Careers, Businesses, and Organizations

Just when you think you know it all, there’s more. In addition to learning how to use business tools, there are a few more things you need to know in order to really succeed in a business environment—that is, skills that are a little harder to pick up because there isn’t exactly a tutorial for them. Sure, you know spreadsheets, but there’s a tutorial for that. You can take a course to learn about spreadsheets and databases. But what do you know about working on a team? How well do manage your time? These skills are some of the “more” you need to know about. They represent different skills than the kind we’ve discussed so far, but that doesn’t mean you can’t acquire them. We’ll teach you some of the most important ones in this unit.

Unit 8: The Future of Business Technology

It’s pretty difficult to deny that technology is the future. New innovations and inventions hit the market nearly every day, and while a lot of them have little if any use for you, and many don’t even have a future in the marketplace, the trend to find new solutions to old problems via the use of technology is strong. Simplifying tasks, be they personal or business-related, is something that we as a species will continue to strive towards, so you as a student should do your best to keep up with the trends!

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