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Information Systems Courses

INSY 2300 – Information Systems (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the subject of computer-based information systems in business. Upon completion of this course, students should be familiar with the basic concepts and current developments in the field of information technology and information systems; appreciate the role of information systems in business organizations; and understand the issues that employing information technology raises. Students also learn to effectively use key software tools (spreadsheets and databases) that improve personal productivity and can contribute to business value. Please note: for students in the integrated core, Information Systems is split into two 1.5-credit courses: INSY 2299 and INSY 2301.

INSY 3421 – Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)

The rapid advances in information technology of recent years have brought with them dramatic changes in the way business organizations operate and compete. It is equally true that any enterprise in either the private or public sector requires sound accounting procedures and processes that integrate throughout, which has resulted in the sweeping Sarbanes-Oxley legislation. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the subject of computer-based accounting information systems. The four critical objectives are a sound understanding of business processes, transaction cycles, internal controls, and the systems components of each. Cross-listed with ACBU 3421. Prerequisites: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299) and ACBU 2222.

INSY 3432 – Database Systems (3 credits)

This course focuses on database design principles and techniques, including entity relationship model, relational model and normalization. Students will become familiar with SQL (structured query language) and database management system capabilities. The concepts and techniques are applied to practical business data-processing environments. The course includes a series of exercises on design and implementation of database applications using commonly available database management systems. It is recommended that information systems majors and primary concentrators take this course concurrent with, or prior to, Systems Analysis (INSY 3441). Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 3433 – Business Applications Development (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to business applications programming concepts, techniques and tools. Students will acquire practical skills and experience with object-oriented development using the Java language. Topics include the elements of the language, common Java classes, object-oriented programming including inheritance and interfaces, and object-oriented design. Examples will be drawn from various business areas. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 3434 – Network Applications and Telecom Policy (3 credits)

An intensive examination of network and Internet technologies and standards, network design, network management and business value. Topics include local area networks (LAN), public and corporate networks, Internet backbone, broadband and wireless networks, client/server computing, and telecommunication services. In addition, the course explores strategic and policy issues and trends related to networking and telecommunications, such as network neutrality. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299).

INSY 3441 – Systems Analysis (3 credits)

An introduction to the process of developing information systems. Emphasizes soliciting business, user, and functional requirements, and building conceptual models that help to analyze these requirements. Major topics include project identification, selection, and planning; requirements solicitation, development, and management; business process modeling; and traditional and object-oriented system analysis techniques. It is recommended that information systems majors and primary concentrators take Database Systems (INSY 3432) concurrent with, or prior to, this course. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 3442 – Web Applications Design and Development (3 credits)

A well-designed web presence and useful web applications are essential for all companies today. This course focuses on hands-on development of web applications that create business value. Major topics include a review of project planning, system analysis, and project management; architecture design; detailed component, database, network, and (user and system) interface design; Web applications programming and testing; Web applications implementation (deployment and transition to use and support organization). It is recommended that students take Systems Analysis (INSY 3441) prior to this course. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 4410 – IT-Driven Global Supply Chains (3 credits)

This course provides an understanding of the information needs of global business organizations and how information technology can be leveraged for business success on a global scale focusing on global supply-chain management systems and business issues. The course examines the role of IT in global firms through a combination of discussions and projects. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299).

INSY 4430 – The Law of Innovation (3 credits)

The course examines the legal issues that technology entrepreneurs will face as they launch their for-profit, not-for-profit, or both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. Topics will include business formation; corporate social responsibility; copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and privacy contract law (traditional, on the internet, nondisclosure/noncompete agreements, and tech licensing); and good practices for using open-source software. We will present both for-profit and not-for-profit practical examples for each topic. The course requires reading the assigned text, which will include judicial opinions and scholarly articles. You will be encouraged to thoroughly read and discuss these sources. Industry experts will provide insights throughout the course as guest speakers. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 4431 – Web Analytics (3 credits)

In a global market where Internet usage has increased dramatically, it’s becoming increasingly critical for businesses to be more aware of how their potential customers can find them via online search, understand the value of social media and understand website performance measures. This course aims to discover useful knowledge from Web hyperlinks, page content and usage logs. The course covers the following topics: mining and integration of useful web content information, web structure analysis, social network analysis, web traffic and visitor analysis, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay-Per-Check (PPC) model in Search Engine Marketing (SEM). The course is a combination of lectures, case studies, hands-on exercises and a real-world project. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 4432 – ST: Mobile Commerce and Applications (3 credits)

Roughly two-thirds of the world’s population participates in the new mobile economy. Leveraging the mobile marketplace requires a conceptual understanding of mobile commerce as well as the practical skills needed to create the next generation of wireless-enabled goods and services. This course will provide both, using a combination of global case studies and hands-on experience in building mobile applications for handheld devices. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 4449 – Special Topic: Enterprise Systems (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of issues related to implementing and managing information systems that enable enterprise-wide integration in organizations. This course focuses on ERP systems. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299).

INSY 4460 – Special Topic: Data Warehousing (3 credits)

Students will explore issues related to implementing a data warehouse for business intelligence applications. Topics discussed include the use of decision support systems; business intelligence and business analytics; the separation between operational and decision support databases; designing and implementing data warehouses; loading and refreshing data warehouses; the use of tools to retrieve data from a warehouse; and the use of online analytical processing (OLAP) and related tools to analyze data. Prerequisite: INSY 2299 (or INSY 2300).

INSY 4505 – Electronic Commerce (3 credits)

Internet technologies have become an important platform for business and commerce. This course introduces students to technologies, concepts and business issues related to e-business and e-commerce. Topics include novel digital business models, applications and strategies; business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce, digital marketing and advertising, social networks and technologies, security and privacy and intellectual property protection. A web authoring package will be used as a tool to assist us in gaining hands-on skills. Cross-listed with MKBU 4504. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299).

INSY 4506 – Business Analytics (3 credits)

This course introduces Business Analytics and related concepts and techniques such as Business Intelligence (BI), data analytics, data warehousing, data mining, and online analytical processing (OLAP). It explores how business analytics can help in improving management decision-support effectiveness in functional areas such as marketing, finance and manufacturing. The course is intended for business students in general, not just IS/IT specialists. In addition to conceptual material, students will gain substantial hands-on experience with a set of BI tools. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299).

INSY 4507 – Project Management (3 credits)

This course provides the project-management skills needed to develop information and communications systems on time and within budget. It concentrates on methods and issues of organizing, planning and controlling projects and the use of computer-based project-management tools. Cross-listed with MGBU 4507. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299)

INSY 4508 – Special Topic: Advanced Spreadsheet Methods (3 credits)

Spreadsheets have become the near-exclusive tool used by millions of managers in analyzing business problems. Nowadays, spreadsheets contain many powerful tools that can be used to analyze more sophisticated models and make better decisions. This course introduces students to many advanced features in Microsoft Excel and the key ideas of modeling and management decision-making that will be important throughout their careers. Students will learn to build and analyze decision-making models in Excel. Students will have hands-on opportunities to model and solve various representative practical problems in class and in homework. Students are expected to have basic understanding of Excel prior to enrolling in this class. Prerequisite: INSY 2300 (or INSY 2299).

INSY 4800 – Global IT Strategy and Management (3 credits)

Information technology is playing an increasingly significant role in businesses’ global strategies. To be effective, one needs to understand how to use information technology to counter competitive forces and exploit opportunities created by globalization and electronic commerce. This capstone course addresses the issues involved in managing information systems resources in a global environment, including long-term planning for information systems, acquiring and implementing information systems resources, data center management, capacity planning and introduction of new technologies. The students will examine political and organizational issues in information systems implementation through case studies of global firms and class discussions. Prerequisite: Completion of at least two ICS upper-level courses; senior standing.