Information Systems Concentration MBA Courses

BMIS 2034—Information Systems Planning—3 credits
Banking, retailing, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare – no matter what the industry, corporate success increasingly depends on an organization’s ability to innovate, capture new value, and adapt. This means organizations must develop and communicate a vision for IS, then deploy and manage information systems to increase efficiency, improve performance, and support innovation. Whether you are in the IS function or not, your firm’s success depends on you leading efforts that use technology to streamline introduction of new products, enable efficient management of supply-chain relationships, enhance business control and compliance requirements and maintain effective management of complex financial activities. However while billions of dollars are spent each year on technology, much of it is wasted because firms fail to account for the challenges associated with managing information systems. Managers purchase irrelevant or inadequate software because they cannot clearly specify their needs and lack the knowledge needed to evaluate and manage vendors. Multi-million dollar enterprise systems are underused because their capabilities are not understood or applied by the business users that they are designed to support. Functional managers miss opportunities to strategically use emerging technologies because they are unable to explain their priorities to technology professionals. Effectively using information systems requires that you bring together people, policies, processes, technology, and data in a timely but resilient fashion to optimize business investments, while avoiding the pitfalls and risks associated with implementing and maintaining complex systems.
In this course, we will examine issues associated with developing, managing, and maintaining firms’ ability to use information technology to create business value by reducing costs, supporting growth, and enabling innovation. Through a combination of readings, discussion, presentations, and hands-on projects you will learn about:
  • the critical roles that IS and IS management play in successful organizations;
  • the challenges associated with developing and maintaining an organization’s IT capabilities;
  • the business practices (such as planning, budgeting, staffing, vendor management, standard setting, etc.) that are used to support effective use of IT;
  • the approaches used by firms to evaluate, apply, and strategically manage their investments in information systems.
After this course, the student should be able to think like a CIO, both strategically and practically.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2053—Human-Computer Interaction—3 credits
While many organizations have outsourced the design of production systems, there is still a need to provide specifications for those systems. In addition, the recent Internet and e-commerce explosion has created an even wider need to design corporate web sites. Organizational practices must exist to make sure designers and developers take into account what we know about human factors engineering. This course focuses on how to gather requirements, achieve a usable first draft, and test and improve that draft. A half-dozen course projects will include usability critiques, assessments of users’ difficulties in understanding systems, and designs of forms, screen layouts, and icons. A mid-term YouTube video project will evaluate usability of various PC or mobile devices. A final project will provide prototype screens and an in-depth plan for an actual application. The course is intended for anyone with special interest in, and appreciation for usability, and will be especially useful for those who will provide input to design teams, manage projects, or develop systems.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2056—Management Information Systems Practicum 1—3 credits
The purpose of the MIS practicum is to improve your understanding of what it takes to be an IS expert and facilitate your development as an expert in your area of specialization – and in doing so to accelerate your efforts to move toward your career goals. Through a variety of readings, assignments, and activities you will learn about the nature of expertise (in general and in IS). You will also develop the knowledge and abilities you need to be an IS expert within a given industry and specialization.
Prerequisites: MBA/MS-MIS and MIS students only. Note: MBA/MS-MIS and MIS students should register BMIS 2999 MS-MIS Practicum Lab during their first year of the program and register BMIS 2056 MIS Practicum 1 during their second year of the program.
BMIS 2060—Independent Study in Management Information Systems—variable credits (1.0 minimum)
An independent course of study in management information systems may be arranged with a faculty member and a student advisor.
Prerequisites: Special Permission/faculty sponsorship is required.
BMIS 2074—Strategic Information Technology in Global Supply Chains—1.5 credits
In today’s business world, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software plays a critical role in providing the necessary tools for agile business decisions, customer management, & operations management. ERP systems provide a competitive advantage by allowing the company to manage its many different functions and processes in one large integrated information system. Using SAP as our learning platform, this course examines the advantages and complexities of the enterprise software, showing how ERP can improve processes and streamline operations. Additionally, we will expand the ERP concept outward into the supply chain, advancing ERP adoption and best practices with a focus on Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems. We will be taking an in-depth view into SAP’s SCM components, discussing the various processes and functions that make up SAP/SCM solution and how firms today depend upon the continuous exchange of data when sourcing, manufacturing demand planning, sales forecasting, logistics planning and managing service commitments, within the supply chain. We will discuss and explore the SAP/SCM solution using text, lecture, group case studies, and simulated project experiences within the SAP system to provide the student with a working environment to validate key concepts covered in the course.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2409—Information Systems—1.5 credits
How does information technology enable the business? How does it provide business value? This course provides an overview of information technology and its application in a business. By simultaneously examining business cases and the capabilities of relevant technologies, students will develop an understanding of how information technology supports and enables business strategies, innovation, and improved business capabilities and processes.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2537—Business System Platforms—3.0 credits
The options for deployment of business information systems have grown in number and greatly increased in complexity since the Internet and concomitant technologies have become the most important de-facto standards for business computing and networking. Relevant technologies break down into five basic categories:
  1. Computer Hardware-this primarily includes computers and storage
  2. Communications-this includes wired, wireless, local and wide-area networks
  3. System Software-this includes operating systems and databases as well as transaction and message-based middleware, and load balancing
  4. Software Development-this includes web services, service-oriented architectures, and all of the various technologies commonly grouped under the heading “Web 2.0”.
  5. Horizontal Applications-this includes technologies like RFID, Business Intelligence, workflow and Content Management
Accordingly, the course will pursue three simultaneous paths:
  1. Lectures and additional presentations by outside speakers will survey the most important software and hardware technologies that businesses use to deploy information systems. This will include an examination of capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, and relevant standards. It will also address alternative implementations and costs.
  2. Full-length case studies and class discussion will facilitate the examination of the business implications of and the context in which these system deployment technologies are utilized.
  3. Individual and team student projects will give the students experience in researching, understanding, evaluating and explaining information technologies.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2551—Project Management Concepts and Processes—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the management of projects, including (but not limited to) the management of information systems projects. Planning, organizing, staffing, and controlling projects require traditional management skills, an understanding of quality assurance techniques, and an appreciation of the business environment in which projects are embedded. This course presents an overview of project management concepts that follows the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The course focuses on project planning, defining project scope, monitoring progress, and controlling projects. It also covers the politics of projects, project staff and teamwork issues, and the implementation of projects.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2588—Database Management—3 credits
As information systems are integrated into business operations, the data within these systems becomes an increasingly valuable corporate asset. This course develops students' knowledge of the technologies and techniques for collecting, disseminating, and managing data. The objective of the course is to develop immediately useful skills, such as SQL query construction and data modeling, while providing exposure to a range of data management technologies, strategies, and issues. Hands-on exercises with database management systems are provided to develop students' SQL and database design skills. Discussions, assignments, and projects focus on the challenges of developing and using database systems in dynamic organizations.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2678—Electronic Commerce—3 credits
E-Commerce is totally mainstream, and there are now important aspects of this electronic 21st century business environment that differ markedly from the prior century. Business models are often quite different from the e-commerce models of the 20thcentury dot-com boom. The technologies that enable e-commerce have become enormously complex. The sophistication, complexity and diversity of business models that enable businesses to leverage e-commerce have advanced as much -- if not more -- than the technologies that support them.
Electronic commerce is at the forefront of modern operations, marketing and strategy while accounting for billions of dollars in transactions. Competition and cooperation between firms of all sizes have been changed forever. There are new media outlets like iTunes and YouTube, huge online communities like Facebook and LinkedIn, and collaboration capabilities like Wikis and Blogs. All of these are also going mobile. They are reshaping industries and creating new opportunities.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the most important aspects of electronic commerce and how the business world is changing as a result. Topics to be covered include: 21st century business models, strategic drivers of e-commerce success, sources of competitive advantage, and current and emerging technologies.
Prerequisites: None.
BMIS 2679—Technology, Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion—3 credits
This course will expose students to concepts in technology innovation, markets for information technology goods and services, and adoption dynamics within organizations for new products and processes, and therefore should prove useful in a variety of student careers. Assignments emphasize written and oral communication skills. There is an opportunity for a self-selected project to customize the course to particular student interests. Skill acquisition and improvement goals for the course include Case analysis, short analytic writing, technology research, and long-form writing.
Prerequisite: None.
BMIS 2689—Technology Enabled Business Transformation—3 credits
Business Transformation has been defined as the alignment of process, people and technology such that it can both support and innovate business strategies. Given that technologies evolve and develop at a rather rapid pace, it is desirable for managers to develop skills that allow them to understand what technologies can do (both established and new) and how they might be leveraged to create real value. Using lecture and current case studies, this course will examine topics to help students develop those skills. These topics include: (1) Transformation Strategies, (2) The relationship between Information Technology and Business Transformation, (3) When to build and when to buy, (4) Business Analysis, (5) Process Modeling, (6)Enterprise Systems, (7) Software Development Methodologies.
Prerequisite: None.
BMIS 2999—MS-MIS Practicum Lab—0 credits
This lab is required for first-year MBA/MS-MIS students. See BMIS 2056 MIS Practicum 1 course description.
Prerequisites: MBA/MIS and MIS students only. Note: MBA/MIS and MIS students should register BMIS 2999 MS-MIS Practicum Lab during their first year of the program and register BMIS 2056 MIS Practicum 1 during their second year of the program.