Management Information Systems

Chairperson : Derrick Collins

Faculty: Saleem Abuleil, Khalid Alsamara, Ben-Chieh Liu, Behrooz Saghafi, John L. Stedl

The College of Business offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Administration, with a concentration in Management Information Systems. This is one of the newest and most rapidly growing fields of business. The student learns how to use quantitative information and electronic data processing tools to make business decisions. Also important are the design of record keeping systems and production of periodic and special reports. Opportunities are available in almost all industries and firms, and there are good chances for rapid promotion.

General Education Requirements (39 credit hours)

    • Composition (9 credit hours)

ENG 1270/127, 1280/128, ENG 2790/279.

    • Humanities (12 credit hours)

CMAT 2030/ 203 or 2210/ 221; 3 hours in humanities/fine arts, 6 hours in a single foreign language.

    • Mathematics (3 credit hours)

MATH 1200/162.

    • Natural Sciences (6 credit hours)

3 credit hours from biological sciences and 3 credit hours from physical sciences. At least one course must be with a laboratory.

    • Social Sciences (9 credit hours)

ECON 1010/101, ECON 1020/102 and one diversity course.

Business Core Courses (45 credit hours)

ACCT 2110/110, 2111/111, 1290/290, FIN 2660/266, INSY 1370/137, QBA 2000/200, QBA 2010/201, MGMT 3240/224, MGMT 3010/249, MGMT 3020/251, MGMT 4890/389, MGMT 4850/358, QBA 1500, MGMT 1030 and MKTG 3110/276.

Management Information Systems Major Courses (24 credit hours)

INSY 1360, INSY 2840, INSY 2900, INSY 3270, INSY 3280, INSY 4300; and 6 additional hours of INSY or QBA courses numbered INSY 2840 or above.

Business Electives (3 credit hours )

Select 3 hours of upper-division business courses.

Non-Business Electives (9 credit hours)

Minor Management Information Systems (18 credit hours)

All student enrolled in the Management Information Systems Minor Program must complete 18 credit yours in the MMIS department and pas each with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses for the Minor:

INSY 1360, INSY 2900, INSY 3270, INSY 3280, INSY 4300, and INSY **.

**Any Management Information Systems Course at the 2000 level or above selected with the assistance of a College of Business academic advisor.

Information Systems (INSY) Course Offerings

1360/ 136 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3)

Fundamentals of information systems, what they are, how they affect organizations. Technical and organizational foundations of information systems, building information systems, managing information system resources. Different topics will be covered, including but not limited to: computer hardware technologies, computer software technologies, computer network technologies, Internet technologies and the World Wide Web, operating systems technologies, databases technologies, and multimedia technologies.

1370/ 137 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS (3)

Survey of microcomputer software applications in business from the perspective of the individual user. Standard software packages available to support a microcomputer-based executive workstation are reviewed. These include word processors, electronic spreadsheets, database management systems, graphics, and accounting and other common application packages. IAI: BUS 902

2840/ 284 INTRODUCTION TO OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMING (3)

Prerequisite: INSY 1360/ 136 or consent of the department.

Introduction to program design and development. Students apply a structured, multiphase program development process that features a series of steps involving understanding of a problem, formal problem definition, graphic design methodologies (particularly flow charts). A study of the program structure, data types, operators, input/output statements, decision, loops, arrays, strings, and GUI using an Object-Oriented programming language.

2900/290 E-COMMERCE & WEB PROG (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 1360/136 or consent of department.

Introduction to E-Commerce and web development with an in-depth look at the steps needed to create solid E-Commerce Solutions. In addition, it will introduce students to E-Commerce as it relates to the customers, programming languages, and end user. It will introduce the student to different online business modules and facilitate a variety of ideas to research, develop, and finalize a solid E-Commerce solution to different types of businesses. The course is designed to help potential e-commerce managers and professionals visualize and experience the process of planning and executing successful E-Commerce projects.

3100/ 310 ADVANCED OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING (3)

Prerequisite: INSY 2840/284

Introduces the principles of software engineering, structured program design, modular programming, and object oriented program design. Students will learn the concepts of object-oriented programming, user interface programming, classes, inheritance, and polymorphism.

3270/ 327 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3)

Prerequisite: INSY 1360/ 136 or consent of the department.

Addresses the need for managers to understand and manage the technology necessary for competitive advantage in an increasingly dynamic business environment. Topics include the identification technological competencies, the evaluation of technology, the design and management of systems technological innovation and the integration of technology into the organization. Case studies will emphasize analysis of current business issues using technology such as spreadsheets and presentation graphics.

3280/ 328 DATABASE TECHNOLOGIES (3)

Prerequisite: INSY 2840/284.

This is an introductory course in database management systems. It covers different topics include” Relational, Network and Hierarchical Models, E-R Model, and Normalization. The emphasis is on the relational database model. The class also gives the students the knowledge of SQL (Structured Query Language). SQL is the most commonly used database language in industry today. Students will practice designing and implementing enterprise database application using Database Management System Packages.

4300/ 330 SYS ANALYSIS & DESIGN (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of INSY 3270/ 327 or consent of department.

A comprehensive study of the analysis, design, and implementation stages of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The emphasis is on planning tolls, information gathering techniques, data flow diagrams, E-R diagrams, project management tools : GANTT and PERT charts, and data dictionaries. Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (ULM) will be covered also. Students will participate in groups to plan and design a total computer system.

4450/345 DATA COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER NETWORKS (3)

Prerequisites: Introduces the students to computer networks and data communications in business.

Course covers computer networking terminology, history, connectivity, and topology. Participants gain essential knowledge in the principles of computer networking, associated computer services, and network planning and design. The benefits, costs, and security issues related to using computer networks are discussed, along with network design issues, and methodologies for network applications. The course additionally covers telecommunications infrastructure required to support integrated voice, data, and video.

4460/346 COMPUTER SYSTEMS (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 1360/136 or consent of department.

Course emphasizes practical hands-on computer hardware and software. Different topics will be discussed and covered about those two areas in this course (i.e. hardware components installation and configuration, operating systems installation and configurations. 

4470/347 CLIENT/SERVER DEVELOPMENT (3)

Prerequisites : INSY 1360/136 or consent of department.

This course focuses on the technologies and concepts used in client/server application development for web environments. Students will examine the architectural and functional decisions, technologies, configurations, languages, and techniques associated with client-server systems. Though hands-on experience in designing and managing a client-server development project, students will obtain advanced skills for effective design and implementation of client/server applications.

4900/ 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS (1 - 3)

Prerequisite: INSY 1370/ 137 or consent of the instructor.

An exploration of special topics or current issues in the field of information systems. Offered irregularly. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours under different topics.

4990/ 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND SPECIAL PROBLEMS (3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of the department.

Designed for independent research and study of special information systems problems. A comprehensive research paper is required. Maximum of two enrollments, not in the same term, for a total of six credit hours.

Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA) Course Offerings

QBA 1500 – INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS ANALYSIS (3)

Prerequisite: MATH 1200

An introduction to basic business problem solving. The student will be introduced to basic quantitative business concepts and terminology, including time value of money analytics. Spreadsheet software will be used to solve quantitative problems and cases from six areas of business: accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems and operations. The course will begin with a review of math, and the use of spreadsheet software. A laptop computer with spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel) is required for this course.

2000/200 STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS (3)

Prerequisite: INSY 1370/ 137; MATH 1200/ 162 or consent of the department.

Beginning statistics with applications to business problems. Summary statistics including mean, median, standard deviation, outliers, etc. Tables and graphs including frequency tables, histograms, stem-and-leaf, etc. Probability distributions (binomial and normal). Expected value. Confidence intervals and tests of hypothesis about the population mean an proportion (z-test and t-test). Simple linear regression. Statistical software packages. Credit not given for both INSY 200 and QBA 2000/ 200.

2010/201 BUSINESS STATISTICS II (3)

Prerequisite : QBA 2000/200

Continuation of Business Statistics I (QBA 2000/200). Course will be taught in the computer lab and students will be required to have a laptop computer. A statistical software program such as StatTools will be used extensively (in and out of class) to teach statistics. Topics will include summary statistics, graphs such as histograms and boxplots, time series, regression, ANOVA, and quality control. Business cases will be studied, discussed, and “solved” in small groups. Note: The necessary software will be “bundled” with the required textbook. Additional course fee.

3260/ 226 DECISION ANALYSIS (3)

Prerequisite: MATH 1500/ 214; QBA 2000/ 200.

The second course of the business statistics sequence. This course covers advanced statistical methods applying those methods to business problems including: TQM, SPC, control charts (x and p) and process capability. Computer applications and software packages are included. Credit not given for both INSY 226 and QBA 3260/ 226.

3290/ 329 ADVANCED DECISION MODELS (3)

Prerequisite: QBA 2000/ 200, 3260/ 226.

Methods of Assessing Probability Distributions, Non-Parametric Statistics, Risk Analysis, Expected Value Method, Payoff Table Approach, Test of Randomness, Bayesian Analysis of Decision, and Subjective Probability in Decision Making. Credit not given for both INSY 329 and QBA 3290/ 329.

3310/ 331 BUSINESS FORECASTING METHODS (3)

Prerequisite: QBA 2000/ 200, 3260/ 226

Basic concepts in business forecasting. Simple linear regression, Least Squares, ridge regression, moving averages and smoothing methods, time series, Bos Jenkins (ARIMA) methodology. Computer packages. Credit not given for both INSY 331 and QBA 3310/ 331.

3330/ 333 SAMPLING IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (3)

Prerequisite: QBA 2000/ 200; MATH 1400/ 209; MGMT 3240/ 224.

Basic concepts of survey sampling with applications to business. Simple random samples, stratified sampling. Survey design including questionnaire and sample size determination. Inference about population means and proportions via confidence intervals with emphasis on “margin of error.” Class project will include a survey design followed by data collection, analysis and report. Credit not given for both INSY 333 and QBA 3330/ 333.

3350/ 335 SIMULATION (3)

Prerequisite: MATH 1400/ 209, INSY 1360/ 136; QBA 2000/ 200 and MGMT 3240/ 224.

An introduction to the concepts of simulation techniques and their application to the analysis of business systems. Use of the computer to solve simulation problems. Simulation is an advanced course for quantitative methods of analysis, one that is particularly useful in predicting action, requirements, and costs in situations of risk and uncertainty. Credit not given for both INSY 335 and QBA 3350/ 335.

Business Laboratory Honors Program

The Business Laboratory Honors Program (BLP) is a credit program sponsored by the College of Business. It is designed to provide students with professional job experiences prior to earning a bachelor’s degree in business and administration or hospitality management. Students apply for acceptance after completing 75 college credits and earning a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, with a minimum of 2.75 within their major. They work either part-time (15-20 hours) or full-time (30-40 hours) per week while enrolled in the program. The program lasts one term, unless otherwise designated by the employer. Students enroll during the academic year or during the summer. On-campus classes may be limited or not feasible to complete during the period students are enrolled in the BLP. Many employers consider the internship opportunity as a full-time job and require students to maintain regular office or business hours while in the program. Application: Students must apply and be accepted for admission to the program one semester prior to beginning their internship. Deadlines are posted and publications are available in Academic Advising (BHS 435) and the Dean’s Office (BHS 602). All enrollments are under the advisement of the Dean’s Office and credit hours are awarded with the advice and consent of the department chairperson. Some departments have restricted the number of credit hours internships can be used toward graduation; contact the department for details. (Acceptance into the program does not guarantee job placement, which is required for receiving course credit.)