Computer Information Systems
Mission, Objectives and Context
Program Mission Statement:
The primary mission of the program is to offer outcomes-based, assessment driven, academic programs to prepare students for careers in information systems and information technology. The program also serves the community by providing technology-related service courses to fulfill the needs of the 21st century workforce.
Program Educational ObjectivesThe graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
- Analyze technology-related, business problems and design solutions by applying appropriate processes, methodologies and tools.
- Design, build, and maintain application software, to be deployed on various devices, using software development methodologies, programming languages, and web development tools commonly adopted by businesses and other organizations.
- Design, implement, and manage enterprise information systems and networks supporting mobile computing platforms, web-sites, and servers.
- Identify risks and implement security measures for organizational computing environments.
- Design, develop, and maintain databases using current database management systems.
- Design user interaction to facilitate the user's task and experience.
- Apply project management skills and use project management software when creating a business solution; work collaboratively with others showing leadership, as appropriate.
- Use productivity software effectively.
- Communicate effectively in oral and written form; participate fully in group discussion and activities.
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical expectations in the workplace.
Adopted March 11, 2014
Student GoalsAfter graduation, students who complete the B.S.B.A with a major in computer information systems will be:
- gainfully employed in an information systems or information technology position, if desired,
- pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities, and/or
- continuing their studies in a graduate program.
CIS Context and Environment
Ever since the inception of what is now the Computer Information Systems program, beginning with Data Processing courses offered in the 1960s, the program has been offered through a Business academic unit. Throughout these years, the curriculum has emphasized preparing students to provide technology solutions to business and organizational information needs. Today, the CIS program continues as a part of the School of Business Administration within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. Students who major in Computer Information Systems are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree.
Computer Information Systems Environment:
CIS Environment Exposure:
This is achieved by the students gaining a solid understanding of organizational principles and practices, how organizations function and an in-depth knowledge of supporting technologies.
Students are exposed to the Information Systems Environment through:
Forty-five hours of required, business classes:
ACCT 2101 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACCT 2102 Principles of Managerial Accounting
BLAW 2720 Legal Environment of Business
ECON 1010 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 1011 Principles of Microeconomics
FIN 2801 Business Statistics I
FIN 3801 Business Statistics II
FIN 3850 Principles of Finance
MKT 3405 Marketing Policy*
CIS 3630 Management Information Systems*
CIS 3685 Integrative Business Experience Practicum*
MGT 3315 Management of Organizations*
MGT 3325 Business Communications
MGT 3360 Production/Operations Management
ICAP 4357 Organizational Policy & Strategy
Integrative Business Experience: A 12-hour block of classes*, taken by students of multiple business disciplines, which includes the formation of a company. This company identifies a product to sell, obtains a business loan, sells product and contributes its profit to a charitable organization. The company must create and maintain an information system to facilitate online selling and necessary records of transactions.
Business Problems: Use of business-oriented examples and problems in all CIS classes
Capstone Experience (CIS 4690): Students from the networking and software development tracks form a group which designs and implements a comprehensive information systems solution to a given business problem.
Internships: Many CIS students are able to complete a business internship which is administered through the Center for Business Internships within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.