Master of Science - Information Systems
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MSIS Course Listing and Descriptions


CIS 615. Managing Information Technology. (3-0-3); I, II, III. A strategic

approach to information systems, providing a global perspective on the expanding

role of information technology and digital networks in business and management.

The course places a strong emphasis on transforming business processes

for e-business and e-commerce. It is designed to help future business leaders in

all functional areas of business (finance and accounting, manufacturing and production,

marketing and sales, human resources, etc.) understand information

technology concepts, terminology, trends, issues, and opportunities.

 


 

CIS 625. Web Information Systems & Internet Technologies. (3-0-3); on

demand. Prerequisite: CIS 615, or consent of instructor. Concepts fundamental to

understanding Internet-based information systems. The course addresses a wide

range of Internet and Intranet applications and strategies for business. Topics

include infrastructure technologies; Internet-driven electronic commerce with

database access; Intranet development and strategies for transforming internal

business processes; information appliances; bandwidth; smart card information

technologies; security devices including an encrypted public key; third-party

object-oriented controls; Web site creation and Web server implementation.

 


 

CIS 628. E-Business Application Programming. (3-0-3); on demand.

Prerequisite: an introductory programming logic or language course or consent

of instructor. A critical component of e-business application development

requires the IT developer to be knowledgeable in Internet programming and web

development application tools. This course provides students with an opportunity

to develop essential programming skills for building e-commerce application

platforms. Topics include an overview of e-business (concept, model, and practical

issues), a review of existing web development technologies, and hands-on

development of e-business application systems using current programming tools.

 


 

CIS 632. Computer Productivity Tools. (3-0-3); on demand. Prerequisite: CIS

615 or consent of instructor. Course focuses on concepts fundamental in achieving

computer usage for organizational administration. Topics include advanced application

skills, development in database management, document processing, spreadsheet

analysis, Internet and World Wide Web design and development resources,

electronic commerce, and local area networking development.

 


 

CIS 634. Management of Telecommunications and Networking. (3-0-3); on

demand. Concepts fundamental to achieving telecommunications in a computer

environment. Topics will include LANS, WANS, distributed networks, the

Internet, Intranets, computer telephony integration and management issues related

to the analysis and application of the systems. Technology including network

protocols and the OSI model; media including twisted pair, coaxial, hybrid coax

and fiber; connectivity technology including bridges, routers and gateways; cellular,

satellite and microwave, wireless. Students will create a Web page using

HTML to simulate the use of Internet technologies for corporate intranets.

 


 

CIS 635. Seminar in Information Systems. (3-0-3); on demand. Prerequisite:

CIS 615 or consent of instructor. This is a seminar on the management of information

services within a business entity. Major topics in the management of the

information systems function - whether at a corporate or business unit level are

covered. The course incorporates a lecture series approach using IS speakers who

will describe current management of IS issues/trends in local organizations.

Current IS trends and issues will be investigated.

 


 

CIS 636. Global Information Systems. (3-0-3); on demand. Prerequisite: CIS

615 or consent of instructor. Integration of current information technology issues

in an international context. The contemporary global organization must effectively

integrate information technology and communication technology into its

activities. These technologies are increasingly fundamental to an expanding

range of activities within the organization. This integration must include the managerial,

operating, and strategic dimensions of the organization’s information systems

with an awareness of cultural diversity. Includes international logistics,

worldwide communications networks and standards, collaboration mechanisms,

systems integration, adapting the information infrastructure across international

boundaries and global management issues.

 


 

CIS 638. Database Systems Design, Implementation, and Management. (3-0-

3); on demand. Prerequisite: CIS 615 or consent of instructor. Focus on the overall

management of data needs of an organization and on the design and development

of database applications. Coverage of database design concepts and procedures.

Examination of dominant database models, emphasizing the relational

model. Principles and techniques of logical database design. Introduction to physical

representation and storage of data in a computer system. DBMS tools to

retrieve and manipulate data.

 


 

CIS 640. Systems Planning and Implementation. (3-0-3); on demand.

Prerequisite: CIS 615 or consent of instructor. The fundamental theory and conceptual

framework for the planning and implementation of information systems

designed to serve global-reach enterprises of all sizes. Strategic vision formulation

and opportunity identification. Tactical approaches and formal solution

design models.

 


 

CIS 642. Systems Security. (3-0-3); on demand. Prerequisite: CIS 615 or consent

of instructor. An overview of systems security for global-reach enterprises

of all sizes. Topics include confidentiality, integrity, and availability; formal systems

security architectures; common threats and countermeasures; methodologies

for access control, authentication, and authorization; cryptographic and biometric

initiatives; principles of telecommunications and networked applications

security; risks and contingency planning; law, privacy, and ethics considerations.

 


 

CIS 650. Innovation, Technology and Organizational Change. (3-0-3); on

demand. This course examines the literature on innovation, technology, and organizational change in order to understand the variables that impact organizational development, growth, and performance. The primary focus is on strategic planning and leadership for effective implementation of organizational change. It examines key elements of technology and innovation that can transform and energize businesses and public entities. These elements include commerce, knowledge management, and business operations. This course stresses both the practical and academic view to meet the needs of business students.

 


 

CIS 670. Directed Research. (1 to 3 hrs.); on demand. Prerequisite: graduate

standing with minor equivalent in computer information systems. Provides an

opportunity and challenge for directed study of computer information systems

problems. Students must present a written statement prior to registration of an

approved research problem.

 


 

CIS 690. Information Systems Project. (3-0-3); on demand. Prerequisites:

BIS 640, CIS 640, CIS 650, CIS 636, and completion of at least three graduate IS

technical courses. Students apply standard project management methodology to

complete a capstone project in a real-world working environment. Working in

teams, students analyze the project in a paced approach, identify and document

metrics and milestones, and deliver an information systems solution under a

deadline that meets the agreed-upon project objectives. Final deliverables

include a term portfolio and a formal class presentation.

 


 

CIS 699. Selected Workshop Topics. (1 to 4 hrs.); on demand. Workshops on

various computer information subjects will be presented periodically to supplement

the basic course offerings in computer information systems. Credit toward

degree programs must be approved by the student’s advisor.

 


 

BIS 640. Research Strategies in Information Systems. (3-0-3); on demand. This course allows the student to explore and investigate the current trends and issues related to the field of business information systems, become more educated consumers of research related to information technology literature, and to design scholarly methods of inquiry.

 


 

BIS 698. Advanced Supervised Field Experience. (1 to 6 hrs.); on demand.

Designed to give the student actual work experiences in business and industry.

Number of credit hours dependent upon number of hours worked during the

semester.

 


BIS 699. Thesis. (1 to 6 hrs.); on demand. Independent research and thesis writing.