Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems

Curriculum Sequence

Course   Credits Weeks
GEN 310E Critical Thinking and Online Study 4 7
BIS 290E Fundamentals of Information Systems 4 7
BIS 300E Database Design and Development 4 7
ENG 361E Advanced Business Report Writing 4 7
BIS 350E Computer Architecture 4 7
MAT 205E Math for Information Systems 4 7
ACC 304E Current Issues in Financial Accounting 4 7
MGT 362E Information Systems Management Theory 4 7
MGT 366E Organizational Development and Behavior 4 7
BIS 390E Comparative Programming Languages 4 7
BUS 420E E-Business Strategy and Design 4 7
BIS 400E Systems Analysis 4 7
BUS 430E Business Data Communications 4 7
BIS 410E Distributed Systems Development 4 7
BIS 480E Project Management Capstone 4 7


Course Descriptions

GEN 310E Critical Thinking and Online Studies
This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of college-level online learning and critical thinking. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills as they are used in the analysis of significant ideas. The course specifically addresses the challenges of online self-directed learning, the demands of online communication, the conventions of academic research, and the study and personal skills required for success as an adult student. Study team dynamics, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included.
BIS 290E Fundamentals of Information Systems
This online course provides an introduction to systems and development concepts, information technology, and application software. It explains how information is used in organizations and how IT enables improvement in quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage. Systems theory, quality, decision-making, and the organizational role of information systems are introduced. Information technology including computing and telecommunications systems are stressed. Concepts of organizations, information systems growth, and process improvement are introduced.
BIS 300E Database Design and Development
This online course covers information systems design and implementation within a database management system environment. Students will demonstrate their mastery of the design process acquired in earlier courses by designing and constructing a physical system using database software to implement the logical design.
ENG 361E Advanced Business Report Writing
This course teaches advanced critical thinking and writing skills for application in academic, business, and professional contexts. Students will produce professional and academic reports that are print-ready, coherent, and cohesive. Emphasis is placed on honing the students' skills in written, verbal, and electronic communication, producing an accomplished writer who is practiced in the conventions of written English and professional communication. Students produce a portfolio in both print and web-based media that will include an advanced research report and a proposal.
BIS 350E Computer Architecture
In this course, students will review the theoretical underpinnings, installation, and configuration of computer hardware and software through operational laboratory experiences. This course provides systems development personnel with hardware and software technology background, enabling them to evaluate computer architecture options and alternatives for effective use in a business environment. System architecture for networked computing systems and operating systems will also be covered.
MAT 205E Math for Information Systems
This course provides a survey of college mathematics with emphasis placed on the nature of mathematics, problem solving, and thinking patterns. Topics covered will be selected from the areas of algebra, geometry, systems of numeration and unit analysis. Mathematical topics integral to computing are also covered, including Boolean logic and algorithmic analysis. Students will apply concepts to individual and group problem solving.
ACC 304E Current Issues in Financial Accounting
This course provides an in-depth examination of financial accounting theory and practices as they relate to the preparation, content, and analysis of financial statements. Additional current and advanced topics focus on the relevant issues that users of accounting information need to understand. These include, but are not limited to, accounting information technology, ethics, forensic accounting, international accounting standards, the costs and benefits of accounting regulation, and accounting for intangible assets.
MGT 362E Information Systems Management Theory
This course provides an in-depth examination of IS organizational systems, the planning and decision processes, and how information is used for decision support in organizations. It covers quality and decision theory, information theory, and those practices essential for providing viable information to the organization. It outlines the concepts of IS for competitive advantage, data as a resource, IS and IT planning and implementation, change, and project management.
MGT 366E Organizational Development and Behavior
This course begins with an overview of organizational behavior and its relation to its external environment, then broadly divides the field of organizational behavior into three main categories: examining and understanding individual behavior; group/team behavior and interpersonal influence; and organizational behaviors and processes. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, an examination of behavior and values, motivation, learning, decision-making and creativity, conflict resolution, high performance teams, organizational design, organizational culture, and organizational change as they affect these three main classifications of behavior.
BIS 390E Comparative Programming Languages
This course provides a study of several modern programming languages and the programming paradigm that each language strives to accommodate. Procedural, functional, logical, compiled, and interpretative programming languages are studied. For each language students will examine data types, control structures, syntax and semantics, idiomatic constructs, translation into executable units, and the run-time environment, delving behind the scenes in some cases to examine implementation of language elements. Students will develop a small program in each language examined. The design philosophy of each language will be analyzed to discover how that philosophy is exhibited in the elements of the language.
BUS 420E E-Business Strategy and Design
This course establishes the link between organizational strategy and current electronic methods of delivering products, services and exchanges in inter-organizational, national, and global environments. Information technology strategy and technological solutions for enabling effective business processes within and between organizations in a global environment are examined and appraised. Students analyze the ways in which networked information technology can implement and enhance organizational strategy, connecting individuals, businesses, governments, and other organizations to each other. The course provides an introduction to e-business strategy and the development and architecture of e-business solutions and their components.
BIS 400E Systems Analysis
This course examines the system development and modification process. It emphasizes the factors required for effective communication and integration with users and user systems while it promotes development of interpersonal skills between clients, users, team members, and others associated with development, operation, and maintenance of the system. Structured and object-oriented analysis and design, use of modeling tools, adherence to methodological life cycles, and project management standards are used to analyze and design information systems. Students will apply course content through group analysis and design of a departmental level system.
BUS 430E Business Data Communications
This course provides an overview of the telecommunications industry today - including voice, data, and video transmissions. Students are introduced to the major components of local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), exploring issues related to the design and administration of computer networks. The Internet and its underlying technologies (TCP/IP, domain management, etc.) are reviewed. Varying transmission media are compared, and students will gain a fundamental understating of the operation of wired and wireless data communications. Data communications fundamentals, encoding methods, and network security are also discussed.
BIS 410E Distributed Systems Development
This course presents the physical design and implementation of information systems applications in emerging distributed computing environments using traditional and contemporary development methodologies. Students will use systems analysis concepts to implement an information system in an emerging systems environment. Study groups will use project management principles to implement an information system.
BIS 480E Project Management Capstone
This course covers the factors necessary for successful management of information systems development or enhancement projects. Both technical and behavioral aspects of project management are applied within the context of an information systems development project. In this culminating course, high-performance teams will engage in and complete the design and implementation of a significant information system. Project management, management of the IS function, and systems integration will be demonstrated and assessed in this project experience.

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