Course Descriptions

Information Systems Technologies

IST 5000
APA style and Academic Writing for Graduate Students
0 credits

This course focuses on improving research writing skills, specifically focusing on using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) for format and style.  Students will learn how to determine quality reference sources as well as how to synthesize information and correctly document their analysis. Instruction will include (but is not limited) how to correctly paraphrase, quote, use tables and figure, document references, and cite sources correctly using APA. IST 5000 is not an MS-IST Core course and cannot be used as an elective in any Wilmington University program.

Prerequisite(s): IST majors only.

IST 5500
IST Fundamentals
3 credits

This course provides a high-level overview of Information Technology and Information Systems (IT/IS) concepts. The IT/IS concepts include areas such as ethics, security, strategy, networking, and business processes. The course is designed to prepare students, with limited professional IT/IS experience, for success in the MS-IST Program.  IST 5500 is not an MS-IST Core course and cannot be used as an IST elective in any Wilmington University program.

IST 7000
Data Management
3 credits

This course covers the concepts, principles, issues, and techniques for managing corporate data resources. Also covered are techniques for managing the design and development of large database systems, including logical data models, concurrent processing, data distribution, database administration, data warehousing, data cleansing, and data mining.

IST 7020
Analysis, Modeling, and Design
3 credits

This course covers topics such as the systems development life cycle (SDLC), analysis and design techniques, information systems planning and project identification and selection, requirements collection and structuring, process modeling, data modeling, design of interface and data management, system implementation and operation, system maintenance, and change management implications.  In addition, the course addresses the unique issues presented when globalizing IT systems. Students will use current development methods and tools such as rapid application development, prototyping, and visual development.

IST 7040
Data Communications and Networking
3 credits

This course covers telecommunications fundamentals, including data, voice, image, and video. The concepts, models, architectures, protocols, standards, and security for the design, implementation, and management of digital networks are also covered. Essentials of local area networks (LAN), metropolitan area networks (MAN), and wide area networks (WAN) are reviewed. Other topics explored are: transmission and switching efficiency, regulatory and technical environments, security and authentication, network operating systems, e-commerce and associated web sites and practices, and middleware for wireless systems, multimedia, and conferencing.

IST 7060
Project and Change Management
3 credits

This course focuses on managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management are also explored. Other areas covered in the course are: managing the changes in organizations resulting from the introduction or revision of information systems, identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, documentation, and the change management role of the IS specialist.

IST 7100
IT Policy and Strategy
3 credits

The focus of this course includes: 1) The top management’s strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems; 2) The development and implementation of policies and plans to achieve organizational goals; 3) Defining the systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees; 4) Approaches to managing the information systems’ function in organizations, including examination of the dual challenges of effectively controlling the use of well-established information technologies, while experimenting with selected emerging technologies; and 5) the role of the CIO.

IST 8100
Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function, and IS Technologies
3 credits

This course combines the three integration efforts toward a) integrating the enterprise, b) integrating the IS function, and c) integrating IS technologies.

Prerequisite(s): IST 7000, IST 7020, IST 7040, IST 7060, IST 7100 plus, at least, three courses within the Management and Management Information Systems concentration.

IST 8101
Field Experience/Internship
3 credits

Students in the final year of the program who have completed the majority of the program requirements will be required to enroll in a three-credit hour supervised field-experience/internship. Students must complete a concentration specific 8100 capstone/integration course before registering for IST 8101. Students will employ one of several Research Methodologies to complete their selected project. The chosen research methodology can be used for new development, quality improvement, information gathering, internships, or (for Web Design students) an electronic portfolio development.

Prerequisite(s): A concentration specific 8100 course and, at least, three (3) courses in the student's concentration.