Master of Science in Management Information Systems

Master of Management Information Systems Course Offerings

Master of Management Information Systems  course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MMIS in the course listings.  

500 – Management Information Systems (3)

This course explores the concept of managing information systems from a strategic management perspective.  Students will think tactically and critically about how information systems can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes to gain or maintain a competitive advantage.  The importance of information systems in intra-organizational, inter-organizational and global business environments will be emphasized.  Software applications will provide students with practical experience of business problem analysis and solution recommendations.

505 – Information Systems Analysis and Design (3)

Prerequisite: CPSC 110 or equivalent and MMIS 500 or equivalent.  This course explores the functions and methods of systems analysis and design from a theoretical, practical, and managerial perspective. Students use analysis and design techniques in real-world settings, compare methods, tools, and techniques, manage real or simulated IS projects throughout the development life cycle, and participate in the prototyping and rapid application development of an information system. This course culminates with a research project in an area that demands rethinking of traditional practices.

515 – Information Systems Project Management (3)

Prerequisite: ACCT 101 or equivalent and MMIS 500 or equivalent.  This course covers the theory of project management including planning, budgeting, scheduling, resource allocation, monitoring techniques, evaluation, and quality assurance. Case studies and journal articles demonstrate current use of these concepts in organizations heavily dependent on information systems. Project management tools are used in class projects and research to demonstrate the use and applicability of support systems throughout the life of a project.

531 – Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 500 or equivalent. The history of management and leadership throughout the evolution of the information worker gives students a basis from which to build their knowledge and perspectives. Leadership and management styles are discussed in relation to effective management of information technology workers. Emphasis is placed on the expansion and growth of virtual work environments and how they affect management and leadership. Related topics include the effects of organizational culture and the importance of communication.

532 – Enterprise Information Systems (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 500 or equivalent. This course introduces students to key strategies and technologies involved in enterprise information systems. Topics include concepts of incremental change, business process redesign, and re-engineering. Top down and bottom up design approaches are studied with respect to successfully matching systems with organizational structure. Students analyze the strategic fit between information system design and organization structure, understand the methods through which organizational processes are derived and mapped, comprehend the elements, modules, and integration of an ERP package, and use analytical tools and strategies to solve real-world business application cases.

533 – Management of Information Technology Outsourcing (3)

This course introduces management aspects of information technology outsourcing and discusses trends, models, and implications of outsourcing in relation to a variety of business perspectives and concerns including customer satisfaction, ethical issues, benefits, risks analysis, economic advantage, partnerships, competition, strategic management, and international challenges. Other topics include adoption, innovation, business process outsourcing, evolving role of IT outsourcing, outsourcing as a catalyst for change, and linkage between IT outsourcing and business strategy.

534 – Business Database Systems (3)

Prerequisite: CPSC 110 or equivalent and MMIS 500 or equivalent.  This course introduces students to database management systems and practical issues to support the design and implementation of databases in business applications. Topics include data modeling, relational model, query languages, web-based database, current/emerging technologies, data mining, and warehousing. Additionally this course includes data communication and technology with focus on managerial decisions and applications.

535 – Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 500 or equivalent. This course investigates strategies for information systems innovation and management, and provides conceptual frameworks for the development and evaluation of information systems management strategies. It also examines concepts of analyzing strategic applications, and planning as it relates to information systems management strategy and the interface with organizational strategies. (Credit is not awarded for both MBUS 556 or MMIS 530 and MMIS 535.)

540 –  Information Systems Security (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 500 or equivalent. This course equips students with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles of information security and provides them with the skills needed to analyze and evaluate information security problems, intrusion detection, firewalls, operational security, physical security, legal issues, steganography, and Internet security. Students explore security policies and models, cryptography, security in distributed systems, malware prevention, and disaster recovery techniques. An emphasis is placed on current issues, future directions, and research areas. This course provides a broad overview of the threats to the security of information systems, responsibilities, and basic tools. A research paper or project is required. Cross listed as MIST 411.

541 – Network Security and Cryptography (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 540 or equivalent. This course covers areas such as fundamentals of network security, security threats and vulnerabilities, viruses, cryptography, digital signatures, and key certification and management. Other topics include access control, authentication, intrusion detection, firewalls and virtual private networks. Wireless and mobile network security is covered in detail. A research paper or project is required. (Credit is not awarded for both MMIS 541 and CIST 441.)

542 – Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 540 or equivalent. This course covers policy, legal systems, ethical issues, physical security, disaster recovery, business continuity issues, and risk in information systems. Topics also include maintenance of essential business processes following a disaster, restoration of systems, assurance, and building systems with formal evaluation methods. A research paper or project is required. (Credit is not awarded for both MMIS 542 and CIST 442.)

543 – Computer Forensics (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 540 or equivalent. This course introduces the student to computer forensics, use of technology to obtain evidence for court depositions and cases, responses to a variety of incidents in their organizations, and tools with hands-on approaches to solving a variety of incidents. This course teaches students how intruders breach the infrastructure, how to identify compromised systems, and approaches for developing remedies for such breaches. Topics include file creation, modification, access, downloads, and communications. A research paper or project is required. (Credit is not awarded for both MMIS 543 and CIST 443)

544 – Ethical Hacking and Malware Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 540 or equivalent. This course introduces students to penetration testing methods that can be used in an ethical hacking situation; students learn in interactive environments where they scan, test, hack and secure their own systems, and gain experience with essential security systems. Topics include perimeter defenses, scanning and attacking of students’ networks, escalating privileges, and steps to secure a system. Students learn about intrusion detection, policy malware, DoS and DDoS attacks, buffer overflows and virus creation. A research paper or project is required. (Credit is not awarded for both MMIS 544 and CIST 444.)

554 – Management Risk Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: STAT 180 or equivalent and MMIS 500 or equivalent.  Students research how computer simulations are used for risk management in today’s technology business environment.  Computer simulation methodology and how it applies to risk management methodology is presented.  Students are expected to execute several existing risk simulation models.  Results from these models are used to rank identified risks, design and develop appropriate risk management strategies, and assess the overall effects on an organization.

555 – Knowledge Management Systems (3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 500 or equivalent.  This course examines the shift from transaction processing to technical, information, and application architectures.  Methods for gathering , organizing, sharing, analyzing, and disseminating knowledge to the appropriate levels within the organization for better decision-making are discussed in detail.

558 – Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3)

This course examines the legal and regulatory framework for professionals who have responsibility for managing the use and development of technology in the workplace. Students consider the historical foundation and current status of laws that govern technology. In addition, they analyze issues concerning federal legislation, litigation, and policy concerning those with disabilities. And they evaluate meaningful access and privacy issues in the use and development of technology. Topics include laws surrounding Internet use in the workplace, right of access to information, the free flow and use of information, and the roles of government and the private sector in protecting access and privacy. The course assesses how litigation, the Assistive Technology Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act impact the use and development of technology in the workplace. Students also assess technology law as it relates to relevant issues surrounding confidentiality of medical information, intellectual property, and cybercrime. (Cross listed with INDT 558 and MBUS 558. Credit is awarded for only one of these.)

570 – Special Topics (1-3)

Prerequisite: MMIS 500 or equivalent.  Selected topics reflect faculty specialization or program needs. This purpose of this course is to offer current and emerging topics of interest in the area of management information systems. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic and instructor permission.

590 MIS – Research Project (3)

Prerequisites: All core courses except MMIS 591. Students select, propose, and write a research paper on a topic related to managing information systems in today’s business environment, public or private. Research is to be conducted using proven academic research methods, including data collection from actual field observations and substantiated with current literature reviews. The course culminates with an oral presentation accompanied by visual displays and research project paper.

591 – MIS Externship (3)

Prerequisites: All core courses except MMIS 590. Students are required to locate and study an actual information systems problem within an existing organization. The student is expected to analyze the system and design a solution using current system analysis and design techniques. After obtaining appropriate permission from the organization under review, students observe and possibly participate in the organization’s processes related to the area under study. Students develop a final report consisting of the requirements, design, development, and implementation for the proposed solution. The course culminates with an oral presentation accompanied by visual displays of the problem and proposed solution.