Information Systems (IS)

IS 0100 Introduction to Information Systems3 Credits

This course helps students understand the role of Information Systems in the contemporary business environment. It introduces them to the use of information systems concepts and techniques in solving a wide range of business problems. Working in small teams, students develop, analyze, and present solutions to a business problem using information technology.

IS 0135 Fundamentals of Web Design3 Credits

Students learn the theory and practice of front-end web design. Theoretical content will primarily focus on website design, with a heavy emphasis on developing sites that conform to standards and are responsive to the needs of practical applications and mobile devices. Hands-on work will help develop technical skills, such as HTML, CSS, XML, and other web client technologies. Students will learn to use a professional-quality toolset and to follow generally accepted best practices. The course includes weekly web-programming assignments and a semester project.

IS 0210 Fundamentals of Business Analytics3 Credits

Attributes: BUEL Business Elective

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; EC 0278 or MA 0017 or MA 0217 or PY 0201 or SO 0221.

This course introduces fundamental knowledge and essential skills in business analytics, including modeling and analyzing data using spreadsheet software, such as Excel and its add-ons, as well as tools for optimization, descriptive analytics, visualizing and exploring data, predictive modeling, regression analysis, time series analysis, portfolio decisions, risk management, and simulation. Business models relevant to finance, accounting, marketing, and operations management are set up and solved, with managerial interpretations and "what if" analyses to provide further insight into real business problems and solutions.

IS 0240 Systems Analysis and Logical Design3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0100.

This course focuses on the introduction of new systems and technology into the firm. Students learn to analyze and design information systems to meet specific business needs. Coverage includes structured and object-oriented methodologies, with an emphasis on current best practice. CASE tools employing the Unified Modeling Language are used as appropriate. As part of a semester project, students analyze requirements for an information system of moderate size and complexity, and then architect and evaluate alternative systems that meet the requirements. The semester projects are "juried" by a team of experienced professionals from the field.

IS 0260 Database Systems3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0100.

This course introduces the concepts of data modeling, as they apply in the business world, within the context of a client/server environment. Topics include relational databases, object-oriented databases, and Internet databases, along with the Structured Query Language that is used to create and manipulate databases. Students are also introduced to the architecture of Data Warehouses. Formerly IS 0340.

IS 0310 E-Business Applications3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0100.

This course examines e-business applications such as knowledge management, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and mobile applications in inter-organizational, national, and global business environments. Students explore new e-business applications, the economics of e-business, value chains and value networks, related legal and ethical issues, information privacy and security, disaster planning and recovery, and the impact of emerging e-business and mobile applications. The course includes a brief introduction to technical architecture, technology, solutions, and financing required for effective e-business applications. Students investigate emerging opportunities, challenges, and trends through interactive team exercises, case studies, and individual research projects and presentations.

IS 0315 Data Mining and Applications3 Credits

Attributes: BUEL Business Elective

Prerequisite: IS 0210.

This course provides the students with an understanding of the practices of data mining, with a special focus on business analytics. To assure the practical relevance of this course, this course focuses on the applications of techniques and tools that help realize data mining in terms of business analytics and actionable intelligence. The pillar of this course is laid out along with the well-accepted data mining process: starting with data collection techniques, such as collecting/extracting web/text/social media data from heterogeneous resources; following with the discussions toward data preparation techniques (quality and relevance control). Applications of these techniques and tools on different subareas, such as web/text/social media analytics are covered.

IS 0320 Systems Design and Implementation3 Credits

Prerequisites: IS 0260, IS 0240; one programming course.

Students work in collaborating teams to design and build a networked information system. Emphasis is placed on development as an ongoing iterative and incremental process. Standard CASE tools, design patterns, and business practices are used to ensure proper communication and integration across development teams.

IS 0350 International Information Systems3 Credits

Attributes: HASM Humanitarian Action Minor Skills/Method Course, LCEL LACS Minor: Elective, WDIV World Diversity

Prerequisite: IS 0100.

This course investigates information technologies in a variety of international business environments. The course content includes national infrastructures and discrete information cultures in advanced and developing economies. The social, economic, and political impacts of information technologies outside the United States are examined, with an emphasis on appropriate systems design and control. The course covers contemporary issues such as privacy, security, the protection of intellectual property, and national information policies extensively.

IS 0391 Internship3 Credits

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Students may take up to two semesters of a department-approved internship. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

IS 0392 Internship3 Credits

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Students may take up to two semesters of a department-approved internship. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

IS 0393 Internship1 Credit

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Students may take up to two semesters of a department-approved internship. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

IS 0394 Internship1 Credit

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Students may take up to two semesters of a department-approved internship. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

IS 0395 Systems Project3 Credits

Prerequisites: IS 0240; Senior status.

This course applies skills that have been learned in the information systems major and the business core. These skills span the areas of project management, systems analysis, systems design, business communication, organizational behavior, software development, operations management, and business processes. Students demonstrate their knowledge by engaging in a student-defined project that provides a business solution for a client. The primary deliverables for the course are a system or a set of alternatives to solve the business problem, along with all related documentation.

IS 0397 Seminar in Information Systems3 or 6 Credits

This special program involving independent study and research is also intended for students accepted in an approved internship. This course, administered by the Office of the Dean, requires a formal application by the student to the faculty project advisor and the department chair. The course does not count toward fulfilling the requirements for the information systems major, but does count toward meeting University credit requirements. Open only to senior Information Systems majors. Enrollment by permission only.

IS 0398 Seminar in Information Systems3 or 6 Credits

This special program involving independent study and research is also intended for students accepted in an approved internship. This course, administered by the Office of the Dean, requires a formal application by the student to the faculty project advisor and the department chair. The course does not count toward fulfilling the requirements for the information systems major, but does count toward meeting University credit requirements. Open only to senior Information Systems majors. Enrollment by permission only.

IS 0399 Independent Study3 Credits

Students pursue topics of special interest through independent study, research, and/or completion of an information systems project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The department chair and dean must approve the work. The student and a faculty project advisor who agrees to conduct the work according to a mutually agreeable schedule must complete an application form. Once the form is completed and submitted to the registrar, the student may register for the course, which is taught during the fall and spring semesters. If any work is expected to occur at any time other than the semester registered, students must obtain the approval of the faculty project advisor and the department chair prior to commencing of any work. Normally, students completed at least two advanced information systems courses before taking this course.

IS 0500 Information Systems and Database Management3 Credits

This course introduces the basic concepts and tools relevant to information systems and database management, and their enabling roles in business strategies and operations. Case studies are used to facilitate discussions of practical applications and issues involving strategic alignments of organizations, resource allocation, integration, planning, and analysis of cost, benefit and performance in light of the big data challenges. Specific emphases involve database design and implementation and emerging strategies and technologies such as business intelligence, big data management, web security, and online business analytics.

IS 0501 International Information Systems3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0500.

This course examines information technology environments around the world, and attendant challenges to business strategy and information systems design. The course identifies geographic and institutional variables that create borders in the global Internet economy: material infrastructures, socio-economic elements, and political-legal systems. The course emphasizes national and regional strategies, emergent technologies, hybrid systems, and equity issues.

IS 0505 Python for Business Analytics3 Credits

In this course, we introduce Python as a language and tool for collecting, preprocessing, and visualizing data for business analytics. since Python is one of the most popular programming languages, along with R, in data mining and business analytics, its fundamental programming logic and knowledge is essential for students to apply in data mining and to succeed in the job market. Specifically, this course focuses on the data-engineering phase, which includes collecting, preprocessing, and visualizing data, with respect to applications in business modeling, optimization, and statistical analysis. In addition, a number of mini projects will be used as vehicles to cover the main applications of data analytics, including recommender systems, text analytics, and web analytics.

IS 0510 Databases for Business Analytics3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0505.

This course introduces databases and data management in three parts. The first part covers basic database fundamentals. The second part is a hands-on introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL) for defining, manipulating, accessing, and managing data, accompanied by the basics of data modeling and normalization needed to ensure data integrity. The course concludes with a comprehensive database project that gives each student the opportunity to integrate and apply the new knowledge and skills learned from this class. Advanced topics such as distributed database systems, data services, and NoSQL databases are also discussed.

IS 0520 Project Management3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0500 or OM 0400.

This course explores the process and practice of project management. Topics to be covered include project lifecycle and organizations, teambuilding and productivity, task scheduling and resource allocation, and progress tracking and control. Cases will be used to consider the implications for change management, consulting, IT implementation, and other related disciplines. Small team projects and experiential exercises will also be used to provide an active learning environment. This course is designed to count toward professional project management certification.

IS 0540 Data Mining and Business Intelligence3 Credits

Prerequisites: IS 0510, OM 0500, QA 0500.

This course will change the way you think about data and its role in business. Businesses, governments, and individuals create massive collections of data as a byproduct of their activity. Increasingly, managers rely on intelligent technology to systematically analyze data to improve their decision-making. In many cases, automating analytical and decision-making processes is necessary because of the large volume of data and the speed with which new data are generated. In this course, we will examine how data analysis technologies can be used to improve managerial decision making. We will study the fundamental principles and techniques of data mining through real-world examples and cases to place data mining techniques in context, to develop data-analytic thinking, and to illustrate that proper application of these techniques is as much an art as it is a science. In addition, we will work "hands-on" with contemporary data mining software.

IS 0550 Business Analytics and Big Data Management3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0540.

This course will survey state-of-the-art topics in Big Data, looking at data collection (via smartphones, sensors, the Web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark, etc.), extracting structured data from unstructured databases, systems issues (exploiting multicore, security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms), data visualization, and a range of applications. Each of these five modules will introduce broad concepts as well as provide the most recent developments in the area.

IS 0585 Contemporary Topics in Information Systems and Operations Management3 Credits

Prerequisite: IS 0500.

This course draws from current literature and practice on information systems and/or operations management. The topics change from semester to semester, depending on student and faculty interest and may include: project management, e-business, management science with spreadsheets, e-procurement, executive information systems, ethics, and other socio-economic factors in the use of information technology.

IS 0585B Contemporary Topics: Advanced Data Mining Applications3 Credits

IS 0598 Independent Study in Information Systems and Operations Management3 Credits

This course provides an opportunity for students to complete a project or perform research under the direction of an Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) faculty member who has expertise in the topic being investigated. Students are expected to complete a significant project or research paper as the primary requirement of this course. Enrollment by permission of the ISOM Department Chair only.