Management Information System Coursework

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Degree Program Requirements

The program requires 33 hours of coursework and may be taken either full-time or part-time. Full-time students who already have taken all required prerequisites may be able to complete the program in one full year (3 semesters) of study. Part-time students and full-time students who need prerequisites will typically need from 1 1/2 to 3 years to complete the degree.
Early in the first semester, a student and the program advisor will work together to complete a formal Program of Study that will define a coherent sequence of courses to satisfy the student's objectives. A student may have the option to complete a Master's Thesis or a Practicum project, depending upon the availability and approval of a faculty sponsor.

Technical Core (12 credits)

The following four courses provide a solid understanding of state-of-the-art research and practice in technical areas of Information Systems.

  • ISM 6124 (3 credits) - Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
    Students learn to manage and perform activities throughout an information systems development life cycle, from the analysis of system requirements through system design to system implementation and operation. Advanced system development processes, methods, and tools are presented. This course is continually revised to include the latest theories and tools. A group project using advanced CASE tools is an integral portion of the course.
  • ISM 6218 (3 credits) - Advanced Database Administration
    Advanced practice and research in database systems, to include entity-relationship modeling, relational databases, object-oriented databases, performance issues, and management of the database administration (DBA) function. State-of-the-art database systems will be used for individual and group projects.
  • ISM 6225 (3 credits) - Distributed Information Systems
    Students learn technological as well as managerial aspects of telecommunication systems and distributed systems. Important topics covered include telecommunications fundamentals, voice and data communications, local and wide area networks, Internet, wireless technologies, and distributed systems.
  • ISM 6436 (3 credits) – Operations and Supply Chain Processes
    Students learn several aspects of Operations management, a discipline in business concerned with managing the transformation of inputs into outputs, with a special emphasis on business processes and business process improvement.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • ISM 6155 (3 credits) – Enterprise Information Systems Management
    An advanced study of information system management to include system planning, project selection, project management, and organizational information management policies. This course is the capstone of the MS/MIS program and as such it must be taken during one of the last two semesters of the student's program.

Electives (18 credits)

Six elective courses may be selected from additional Information Systems courses or (with prior approval by the MS/MIS program academic advisor) other related areas of specialization such as Management, Decision Science, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, etc.

Elective available within the department are as follows:

  • ISM 6125 Software Architecture
  • ISM 6145 Seminar on Software Testing
  • ISM 6208 Data Warehousing
  • ISM 6305 Managing the Info Systems Function
  • ISM 6382 International Aspects of Info Systems
  • ISM 6405 Decision Support Systems Applications
  • ISM 6480 Electronic Commerce
  • ISM 6905 Independent Study
  • ISM 6930 Selected Topics in MIS
  • ISM 6971 Thesis: Masters
  • ISM 6316 Project Management
  • ISM 6136 Data Mining
  • ISM 6137 Statistical Data Mining ISM 6208 Data Warehousing
  • ISM 6056 Web Application Development
  • ISM 6930 Information Security and Risk Management
  • ISM 6156 Enterprise Resource Planning & Bus Process Mgmt

In addition, the following Special Topics are being offered:

  • ISM 6930 Multimedia Applications
  • ISM 6930 Mainframe Technologies

Thesis Option

The master's thesis option requires six credits of ISM 6971, which count as six of the 18 MIS elective credits. The thesis must make a well-defined contribution to research and development in an area of Information Systems.

Practicum Option

The practicum option requires an investigation or development of a new information technology artifact. The project typically occurs in the student's place of employment and is jointly supervised by a faculty member and a manager in the company. Based upon the magnitude of the project, either three or six hours of credit in ISM 6905 would be taken, which would count for three or six hours of the 18 hours of MIS electives.

Business Intelligence Track

The M.S./M..I.S. program offers a track in business intelligence. The requirements for this track are as follows.

Students will have to take and pass four out of the following five courses:

  • ISM 6136 Data Mining
  • ISM 6218 Advanced Database Systems
  • ISM 6208 Data Warehousing
  • ISM 6137 Statistical Data Mining
  • QMB 7566 Applied Mulitvariate Statistical Methods

In addition, graduate students who take the courses to satisfy this track and earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the courses in the track, will receive a "Joint SAS/USF Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence," when they uses a SAS analytics package as part of some of these courses. Specifically, graduate students will need to uses SAS Enterprise Miner or an equivalent SAS analytics package in the Data Mining and Statistical Data Mining courses. The tool will be provided free for class uses by SAS Institute.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Management Information Systems Concentration

If you enjoy using technology to solve problems, the management information systems (MIS) concentration may be the right choice for you.

The MIS concentration is made up of six upper-level courses exploring both technical and managerial topics that equip you for an entry-level position in management information systems or a related field. Along with your core business classes, you will learn how to use technology to create business value in an organization and will develop technical aptitude and familiarity on a variety of technologies and programming languages. Specific coursework includes technical topics like "Database Management Systems and Telecommunications Technology" and more traditional MIS-oriented coursework like "Systems Analysis and Design and Management of IT Projects."

Curriculum Plan

Academic performance in freshman and sophomore courses is the main criterion for admission to the upper division in the School of Management. In the first two years, you will complete the university writing requirements, general education courses and seven prerequisite courses for the major.

If you're not ready for calculus, you should take precalculus before attempting MTH 131.

Enrolled before fall 2016

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

**Required MG core courses

First semesterSecond semester
ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics (prerequisite to business major)ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics (prerequisite to business major)
MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Business (prerequisite to business major)PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite to business major)
ENG 101 Writing IENG 201 Advanced Writing II
UGC 111 World Civilization IUGC 112 World Civilization II
 Free elective (AACSB - 3 units)
First semesterSecond semester
MGA 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (prerequisite to business major)MGA 202 Introduction to Management Accounting(prerequisite to business major)
MGQ 201 Introduction to Statistics for Analytics(prerequisite to business major)Arts general education course
Natural ScienceNatural Science (with lab)
UGC 211 American PluralismFree elective (AACSB - 3 units)
Free elective (AACSB - 1 unit)Free elective (AACSB - 3 units)

After you successfully complete the freshman and sophomore year curriculum at the minimum admission standards and gain formal admission to the major, the following requirements remain:

First semesterSecond semester
MGQ 301 Statistical Decisions
in Management**
MGO 302 Production and Operations**
MGS 351 Introduction to
Management Information Systems**
MGF 301 Corporation Finance**
MGB 301 Organizational Behavior
and Administration**
MGI 301 Human Resources Management**
MGG 300 Career Strategies, Planning
and Management (fall or spring - 2 units)**
MGM 301 Principles of Marketing**
CSE 113 Introduction to Computer 
Programming I (Required MIS concentration course; complete anytime before MGS 405
and MGS 425) (AACSB)
Free elective (3 units)
First semesterSecond semester
MGT 401 Public Policy, Law and Management**MGO 403 Fundamentals of Strategic Management (fall or spring)**
MGE 302 Applied Economics**MGS 405 Systems Analysis and Design (spring only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
MGS 314 Applied Business Programming (fall only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
MGS 425 IT Project Management (spring only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
MGS 402 Telecommunications Technology (fall only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
Free elective (internship recommended - 3 units)
MGS 404 Database Management Systems (fall only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
Free elective - 1 unit

Enrolled fall 2016 or after

Curricular Plan [PDF]

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

**Required MG core courses

First semesterSecond semester
ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics (prerequisite to business major)ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics (prerequisite to business major)
MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Business (prerequisite to business major)PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite to business major)
ENG 105 Writing And Rhetoric (CL 1)Global Pathway 
UB SeminarThematic Pathway 
 Domestic Diversity
First semesterSecond semester
MGA 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (prerequisite to business major)MGA 202 Introduction to Management Accounting(prerequisite to business major)
MGQ 201 Introduction to Statistics for Analytics(prerequisite to business major)Global Pathway
MGG 303 Communication Literacy for Business (CL2)Thematic Pathway
Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 (with lab)
Thematic PathwayMGG 298 Career Connections I**

After you successfully complete the freshman and sophomore year curriculum at the minimum admission standards and gain formal admission to the major, the following requirements remain:

First semesterSecond semester
MGQ 301 Statistical Decisions
in Management**
MGO 302 Production and Operations**
MGS 351 Introduction to
Management Information Systems**
MGF 301 Corporation Finance**
MGB 301 Organizational Behavior
and Administration**
MGI 301 Human Resources Management**
MGG 398 Career Connections II**MGM 301 Principles of Marketing**
CSE  113 Introduction to Computer 
Programming I (Required MIS concentration course; complete anytime before MGS 405
and MGS 425)
Global Pathway
 UB Capstone
First semesterSecond semester
MGT 401 Public Policy, Law and Management**MGO 403 Fundamentals of Strategic Management (fall or spring)**
MGE 302 Applied Economics**MGS 405 Systems Analysis and Design (spring only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
MGS 314 Applied Business Programming (fall only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
MGS 425 IT Project Management (spring only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
MGS 402 Telecommunications Technology (fall only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
Free elective (3 units)
MGS 404 Database Management Systems (fall only)
(Required MIS concentration course)
 
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