MIS 2000 - Information Tools for Business

In this hands-on course you will learn to use the tools of a knowledge worker to help you take raw data and transform it into compelling information to be used for business decision making. You will sharpen your analytical and problem-solving skills using spreadsheet and database software. You will also be exposed to the tools and best practices for communicating your information using tables, charts, and graphs. Upon successful completion of this course you will have the basic technical skills to be more productive in your future business courses as well as in an actual business environment.

Credit: 3


MIS 3000 - Foundations of Information Systems

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 (can be taken concurrently).

Information systems are an integral part of all business activities and careers. This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary information systems and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations. The focus of this course will be on the key components of information systems—people, software, hardware, data, and communication technologies—and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. Through the knowledge of how IS provides a competitive advantage, students will gain an understanding of how information is used in organizations and how IT enables improvement in quality, speed, and agility.

Credit: 3


MIS 3020 - Information Systems Project Management

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 (can be taken concurrently) and any WC&IL II course.

This course introduces the basics of project management in an information systems context. Students will become familiar with the project life cycle and the supporting processes and knowledge areas. Particular emphasis is placed on the foundation principles as well as the latest trends guiding project management in organizations. Students will be introduced to a variety of tools supporting project management.

Credit: 3


MIS 3050 - Application Development

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 (can be taken concurrently) and any WC&IL II course.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the fundamental concepts and models of application development so that they can understand the key processes related to building functioning applications and appreciate the complexity of application development. Students will learn the basic concepts of program design, data structures, programming, problem solving, and programming logic and fundamental design techniques for event-driven programs. Program development will incorporate the program development life cycle: gathering requirements, designing a solution, implementing a solution in a programming language, and testing the completed application.

Credit: 3


MIS 3060 - Systems Analysis and Design

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 (can be taken concurrently).

This course discusses the processes, methods, techniques, and tools that organizations use to determine how they should conduct their business, with a particular focus on how computer-based technologies can most effectively contribute the way business is organized. The course covers a systematic methodology for analyzing a business problem or opportunity; determining what role, if any, computer-based technologies can play in addressing the business need; articulating business requirements for the technology solution; specifying alternative approaches to acquiring the technology capabilities needed to address the business requirements; and specifying the requirements for the information systems solution.

Credit: 3


MIS 3065 - Data and Information Management

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 (can be taken concurrently).

This course provides an introduction to the core concepts in data and information management. It is centered around the core skills of identifying organizational information requirements, modeling them using conceptual data modeling techniques, converting the conceptual data models into normalized relational data, and implementing a relational database using an enterprise database management system. The course will include coverage of database administration, data quality, security, data warehouse, and business intelligence. In addition, the course helps the students understand how large-scale packaged systems are highly dependent on the use of DBMSs. Taking MIS 3050 prior to this course is strongly recommended.

Credit: 3


MIS 3070 - IT Infrastructure

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 and any WC&IL II course.

This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure issues for students majoring in information systems. It covers topics related to both computer and systems architecture and communication networks, with an overall focus on the services and capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organizational context. It gives the students the knowledge and skills that they need for communicating effectively with professionals whose special focus is on hardware and systems software technology and for designing organizational processes and software solutions that require in-depth understanding of the IT infrastructure capabilities and limitations.

Credit: 3


MIS 4000 - Enterprise Architecture

Prerequisite: MIS 2000 (can be taken concurrently).

This course explores the design, selection, implementation, and management of enterprise IT solutions with a focus on applications, infrastructure, and their fit in business. Topics include frameworks and strategies for infrastructure management, system administration, data/information architecture, content management, distributed computing, middleware, legacy system integration, system consolidation, software selection, total cost of ownership calculations, IT investment analysis, and emerging technologies. Addressed from within and beyond the organization, attention is paid to managing risk and security within audit and compliance standards while concisely communicating technology architecture strategies to a general business audience. Taking MIS 3050 prior to this course is strongly recommended.

Credit: 3