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

The Information Systems and E-Business concentration requires seven courses (21 credits) as a primary concentration, MGS 607, MGS 602 OR 650, MGS 613, MGS 655, MGS 614, MGS 616 and MGS 651 OR 659. 

This concentration as a secondary concentration requires four courses (12 credits), MGS 602 OR 650, MGS 613, MGS 614 and one of the following: MGS 616. MGS 651, MGS 655 OR MGS 659.

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Required Courses

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 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20325 F3S LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 103 Kishore, Rajiv
12617 F2S LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Norton 209 Sanders, George L.
12384 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 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 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21718 F3S LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12598 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Dfn 04 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12348 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Dfn 04 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 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20884 S3S LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Alfiero 103 Smith, Sanjukta Das
16630 S2S LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 112 Smith, Sanjukta Das
11567 S1S LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Jacobs 112 Smith, Sanjukta Das

MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Mgmt

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business data communications. The objective of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation for covering more advanced topics in subsequent courses. The student will develop an understanding of networks including the internet and the development of World Wide Web based applications. The course will also cover the basic principles of network operating systems concepts and the role of network operating systems in developing Web applications. The course includes extensive coverage of business telecommunication including voice and data. Coverage is extended to coding and digitizing, modems, protocols, and network architectures as well as management aspects. Cases on telecommunications and electronic commerce, as well as current readings, will also be part of the pedagogy.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12447 F1S LEC MW 5 - 6:20 p.m. Baldy 101 Joyce, Ian Nicholas

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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 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20310 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Knox 104 Cleary, Kevin Patrick
12509 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

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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

MGS 655LEC Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Large scale computing environments aggregate resources from many autonomous computers to satisfy the information processing needs of modern enterprises. This course introduces techniques for creating functional, usable, high-performance distributed systems. Objectives are twofold: (1) gain a solid understanding of the technical issues, concepts and systems in the rapidly advancing technologies in distributed computing, and (2) acquire substantial knowledge on how to work with big data in distributed environments. The course is organized into two parts: study of DCS technologies, and study of large scale systems. We will discuss communication and networking services, application support services, large scale distributed system design, data management and interoperability of systems including consistency and data replication. Students will learn to use a framework for data intensive distributed applications (Apache Hadoop) and an associated parallel programming model, MapReduce.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21719 F3S LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Wende 111 Dutta, Haimonti
12622 F2S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Wende 111 Dutta, Haimonti
12327 F1S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Wende 111 Dutta, Haimonti

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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.