Academic Catalog

2019-2020 Edition

IS • Information Systems

IS 150 · Applied Math for Information Systems   3 Credits

Introduction to mathematical concepts that are frequently used in computer science and information systems. Students analyze and solve mathematical problems related to information systems through the application of logic and critical thinking skills.

IS 200 · Introduction to Information Systems   3 Credits

This course provides students with an overview of computer information systems including computer hardware, software, networking, programming, databases, the Internet, security, systems analysis, ethics, and problem solving using business applications.

IS 210 · Hardware and Software   3 Credits

Knowledge and skills necessary for computer configuration, maintenance, repair, and administration. The course investigates hardware and software installation, systematic troubleshooting, and integration of peripherals. Students explore methodologies for installing system enhancements and upgrades.

IS 220 · Object-Oriented Programming   3 Credits

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, code, and test computer applications. The course focuses on learning to design and write syntactically and logically correct code using an industry-relevant programming language and integrated development tools to develop business applications. Topics include object-oriented programming concepts such as classes, objects, methods, interfaces, packages, inheritance, encapsulation, and polymorphism.

IS 230 · Introduction to Systems Analysis   3 Credits

Introduction to systems analysis and design using case diagrams, domain models, interaction diagrams, and design class diagrams. Coursework focuses on understanding the system development life cycle and its role in systems analysis.

IS 310 · Server Management   3 Credits

This course introduces students to Microsoft Windows Server and enterprise networks. Students learn an overview of the Windows environment, installing and administering servers, domain management, and networking. Emphasis is placed on managing a Windows network, setting up user accounts and user access, and managing resources.

IS 320 · Business Communication Systems   3 Credits

This course provides students with a survey of business data communications systems, including the features, operations, and limitations of a variety of communications and network systems. Topics covered include: fundamentals of digital communications, telecommunications systems, wired and wireless media, the Internet, and communication systems security. Students gain practical knowledge and skills for interacting with and administering such systems.

IS 330 · Network Administration   3 Credits

This course is an introduction to basic concepts in the application, design, and implementation of computer and telecommunication networks. It includes an overview of various network topics including network architecture and protocols, network management, routing, security, hardware, and basic programming principles. Students analyze common problems in network implementation, maintenance, and repair and management of network systems.

IS 340 · Database Design and Administration   3 Credits

Database design and administration are foundational components of all information systems. This course equips students to design and administer relational databases, emphasizing such topics as functional analysis, data modeling, conceptual and physical design, normalization, database security, and permission models. Students also develop a basic understanding of SQL and its use in querying and managing databases.

IS 350 · Ethical Hacking   3 Credits

Exploration of the hacker mindset and use of various hacker tools. Due to today’s rapidly changing security landscape, by ethically applying hacker tools and techniques, students propose practical information technology defenses for the purpose of safeguarding and protecting legitimate resources.

IS 360 · Introduction to Health Informatics   3 Credits

This course introduces students to the history, key policies and principles, industry standards, and technological advances related to health informatics. Students will develop a theoretical and conceptual framework of the design, development, and implementation of health information systems. Special focus will be given to the safeguarding and secure delivery of health information in the context of healthcare organizations and public health.

IS 400 · Web Development   3 Credits

This course explores website development methods, principles, concepts, standards, and programming applications (e.g., PHP, javascript) in response to business needs. Students gain practical web development, implementation, maintenance, and analysis skills, in order to apply them to a real world web-based solution.

IS 410 · Operating Systems Analysis and Design   3 Credits

Basic functions of modern operating systems including installation, configuration, administration, use, and analysis of leading operating systems. Students develop practical skills, including the use of command language scripting, file systems, security, and user rights.

IS 420 · Enterprise Architecture   3 Credits

This course introduces students to enterprise architecture, the system for relating business needs to IT structures, tools, guiding principles, and software development projects. Students determine appropriate enterprise architecture models in response to a variety of business information needs, making recommendations for business processes, information, applications, and technology in order to reduce costs while improving performance, agility, and alignment of information systems to business goals.

IS 440 · Data Analysis and Warehousing   3 Credits

Data analysis for business intelligence and data warehousing applications. Students examine the specific data storage, retrieval, and analysis challenges introduced by big data, and how to overcome these challenges. Particular focus is given to the development of efficient data storage and retrieval methods designed for large datasets.

Prerequisite: IS 340.

IS 450 · Mobile Applications and Computing in Business   3 Credits

Concepts, trends, and roles of mobile computing in business. Students examine usability, platform transferability, and ease of deployment. The course exposes students to development tools for mobile applications. Coursework emphasizes mobile development platform, frameworks, and tools for designing, constructing, and testing mobile applications.

IS 460 · Data Analytics and Business Intelligence   3 Credits

The course examines how data analytics and business intelligence technologies can inform decision making across a variety of business sectors. These tools provide business leaders with the information they need to shape business strategies, corporate policies, and performance optimization. Special focus is given to business intelligence concepts, tools, and applications, and the use of data warehouse for business reporting and online analytical processing, for creating visualizations and dashboards, and for business performance management and descriptive analytics.

Prerequisite: IS 340.

IS 465 · Business Information Systems and Ethics   3 Credits

Exploration of ethical issues related to business information systems, including information privacy, intellectual property rights, malicious technologies, workplace access to inappropriate content, and ethical codes of conduct. Students are presented with ethical theory and decision-making models to help them determine appropriate responses to ethical issues.

IS 470 · Information Security and Compliance   3 Credits

Introduction to the basics of information security in the workplace with an emphasis on the role of compliance with regulatory bodies. Students explore how information technology assets are protected to meet the growing demand for information security and compliance.

IS 480 · Advanced Data Management   3 Credits

At the heart of data management is the identification of clear business information needs and the data structures required to store and retrieve such data. This course helps students clarify business information needs, practice data cleaning methods, and formulate robust algorithms for analyzing data. Students also explore methods for optimizing data structures, indices, queries, and stored procedures for rapid data retrieval.

Prerequisite: IS 340.

IS 485 · Data Modeling and Architecture   3 Credits

This course examines various data modeling and architecture options available to database administrators and helps students identify the best options for particular business information needs, taking into consideration complex factors such as performance, scalability, adaptability and available database platforms.

IS 490 · Information Systems Capstone   3 Credits

Cumulative information systems project. Students apply business and information systems knowledge and skills acquired in the major and concentration courses to a real-world information systems project. The capstone project includes an information systems needs analysis, research, design of a solution, and presentation of a proposal.

Prerequisites: BSOL 308, IS 230, IS 310, IS 320, IS 330, IS 340, IS 400, IS 410, IS 420, IS 440, IS 450, MGT 200, MGT 380, and MGT 395; or Assistant Dean permission.

IS 495 · Enterprise Risk Management   3 Credits

Enterprise risk management (ERM) is the process of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the activities of an organization in order to minimize the effects of risk on an organization’s capital and earnings. Students will acquire the skills necessary to successfully identify and analyze risks, develop risk management processes and remediation plans, and explore the different models used in the risk management practice.