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Information Systems Management, Bachelor of Science

Philosophy

The Wilmington University undergraduate degree program in Information Systems Management provides a solid knowledge foundation and a related and meaningful set of experiences to prepare professionals to become Information Technology leaders in what has become the nation’s largest industry. Students who successfully complete the undergraduate degree program in Information Systems Management will possess a working command of current business processes, understand the concepts of business intelligence, data warehousing, and information technology applications and practices that can be applied in business, educational, and governmental organizations regardless of size. Degree recipients will be capable of managing complex projects from inception to completion, including analyzing business processes and designing an information technology strategy for continuous improvement. The ISM program is closely aligned with the business curriculum at Wilmington University. All courses involve hands-on assignments.

 

Purpose

The use of information systems and technology in business and industry is woven into strategic, tactical, and operational areas of almost every organization. Administrators, employees, and staff routinely use information technology in their daily professional and personal lives. The increased need for well-designed information technology systems by business and industry has further created a need for IT professionals who can analyze, design, and implement information systems to meet the needs of clients. This includes, but is not limited to, professionals who are:

  • Competent practitioners, able to use technology and capable of assuming a leadership role in its implementation;
  • Effective problem solvers, with the ability to integrate information systems and technology into the workplace;
  • Active learners, attuned to emerging trends and technical innovations, with the attendant capabilities to appropriately position the proper trends/innovations within organizations.

The express purpose of Wilmington University’s program in Information Systems Management is to satisfy those needs by fostering an application level of practical expertise at an intermediate level of experience. Knowledge of the most current tools and technologies is combined with an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie them. This ensures that graduates have immediately useful skills, in addition to the deeper understanding that will allow them to move smoothly and efficiently to new systems and approaches.

 

Program Competencies

 

Students completing the Information Systems Management Program (B.S.) program will be able to:

  • Appraise the needs of the audience and then speak in a clear and succinct manner.  Research, construct, and deliver professional presentations using a variety of communication tools and techniques.
  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar:  mechanics (punctuation) and usage (sentence structure and vocabulary).  Exhibit competence in writing for specific purposes, diverse audiences, and genres.  Correctly and ethically present scholarly writings utilizing the selected citation and writing style deemed appropriate for the student's program of study.
  • Employ critical thinking strategies such as quantitative, qualitative, and scientific reasoning to analyze consequences and outcomes and then determine logical solutions.
  • Using information in any format to research, evaluate, and ethically utilize information effectively and with appropriate attribution.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of prescribed ethical codes and behaviors related to the student's academic discipline.
  • Explain the role of IT in meeting strategic business objectives.
  • Explain how IT can be used for competitive advantage in the external marketplace.
  • Explain how IT can significantly improve internal business operations and decision making.
  • Apply the systems approach to business problem solving.

 

Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning takes a 360 approach to experiential learning. Whether you come to Wilmington University with a vast amount of professional experience and are awarded Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), or you participate in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity (Internships or Cooperative Education) embedded in your curriculum for credit, we provide a pathway to completing your degree.

 

Cooperative Education Option

Students in the Information Systems Management degree program may obtain relevant work experience by completing up to six credit hours through an optional co-op assignment.  The Cooperative Education option for Information Systems Management can be equivalent to one or two, three credit hour semester long courses for a maximum of three credit hours in a semester.  Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer.  Students can complete their 120 credit hour Information Systems Management degree program with or without choosing the co-op option. Co-op eligibility requires students to (a) successfully complete a minimum of two Information Systems Management (ISM) degree program core courses in residence; (b) have successfully completed at least 60 credits in the ISM program; and (c) have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must contact the Office of Work-Integrated Learning and their Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.   For additional information on cooperative education, please visit: https://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx

 

Accelerated Graduate Certificate Option

Students in the Information Systems Management B.S. degree program may choose an accelerated option with:

  • Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate; or
  • Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate

Students selecting this option may be able to (a) substitute up to 15 designated, graduate credits for up to 15 undergraduate free elective credits in the B.S. ISM program.  The number of undergraduate credits (up to 15) available for this option is dependent on course transfers, course completions, and the availability of free electives.  The Advanced Graduate Certificate Option (AGCO) is structured to ensure it can be completed within the 120 credit, undergraduate degree (105 to 117 undergraduate credits plus up to 15 graduate credits).

Students successfully completing the 15 designated, graduate credits (five courses) become eligible for a Management Information Systems or Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate, subject to the certificate award requirements.  In addition, whether successfully completing one graduate course or all five graduate courses, students receive graduate credit toward a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology (M.S. IST).  Students selecting either AGCO are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree.

Admission requirements include:

  • A minimum, cumulative WilmU GPA of 3.25
  • Completion of at least 60 credits towards your degree program
  • A meeting with an academic advisor to submit an Accelerated Option Intent (AOI) form upon completion of at least 30 credits; and
  • Recommendation of the Program Chair

Note:  Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully transferred in or completed, at least, 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree in the College of Technology and have an approved AOI form.  Students must receive their B.S. degree and apply to the Graduate College of Technology to receive the graduate certificate.

Minimum Grade Policy: Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses in order to earn the certificate.


Information Systems Management B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

 

POL 300 American Politics

OR

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

 

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences

Humanities Electives

Choose two courses (6 credits) from:

ART, COM 245, CUL, DRA, DSN 110,  ETN, HIS 230, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, SPA, TEC 215, VFP 313

Business and Management Core (18 credits)

BBM 201 Principles of Management

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 350 Introduction to E-Commerce

BMK 305 Marketing

MAT 312 Business Statistics

Information Systems Management (45 credits)

BBA 430 Big Data and Visualization

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

ISM 110 Information Systems Theory and Practice

ISM 300 Business Process Management

ISM 330 Business Intelligence

ISM 350 Information Technology Policy and Strategy

ISM 400 System Analysis and Design

ISM 410 Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS

ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing

ISM 450 Project Management and Practice

ISM 455 Strategic Application of Information Technology

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals

SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation

SEC 205 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Free Electives (18 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Completion Degree Requirements

What is a Completion Degree?

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

Note that a minimum of 120 combined credits are needed to satisfy the Completion Degree requirements, including both transfer credits and credits earned at Wilmington University.

Information Systems Management Completion Degree

BBA 430 Big Data and Visualization

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 350 Introduction to E-Commerce

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

BMK 305 Marketing

ISM 300 Business Process Management

ISM 330 Business Intelligence

ISM 350 Information Technology Policy and Strategy

ISM 400 System Analysis and Design

ISM 410 Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS

ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing

ISM 450 Project Management and Practice

ISM 455 Strategic Application of Information Technology

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals

The following courses or their equivalents are prerequisites for a completion degree in Information Systems Management:

BBM 201 Principles of Management

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ENG 122 English Composition II

ISM 110 Information Systems Theory and Practice

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation

SEC 205 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

 


Accelerated Options

Accelerated Option with Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate

The certificate requires 15 graduate credits.  Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses to earn the certificate.

IST 7000 Data Management

IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design

IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking

IST 7060 Project and Change Management

IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy

Accelerated Option with Technology Project Mgt Graduate Certificate

The certificate requires 15 graduate credits.  Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the six IPM courses listed.  Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA to earn the certificate.

IST 7060 Project and Change Management

Choose four (4) of the following:

IPM 6000 IT/IS Project Scope Development and Management

IPM 6010 IT/IS Project Scheduling

IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management

IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management

IPM 6050 Agile Project Management

IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2020 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.