MIS Curriculum


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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


MGS 611LEC Global Distribution Systems

This course provides an overview of the growing phenomenon of IT-enabled globally-distributed services (GDS), what has come to be commonly known as IT and business process outsourcing. The course will cover the various phases of the GDS life cycle and discuss how companies can use the GDS paradigm to innovate their various services and processes. Topics to be covered include GDS strategy planning, process distribution analysis, global collaboration and virtual teamwork, knowledge and risk management in GDS, vendor capabilities evaluation, management of contracts and service level agreements, and governance and relationship management with GDS partners. It is also planned to have some virtual collaboration and team work with students in other foreign universities to give a hands-on feel to our students about the issues and dynamics of global collaboration.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGS 632LEC Seminar in Health Information Systems

This course provides an exposure to Information Systems used in the delivery of healthcare. Specifically this course will introduce students to IT systems that are deployed at a variety of organizations such as Hospitals, Ambulatory Care, Home Health, Tele Health and Online communities to better understand how information is gathered, analyzed and disseminated. The course will include content relating to IS Effectiveness and Success, task-technology fit, IT Communications and Compliance, IT Risk modeling and assessment, business modeling of innovations in healthcare services and delivery, and business performance issues relating to the deployment of IT. The course focuses on how current and emerging technologies can be better utilized to improve access, quality of care and business efficiency.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGS 634LEC Integrative approaches to Healthcare Management

This course provides managerial and strategic perspectives on improving the planning, deployment and delivery of healthcare services enabled by IT. Effective healthcare management requires innovative approaches that integrate people, processes and technologies in healthcare organizations and services. Whether in IT, finance, operations, marketing, or any other domain, aspiring leaders in the healthcare field need to understand the US healthcare system, and the opportunities and challenges arising from the healthcare information revolution, especially as it relates to patient safety, quality of healthcare, and profitability. This course will elucidate broader perspectives on creating and leading a variety of healthcare initiatives in our contemporary society.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGS 640LEC IT Risk Management

This course is designed to provide conceptual and practical knowledge of concepts, tools, and techniques for effective IT risk management process through design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of information systems controls. The course will provide insights into knowledge and tasks needed to 1) perform risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response, and monitoring, and 2) design, implement, monitor, and maintain IS controls.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGS 641LEC Advanced IT Risk Management

This course is designed to provide advanced conceptual and practical knowledge of concepts, tools, and techniques for effective IT risk management process through designing, evaluating, and implementing risk responses and developing processes, frameworks and tools for monitoring and assessing risks and controls (KRIs) while maintaining an effective and relevant IT risk profile for an organization.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGS 642LEC IS Auditing for IT Managers

The course is designed to introduce basic tenets of IT auditing and structured way of conducting IT audits. The course will teach students concepts and approaches to audit, control, monitor, and assess an organization's information technology and business systems. The course will impart skills and knowledge to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and institute controls within an enterprise.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGS 647TUT Supervised Research

Instructional and practical experience in skills and techniques of research through association with a faculty member actively engaged in research. Credit up to 6 hours, depending upon type and amount of research activities. May be taken for credit more than once.

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018 | Summer 2017


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


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


MGS 653LEC Social Network Analytics

The aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of measures, models and methods of analysis that can be used to study social networks to further business interests within organizations using data from internal and external IT data sources. The focus of the course will be on modeling methods and IT tools to analyze large volumes of data for predictive and descriptive analysis. Students will also learn the use of standard statistical software packages such as SAS and special network analysis software.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGS 657LEC Online Analytical Processing: Data Warehousing

In large organizations data invariably resides in multiple-platforms and in multiple formats. Therefore, it becomes essential to pre-process the data at appropriate levels of normalization for meaningful analysis. Extraction, transformation and loading data into structures such as data marts and data warehouses are essential steps to predictive data modeling and mining. Data mining begins with a basic understanding of where the data is stored and how it can be assembled for analytical purposes. This course provides an introduction to data warehouse design, data cleansing, exploration and visualization.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite: MGS 613 (Database M


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


MGS 662LEC Machine Learning for IT Managers

Investment in government and business infrastructure has lead to the accumulation of vast amounts of data in recent years. This course will discuss how techniques from convex optimization can be used to extract useful knowledge and business value from the data collected. It introduces students to the theory of convex optimization of relevance to managerial decision making and machine learning. Topics include convex sets and functions, formulation of convex optimization problems, and convex optimization algorithms including gradient, sub-gradient, proximal and interior point methods. Numerous examples will be chosen from machine learning problems including classification, regression and clustering. Students will have hands on experience with the R programming language and optimization packages including MOSEK. We will examine real world examples and case studies from text mining, medical applications, fraud detection, finance, and social networks.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGS 650, MGS 651 and MGS 659 are components of the Information Assurance certificate. If you take three of these elective courses, you will be eligible for the certificate in addition to the MS degree. See further information on the Information Assurance certificate.