Chicago State University

Management Information Systems Courses Description

INSY 1360 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3)

Prerequisites: 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 in this course 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.

INSY 1370 Microcomputer Applications in Business (3)

Prerequisites: 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 viewed. These include word processor, electronic spreadsheets, database management systems, graphics and accounting, and other common application.

INSY 2840 Intoduction to Object-Oriented Programing (3)

Prerequisites: INSY1360

This course is an introduction to program design and development. Students apply a structured, multiphase program development process that features a series of steps involving an understanding of a problem, formal problem definition, and 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.

INSY 2900 E-Commerce (3)

Prerequisites: INSY1360 or consent of the department

This course is an introduction to E-Commerce and web development with an in-depth look at the steps needed to create a solid E-Commerce website. In addition, it will introduce the student 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 the different type of businesses. The course is designed to help potential e-commerce managers and professionals visualize and experience the process of planning and executing a successful E-Commerce project.

INSY 3100 ADV Object-Oriented Programing (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 2840

The course 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.

INSY 3200 Business Problem Solving (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 1370 or consent of the department

An applied, case study-oriented course that helps business students apply MS Excel spreadsheet and the MS Access database management system to effectively test and analyze business cases and solve real-world business problems. It challenges students to use critical thinking analysis to come up with an effective solution to real-world problems.

INSY 3250 Business Website Development (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 2900 or consent of the department

Fundamentals of developing effective websites including graphics and animation using web development tools such as: HTML, XHTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will develop websites with a focus on information architecture and usability standards for the business sector.

INSY 3270 MGMT Information Systems (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 1360 or consent of the department

This course 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 of 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.

INSY 3280 Database Technologies (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 2840 or consent of the department

This is an introductory course in database management systems. It covers different topics included: 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 the industry today. Students will practice designing and implementing enterprise database application using Database Management System packages.

INSY4200 Project Management Principles and Practices

The course covers key components of project management including project integration, project scope management, project time and cost management, quality management, human resource considerations, communications, risk management, and procurement management. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to test for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam and who meet PMI® exam requirements (see will be prepared to take the PMP® exam as well.

INSY 4250 Mobile Application Development (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 2840 AND INSY 3250

The main objective of this course is to provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to create applications that can run on mobile devices. Topics will include memory management; user interface design; user interface building; input methods; data handling; network techniques; Mobile detection, geo-location and maps, Widgets and offline web apps. Students are expected to work on a project that produces a professional-quality mobile application.

INSY 4300 SYS Analysis & Design (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 3270 or consent of the department

Is 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 (UML) will be covered also. The student will participate in a group to plan and design a total computer system.

INSY 4450 Datacom and Computer Net (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 1360 or consent of the department

This course introduces the students to computer networks and data communications in business. The 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.

INSY 4470 Client/Server Development (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 3250 and INSY 3280 or consent of the department

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of client/server development, provides a comprehensive introduction to the SQL language and covers issues involving designing, implementing, and testing client/server systems, n-tier client/server database application development, and web-based database applications. Students will have hands-on experience in developing web-based applications integrated with database technology.

INSY 4480 Ethics in Information Technology (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 3200 or consent of the department

Ethics in Information Technology is designed to educate existing and future business managers and IT professionals on the tremendous impact ethical issues play in the use of information technology in the modern business world. The topics covered in this course are extremely current and relevant to anyone preparing to enter the field of IT. The course will give students the foundation they need to make appropriate decisions when faced with difficult situations and make a positive impact in the field of information technology.

INSY 4900 Special Topics in Information Systems (1 - 3)

Prerequisites: INSY 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.

INSY 4990 Independent Study and Special Problems (3)

Prerequisites: 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)

QBA 1500 – Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

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.

QBA 2000 Statistics for Business (3)

Prerequisites: INSY 1370; MATH 1200 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 200.


Continuation of Business Statistics I (QBA 2000/200). The 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.


Prerequisites: MATH 1500; QBA 2000

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 226.


Prerequisites: QBA 2000, 3260

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 329.


Prerequisites: QBA 2000, 3260

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 331.


Prerequisites: QBA 2000; MATH 1400; MGMT 3240

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.” The class project will include a survey design followed by data collection, analysis, and report. Credit not given for both INSY 333 and QBA 333.


Prerequisites: MATH 1400, INSY 1360; QBA 2000 and MGMT 3240

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 335.

QBA 3500 Quantitative Business Applications (3)

Prerequisites: QBA 2000

This is a computer intensive course using StatTools and @RISK from Palisades Corporation. Both StatTools and @RISK operate within an Excel spreadsheet. The covered topics include a brief summary of the material from QBA 2000 but now the statistical problem solving will be done on the computer, using StatTools and @RISK. The new topics will include regression, time series, and quality control, and Monte Carlo Simulation, to name a few. This course uses a “hands-on” approach with the technology of computerized software. Class sizes are small because a large amount of class time will be of an interactive nature. Think of the professor as a coach guiding the student through the statistical “drills” with commentary on the data, assumptions and underlying theory. The goal here is to reach optimal business decisions under uncertainty.