Management Information Systems

MIS 202. Principles of Management Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: You will need to have access to a computer with an Office Suite (Word Processing, SpreadSheet and Data Base Management System), E-mail and Internet. The Microsoft Office Suite is preferred, but other Office Suites will do.
The principles of computer-based management information systems (MIS) are introduced and discussed. In the process of doing this, the managerial/organizational information needs are given high priority. The role of information systems in management, including current professional practices and methodologies, are described. Topics include the general systems theory, decision theory, organizational models, types and benefits of information systems, systems planning and development, and management and control of information systems.

MIS 203. Computer Hardware & Software Architecture — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 lab)
Prerequisite: CS 200 Fundamental Concepts of Information & Computer Technology.
Introduction to the function and architecture of computer hardware and software technologies. Topics include data and instruction representations, machine architecture, peripherals and secondary storage, operating system functions, networks and programming languages.

MIS 204. Application Development, Design, & Implementation — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 lab)
Prerequisite: MIS 203 Computer Hardware & Software Architecture.
Uses information systems techniques to solve managerial and organizational problems of limited complexity. Includes solving formal analytic problems and implementing solutions using systems development techniques with a computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tool. Emphasizes quality assurance, testing, and interactive systems.

MIS 301. Business Data Communications — (3 units)
Prerequisites: MIS 202 – Principles of Management Information Systems or permission of your professor.
An introduction to the concepts and technology of on-line and network-based information systems for business data communications. Emphasizes management considerations, requirements analysis, capacity planning, micro-mainframe connectivity, and decentralized transaction processing. Includes the use of both management cases and laboratory projects. This is the first class of two classes for a complete course in Modern Data Communication and Networks.

MIS 305. Systems Development I — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 unit lab)
Prerequisite: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems.
Use information systems methodologies to solve enterprise-wide managerial and organizational problems. Students will use structured systems development methodologies to develop a simple single-user system, including using a database. Topics include database design and management systems, standard development life cycle, and development with prototyping techniques.

MIS 307. Systems Development II — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 lab)
Prerequisite: MIS 305 Systems Development I.
As a continuation to topics covered in Systems Development I, this course uses information systems methodologies to solve more complex enterprise-wide managerial and organizational problems. Students will use structured systems development methodologies to develop a multi-user system, including using a database. Topics include project management techniques, security techniques, and system testing and implementation.

MIS 308. Management of Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 305 Systems Development I. MIS 307 System Development II.
Students must have:

  1. A personal computer with MS-Office installed.
  2. Access to the Internet (World Wide Web).
  3. An e-mail address.

A working knowledge of, and familiarity with, application software in general.
This is a comprehensive course in design and analysis of computer-based information systems in business organizations. Criteria for the design of the system and the selection of related hardware and software, installation, implementation, and administration of the computerized information systems are discussed. Focus is on studying the process of the system development life cycle. Attention will also be given to the functions of, and the roles played by, each management and professional level position normally associated with an MIS department. The student is required to present an information system project for a selected company.

MIS 410. Decision Support & Expert Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisites: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems, MIS 204 Application Development, Design, & Implementation.
An examination of the manager’s responsibilities for problem solving and decision making and of those areas in which computers can be used as tools to gain the insight needed to support selection of decision alternatives. This course goes beyond traditional file and information manipulation programs to cover systems that follow reasoned, logical patterns based on criteria specified by an expert, including facts, rules, ad hoc procedures, and the manipulation of quantified uncertainty factors. Students will be provided with the software tools for implementing decision support and expert
systems and encouraged to apply the software to solve problems.

MIS 412. Information Center Concept & Management — (3 units)
Prerequisites: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems, MIS 204 Application Development, Design, & Implementation.
Consideration of function and role of the Information Center, a vehicle for organizational support of end-user computing. Management issues dealing with the level and mix of
services provided and the placement of the Information Center within the organization. Discusses control and security matters.

MIS 413. Local Area Networks Implementation & Management — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 301 Business Data Communications.
You will participate in a laboratory once every other week. Lab exercises will provide hands-on experience with networking equipment described in the course. In lab assignments, you will measure and compare the performance of data network hardware as well as write application programs (i.e., clients and servers) that communicate over the Internet. For the experiments you must know college-level Calculus math.
Principles and specific implementation of local area network systems, including predominant networking hardware and software products, local area networking methodologies, and communicating with peer dissimilar networks. Extensive use will be make of cases, qualifying students to participate in projects that will define, select and implement a LAN to satisfy specific applications requirements.

MIS 415. Advanced Database Concepts — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 301 Business Data Communications and entry-level computer literacy.
Information is stored in databases and is considered essential for business success. This course will examine the tools and techniques used in the construction of databases that help overcome the complexities involved in storing vast amounts of data. This course also explores the methods used to store and retrieve data and the ways in which businesses utilize retrieved data. This is a hands-on course.

MIS 416. Human-Computer Interface — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 204 Application Development, Design, & Implementation.
The goal of Human Computer Interface-HCI is to ensure that the systems produced by designers for people to use are comprehensible, consistent and usable. Its central concern is the good design of socio-technical systems. The discipline of HCI draws its inspiration and techniques from a broad range of subjects-psychology, ergonomics, cognitive science, computer science and software engineering.

This course will cover the study of technology for human-computer interface. It will emphasize the research-based principles and guidelines of effective user-interface design in information systems. Topics include user-system dialogues, graphical and natural language interfaces, user modeling, hypertext and hypermedia, and usability engineering.

MIS 420. Information Systems Professionalism & Ethics — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems.
Surveys the issues and responsibilities facing the information systems practitioner. Topics include computer waste and mistakes, computer crime, privacy, ergonomic issues in the work environment, professional training and licensing, and other ethical information systems issues.

MIS 440. Internet Technology & E-Commerce — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 301 Business Data Communications.
This course focuses on the structure and function of the Internet and the information superhighway concept. Topics include TCP/IP Protocol Suite, Internet Information Services (e-mail, file transfer, Telnet), information resource discovery (World Wide Web and search engines), intra-networking within a corporation, network security and firewalls. Students will use these Net-centric technologies to design and implement e-commerce systems capable of interacting with marketing, production, accounting, and external electronic payment. Such Web systems enable customers to examine products and pricing options, place orders, track their progress, make payments, and check their account status directly over the Internet.

MIS 493. Practicum in Management Information Systems — (2 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems.
Course requirements may be satisfied with 60 hours of previous or concurrent practical experience, verified by a proctor (e.g., a corporate officer at the research site), and approved and monitored by faculty, by whom a term paper is to be assigned and graded for evaluation purposes.

MIS 494. Practicum in Management Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems.
Course requirements may be satisfied with 90 hours of previous or concurrent practical experience, verified by a proctor (e.g., a corporate officer at the research site), and approved and monitored by faculty, by whom a term paper is to be assigned and graded for evaluation purposes.

MIS 498. Directed Individual Study in Management Information Systems — (2 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems.
Course content arranged with faculty.

MIS 499. Directed Individual Study in Management Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 202 Principles of Management Information Systems.
Course content arranged with faculty.

MIS 502. Graduate Computers & Management Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: None. You should have completed prior, lower level course in Information Systems, or have the appropriate work experience. For each of the case studies that students will complete in this course, students are expected to prepare PowerPoint slides.
An introduction to the study and practice of information systems management. The objective is to facilitate students’ understanding of the structure, development, and management of information systems that can support a wide range of organizational functions at various levels with a view to develop a capability to analyze and/or to design an information system to satisfy business needs. Component parts of the information system are studied, together with the interactions between such components.

The discussion assumes logical reasoning to be the core of conceptualization. Thus, much of the material covered appears to be a re-statement of common sense logic, which in fact it is. You will frequently observe formalized statements of natural reasoning in the context of computer operations and information systems structure and application.

MIS 504. Information Systems Analysis & Design — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 502 Graduate Computers and Management Information Systems.
This course will examine the techniques and procedures that are usually used to develop an information system for an organization. Therefore, it is essential to design the logical components of a system and from there design the physical system. In essence the systems analysts develop a total system (including but not limited to data, procedures, software processes, and hardware specifications) from the ground up, carefully interacting with the people who will use or control the ultimate system. The course examines these activities in a hands-on manner.

MIS 505. Database Systems: Design, Implementation, and Management — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 lab)
Prerequisite: MIS 504 Information Systems Analysis and Design or demonstration of mastery of material.
Database concepts and design; the relational database model; basic concepts and components; database design; concepts and procedures. Practical guide to database design and implementation; implementing the database design concepts: a case. Advanced database topics; complex database environments; new developments, and managing the database. Older database models.

MIS 520. Advanced Information Systems Analysis & Design I — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 lab)
Prerequisite: MIS 504 Information Systems Analysis & Design.
This course assumes the student understands basic principles of Systems Analysis and is proficient with office automation tools, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Students will be required to use the Microsoft Office for CASE assignments. Students will be required to have a Pentium type PC running Windows 95 or greater operating system.

Analysis and logical design of Management Information Systems using computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools. Topics include techniques for stating and analyzing information systems requirements, hardware/software selection and evaluation, system implementation and performance evaluation, and strategic information systems.

MIS 530. Advanced Information Systems Analysis & Design II — (3 units: 2 guided instruction/1 lab)
Prerequisite: MIS 520 Advanced Information Systems Analysis & Design I
This course assumes the student understands basic principles of Systems Analysis and is proficient with office automation tools, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Students will be required to use Microsoft Office for CASE assignments. Students will be required to have a Pentium type PC running Windows 95 or greater operating system.

This course continues the study of analysis and logical design of Management Information Systems using computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools. Topics include techniques for starting and analyzing information systems requirements, hardware/software selection and evaluation, system implementation and performance evaluation, and strategic information systems.

MIS 550. Management of Information Services Function — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 502 Graduate Computers and Management Information Systems.
Students must have:

  1. A personal computer with MS-Office installed.
  2. Access to the Internet (World Wide Web).
  3. An e-mail address.

A working knowledge of, and familiarity with, application software in general.
This course introduces students to the Management aspect of Information Services. It challenges the problem-solving aspect of the individual as well as prepares future managers to be effective exploiters of information technology. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate potential problems, and recommend possible solutions.

MIS 560. Behavioral & Economic Aspects of Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 502 Graduate Computers & Management Information Systems.
Principles of organization theory and strategy as they relate to MIS. Topics include the role of information in organizations, the information center concept and information system strategic planning, data validation and data completeness, comparison of centralized and decentralized systems, computer pricing policies and cost allocation, economies of scale, and security and legal considerations.

MIS 570. Executive Decision Making & Design — (3 units)
Prerequisite: MIS 560 Behavioral & Economic Aspects of Information Systems.
This course will examine the tools and techniques used in the construction and implementation of a Decision Support System (DSS). The term DSS is a catch all term, meaning that most or many forms of advanced information systems are classed under that umbrella term. This advanced course will examine a variety of Intelligent Systems. These systems are leading edge technology but the difficult part of implementing the system is not writing the software but rather preparing the organization for the system and implementing them. What really makes these systems so unique is that they are perceived as threatening the jobs of the decision-makers in organizations-and decision-makers are the ones who must decide to implement a system. A working knowledge of how these systems operate is therefore also required. 

MIS 593. Advanced Practicum in Management Information Systems — (2 units)
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
Course requirements may be satisfied with 60 hours of previous or concurrent practical experience, verified by a proctor (e.g., a corporate officer at the research site), and approved and monitored by faculty, by whom a term paper is to be assigned and graded for evaluation purposes.

MIS 594. Advanced Practicum in Management Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
Course requirements may be satisfied with 90 hours of previous or concurrent practical experience, verified by a proctor (e.g., a corporate officer at the research site), and approved and monitored by faculty, by whom a term paper is to be assigned and graded for evaluation purposes.

MIS 598. Advanced Directed Individual Study in Management Information Systems — (2 units)
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
Course content arranged with faculty.

MIS 599. Advanced Directed Individual Study in Management Information Systems — (3 units)
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
Course content arranged with faculty.