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INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 
Coordinator: Harold Pardue
Professors: Daigle, Landry, Longenecker, Pardue
Associate Professor: Johnsten
Assistant Professors: Campbell, Moulton
Instructor:  Smith
 
Information Systems web site
http://cis.usouthal.edu/index.php/information-systems-isc
 
School of Computer and Information Sciences web site
http://www.cis.usouthal.edu
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC):
Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The Information Systems discipline centers on the development of systems that will improve the performance of people in organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management. Information Systems professionals must analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today’s global economy. Information Systems professionals distinguish themselves by integrating technology into business. Information Systems graduates pursue professional careers as application developers, database analysts, business analysts and into managerial positions. The combination of business, technical, and interpersonal skills are what recruiters demand of Information Systems professionals.
 
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS GRADUATES
The Bachelor of Science program in Information Systems produces graduates who are able to:
  1. Succeed as skilled, competent information systems professionals.
  2. Apply knowledge and skill  in one or more information systems specialty areas, such as data management, application development, systems analysis and design, networking, life cycle methodologies, and project management.
  3. Demonstrate effective interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  4. Leverage information technology for improving performance, adding business value, and helping individuals, groups, and organizations achieve their goals in a competitive, global environment.
  5. Thrive in a dynamic business and technological environment by improving one's competencies, assisting in the continuous learning of others, and developing pragmatic solutions with innovativeness, agility and speed.
  6. Exemplify a responsible, ethical professional, safeguarding information assets, and serving the well-being of one's organization, profession, community, and society.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJORS
The learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program, adapted from those specified by the Computing Accreditation Criteria, for Accrediting Computing Programs. Appendix A, (see http://www.abet.org), enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:
(a)
  An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
(b)
  An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(c)
  An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
(d)
  An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
(e)
  An understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities.
(f)
  An ability to communicate effectively.
 (g)
  An ability to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society, including ethical, legal, security, and global policy issues.
(h)
  Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
 (i)
  An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
(j)
  An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.
 
ACCREDITATION
The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems programs is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700. For a quick understanding of what accreditation is and why an accredited program should be chosen, go to http://www.abet.org/why_choose.shtml. For in-depth information on accreditation, go to http://www.abet.org/the_basics.shtml.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC)
1.
COMMUNICATION - Twelve (12) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
EH 101 *English Composition I
 
PC
EH 102 English Composition II
 
PC
CA 275 Small Group  Communications
 
  And  
 
EH 372 Technical Writing (W)
2.
THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course (3 semester hours) from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 240 or ARH 242,
 
b.
one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, or EH 236,
 
c.
one additional course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature.
    And
 
d.
PC CA 110 Public Speaking.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
 
b.
two additional courses (6 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
    And
 
c.
PC EC 215 Principles of Microeconomics.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
4.
THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required from approved areas: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101 and 101L, Geography 102 and 102L.
5.
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:
 
A.
one course from  
   
PC
MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications
   
PC
MA 125 Calculus I
 
PC
MA 267 Discrete Math
      And    
 
B.
one course from  
   
PC
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
   
PC
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
      And    
 
C.
one course from  
   
PC
BUS 255 Applied Business  Statistics II
   
ST 310 Statistical Research Techniques
   
ST 340 Design and Analysis  of Experiments
6.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENT - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
 
A.
Nine (9) credit hours from the following courses:
 
PC
ACC 211 Accounting Principles I
 
PC
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
 
MGT 300 Management Theory  & Practice
 
B.
Six (6) credit hours of 200 or higher courses from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing.
Recommendation: Information Systems majors are encouraged to examine the General Business minor requirements for courses that could be used to satisfy both the Information Systems Environment and the General Business minor requirements.
7.
CORE COURSES - Forty-three (43) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 100 Information Technology in Society
 
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar - CIS
 
PC
ISC
175 Professional Productivity Applications
 
PC
CIS
115 Beginning Programming
 
PC
ISC
245 Info Systems in Organizations
 
PC
ISC 272 System Architecture
 
PC
ISC
285 Intermediate Programming
    CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
   
CIS
324 Database Design, Development, and Management
   
ISC
360 Info Systems Analysis and Design (W)
   
ISC
361 Database for Info Systems
   
ISC
362 Information Systems Object-oriented Analysis & Design
    ISC 462 Information Systems Strategy and Policy
   
ISC
475 Information Systems Project Management
   
CIS
497 Senior Project (W)
      And  
    CIS 498 Senior Seminar
8.
CIS ELECTIVES - Nine (9) credit hours of approved electives are required. The following groups have been pre-approved as elective groups. All other elective combinations must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
 
A.
Group I: Networking
 
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
382 Network Administration
 
ITE
384 Network Infrastructure
 
ITE
476 Network Security Management
 
ITE
484 Advanced Network Management
 
B.
Group II: Data Management
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
370 Advanced Application  Development
 
ISC
472 Advanced Data  Management
 
ISC
457 Data Warehousing & Decision Support
 
ISC
463 Info Systems DBA and  Security
 
C.
Group III: Web Publishing
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web
    ITE 380 Multimedia Production
 
ITE
453 Web Site Management
 
ITE
474 Human Computer Interface
 
D.
Group IV: Digital Forensics
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
372 Advanced Operating Systems
 
ITE
373 File Systems for Digital Forensics
   
ITE
473 Digital Forensics Analysis
 
E.
Group V: Health Informatics
    ISC 300 Health Informatics Clinical Environment
    ISC 410 Health Informatics
    ISC 450 Health Systems Analysis and Design
 
ISC 455 Health Decision Support Systems
9.
GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128-semester-hour requirements. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
         
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Systems Major
Fall   Spring
CIS 100 HY one of (101, 102, 135,136)
CIS 101 ISC 245
CIS 175 Fine Arts/Humanities
EH 101* EH 102
MA 120 ACC 211
CA 110    
*Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
Important information for transfer students.
  1. Alabama community college students who wish to transfer into the Information Systems program should consult
    http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/transfer/al/is.html
    for additional guidance for use of the Information Systems STARS template.
  2. All students who wish to transfer into the Information Technology program should consult http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/transfer/index.html for transfer assistance.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A CERTIFICATION IN HEALTH INFORMATICS
A certificate in health informatics from the School of Computer and Information Sciences requires completion of the five courses listed below. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  ISC 300 Health Informatics Clinical Environment
  ISC 410 Health Informatics
  ISC 450 Health Sys Analysis and Design
  ISC 455 Health Decision Support Systems
  ISC 475 Information Systems Project Management
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
A student wishing to obtain a minor in Information Systems has two options: complete the eight recommended courses listed below  or contact  the Information Systems Coordinator at isu@cis.usouthal.edu to prepare a plan compatible with the student's major. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  CIS 115 Beginning Programming  
  ISC 245 Info Systems in Organizations
  ISC 285 Scripting & Windows Programming
  ISC 272 System Architecture
  CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
  CIS 324 Database Design, Development & Management
  ISC 360 Info Systems Analysis and Design
    And  
  ISC 361 Database for Info Systems
*At least 9 hours of courses in the minor, including all 300 level courses, must be completed at the University of South Alabama.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE WITH AN
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC) SPECIALIZATION:
Students must satisfactorily complete any prescribed CIS Graduate Professional Component courses, a comprehensive examination, and thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours for the Master of Science degree with Information Systems specialization. The thirty-six (36) graduate hours consist of twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, twelve (12) hours of REQUIRED courses, and twelve (12) semester hours of approved elective courses according to the selected CONCENTRATION option as follows:
1. CORE COURSES (12 semester hours):
  All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B”.
    ISC 551 Human/Computer  Interface Design
    ISC 560 Info Systems Analysis and Design
    ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt
    ISC 565 Info Systems Project and  Change Mgt
   
2. REQUIRED COURSES (12 semester hours):
    CIS 518 CIS Research  Methodologies
    ISC 545 Management Information Systems
    ISC 559 Applications Design and Implementation
    ISC 567 IS Function Integration
         
3. CONCENTRATIONS (12 semester hours):
  A. THESIS CONCENTRATION
  Acceptance to the THESIS CONCENTRATION may occur after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a minimum grade of "C". Students must enroll in CIS 595 (Computer and Information Sciences Research Development) in the semester during which they defend their thesis prospectus. The thesis will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in CIS 599 (Computer and Information Sciences Thesis). Students must enroll in CIS 599 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their thesis. A grade of "C" in CIS 595 will result in dismissal from the THESIS CONCENTRATION to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION.
  a. Research Development
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Thesis
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  d. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in the Thesis Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the thesis committee accepts the thesis. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu.
  B. PROJECT CONCENTRATION
  Acceptance to the PROJECT CONCENTRATION may occur after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a minimum grade of "C". A required defense of the project proposal is normally made in the semester following completion of CIS 518. Students must enroll in ISC 595, Information Systems Project Proposal Development, in the semester during which they defend their project proposal. The project will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in ISC 598, Information Systems Project. Students must enroll in ISC 598 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their project. A grade of "C" in ISC 595 will result in dismissal from the PROJECT CONCENTRATION to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the PROJECT CONCENTRATION.
  a. Project Proposal Development
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of ISC 595, Information Systems Project Proposal Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Project
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of ISC 598, Information Systems Project, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  d. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in the Project Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the project committee accepts the project. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu.
  C. COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION
  Information Systems students who do not choose the THESIS CONCENTRATION or the PROJECT CONCENTRATION are assumed to be in the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. Acceptance to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION occurs after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a minimum grade of "C".
  a. Elective Course Work
    Twelve (12) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. None of the ISC 598, CSC 598, or CIS 599 may be applied to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section. ISC 568 may be taken at most two (2) times for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION.
  b. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in this Concentration must pass a written examination. Students should take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "C". Students wishing to sit for the examination must apply online to the Director of CIS Graduate Studies by the Friday of the last week of classes in the semester prior to which the examination is to be taken. The site for the online application may be found by following the Links for Students selection on the School of CIS web site, http://cis.usouthal.edu. The policy regarding the comprehensive examination is available in the CIS office. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu.
     
4. INFORMATION SYSTEM ELECTIVES
  A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given below. All other courses must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
  A. PRE-APPROVED INFORMATION SYSTEMS ELECTIVES
    ISC 510 Health Informatics
    ISC 550 Health Systems Analysis and Design
    ISC 553 Information Systems Web Site Management
    ISC 555 Health Data Management and Decision Support
    ISC 557 Modeling and Decision Support Systems
    ISC 563 Information Systems Database Administration
    ISC 568 IS Enterprise Integration (may be taken at most two (2) times - may ONLY be taken with the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION)
    ISC 572 Advanced Data Management
    CSC 511 Communications and Network Analysis
    CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation
    CSC 527 Software Engineering Principles
    CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming
  B. SPECIAL PERMISSION COURSES
    Approval of the Information Systems Coordinator and the Director of the CIS Graduate Studies is required for CIS graduate faculty sponsorship of a Special Permission Course. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION or the PROJECT CONCENTRATION; a maximum of six (6) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION.
    CIS 594 Directed Study
    CIS 595 Computer Science Research Development
    ISC 595 Information Systems Project Proposal Development
    CIS 598 Computer and Information Sciences Project
    ISC 598 Information Systems Project
    CIS 599 Computer and Information Sciences Thesis
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSES:
 
 
 


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