BS in Business Administration Concentration:  Management Information Systems (MIS)

(effective Fall 2012)

The Undergraduate management concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) is geared towards preparing students for careers in a variety of IT-related fields. Some of the career opportunities for MIS students include Systems Analyst, Information Systems Consultant, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, Web Developer, and Programmer. The School of Management MIS concentration services the needs of students and their prospective employers in two ways:
  • First, the curriculum provides students with marketable job skills by teaching them material that is of immediate usefulness in entry level positions. For example, students can gain depth in the areas of software development using database technology, programming, telecommunications and the use of various computer tools.
  • Second, emerging trends and issues in IS theory and applications are emphasized in order to better serve those students who rise to managerial responsibility. Thus, students are prepared to use their practical knowledge in a decision-making capacity.

We encourage students whose primary interest is in MIS to take additional MIS courses rather than choosing a second concentration. Research has shown that students competing for MIS positions typically take from 5 to 8 MIS courses during their academic careers. For students whose primary interest is outside the MIS area, MIS is the most popular second concentration. Training in the MIS area often proves to be an advantage when pursuing jobs after graduation.

Freshman and Sophomore Students considering MIS
At this time, two courses are required and one course is recommended for students considering an MIS concentration (CQS courses do not fulfill MIS concentration requirements):

CQS 111 – Computer Tools for Management (required first-semester freshman course)
This course provides the student with skills in the use of basic computer tools that will be needed to support future course work. These tools include the use of Excel and Spreadsheet Modeling, PowerPoint and HTML.

CQS 311 - Advanced Computer Tools For OPM/MIS (required Sophomore Core course)

CS 100 or 110 – Introduction to Computer Programming  (recommended)
Introduces the student to computer programming as a discipline. It includes an overview of logic, computer architecture and program documentation as well as teaching the student to write simple programs in a high-order programming language (e.g., Visual Basic or Python). At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to plan, describe and program a simple application such as a checkout screen for a retail sales operation.


Junior and Senior MIS Students
Students must complete a four-course curriculum for the MIS concentration option. The required course is MIS 323. In addition, the student must select three MIS electives to fulfill the MIS concentration requirements. Students will be required to create a portfolio of their projects in the MIS courses, which they could present to recruiters as evidence of their capabilities.


Course descriptions
Each elective course is four credit hours. MIS 311 is the pre-requisite for all upper-level MIS courses.

MIS 311 – Information Systems and Applications Design (required for all SOM students) 3 credits
Examines the issues related to the effective use of information technology to improve firm performance and discuss various types of information technologies deployed in organizations. Discussion labs provide the opportunity to become proficient in the use of relational database systems (currently Access).

MIS 323 - Information Systems Analysis and Design (required for MIS concentration)
Introduces principle methods and tools for the analysis and design of information systems. It includes instruction in the preparation of both data-process and object-oriented models in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). It also includes discussion of program management responsibilities, information gathering techniques and design of computer inputs and outputs (with an emphasis on web page design).

MIS 325 – Essentials of Programming
The course will cover principal components of different types programming languages: object-oriented languages such as C++, Java; scripting languages such as VBA; 4th generation query languages such as SQL. The focus of the course will be on how to use the languages and when to use them. However, the course will also include the components of the languages such as the data structures, and programming constructs. Such knowledge will enable effective use of the languages in various analytical applications, mainly financial and other data analysis.

MIS 333 – Data Base Management Systems
This course will introduce the technologies used to develop and implement database systems. The course will begin by introducing the relational model and the Structured Query Language (SQL). Data modeling concepts and principles of good database design will be used to illustrate the construction of integrated databases. Students will be required to complete a project that incorporates good database design concepts. Prerequisite: CQS 115 or familiarity with a programming language.

MIS 425 – Web Application Development
Web application makes the Web as an active medium which enables the web business on the Internet. Making web application provides platform independent information systems which have business rules and logics as web formats. Pure e-commerce players like rely on web application development. In this course, principles of web application development are introduced with advanced e-business practices such as web database, XML, web services, the web 2.0, and the semantic web. With advanced information technologies and communications networks (i.e., the Internet), the revolution of the way of business is now happening.

MIS 450 – IT Security and Forensics
This course covers the technological principles, and the relevant social, behavioral, managerial and organizational issues. The technology topics are (but not limited to): intrusion detection, access control, database security, software security, malicious software, operating systems security, Internet security, network security, techniques such as encryption. Some of the non-technical issues (but not limited to): IT security planning, IT security policy, IT security audits, information assurance, physical security, risk management.

MIS 473 – Information Systems Development Project
A capstone "hands-on" course using concepts from previous MIS courses in a project for local businesses and organizations. MIS 323 must be completed prior to this course. Additionally, completing a programming course (e.g., CQS 115 or MIS 470) or MIS 333 is highly recommended prior to this course for maximum benefit from this course.

MIS 480 – Special Topics in MIS
Topic oriented courses on current issues in MIS. Topics courses often become regular courses after a semester or 2. See following for current topics.

MIS 480C – E-Business
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and implementations of e-business. There are two purposes of this course. First, students are provided e-business concepts in MIS and marketing. This covers the important topics in e-commerce such as market mechanisms, retailing, consumer behavior, customer service and advertising, B2B and collaborative commerce, etc. Second, students are learning and practicing web design details with HTML and major web design tools. Through the semester, "e" factor is introduced, and students will extend the understanding of internet strategy through using the Internet to target customers and creating and implementing business plans.

MIS 480E – Advanced Spreadsheeting


Last Updated: 3/5/15