Management Information Systems (MIS)
(Administered by the Department of Logistics, Operations
and Management Information Systems)
Michael R. Crum, Chair of Department
Distinguished Professors: Allen, Baumel
Professors: Crum, Poist, Wacker
Professors (Emeritus): Thompson, Voorhees
Associate Professors: Hendrickson, Lummus, Mennecke, Nilakanta, Norris,
Assistant Professors: Hackbarth, Johnson, Montabon, Ruben, Strader, Suzuki, Zhu
Instructors (Adjunct): Blanshan, Choobineh, Clayton
For undergraduate curriculum in business, major in
management information systems, (MIS) see College of Business, Curricula.
The MIS Program is designed to provide students with a
strong educational foundation that prepares them as information system (IS) professionals.
The academic program consists of a specially designed curriculum that emphasizes
conceptual, analytical, technical and interpersonal skills. The major offers students
comprehensive training in the application, use and management of information systems to
prepare them to provide effective information services and support to organizations. The
coursework is designed to provide the technical and conceptual skills associated with the
use of information technology in business organizations. The program will: impart
knowledge on existing and emerging information technologies and their impact on the IS
function; train to critically analyze business processes, identify inefficiencies and
problems, assess information requirements, create business solutions and technical
specifications for the supporting system; provide expertise to design and develop database
applications using the latest database technologies; provide expertise in the latest
telecommunication technologies; train in interpersonal and communication skills to
effectively interact with various information systems clients; and provide
managerial skills to manage IS projects.
The MIS major requires students to take six courses. The
required courses are: Com S 201, MIS 331, MIS 432, MIS 433, and MIS 435. In addition they
will take one additional elective course from an approved list. These courses are designed
to provide the conceptual, technical, and managerial skills necessary to design and
develop systems in organizations. The department also offers a minor for College of
Business students with a different major. They are required to take 15 credits from a list
of approved courses, 9 credits of which may not be used to satisfy any other requirement.
The MIS area participates in two graduate programs in
the College of BusinessM.S. in Business, and full-time and part-time M.B.A.
programs. The M.S. program is a 30 credit hour curriculum with a thesis.
The M.B.A. program is a 48 credit hour curriculum.
Twenty-four of the 48 credit hours are core business courses and the remaining 24 credit
hours are graduate electives. Students can obtain a MIS specialization in the M.B.A.
program by taking 12 credit hours of graduate MIS courses from a selected list of courses.
The MIS area also participates in an interdeptmental MS
program in Information Assurance.
Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 432, 433, 435
Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students
MIS 230. Applications in
Cr. 1 to 3. Training in IS software and applications, and problem solving in
functional business areas.
MIS 330. Management Information
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Com S 103 or equivalent. The role of information technology in
organization. Overview of methodologies for design and development of systems including
decision support systems, expert systems, data bases, end-user computing, etc. Computer
applications relate concepts to practice. Lecture and laboratory work emphasizes the
enabling role of IT in contemporary organizations.
MIS 331. File Structures and Programming
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 330, Com S 207. Introduction to the concepts and use of data
structures, file accesses and object oriented programming methodologies in contemporary
business environments. Object oriented programming languages such as C++ used. Application
development environments will be covered.
MIS 432. Information Systems
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 330, Com S 201. Critical analysis of business processes, data and
process modeling, feasibility studies, CASE tools, and developing system design
specifications. Nonmajor graduate credit.
MIS 433. Database Management Systems
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 331. Database design, development, and implementation. Focus on
data models, both classical and object oriented. Uses relational and/or object oriented
database management systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.
MIS 435. Business Telecommunications
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 331. Overview of communications technology used in various
business applications - local area network, wide area network, broad band network,
wireless and voice network. Understand the role of protocols, particularly internet
protocols, in communications. Train to analyze network requirements, design and implement
local area networks. Nonmajor graduate credit.
MIS 436. Information Systems for Entrepreneurs
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 330. Only for non-MIS majors. Provides the basic skills to manage
a small IS operation in a small business/new venture. Topics will focus on small IS
operations. Training will be provided on basics of hardware/software, databases,
networking, and common small business IS applications.
MIS 438. Information Systems Development
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 432, 433. Design of busines systems using contemporary tools and
methods such as SQL, CASE tools, OOD tools, etc. Focuses on synthesizing concepts from
earlier MIS courses. Nonmajor graduate credit.
MIS 439. Topics in Management of Information Systems
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 331, permission of instructor. A variety of topics will be
covered and topics may vary between semesters. Some of the topics are information
resources management, electronic commerce, decision support systems, and expert systems.
MIS 490. Independent Study
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: 330, senior classification, permission of
Courses Primarily for Graduate Students. Open to
Qualified Undergraduate Students
MIS 503. Management Information
(2-0) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate classification. Current theories and practices of
information processing and decision making. Focus on information technology and its uses
in improving work practices, products, and tools for decision support. Use of artificial
intelligence and other developments in technology. Competitive pressures and risks of
information technology (IT). Setting IT strategy, information system planning and
development of enterprise architecture. Focus on systems development and implementation.
MIS 531. Business Software Development
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or equivalent. A survey of business-oriented programming
languages with emphasis on design, writing, debugging and testing of computer programs for
business transaction processing, and managerial decision-support. Topics include
structured programming and file processing.
MIS 533. Data Management for Decision Makers
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or equivalent. The course will address the data needs of
functions such as marketing, finance, production etc. The course will focus on teaching
advanced data base management skills needed to design, develop and use database, data
warehousing and data mining systems for effective decision support. Importance of
contemporary technologies will be stressed.
MIS 534. Electronic Commerce
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or equivalent. Overview of how modern communication
technologies including the internet and world wide web have revolutionized the way we do
business. It will provide an understanding of various internet technologies and how
companies are using the internet for commercial purposes. The course will also explore
future scenarios on the use of these technologies and their impact on various industries
and the society.
MIS 535. Telecommunications Management
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or equivalent. Issues involved in the management of
telecommunications function. Overview of communications technology used in various
business applications, local area network, wide area network, broad band network, wireless
and voice networks. Internet technologies and protocols. Analyzing the strategic impact of
these technologies on organizations. Strategic planning for telecommunications, including
network planning and analysis.
MIS 537. Information Resource Management
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or consent of the instructor. Information Resource Management
(IRM) is a popular concept of viewing information systems resources from a strategic
resource perspective. This course will present and discuss the IRM concept as well as
provide pragmatic tools for implementing this approach within the organization. Topics
will include: IS outsourcing, total cost of ownership, IS planning and strategic analysis,
justification for IT investment, management of IT human resources, traditional project
management theory, and project management techniques derived from the Theory of
MIS 538. Business Processes and Systems Development
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or equivalent. Discusses the theory and techniques used to
analyze information systems to support various business processes. The course also
discusses the theory and concepts related to business systems design such as data and
process modeling, relational data base theory, database management, systems design, and
developing technical specifications for a business system. A working prototype for a
business application will be developed using popular software development packages.
MIS 539. Topics in Management of Information Systems
(3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 503 or equivalent. A variety of topics may be offered in
different semesters. Topics may include electronic commerce, information resources
management, decision support systems, and expert systems.
MIS 590. Special Topics
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: Permission of instructor. For students wishing to
do individual research in a particular area of MIS.
MIS 599. Creative Component
Cr. 3. Prereq: Graduate classification, permission of supervisory committee chair.
Preparation and writing of creative component.
Courses for Graduate Students
MIS 699. Research
Cr. 3 to 6, arranged. F.S.SS. Prereq: Graduate classification, permission of major