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Department of Information Science & Systems

Undergraduate Level Course Descriptions


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

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 250, INSS 360. (FALL, SPRING)

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 250, INSS 360. (FALL, SPRING)

INSS 390 ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT I - Three 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. (FALL, 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. (FALL, SPRING)

INSS 394 Data Visualization - Three hours; 3 credits.
This course introduces data visualization as an analytical tool, a medium of
communication, and the basis for interactive information dashboards. Students will learn
best practices and communication in data visualization, sharpen analytical skills, and
learn how to design dashboards.
Prerequisites: SSCM 220
Term(s) offered: TBD

INSS396: Cloud Computing: Concepts and Applications - Three hours; 3 credits
This course covers the cloud computing paradigm from applications and administration to programming and infrastructure development. Students learn the basics of managing single and multiple datacenters and to build and deploy cloud applications that are resilient, elastic, and cost-efficient.
Prerequisites: None.
Co-requisites: INSS 391 or EEGR 243 or COSC 349.
Term(s) offered: TBD

INSS 395 DATA ANALYTICS FOR ENTERPRISES - Three hours, 3 credits. This
course focuses on data management and knowledge discovery. The first part of the course deals with data management within organizations: master data management and data storage architectures are defined. The second part of the course engages in knowledge discovery using data analytic techniques such as clustering, decision tree induction, regression, neural networks, support vector machines, and text mining (including sentiment analysis). Students will experience practical applications of analytics through guided exercises and case studies.
Prerequisites: SSCM 220 with a C or better (SPRING)

INSS 410: Blockchain Fundamentals - Three hours; 3 credits. This course provides the fundamental concepts of blockchain technologies: the public, transparent, secure, immutable and distributed database. This course focuses on blockchain applications for business. Students will be introduced to the workings and applications of this potentially disruptive technology. Students will learn about the overall blockchain landscape-the investments, major players, global reach-as well as the challenges that must be overcome to achieve that value. By the end of this course students will be well-prepared to propose/develop business use-cases built on a blockchain platform.
Prerequisites: INSS 360 with grade C or better
Term(s) offered: (OFFERED AS NEEDED)

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 - Three 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 490: Information Systems Project Development and Management - Three hours; 3 credits
This capstone course introduces students to project management knowledge areas. Students are required to analyze, design, implement, and test at least one module of an IT project by utilizing the knowledge they gained in the Information Sciences and Systems program.
Prerequisites: INSS 260, INSS 370, and INSS 380
Term(s) offered: Fall and Spring

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 - Three 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. (FALL AND SPRING)


SSCM 220 Business Statistics. (Formerly INSS 220)
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)

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 service facility location, service projects, and technology in services. (SPRING)

SSCM 328 Supply Chain and Operations Management. (Formerly MGMT 328)

Three hours, 3 credits. This course covers principles of supply chain and operations management and provides a fundamental understanding of solving the management issues of a manufacturing and service-oriented firm. The course explores important supply chain and operations management concepts, primarily tradeoffs in making decisions and basic tools for effective and efficient management. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 220 or ECON 311 and ECON 312. (FALL/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, global supply chain management, and sustainability issues. (FALL)

SSCM 336 Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality Management.
Three hours, 3 credits. This course focuses on managing issues related to quality, safety, and risks in operations and supply chain management. 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; safety and risk issues in global sourcing; and process improvement techniques including Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, and Lean in manufacturing and service companies. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 220. (SPRING)

SSCM 350 Procurement Management.
Three hours, 3 credits. This course introduces students to tools, techniques, and frameworks related to procurement management and strategic global sourcing. Topics include: the purchasing process, purchasing policies and procedures, purchasing organization, commodity-based procurement strategy, supplier evaluation and selection, supplier development, global sourcing, green-sourcing, purchasing tools and techniques, negotiations and conflict management, procurement contracts, legal and ethical issues in sourcing, procurement-related information systems, performance management and evaluations, and latest procurement trends. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): INSS 220. (FALL)

SSCM 355 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 logistics management. Topics include: microanalysis of logistics and transportation services, multi-modal transportation systems, transportation planning and analytical models, transportation costing, third party logistics, warehouse management, material handling, distribution center operations and performance management, logistics network design, vendor managed inventory, risks in global logistics, and issues related to distribution channel management. (SPRING).

SSCM 480 Services Management in Government and Public Sector Agencies.
Three hours, 3 credits. This course surveys the topics including supply chain risk management, governmental policy and regulations related to global sourcing, import and export regulations, ports and transportation, and other up-to-date issues in supply chain management. (SPRING)

SSCM 495 Internship in Service and Supply Chain Management.
Three hours, 3 credits. This course provides student in Service and Supply Chain Management the opportunity to broaden their education experience through supervised work assignments with organizations or governmental agencies. Students must participate in the internship according to the guidelines furnished by the supervising company. Prerequisite: Students must be junior or senior standing in good academic standing within the Service and Supply Chain Management major. Department chair permission required to register. Companies must be approved by the instructor in accordance with the policies of the INSS department. (FALL/SPRING/SUMMER)

SSCM 496 Capstone in Service and Supply Chain Management.
Three hours, 3 credits. This supply chain management capstone course is designed for students to synthesize conceptual and practical skills that they have learned throughout the services and supply chain management program in a collaborative capstone project. Students will work in the form of groups and develop a comprehensive report that addresses procurement, logistics, quality processes, supply chain planning and operations, manufacturing / services processes, IT systems used, sustainability practices, performance measurement system, ethical, and global risk issues related to an organization's major product / service line based on primary and secondary data collected. Prerequisite (with C or better grade): SSCM 330, SSCM 350, and SSCM 355. (FALL)