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Management Information Systems

300 |400 |Graduate Courses |500 |600 |

(Administered by the Department of Logistics, Operations and Management Information Systems)

Richard Poist, Chair of Department
Distinguished Professor (Emeritus): Baumel
Professors: Crum, Poist, Walter
Professors (Emeritus): Thompson, Voorhees
Associate Professors: Blackhurst, Johnson, Mennecke, Montabon, Nilakanta, Ruben, Suzuki, Tiwana, Townsend, Zhu
Assistant Professors: Jiang, Martens, Scheibe
Instructor (Adjunct): Choobineh
Lecturer: Helmer

Undergraduate Study

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 seven courses. The required courses are: MIS 331, 432, 433, 435, and 438. In addition they will take two courses 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 non-Management information Systems majors in the College of Business. The minor requires 15 credits from an approved list of courses, of which 9 credits must stand alone. The 15 credits must include either MIS 423 or 433. Students with declared majors have priority over students with declared minors in courses with space constraints.

Graduate Study

The MIS area participates in four graduate programs in the College of Business – M.S. in Business, MSIS, full-time and part-time M.B.A. programs and Ph.D. in Business and Technology. The M.S. program is a 30-credit curriculum with a thesis. The Management of Information Technology specialization in the Ph.D. program is a 56-credit curriculum with a 12-credit dissertation.

The MIS area also participates in an interdepartmental MS program in Information Assurance, as well as in a Masters and Ph.D. program in Human Computer Interaction. Students in any of these programs can be enrolled through the College of Business.

The M.B.A. program is a 48-credit curriculum. Twenty-four of the 48 credits are core business courses and the remaining 24 credits are graduate electives. Students can obtain a MIS specialization in the M.B.A. program by taking 12 credits of graduate MIS courses from a selected list of courses.

The masters of science in information systems (MSIS) is a 32 credit (minimum) curriculum designed around three inter-related areas - Foundation, IS core, and electives. All students are expected to be familiar with basic computing skills before they enter the program. The MSIS will educate students on applying IS theory and concepts to modern IS development through classes that enable them to learn and use the latest software in application projects. Students graduating from the program will have advanced technical and managerial skills to develop and manage information systems projects.

The Ph.D. in Business and Technology with a MIT specialization is a 56 credit (minimum) curriculum designed around four inter-related areas – Core, MIT specialization, Minor, and Research Methods – and dissertation. The MIT area examines issues related to the development, building, management, and use of information and knowledge-based technologies. Such technologies enable users to collect organizational data, provide a platform for organizing and disseminating the data, and offer operational, decision support, and knowledge management tools through which users can leverage data and information for making better organizational decisions. Students in the MIT specialization will study areas such as information technology analysis and development, database and knowledge management systems, decision support and data mining, human computer interaction, system security and integrity, and project management and collaborative teamwork.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

MIS 330. Management Information Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Com S 103. The role of information technology in organizations. 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: Credit or enrollment in Com S 207. Introduction to the concepts and use of data structures, file accesses and object oriented programming methodologies in contemporary business environments. Application development environments will be covered.

MIS 423. Information Systems for Managerial Decision Making. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: MIS 330. Design development, modeling, and implementation of critical business processes that support global managerial decision making. Transforming and enhancing student abilities to act on data derived from spreadsheets, databases, business intelligence, data mining, and knowledge management sources to develop alternative plans and comprehensive solutions to common business problems. Designed to complement a range of student business majors. Students will build a variety of business models, analyze case studies, and propose solutions to real world situations. Only one of MIS 423 or 433 may count towards graduation. Nonmajor graduate credit.

MIS 431. Software Development in Contemporary Languages. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 331. Advanced software development and topics in contemporary programming languages. Topics include basic syntax, advanced programming techniques, file structures and management, database access, algorithm design, web forms and graphical user interfaces.

MIS 432. Information Systems Analysis. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 330. 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: Credit or enrollment in 331. Database design, development, and implementation. Focus on data models, both classical and object oriented. Uses relational and/or object oriented database management systems. Only one of MIS 423 and 433 may count towards graduation. Nonmajor graduate credit.

MIS 434. Electronic Commerce Strategy. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 330, Mkt 340, LSCM 360. Overview of business strategies and technologies used for electronic commerce. Emphasis is on the strategic, operational, and technical issues associated with global electronic commerce using class lecture/discussion and case studies. Nonmajor graduate credit.

MIS 435. Business Telecommunications. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 330. Overview of Internet and telecommunications technology used in business applications. Understand Internet and network protocols, network and application architectures, design, and implementation. Nonmajor graduate credit.

MIS 437. Project Management. (3-0) Cr. 3.Equips students to support team activities in the general project management environment and better manage their careers. Practical experience using project management techniques and tools. Course topics include project initiation and execution, risk assessment, estimating and contracts, planning, human factors, and standard methods. Nonmajor graduate credit.

MIS 438. Information Systems Development. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 432, 433, credit or enrollment in 435. Design of business 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. Repeatable.Prereq: 330, 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 440. Supply Chain Information Systems. (Cross-listed with LSCM, OSCM). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: MIS 330, OSCM 320, LSCM 360. Internal and inter-organizational information systems necessary for a supply chain to achieve competitive advantage. Topics include: design, development, implementation, and maintenance of supply chain information systems; enterprise resource planning; advanced planning and scheduling, manufacturing execution systems; and the interface between manufacturing planning and control processes, logistics processes, and the information system.

MIS 445. Advanced Data Communication. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 435. Contemporary theories, concepts, and practices in network infrastructure, network design, and information security. Design, install, and administer a complex network infrastructure. Study security threats and attacks and countermeasures. Investigate exposure to attacks, firewalls, and development of intrusion detection systems. Other security topics such as risk management, IT audit, and security regulations will also be addressed.

MIS 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.Prereq: 330, senior classification, permission of instructor.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

MIS 503. Management Information Systems. (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 Intelligence and Software. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 503. Focus on IT-enabled business intelligence systems. Conceptualize, design, and implement software applications that transform data into intelligence.

MIS 532. Advanced Business Software Development. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 531 or equivalent. A survey of business-oriented programming languages with emphasis on state-of-the-art development techniques for business software. Topics include object-oriented and Internet programming issues and methods.

MIS 533. Data Management for Decision Makers. (Cross-listed with Acct). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 503. Addresses data needs of functions such as marketing, finance, and production. Advanced skills needed to design, develop and use database, data warehousing and data mining systems for effective decision support. Emphasis on importance of contemporary technologies.

MIS 534. Electronic Commerce. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 503. Overview of how modern communication technologies including the internet and world wide web have revolutionized the way we do business. Provides an understanding of various internet technologies and how companies are using the internet for commercial purposes. Explores 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. 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. Information Resource Management (IRM) is a popular concept of viewing information systems resources from a strategic resource perspective. 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 Constraints (TOC).

MIS 538. Business Process Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 503. Examine current and historical perspectives on business process management. Topics include process identification, mapping, and improvement. Additional topics will address business process automation and integration, business process outsourcing. Investigate current and potential tools and methods for business process management. Include process management projects.

MIS 539. Topics in Management of Information Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable.Prereq: 503. 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. 1-3. Repeatable.Prereq: Permission of instructor. For students wishing to do individual research in a particular area of MIS.

MIS 598. Research Seminar in Management Information Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Graduate classification. Examines issues such as the nature and content of information systems research; aspects of starting and pursuing research topics in information systems; exploring and understanding relevant research methods and tools. Develop preliminary research proposals.

MIS 599. Creative Component. Cr. 3.Prereq: Graduate classification, permission of supervisory committee chair. Preparation and writing of creative component.

Courses primarily for graduate students

MIS 601. Behavioral Issues in IS Research. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: MIS 503 or equivalent, enrollment in PhD program. The state of behavioral research in the IS function. MIS activities in an organization span the following three major areas: design and implementation of the MIS, use of the MIS, and management of the MIS function. Each of these processes is carried out at several levels: individual, group, organizational and inter-organizational. Identify behavioral issues of relevance for the cells defined by the process and level dimensions. Reading and discussion of the research literature surrounding the development, use, and implications of information technology.

MIS 602. Current Issues in IS Research. (3-0)Prereq: MIS 503 or equivalent, enrollment in PhD program. Three fundamental areas of Information Systems, namely, infrastructure, management, and processes. Infrastructure studies examine the IT architecture including computing, communication, data, and application. Management focuses on addressing the value added notion of IT. Finally processing addresses topics related to enabling role of IT in myriad of areas.

MIS 603. Seminar on IT Strategy and Structure. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: MIS 601. Strategic issues in IT management. Address issues such as aligning IT strategy with corporate strategy and functional strategies, IT structure, valuation, governance and control, and related topics. Provide students with research skills related to the boundary between IT and the firm's external environment.

MIS 604. Collaboration, Knowledge, and Intelligence in Organizations. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: MIS 601. Research issues in the emerging areas of collaboration, knowledge management, and enterprise intelligence. Topics will include emerging and contemporary technologies of Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery from Databases, Web Mining, organizational memory, and knowledge management.

MIS 650. Research Practicum I. (1-0) Cr. 1.Prereq: enrollment in the PhD program. Preparation of a research manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal. Students will work with a faculty mentor on a research project.

MIS 651. Research Practicum II. (1-0) Cr. 1.Prereq: enrollment in the PhD program. Preparation of a second research manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal. Although students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor, the students will take independent responsibility for the research project.

MIS 655. Organizational and Social Implications of Human Computer Interaction. (Cross-listed with HCI). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Graduate classification. Examine opportunities and implications of information technologies and human computer interaction on social and organizational systems. Explore ethical and social issues appurtenant to human computer interaction, both from a proscriptive and prescriptive perspective. Develop informed perspective on human computer interaction. Implications on research and development programs.

MIS 699. Research. Cr. 3-6. Repeatable.Prereq: Graduate classification, permission of dissertation supervisor. Research.