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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 in the Information Systems Management Program (B.S.) will be able to:


  • Integrate ethical, legal, and economic accountability required of computer professionals;
  • Explain and apply appropriate information technologies to help an individual or organization achieve its mission and goals;
  • Apply project management best practices and methodology to create, deliver, and support information technology projects;
  • Anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate the utility of new technologies to an individual or organization;
  • Illustrate the ability to manage the information technology resources of an organization;
  • 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; and
  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar: mechanics and usage. Correctly and ethically exhibit competence in writing for specific purposes, diverse audiences, and genres.


Accelerated Option for Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate

The Accelerated Option with Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate provides students in the Information Systems Management B.S. degree program (ISM) the option of completing their bachelor's degree along with a Graduate Certificate in Technology Project Management.  Students selecting this option can complete both their undergraduate degree and graduate certificate by completing 120 credits (105 undergraduate credits and 15 graduate credits).  The five graduate courses (15 credits) needed for the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate would count as five courses (15 credits) towards the undergraduate degree.  The 15 credits consist of either 15 free elective credits, or 12 free elective credits and taking IST 7060 instead of ISM 450.  


Students selecting this option also receive the benefit of completing five graduate level courses that count towards an M.S. Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST) - Technology Project Management degree.  Students selecting this option are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree or Graduate Certificate in Technology Project Management. 

Admission requirements include:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.25;
  2. Completion of at least 60 credits;
  3. A meeting with an academic advisor to submit an Accelerated Option Intent (AOI) form upon the completion of at least 30 credits; and
  4. Recommendation of the Program Chair

Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully completed at least 60 credits towards their ISM degree and have an approved AOI form.

Note:  Students must receive their B.S. degree in order to receive the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate.


Information Systems Management B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements (36 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

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Science Elective (3 credits)

SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences

Social Science Electives (6 credits)

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

POL 300 American Politics

OR

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

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 210 Principles and Practice of Information Security

Free Electives (21 credits)

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

Accelerated Option with Technology Project Mgt Graduate Certificate

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

Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate Core Courses

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 6020 IT/IS Project Budgeting

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


Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

Semester 1

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ENG 121 English Composition I

ISM 110 Information Systems Theory and Practice

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation

Semester 2

BBM 201 Principles of Management

ENG 122 English Composition II

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SEC 210 Principles and Practice of Information Security

Sophomore

Semester 1

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

OR

POL 300 American Politics

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

MAT 312 Business Statistics

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals

Semester 2

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 131 Public Speaking

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

ISM 300 Business Process Management

Junior

Semester 1

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

ISM 350 Information Technology Policy and Strategy

ISM 410 Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS

SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences

Free Elective

Semester 2

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 350 Introduction to E-Commerce

ISM 330 Business Intelligence

ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing

Free Elective

Senior

Semester 1

BBA 430 Big Data and Visualization

ISM 400 System Analysis and Design

ISM 450 Project Management and Practice

Free Elective

Free Elective

Semester 2

BMK 305 Marketing

ISM 455 Strategic Application of Information Technology

Free Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective


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's 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.

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 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

SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation

SEC 210 Principles and Practice of Information Security

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.