Information Systems and E-Business Concentration

Gain a thorough understanding of how technology can be applied to solve problems and exploit business opportunities.

In this concentration, you will explore the application of computerized information systems, including Web technologies, to run a modern technology-based business.

Through e-commerce, the Web has created a revolution in consumer-to-business and business-to-business transactions. Business analysts must be able to identify how technology can be applied to solve problems and how to leverage technology to realize strategic opportunities. You will be exposed to networking and data communications, database management systems, distributed computing and various problem-solving approaches to systems analysis and design.

Career Opportunities

By completing this concentration, you will gain the knowledge and experience to become an e-business entrepreneur or function in a variety of roles. Our graduates find positions as consultants and analysts within large consulting firms, traditional information systems departments and functional units such as marketing, human resources, finance and operations.

Concentration Requirements

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The Information Systems and E-Business concentration requires six courses (18 credits) as a primary concentration, MGS 602, MGS 613, MGS 614, MGS 616 and MGS 655 and one elective from the list below:

  • CSE 510 Intelligent Agents in E-Commerce
  • CSE 512 Operating Systems Internals
  • CSE 527 Modern Computer Systems
  • CSE 530 Computer Communications
  • CSE 516 E-Commerce Technology
  • CSE 605 Advanced Concepts in Programming Language
  • CSE 616 Multi-agent Systems
  • LAW 858 Technology and Intellectual Property Colloquium
  • LAW 933 Intellectual Property and the Internet: Cyber Piracy
  • MTH 529/530 Introduction to the Theory of Numbers I/II
  • MTH 567 Stream Ciphers

MGS 607LEC Technology and Innovation Management

The focus of this course will be on technology management and developing an Internet-based business or extension to an existing business. The course will integrate concepts from economics, organizational strategy, entrepreneur-ship, and Web design. Topics to be covered in the course include: aligning technology and strategy; models of diffusion and innovation; characteristics of information and digital goods; identifying potential Web-applications and information products for solving a problem and/or identifying a business opportunity; intellectual property rights; pricing issues related to information goods; developing a business plan for a venture capital proposal; launching the e-business; designing Web based applications for usability; and strategies for successfully implementing systems. Case studies, lectures, guest speakers, and an integrated E-business project will be used to understand the complexities of the current business environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19545 F3S LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 103 Sanders, George L.
12488 F2S LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Norton 209 Sanders, George L.
12258 F1S LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 110 Sanders, George L.

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11570 S1S LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 122 Kishore, Rajiv

MGS 610LEC Digital Forensics

This is an introductory course in Digital Forensics where students will learn how to acquire, authenticate and analyze digital evidence. Technical and managerial topics will be explored, providing students with both theoretical and practical hands-on experience using forensic equipment and software. The additional topics of E-Discovery, Data Retention, Litigation, Internal Investigations, Regulatory Compliance and Incident Response will also be discussed within the context of Digital Forensics. EnCase, Access Data FTK and other open source forensic software programs are used in this course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12321 F1S LEC R 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Unknown

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
16737 S1S LEC R 3:30 - 6:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Murray, David J.

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20717 F3S LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12469 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Nsc 228 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12223 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21612 S3S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
16627 S2S LEC F 9 - 11:40 a.m. Talbrt 115 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
11566 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19532 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Norton 218 Cleary, Kevin Patrick
12382 F1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Border, Charles B

MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11568 S1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Knox 04 Border, Charles B

MGS 659LEC Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of doing business via the Internet. Topics include: elements of the infrastructure of electronic commerce; technologies and applications in electronic commerce; using electronic commerce for the creation of competitive advantages; planning technology-based strategies to achieve business goals. The course will rely heavily on research and peer learning with the instructor serving as catalyst, facilitator, and evaluator in a collaborative environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11578 S1S LEC F 2 - 4:50 p.m. Jacobs 122 Lindsey, Charles Daniel

MGA 643LEC Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigation

An in-depth study of the methods used by forensic and/or investigative accountants to conduct financial fraud investigations. Topics include fraud auditing and fraud examination, litigation support, valuation, identity theft, public record research, interview and interrogations and other emerging forensic techniques and data analytic procedures. Students will be challenged to think "beyond the numbers," integrating and applying knowledge of related disciplines such as accounting, economics, finance, criminology, psychology, organizational behavior, law, and computer science to think like investigators and develop skills leading to the presentation of investigative/research results in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20720 F2A LEC MW 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs B30 Nesper, Kathleen S
20719 F1A LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs B30 Nesper, Kathleen S

MGF 638LEC Fixed Income Securities

This is a course about fixed-income securities and markets. It covers topics that are important for any MBA student that anticipates hedging interest rate exposures or otherwise transacting in the fixed-income market. The course reviews basic bond pricing concepts and important features of interest rate futures and options contracts. It also introduces a few (somewhat complicated) models of the term structure. This is a rigorous course that requires students to be familiar with basic investments and calculus concepts. While MGF633 is not a prerequisite for this course, students that are taking MGF633 simultaneously with the course will be better prepared. Like most finance courses, the course focuses more on lasting financial principles than on current institutional details.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11534 S1F LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Talbrt 115 Liu, Ping
11511 S2F LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Norton 216 Liu, Ping

MGF 641LEC Financial Policies and Strategies

This course provides an in-depth treatment of corporate finance concepts for all finance majors, with the purpose of furthering students' understanding of major corporate financial policies and decisions. These decisions include choosing between competing investment opportunities, measuring risk and return, how to value a business, how much debt to issue, how much equity to issue, what level of dividend to payout, and incentive structure for managers, and so on. The course starts with a discussion on corporate financial goals and corporate governance issues. It then proceeds to cover topics that center on corporate investment decisions, corporate valuation, and capital structure issues.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12175 F1F LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Clemen 19 Ogden, Joseph

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
17853 S2F LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 112 Jiang, Feng
11622 S1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 106 Jiang, Feng
  • MGT 681

Student Organizations

The Management Information Systems Association (MISA) was established for students interested in pursuing a career in MIS. The club sponsors speakers, facility tours and career strategy meetings to provide MIS students with more information about this career path. MISA also co-sponsors professional events with other School of Management clubs.