Course Descriptions

Information Systems Management


ISM 110
Information Systems Theory and Practice
3 credits

This course will include an introduction to systems and development concepts, information technology and application software. It will further involve an understanding of organizational systems planning, decision-making processes and how information is used for decision support in organizations. Quality and decision theory as well as information theory and practice essential for providing viable information to an organization will also be discussed.


ISM 300
Business Process Management
3 credits

This course will introduce students to understanding, documenting, mapping, and improving business processes, including a systematic approach and notation for planning, graphically representing, communicating, and managing a company's business process performance. It will include processes at a strategic, tactical, and organizational level. Discussions of the logical design of processes, process design and implementation and IT's role in business process automation will also be included

Prerequisite(s): BCS206 or equivalent


ISM 330
Business Intelligence
3 credits

This course will introduce students to the concepts of business intelligence. It will include contemporary applications and practices for the collection, analysis and presentation of an organization's information. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of converting data into business intelligence to improve organizational performance

Prerequisite(s): BCS206 or equivalent


ISM 350
Information Technology Policy and Strategy
3 credits

This course will include: 1) management's strategic prospective for aligning competitive strategy; 2) an introduction to the development and implementation of policies and plans to achieve organizational goals; 3) an introduction to operational, strategic and administrative needs of an organization and the systems that support them; 4) examining the collaboration and dual challenges of maintaining information systems and keeping apprised and using emerging technologies.

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 (or equivalent)


ISM 400
System Analysis and Design
3 credits

This course provides an understanding of the system development and modification process. It enables students to evaluate and choose a system development methodology. The factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems are emphasized. Interpersonal skill development with clients, users, team members, and others associated with development, operation, and maintenance of the system is encouraged. Other topics examined are object-oriented analysis and design, use of data modeling tools, and development and adherence to life-cycle standards

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 or equivalent.


ISM 410
Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS
3 credits

This course covers information systems design and implementation within a database management system environment. Students 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

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 or equivalent.


ISM 420
Data Modeling and Warehousing
3 credits

This course will focus on the data warehousing concepts and the general architecture of data warehousing systems, including data marts. Students will learn the business drivers for deciding to make an investment in data warehousing. The course will include a review of the entity-relationship/domain class modeling techniques used in the design of the transactional databases that provide the source of data for data warehouses. Students will learn how to create dimensional data models to design data warehouses. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the ETL (extract, transform, load) processes for extracting data from multiple sources and converting the data into a consistent format, based upon the reference data standards, for consolidation in the data warehouse. The students will be introduced to the Business Intelligence (BI) concepts of OLAP and data mining that are generally used in conjunction with data warehouses. This course will focus on the implications of different data warehousing technologies on the use of BI techniques. A separate course will explore Business Intelligence applications in depth

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 (or equivalent) and either ISM 410 or WIS 210.


ISM 430
Systems and Business Process Analysis for Healthcare Professionals
3 credits

This course provides an understanding of the importance of workflow and process management in healthcare, as well as the tools used to model business processes. The course will familiarize students with the techniques to analyze both the systems requirements and the business process changes associated with the implementation of information technology in the healthcare environment. It will emphasize how workflow and process management can play a significant part in clinical transformation within an organization.


ISM 445
Agile Project Management
3 credits

Many organizations are embracing Agile approaches to implement new technological solutions. This course will focus on the project management methodologies and techniques that these organizations are utilizing to manage these efforts and how a successful project manager approaches their responsibilities in these types of projects. Traditional project management fundamentals will also be introduced in this course, and Scrum, the most common Agile approach used today, will also be covered in detail

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 or equivalent


ISM 450
Project Management and Practice
3 credits

The factors necessary for successful management of system development or enhancement projects are covered in this course. Both technical and behavioral aspects of project management are discussed. The focus is on management of development for enterprise-level systems. This course incorporates such functional areas as finance, marketing, and production in the project

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 or equivalent


ISM 455
Strategic Application of Information Technology
3 credits

This capstone course will involve identifying, analyzing, planning and reflecting on a current business/IT system. It will involve a project, approved by the instructor that includes an existing organization or case study. Business processes and the IT assets and resources that support them must be included as well as a recommended strategy for improvement by the student. The review will also include the concepts studied in the preceding core courses. A final report and presentation will be required

Prerequisite(s): BCS 206 (or equivalent), ISM 300, ISM 330, ISM 350, ISM 400, ISM 410, ISM 420, and ISM 450.