Information Systems Courses
INSYS 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics
INSYS 140 Technical Aspects of Information Systems
An introduction to the technology upon which information systems are built. Topics include fundamental computer and network architecture, system and network software, communications protocols, decision support system structure and configuration, and methods for developing IS software and for constructing IS infrastructure.
INSYS 185 First-Year Seminar
A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.
INSYS 250 Data Analysis for Business Decision Making
This course is an introduction to business intelligence and analytics, focusing on the extensive use of data and quantitative analysis to drive business decisions and actions. Areas of emphasis are efficient manipulation of data sets of nontrivial size, defining and organizing needed data using data modeling techniques, retrieving and mining data using database tools, using data to create models for statistical and quantitative analysis, and presenting data effectively for decision making. The course will utilize current software tools, such as spreadsheets and databases, and will include topics such as basic SQL programming, business reporting, and data visualization. Prerequisites: ACCTG 150 and sophomore standing or above.
INSYS 260 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Designed to equip the general business student with the ability to work effectively with IT staff on system development projects. The course will introduce basic analysis and design methods to students while emphasizing the roles and responsibilities end users and functional areas managers need to play to ensure successful information system development and implementation. Topics include the systems development life cycle, feasibility and cost/benefit analysis of information system projects, development of system requirements, use cases, and test cases, basics of data and process modeling, creation of RFPs, evaluation of project proposals, and project management. Prerequisites: ACCTG 150 and sophomore standing or above.
INSYS 285/295 Directed Study
2, 4 hours
An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. INSYS 285 can be taken only during January Term, INSYS 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.
INSYS 320 Management of Information Technology
This course explores the issues and approaches in managing the information systems function in organizations and how the IS function integrates, supports, and enables various types of organizational capabilities. It explores the acquisition, development and implementation of plans and policies to achieve efficient and effective information systems. The course addresses issues relating to defining the high-level IS infrastructure and the systems that support the operational, administrative and strategic needs of the organization. Other topics include funding IT, IT investment analysis, emerging technologies, and managing risk and security. Prerequisite: INSYS 250 or 260, junior standing or above (E)
INSYS 375 Directed Readings
1, 2, or 4 hours
Students who develop an interest in a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited may follow a prescribed reading list under the direction of a faculty member with expertise in that area.
INSYS 380 Internship
1, 2, or 4 hours
On-the-job learning experience in industry or government. The plan must be presented for departmental approval before the experience begins. (Note: Students with less than a 2.50 GPA in major must have departmental approval before interviewing.)
INSYS 395 Independent Study
1, 2, or 4 hours
INSYS 485 Seminar