Examines the functions and operations required to manage information for business decisions. Focuses on the use of various information technologies and tools that support transaction processing, decision-making, and strategic planning. The diverse information needs of different organizations are used as examples of practical applications of this technology. Introduces the practical concepts of data structures; indexed and direct file organizations; data models, including hierarchical, network and relational; storage devices, data administration and analysis; design and implementation. Students use database software in creating, modifying, retrieving an reporting from databases.