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Management Information Systems I   (CIS-301)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Management Information Systems provides an overall picture of information systems in the conduct of business. The course covers the organization and management of a networked enterprise, the infrastructure of information technology, the necessary support systems for the digital company, and the building and managing of information systems in a global business environment.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the nature and importance of information systems in business.
  • Analyze business processes and their relationship to information systems.
  • Assess the impact of information systems on the success of organizations.
  • Analyze the relationships among ethical, social, and political issues raised by information systems.
  • Identify and evaluate challenges posed by managing information technology infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the role of information policy and administration in the management of data resources.
  • Assess the significance of telecommunications networks and networking technologies for information systems.
  • Design solutions for the ethical, social, and security issues faced by the digital firm.
  • Explain the way that information technology works to coordinate functions, as in supply chain management.
  • Analyze the impact of e-commerce and Internet technology on information integration and dispersal.
  • Discuss knowledge management and evaluate systems used for management and decision support.
  • Evaluate the challenges of building information systems.
  • Analyze the elements of effective project management.
  • Evaluate the issues involved in developing global information systems.

Available by DSST exam. 
Introduction to Library Resources   (LIS-101)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of reference sources and the techniques needed to locate information in a library including the use of general reference books, dictionaries, indexes, encyclopedias, yearbooks, almanacs, and online resources. The student will also be able to demonstrate the knowledge required to find, evaluate, select, and use quality resources as well as the impact information technologies have had on reference services including electronic multiple modes of information retrieval.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Locate reference information in a library using a variety of print and non-print resources providing several examples focused on one topic.
  • Describe the function of several major types of reference works, including print and non-print, by providing detailed information for at least four types of reference sources.
  • Describe the major criteria to be used in evaluating reference sources including, but not limited to, date, format, and ease of use.
  • Evaluate a variety of reference resources by providing a written example of a topic for which several reference sources have been identified and discuss how the information was relevant and useful.
  • Describe the function of the reference interview, giving examples of the basic steps in the process with a focus on question negotiation and search strategy development.
  • Write the copy for a library handout for patrons that describes a simple search strategy, including terminology and step-by-step instructions for a variety of formats.
  • Describe the impact of information technologies on reference services, demonstrating familiarity with a variety of information technology systems.

Management Information Systems II   (CIS-302)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Information-user's role in effective and efficient implementation and design of an MIS: topics include planning and control systems, the economics of information, and implementation of an integrated system. organizational implications of information technology, and relevant hardware and software computer applications.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Understanding of programming languages and applications development facilities
  • Understanding of database management systems (DBMSs)
  • Understanding of computer-assisted systems engineering (CASE)
  • Familiarity with appropriate use of a representative set of personal productivity software
  • Information system concepts and processes
  • Systems theory and systems development and information systems design
  • Database theory, design, and management
  • Information and function analysis
  • Systems implementation and testing strategies
  • Organization theory and behavior relevant to MIS
  • Functional business areas such as finance, accounting, and marketing, served by information systems
  • Information systems management
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Legal and ethical aspects of information and information systems
  • Professional conduct in the information systems field
  • How management information systems enhance decision-making
  • Ability to assist in defining and planning information systems
  • Eliciting information requirements for applications and assist in designing information systems
  • Ability to implement non-complex (routine) information systems applications
  • Managing information systems development and operations
  • Students shall be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing including the preparation and presentation of expected outputs from the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance phases of information system development

Management and Technology   (MAN-392)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
An introduction to the understanding of the critical interface between people and technical-structural elements of an organization, e.g. production processes, distribution systems, information technology. The emphasis is on discovering the optimal fit between people and technology to improve productivity.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Assess the organizational impact of the deployment of technology-based systems on the organization and its membership.
  • Define ergonomics. Explain the importance of ergonomics in technology and the modern workplace.
  • Discuss ethical issues surrounding the use and management of technology in the business sector.
  • Classify the challenges associated with the management of a global, technical enterprise.
  • Identify the influences of technology upon leadership and management methods. Determine if leadership is negatively or positivity impacted by technology, systems and products.
  • Describe cybersecurity. Model strategies and safeguards that can be implemented to reduce or eliminate cyber-threats.
  • Detail the potential impact to employees from the deployment of new technologies/systems. Outline approaches that can be implemented to minimize or eliminate the identified impacts.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits of technological project management practices to traditional methods and practices. Defend the use and application of technology-based project management.
  • Express and define the benefits in the application of technology in general operations management.
  • Categorize the processes associated with the design, development and deployment of web-based solutions.
  • Discuss management and technologies issues associated with the deployment of ecommerce operations.

Introduction to Logistics   (OPM-324)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Survey course of methods and strategies of business logistics including physical supply and physical distribution. Topics include materials management, transportation, inventory, warehousing, distribution channels, customer service, logistics strategies, and more.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Define and explain the term Logistics in modern business.
  • Review the history of logistics management and explain how it has progressed since its inception.
  • Describe how the process of logistics applies to business.
  • List and explain how the various segments of a business are involved in logistics.
  • List and evaluate each of the logistics functions with regard to how each function impacts the overall business process.
  • Explain how information technology has played a critical role in advancing logistics management and control of goods movement.
  • Discuss how businesses can implement logistics management techniques to reduce the costs of goods sold.

Advanced Auditing   (ACC-415)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Advanced Audit provides an in-depth analysis of current auditing issues, especially those involved in completing the audit: auditors' reporting responsibilities, internal control over reporting for public companies, the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and auditing of information technology systems. In addition, the course focuses on compliance concepts and techniques, detailed attestation and review services, and the professional judgment process model for auditing financial statements. Recognized standards, such as the International Auditing Standards (IAS) and the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), are discussed in detail.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Analyze management and auditors' responsibilities for assessing internal control effectiveness.
  • Explain auditors' responsibility regarding subsequent events, contingent liabilities, and going concern considerations.
  • Analyze types of attestation services and generally accepted attestation standards.
  • Apply concepts and techniques of auditing a firm's electronic commerce.
  • Apply a professional judgment process framework for financial statement audits.
  • Apply concepts and techniques for compliance audits.
  • Apply the generally accepted government auditing standards.
  • Explain the purpose and the structure of international auditing standards.
  • Analyze the differences among auditing standards issued by the AICPA, PCAOB, and GAO.

Computer Concepts and Applications   (CIS-107)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Computer Concepts and Applications provides an overview of computers, focusing on historical development; hardware; application software; communications; Internet use; how to purchase, install, and maintain a computer; information systems; system analysis and design; programming; careers in the computer field; security, ethics, and privacy issues; and multimedia. The "laboratory" portion of the course features the use of Microsoft Office and Windows.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate basic competency using Microsoft Office 2010 applications and Windows 7
  • Evaluate how computers are used
  • Distinguish between application and system software
  • Evaluate communication networks and databases
  • Appraise the uses of the Internet
  • Differentiate between system development and program development
  • Judge security, privacy and ethical issues related to information technology
  • Contrast input and output devices.

Available by TECEP exam.  
Fundamentals of Information Technology   (CMP-202)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Provides an overview of the fundamental ideas and principles behind information systems. The course approaches traditional computer concepts from a managerial perspective geared to the requirements of businesses and organizations. Within this context students use case studies to analyze and discuss design concepts and approaches to managing information and implementing technology solutions. The course introduces students to the role of information systems in business, society and private life, to the role of critical decision makers, and to important decision support tools. It further addresses core ethical issues, principles and procedures. Students are expected to develop critical thinking as well as analytical and problem-solving skills.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe the different types of information systems and structures.
  • Explain the requirements for systems development and methods.
  • Evaluate the basic functions and attributes of an information system.
  • Identify the functions of various types of information systems.
  • Articulate and discuss the role and responsibilities of all levels of staff and professionals within an information systems function.
  • Apply traditional and nontraditional management techniques and applications to both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations.
  • Analyze the management structures, principles, concepts, ethics, and techniques required to implement an effective information system.

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