Department of Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
Involves teaching the tools and techniques required for the analysis and design of a business system. Along with in-class discussions of the principles and techniques for analyzing, designing, and constructing the system, the students will also formulate system teams in order to analyze the problems of an existing business information system, to design an improved system, and to control the implementation of the new system. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor
Study of the techniques involved in planning, design, and implementation of distributed processing systems. Distributed marketing, financial, and corporate accounting systems are included. Prerequisite: IFMG 451/551 or by instructor’s permission.
Covers advanced or exploratory topics within the discipline. Specific content developed by the instructor. Content will vary, depending upon the interests of the instructor and students’ need and demand for the advanced or exploratory topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and Eberly College of Business and Information Technology graduate coordinator.
Introduces MIS concepts and theories to the graduate student. Deals with information processing and communication as they relate to the development and design of effective business applications. Computer system hardware, software, and database management concepts are discussed in terms of the integration of specific business subsystems into a comprehensible organizational management information system. Managerial involvement in the planning, utilization, and control of information systems is emphasized. Prerequisite: IFMG 300.
Investigates strategic perspectives for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems. Students will study the development and implementation of policies and plan to achieve organizational goals. They will also define the systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees. Students will study and apply different approaches to managing the information systems function in organizations, including examination of the dual challenges of effectively controlling the use of well-established information technologies. Students will also study the different roles of the chief information officer.
Presents traditional and emerging IS theory at the graduate level. Organizational foundations, the decision process, investment in enterprisewide systems, legal and ethical implications of the digital business, and behavioral dimensions of systems implementation are the focus. Systems theory, quality, decision process, and ethical and behavioral implications are included. Network and enterprisewide architectures applicable to hardware and software implementation trade-offs are included.
The traditional systems development life cycle is covered in detail and integrated with other contemporary methodologies. Structured techniques are emphasized as a forerunner to object-oriented design issues. Project feasibility, data and decision modeling, interface, I/O design, implementation, and team development are included. Student will use CASE, prototyping, and usual development tools.
Principles and application of networking are presented with an emphasis on communications and Internet technologies. Telephone systems, hardware, software, client and server applications and techniques, managerial concerns, and web-enabled databases are covered.
Data management designs and development issues are discussed in detail at the graduate level with respect to large data architectures and systems. Design and development issues include logical modeling, concurrent processing, data administration, and managerial distribution concerns of security, concurrency, integrity, and recovery.
Data warehousing and mining involve the design, implementation, and evaluation of the data warehouse. Information architectures, web-enabled warehouse design, on-line analytical processing, metadata, implementation, and evaluation are stressed. Data mining and modeling are combined with statistics and patterning to garner business intelligence in the marketplace.
Investigates strategies for managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Students will study project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management. They will identify project champions and work with user teams, training, and documentation. Students will also investigate the role of the information systems specialist.
Covers advanced or exploratory topics within the discipline. Specific content developed by instructor. Content will vary, depending upon the interests of instructor and students, with instructor choosing specific topics. May be repeated by specific approval. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology graduate coordinator.
Investigates the information systems role in transforming organizations and industries. Students will study an integrated view of the organization from an external and internal perspective. Students will also study IS’s internal role in integrating the enterprise through a cohesive set of business processes and functional applications to meet business needs. Students will discuss the tactical/operational responsibilities and roles of the CIO and governance considerations that link the IS-business organizations. They will study current/emerging issues in creating and coordinating the key activities necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of the IS function. Students will also study the development of an integrated technical architecture to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment.
A planned, field-based, individually designed, and faculty-supervised work-experience to enhance the student’s professional competence in Business Administration and selected functional area. Maximum of 3 credits can be applied towards MBA electives. Prerequisites: Completed 15 graduate credits. Approval by department chair and graduate coordinator.
Individual research and analysis of contemporary problems and issues in a concentrated area of study under the guidance of a senior faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, departmental chairperson, and Eberly College of Business and Information Technology dean.
*Indicates dual-listed class
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