Undergraduate Level Course Descriptions
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
INFORMATION SCIENCE AND SYSTEMS COURSE OFFERINGS
INSS 141 DIGITAL LITERACY AND APPLICATION SOFTWARE - Three hours; 3 credits. This course is an introduction to computers and information processing in business. Students will examine and understand the importance, function, and use of computers in business. In addition, the course provides hands-on experience with commercially available microcomputer software packages for word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentation, and database management. Note: This course is required of all Business School students. (Formerly Introduction to Computer-Based Information Systems) (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)
PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION INSS.141 Is there a cost for taking a departmental proficiency examination?
For students enrolled full-time (12 or more credits), there is no additional cost to take a department proficiency examination during a fall or spring semester. For students who are part-time, (less than 12 credits), the cost is the equivalent of the cost of registering for the actual course. During summer or minimester terms, all courses are billed on a per-credit basis, so both full and part-time students will be charged the equivalent of the cost of registering for the actual course. Any questions about billing should be directed to the Bursar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSS 220 ANALYTICAL DECISION-MAKING FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT - Three hours; 3 credits. This course covers the statistical methods for solving business problems encountered in the functional areas of business. Students will learn and apply measures of central tendency, dispersion, probability concepts, probability distributions, sampling methods, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing procedures, analysis of variance models, correlation and regression analysis. . Case studies and statistical software tools will be used extensively throughout the course to relate the concepts and methods to business environments. Note: This course is required of all Business School students. Prerequisites (with C or better grade): MATH 113, INSS 141. (FALL, SPRING)
INSS 250 CONCEPTS IN COMPUTATIONAL THINKING - Three hours; 3 credits The aim of this course is to enhance the students’ analytical, logical, and structured thinking skills. Students will learn to formulate problems, design algorithms, and develop and implement solutions. The course discusses basic concepts such as selection, sequence, and iteration. (Formerly Information Systems Concepts and Methods). Prerequisites (with C or better grade): INSS 141. (FALL, SPRING)
INSS 260 OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING FOR BUSINESS APPLICATIONS – Three hours; 3 credits. This course introduces students to classes, objects, and other object-oriented concepts. Using an integrated development environment, this course provides a comprehensive foundation in object-oriented programming for business applications. Students design, code and execute object-oriented programs. (Formerly INSS 497). Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 250 (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 360 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS - Three hours; 3 credits. This course introduces students to information systems (IS) concepts, describe how IS are designed, and the business functions such systems play in organizations. Technological, as well as, global and ethical issues of IS will be addressed in detail. Students will learn how to identify, analyze, and propose possible IS solutions to a variety of organizational problems. The course material will include up-to-date real world case studies and contemporary business problems that will highlight the theoretical concepts. Topics include enterprise information systems, strategic utilization of IT, information systems planning, IT in organizations, e-commerce, and others. Students will be required to analyze and solve business problems using, the productivity tool, MS Office. Prerequisites (with C or better grade): INSS 141. (FALL, SPRING)
INSS 370 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN - Three hours; 3 credits. The course introduces students to the process of developing information systems. It provides an introduction to a systematic methodology utilizing tools and techniques to enable effective analysis, design and documentation of information systems. Students will learn traditional and agile design and development techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience from this course by developing models from the core of formal methods in systems development. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 360. (FALL)
INSS 380 DATA AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT- Three hours; 3 credits This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of data and information management. Students learn data modeling techniques, relational data models, normalization techniques, security, and implementation of databases. The course provides an understanding of the theory as well as hands-on experience in database design, implementation, and utilization of organizational databases with DBMS and a language such as SQL. (Formerly Database Systems). Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 360. (FALL)
INSS 390 ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT I - Thre e hours, 3 credits . . This course introduces students to issues related to adoption and strategic use of enterprise information systems in a variety of organizations. Topics include adoption and strategic use of enterprise information systems such as ERP, CRM and supply chain management systems, enterprise architectures, business process management, reengineering, change management, investment analysis, security issues, IT outsourcing, vendor selection and current trends related to the study of enterprise information systems. (Formerly INSS 430). Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 360. (SPRING)
INSS 391 IT INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY - Three hours; 3 credits This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure and covers fundamental networking concepts. Topics include networking standards, the OSI model, transmission basics, networking media, introduction to TCP/IP protocols, topologies, ethernet standards, hardware, switching, addressing, and subnetting. It introduces students to wireless network, network security and how to design a secured local area network, Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 360. (SPRING)
INSS 395 DATA ANALYTICS FOR ENTERPRISES - Three hours, 3 credits. This course prepares students to leverage organizational data and information assets by using sound analytical frameworks for operational, tactical and strategic purposes. Topics include data formats, information architectures, data governance, dimensionality reduction, classification and clustering models, association rule mining, text mining, OLAP, forecasting, and multivariate statistical models, other emerging analytical models, and storage technologies. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 220.
INSS 450 APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT - Three hours, 3 credits. This course introduces students to application development. Students design and develop dynamic business applications. This hands-on course provides a comprehensive foundation for event driven object-oriented programming. (Formerly INSS 455). Prerequisites (with C or better grade): INSS 250. (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 460 ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT II - Thre e hours, 3 credits. This course introduces students to business processes in enterprises through an understanding of system configuration and business process workflows. Students learn how to configure and provide basic systems support for enterprise information systems modules such as procurement, sales, production planning, logistics, finance and control. Concepts, issues, current trends, decision making and systems configuration are addressed through case studies and hands-on exercises. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 360 (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 480 ADVANCED DATA AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT – Three hours; 3 credits . This course covers advanced topics of database management systems including de-normalization, abstract data types, query optimization, and other topics. SQL is covered in-depth with extensive coverage given to SQL and database instance tuning. In this course students learn about advanced features in an industrial-strength DBMS. Students learn database programming of triggers, stored procedures, and methods. Additionally students are introduced to XML and NoSQL databases. Prerequisites (with C or better grade): INSS 380. (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 491 CURRENT ISSUES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS - Three hours; 3 credits. This course focuses on timely and relevant topics in computer information systems that are not covered in the regular curriculum. The areas of study are determined each semester by the instructor offering the course. The course topics and additional pre-requisites will be announced during the preceding semester (Formerly Special Topics in Information Systems). Prerequisites (with C or better grade): INSS 250. (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 492 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS – Three hours; 3 credits. This course addresses specific trends in information systems. Pre-requisites (with C or better grade): INSS 250, INSS 360. (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 494 INFORMATION SECURITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT - Thre e hours, 3 credits. This course will prepare students to develop skills in information security and risk management. This is a survey course that will cover a range of information security topics, from technical areas such as cryptology and network security to a policy area such as risk management. Pre-requisites (with C or better grade): INSS 391 (OFFERED AS NEEDED)
INSS 495 INTERNSHIP IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS - Three hours; 3 credits. This course provides students in Information Systems the opportunity to broaden their education experience through supervised work assignments with organizations or governmental agencies. Prerequisite: Permission of the INSS chairperson. (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)
INSS 496 IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT – Three hours, 3 credits. This course discusses the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organizations use to manage their information systems projects. The course covers a systematic methodology for initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing projects. The course covers all project management knowledge areas as outlined by Project Management Institute. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 370. (SPRING)
SERVICES AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT COURSE OFFERINGS
SSCM 280 SERVICES OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT. Three hours, 3 credits. This course introduces the concepts, principles, problems, and practices of successful service operations management. Topics include: the role of services in the economy, strategic positioning and internet strategies, new service development process, managing service expectations, front-office & back-office interface, service quality, yield management, waiting time management, and site selection. (SPRING)
SSCM 330 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY. Three hours, 3 credits . This course introduces students to strategies and techniques for effective supply chain management and sustainability. Topics include: basics of supply chain management, inventory management, procurement and outsourcing strategies, global logistics management, distribution operations, coordinated product and supply chain design, information sharing in supply chains, Bullwhip effect, supply chain quality management and six sigma, supply chain risk management and sustainability issues. (FALL).
SSCM 336 Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality Management. Three hours, 3 credits. This course focuses on the business process improvement methods used within an organization or in supply chains. It discusses principles, practices and techniques for enhancing customer-defined value created through processes and integrated supply chains. Topics include: importance of quality management and continuous improvement in organizations and their supply chains; quality planning and strategy; customer-oriented quality management; statistical and analytical tools for quality control; statistical process control, Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean in manufacturing and service, quality and safety, JIT systems, and supply chain quality management. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 220 (SPRING)
SSCM 355 Strategic Procurement and Logistics Management. Three hours, 3 credits . In this course, a variety of analytical tools and frameworks are presented in order to help students understand issues in strategic sourcing and logistics. Topics include: make or buy decisions, procurement strategy, procurement contracts, supply chain performance management, inventory management, vendor managed inventory, materials requirement planning, ABC inventory analysis, microanalysis of logistics and transportation services, transportation analytical models, third party logistics, warehouse management, material handling, logistics network design, transportation costing and issues related to distribution channel management. (SPRING)
SSCM 480 Services Management in Government and Public Sector Agencies. Three hours, 3 credits. This course focuses on issues related to services management in Government and Public sector agencies. Topics include: the role of management in the public sector, strategic planning in public service, overview of how public and nonprofit organizations work, program evaluation and execution, and tools and methods used for policy analysis and operations in public sector and non-profit organizations. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): SSCM 280. (SPRING)