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INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC)

 

All prerequisites must be passed with a minimum grade of “C”.
 
ISC 190 Information Systems Special Topics
1 cr
Selected topics in information systems. Prerequisite: Permission of the ISC Coordinator.
 
ISC 245 Information Systems in Organizations
3 cr
An overview of information systems topics from an organizational and managerial perspective. Topics include current information technology and systems, such as the Internet and its organizational impacts; the emergence of global economy and digital firms; and the ethical and social impacts of information systems, such as privacy, intellectual property rights, and liability. Issues and strategies regarding information systems planning, systems development, decision-making, and using IT for competitive advantage are discussed. Throughout the course, students will investigate the strategic uses of information technology in current industry-specific situations through individual and team assignments.
 
ISC 272 Systems Architecture 3 cr
This course introduces students to the Information Technology (IT) hardware and systems software concepts. Topics include: computer hardware, operating systems, system software, hardware and software integration, operating procedures, system performance, security/safety, and compatibility. Student labs and hands-on activities will include: Windows, Unix, and Linux systems, system utilities and software tools. Credit cannot be received for both ITE 272 and ISC 272. Prerequisite: CIS 115
 
ISC 285 Intermediate Programming 3 cr
A second course in visual, event-driven programming that builds on the CIS 115. Topics include sequential files, structured exception handling, database programming, object-oriented programming, debugging, and additional controls and objects. Programming projects are required. Credit cannot be received for both ITE 285 and ISC 285. Prerequisite: CIS 115.
 
ISC 305 Information Systems and Technology
3 cr
The analysis, design, and implementation of information systems. Analysis of the functional areas of business and integration of computer tools to satisfy information requirements. Current developments in business computer systems, including surveys of current systems and the Internet. Computer classrooms are utilized to provide students with “hands on” experience. Prerequisite: CIS 250.
 
ISC 353 Information Systems Applications Development
3 cr
This course provides an accelerated approach to programming in a high-level, object-oriented language, especially for information systems. Coverage includes algorithmic problem solving, fundamentals of programming, procedures, decisions, repetition, arrays, files, exception handling, and object-oriented programming. The format for this course is lecture/lab. The instructor will demonstrate in class, and students will learn by doing homework problems and programming assignments. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite:  Some prior programming experience is desired and permission of Coordinator. Prerequisite: DS 090, MA 112 or higher, or math placement score of 65 or higher.
 
ISC 360 Information Systems Analysis and Design (W)
3 cr
A thorough examination of the analysis and design of computer information systems from the systems analyst’s view. The course will use an established software development methodology. At each step in the software development life cycle, both the methodologies used and the documentation required will be examined. Prerequisite: ISC 245
 
ISC 361 Database for Information Systems
3 cr
The course builds on relational database and programming concepts by exploring the analysis, design, and implementation of more complex database systems. Topics include advanced data modeling, advanced query design, and application development in a database programming environment. Prerequisites: Professional Component , CIS 324 and ISC 285
 
ISC 362 Information Systems Object-Oriented
3 cr
Analysis and Design
This course provides an introduction to an object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD) methodology as well as the tools and techniques for supplementing this methodology. The course will also cover the use of notational metalanguages such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) and OOAD computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tools. Prerequisite: ISC 245.
 
ISC 457 Data Warehousing and Decision Support
3 cr
This course examines the analysis and design issues as well as architectural infrastructures associated with enterprise data warehouses for decision support. Prerequisites: Professional Component standing and CIS 324.
 
ISC 459 Information Systems Application
3 cr
Design and Implementation
Analysis and design of information systems to support multiple locations via Intranet/ Internet access. Additional and supporting topics, such as corporate privacy and security are also covered. Prerequisites: Professional Component and CIS 324.
 
ISC 462 Information Systems Strategy and Policy
3 cr
This course provides the top management, strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy with information systems. Issues include the development and implementation of policies and plans to achieve organizational goals, including defining IS projects that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, including internal and external stakeholders. Prerequisite: Professional Component standing.
 
ISC 463 Information Systems Database
3 cr
Administration and Security
An examination of the issues and activities associated with the administrator function for databases. This course will cover installation, implementation, user management, backup, and security. Prerequisites: Professional Component and CIS 324.
 
ISC 474 Human Computer Interface 3 cr
Students will study the concepts of human-computer interaction and interface design. Topics include: detailed human-computer interaction concepts, modern graphical user interface (GUI) design conventions, interface design models, and interface usability testing. Students will use rapid-prototyping tools to develop and test a typical user interface. Credit cannot be received for both ITE 474 and ISC 474. Prerequisites: Professional Component Standing.
 
ISC 475 Information Systems Project Management 3 cr
This course examines the principles and techniques of project management from an information technology perspective. Topics included are: project planning, scheduling, resource allocation, and project management software tools. There is a specific focus on management of software projects, integrating the principles of information systems/needs analysis, software engineering, risk management, and change management. Both the technical and behavioral aspects of project management are covered. Credit cannot be received for both ITE 475 and ISC 475. Prerequisite: Professional Component Standing.
 
ISC 490 Information Systems Special Topics
3 cr
Advanced selected topics in information systems. Prerequisites: Professional Component and permission of the ISC Coordinator.
 
ISC 545 Management Information Systems
3 cr
This course provides an overview of information systems from an organizational, managerial, and technical perspective. The topics covered will focus on the strategic role of information systems and information technology in business processes, change and knowledge management, group and individual decision-making, and electronic commerce. Specific topics include current hardware, infrastructure and connectivity technologies, software and systems development methodologies, Internet-based applications, management challenges and opportunities created by information systems and global connectivity such as privacy, data and systems security and control, intellectual property, ethical and social consequences of information technology, and the impact of digital integration on an organization's competitiveness, products, services, procedures, and management structures. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
ISC 551 Human/Computer Interface Design
3 cr
The course covers principles, guidelines, and methods in human computer interface design. Students complete a project involving the development, evaluation, and demonstration of a user interface. The interface is designed around a user and task analysis performed on a given problem. Students plan and conduct a usability study of a working prototype and report on results and recommendations. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Foundation Courses or equivalent.
 
ISC 553 Information Systems Web Site Management
3 cr
This course addresses the design, development, and management of a web server. Topics include the selection, installation, and configuration of an operating system and web server software, web server security and monitoring, and web site maintenance. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 557 Data Warehousing and
Decision Support Systems
3 cr
This course examines the analysis and design issues as well as the architectural infrastructures associated with enterprise-wide data warehouses. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 559 Information Systems Applications
3 cr
Design and Implementation
Analysis and design of information systems infrastructures to support multiple locations, Intranet/Internet access, corporate privacy, and security. Capacity analysis and planning, installation, performance monitoring, and problem solving strategies. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 560 Information Systems Analysis - Design
3 cr
This course will include an introduction to the systems development life cycle as well as a survey of analysis and design technique. Detail topics will include information systems planning and project identification and selection, requirements collection and structuring, process modeling, data modeling, design of interface and data management, system implementation and operation, system maintenance, and change management implications of systems. Globalization issues in systems will also be discussed. Students will use current methods and tools such as rapid application development, prototyping, and visual development. Prerequisite: Graduate Professional Component. 
 
ISC 561 Information Systems Database Management
3 cr
An introduction to database management systems. The data environment, basic technical concepts and systems resources, database concepts, including use and management of databases. Classical and current DBMS models will be presented. Laboratory project activity will involve definition, creation, and development of a database. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 562 Information Systems Policy and Strategy
3 cr
This course provides the top management strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems. Issues include the development and implementation of policies and plans to achieve organizational goals, including defining systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 563 Information Systems Database Administration
3 cr
This course examines issues and activities associated with the administrator function for organizational databases. Topics include storage and indexing, query evaluation, physical database design, crash recovery, and security.
Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 565 Information Systems Project and
3 cr
Change Management
A study of the concepts and techniques of project management from an information systems perspective. The course provides an overview of project lifecycle activities, and a focus on managerial, behavioral, and process issues that surround the dynamic context of systems development. The issue of managing the change brought about by the introduction or modification of information systems in organizations will be discussed. Students will be instructed in the use of software tools for project management. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 567 IS Function Integration 3 cr
The tactical/operational responsibilities of the CIO. Governance considerations that link the IS-business organizations. Current/emerging issues in creating and coordinating the key activities necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of the IS function. Coordinating skills and organizational IS infrastructure. Prerequisites: ISC 560, ISC 561.
 
ISC 568 IS Enterprise Integration 3 cr
Information systems' role in transforming organizations and industries. An integrated view of the organization from an external and internal perspective. IS's internal role in integrating the enterprise through a cohesive set of business processes and functional applications to meet business needs. Enterprise resource planning and enterprise functionality. Collaborative systems. Consideration of external relations with suppliers, outsourcers, and customers. Prerequisite: ISC 567.
 
ISC 572 Advanced Data Management
3 cr
The focus of this is on the management of data and the technologies which specifically targets mass data storage with a view to on-line and after-the-fact examination of data to acquire new insights. The major topics include: data warehouse planning, data warehouse models, and supporting software, data mining concepts and tools, creation of data mining models for the tools and matching the tool to the task. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
ISC 590 Information Systems Special Topics
3 cr
Advanced selected topics in information systems. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component and Permission of the ISC Coordinator.
 
ISC 595 Information Systems Project
1-3 cr
Proposal Development
Development of the project proposal for the ISC master’s project. Prerequisites: CIS 518 and permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
ISC 598 Information Systems Project
1-3 cr

This course may be repeated for a maximum of six (6) credits. A CIS project committee will provide direction during the project. Prerequisites: ISC 595, approval of project proposal by the student’s project committee, and permission by the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.

 
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