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[1] Courses in Management Information Systems (MIS)

2343 DESKTOP DECISION SUPPORT TECHNOLOGIES This course is required for all business majors as a part of the business foundation. The course is designed to build competency in desktop tools for use in making business decisions. The primary focus is learning significant spreadsheet competence augmented with an introduction to desktop database software. Classes are conducted in a networked computer laboratory using current desktop decision-support software such as Microsoft Excel and Access. Prerequisite: Knowledge of keyboarding and basic spreadsheet skills. Fall, spring, summer.

3300 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND PROGRAMMING Either MIS 3300 or CSCI 1470 is required for all MIS majors and minors as a foundation to programming. The goal of MIS 3300 is to provide the student with an introduction to the inner workings of digital computers from both a hardware and a software perspective. The hardware focus is primarily on the central processor and primary memory with less emphasis on input and output. The software focus builds from elemental machine language through assembly and the C programming language. MIS 3300 is not intended to replace a course in C programming and, in fact, is recommended as preparation for the study of any high-level programming language. Fall, spring.

3301 COBOL I This course is required for majors in the Programmer/Analyst track and minors. The course is an elective option for majors in the GIS/Spatial Systems track. Students learn COBOL programming through lab activities, programming clinics, and lectures. This course emphasizes programming logic and well-structured, modular, and informatively documented programs that produce well-formatted business reports. Program design is achieved through program plans, structure charts, and printer spacing charts. Fall, spring.

3321 MANAGING SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY This course is required for all business majors as a part of the business core (accounting majors must take Accounting Information Systems which can replace this course). The course introduces students to management information systems concepts from an enterprise-wide perspective. The course explores the integration of information systems in business to support decision-making in light of current information technology. The primary mode of instruction is discussion and lecture, with other activities serving a supporting role. Fall, spring, summer.

3328 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN This course is the required writing intensive course for all MIS majors and minors. The course introduces students to the systems development life cycle, structured analysis, design tools and techniques, and a CASE tool to apply the concepts learned. Course delivery is primarily through lecture supported by a CASE project. Prerequisite: MIS 3321. Fall, spring.

3339 PROGRAMMING IN JAVA This course is required for majors in the Web Development/E-Commerce track and the Telecommunications & Computer Networks track. MIS 4339 is an elective option for majors in the other tracks and minors. In this course students examine the JAVA programming language. Lecture and discussion are supplemented through applications of software packages and student-written programs. Fall, spring.

3343 ADVANCED SPREADSHEET APPLICATIONS This course is an elective in the College of Business. This course is both a concept and computer-applications course relying heavily on applying an understanding of the concepts with computer software. The course will employ lectures, projects, labs, and class discussion. Students work individually and in teams. Lectures emphasize not only the conceptual and managerial aspects of analysis, but the software aspects to solve problems and analyze data. The course is a much advanced continuation of MIS 2343 Desktop Decision Support Technology. It examines, in detail, the spreadsheet tool of Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts, performing advanced calculations, and integrating spreadsheets with databases. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to build advanced pivot tables to analyze data using data mining techniques, analyze spreadsheet information using databases, and use Visual Basic (VBA) to maneuver data between spreadsheets and databases. During the semester, you will have the opportunity to work on a project of  your own where  you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the course objectives. Lecture/discussion/lab. Prerequisite: MIS 2343. Offered once a year.

3360 PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY This elective course offers an in-depth study of the nature of organizational information security issues as well as exposure to the various aspects of developing, planning, and implementing an organizational information security program. It has broad applicability to managers, IT personnel, and line workers alike as much of today's "knowledge work" centers around the handling of individual and organizational data and information. In addition to providing exposure to the realm of information security topics, the course also allows for hands-on lab exercises that bring the topics to life. Specifically, students will be exposed to topics such as risk management methods and processes, tradeoffs between security goals and organizational goals, network security tools and technologies, and contemporary legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security. Offered once a year.

3362 PROGRAMMING IN VISUAL BASIC This is a course that may be required (students choose this course or one of the other two programming courses) for all Management Information Systems majors except the Business Analysis concentration. This course uses event-driven and object-oriented programming techniques to design and code programs for graphical user interfaces. Fundamental programming concepts and system development issues are taught through the use of computer-based applications development. Fall, spring.

3363 TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS This is a required course for all management information systems majors and an elective option for MIS minors, other business majors, and other interested students. This course provides an introduction to telecommunication standards and networking options available to organizations. Lecture/discussion/application format is used. Prerequisites: None. Fall, spring, summer.

3365 DATABASE APPLICATIONS This course is required for all MIS majors and an elective option for MIS minors. The course emphasizes the creation, maintenance, interrogation, and use of PC-based relational database software to manage business data. The primary modes of instruction are lecture and computer-based database development activities. Prerequisites: MIS 2343 and 3321. Fall, spring.

3366 WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT This course is required for majors in the Web Development/E-Commerce track and an elective option for majors in the other tracks. The course is intended for students interested in learning about web page design concepts, web server support, and FTP techniques. The instructor assumes knowledge of Windows and the Internet and introduces students to the development of web pages using HTML and other web design enhancing tools (such as JavaScript, DHTML, CSS, XML, etc.) through lecture, demonstration, and practice in a networked computer lab. Prerequisite: Knowledge of Windows and the Internet. Fall, spring.

3382 INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS This course is an elective for all MIS majors. Internships are available to provide students academic credit for experiential learning. Three credit hours will be given for this course upon successful completion of a minimum of 120 contact hours at an approved College of Business student internship. Prerequisites: Junior status, Consent of department chair. Fall, spring, summer.

4180, 4280, 4380 MIS PROJECT These courses are potential electives for all Management Information Systems majors and are used for students who desire to complete a project. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. On demand.

4301 COBOL II This advanced course is an elective for majors and minors. The course provides instruction in advanced programming through lab activities, programming clinics, and lectures. Concepts such as complex iteration, control breaks, data validation, table handling, updating a master file, sequential, indexed, and relative file processing, sorting, searching (algorithms and syntax), program calls, string manipulation, and elements of object-oriented programming are discussed and practiced. This course assumes a working knowledge of COBOL. Prerequisite: Minimum of C in MIS 3301. On demand.

4329 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS This course is required for majors in the Programmer/Analyst track and an elective option for the other track majors and minors. The instructor assumes a basic knowledge of computer programming, systems analysis and design, and a general knowledge of computer systems and database management concepts. The course provides a review of database analysis, design, and implementation with emphasis on the relational database model. Concepts are applied using the ORACLE software package. The primary instruction method is lecture along with laboratory exercises and projects. Prerequisites: MIS 3365, and a knowledge of computer programming. Spring.

4350 INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY This course is an elective option for majors in all of the tracks except Telecommunications & Computer Networks (that track has no general electives in the major). The intent of the course is to provide a capstone learning experience which uses and builds on concepts acquired in prerequisite courses. Primary modes of instruction include discussion and lecture with computer-based activities serving a supporting role. Class presentations and case studies are commonly a part of this class. Prerequisites: MIS 3300 or CSCI 1470; MIS 3321, MIS 3328. On demand.

4355 PROJECT MANAGEMENT This course is both a concept and computer-application course relying heavily on applying the understanding of the concepts with computer software. The course will employ lectures, case review, team projects, and class discussion. Students work individually and in teams. Lectures emphasize not only the managerial aspects, but the software aspects to solve problems and manage projects. An emphasis is placed on the nine knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk and procurement management. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to apply Project Management techniques and use Microsoft Project to develop timelines, network diagrams, and critical path analysis. During the semester, students will have the opportunity to work on a project of their own where they will demonstrate understanding of the course objectives. Lecture/discussion. This course is an elective in the College of Business and in the MIS Department. Prerequisites: QMTH 2330 and MIS 2343. Fall.

4362 SPECIAL TOPICS IN VISUAL BASIC.NET This course is an elective option for majors in all of the tracks, and minors (the Telecommunications & Computer Networks track has no general electives in the major). The course provides students with the opportunity to go beyond the basics of VB.Net and learn tools and techniques useful to VB.Net programmers. The course builds on MIS 3362 to provide students exposure to accessing and updating a relational database, building Web applications, creating browser-based Help files, creating professional-looking reports and more. Prerequisites: C or better in MIS 3362. On demand.

4363 WIRELINE AND WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS This course is required for all Telecommunication & Computer Networks track majors. The course builds on MIS 3363 to provide an overall familiarity with the infrastructure of both wireline and wireless telecommunications systems. Telephone systems will be examined from a historical perspective, current status, and future expectations. Legislative actions that have impacted the telephone industry such as the breakup of AT&T, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (which sets the framework for the current telephone system), and proposed legislative actions such as Internet taxation will be covered. The convergence of wireline, wireless and voice over the Internet (VoIP) will be examined. Various telecommunications protocols such as SONET, ATM, frame relay, Ipv6, Ipv4, and Ethernet will be examined. Telephony services (ISDN, DSL, cable, wireless) will be discussed. Packet switching versus circuit switching applications and wireless application programming with XML, WML, and micro browsers for wireless and cellular devices will also be discussed. Prerequisites: C or better in MIS 3363. Fall.

4366 E-COMMERCE AND ADVANCED WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT This course is required for MIS majors in the Web Development/E-Commerce track and an elective option for majors in the Programmer/Analyst track and minors. The course provides students the opportunity to go beyond the basics of HTML, JavaScript, and XML, by learning tools and techniques useful in Web design and development for Intranets, Extranets and the Internet, with attention to E-Commerce. The course is designed to help meet the needs of those students who hope to become Website designers, developers or managers. The course content should help students integrate materials and learning experiences from prerequisite courses to develop Web design and development skills valuable in the private or public sector. Prerequisite: C or better in MIS 3366. Fall.

4367 ADVANCED WEB DESIGN WITH DATABASES This course is an elective in the College of Business. It is both a concept and computer-applications course relying heavily on applying an understanding of the concepts with computer software. The course will employ lectures, projects, labs, and class discussion. This course concentrates on the linkage between web browsers (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox),  web servers (such as Apache), and a back-end database. Many (if not most) organizational web sites allow users to interact, such as purchasing something online or adding an email address. These interactions require the web server to connect to and use a database. This course covers writing web server programs that receive information from a web browser and connecting/interacting with a database, in a computer language such as PHP. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up a web server and interact with both a browser and database. While knowledge of databases is recommended, it is not required. Lecture/discussion/lab. Prerequisite: MIS 3366. Offered once a year.

4370 ADVANCED TOPICS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS This course is an elective option for majors in the Programmer/Analyst track and the End-User/Internet track. In this course students investigate timely advanced information systems topics. Teaching methodology can include lecture, projects, presentation, and research as appropriate for the current topics selected by the instructor. Prerequisites: MIS 3321 and 3328. On demand.

4382 INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS This course is an elective for all MIS majors. Internships are available to provide students academic credit for experiential learning. Three credit hours will be given for this course upon successful completion of a minimum of 120 contact hours at an approved College of Business student internship. Prerequisites: Senior status, Consent of department chair. Fall, spring, summer.

4390 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS This course is an elective option for majors in all tracks used by students wishing to earn departmental recognition in MIS. Students conduct a guided study of an information systems topic. Students must be invited to enroll in MIS 4390 by an MIS professor. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.