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Family Name First Name ………………................ …………………………. Student Number ……………………….. List Number Table Number ………………………… …………………………. COM 110 Introduction to Business Information systems Prof. Mohamed Watfa AUTUMN SESSION 2010 SAMPLE MIDTERM EXAMINATION Time Allowed: 1.5 Hours Total Number of Questions: 25 Total Number of Pages (incl. this page): 9 DIRECTIONS TO CANDIDATES 1. 2. Total marks: 100 Answer ALL questions from parts 1 and 2. Part 1 contains 20 questions for a total of 20 points. Part 2 contains 4 essay questions for a total of 60 points. Part 3 contains a short case study and is worth 20 points. This exam is worth 25% of your final grade for COM 110. 3. LAPTOPS/BOOKS/NOTES ARE NOT ALLOWED THIS EXAM…show more content…
(The term hardware describes the physical aspects of computers and related devices. - [5 points] What is the difference between off-the-shelf and custom software? - [5 points] What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? - [5 points] Give an example of some businesses that would rather use off-the-shelf software as opposed to custom software. Page 5 of 9 2) (15 points) Porter 's five forces is a framework for the industry analysis and business strategy development developed by Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School in 1979. It draws upon Industrial Organization (IO) economics to derive five forces that determine the competitive intensity and therefore attractiveness of a market. [5 points] Describe Porter 's Five Forces Model. [5 points] Use “Carrefour Supermarket” as an example to explain each of the five forces. [5 points ] What is meant by the "value chain"? How does it apply to information systems? Page 6 of 9 3) (15 points) We are all familiar with what a computer is in a specific, contemporary sense. Personal computers are found in most aspects of daily life, and for some it is hard to even imagine a world without them. But the term computer means more than simply the Macs and PCs we are familiar with. A computer is, at its most basic, a machine which can take
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