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Computer Information Systems and Analytics

Dockery 300-F
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4767
Email: muin@ucmo.edu



BSBA in Computer Information Systems FAQ

Questions relating to the CIS program at UCM.

1: How do I know whether information systems / information technology is right for me?
2: What is the difference between information systems, information technology and computer science?
3: Can I do an internship?
4: What lab facilities are available?

5: What other resources are available?

1: How do I know whether information systems / information technology is right for me?
A: Do you enjoy working with people?  Do you find technology interesting?  Do you enjoy solving word problems and puzzles?  A “yes” to these three questions makes you a prime candidate for a career in information systems / information technology.  While strong math skills are helpful and competence in algebra is important, you do not have to be a “math whiz.”  Analytic abilities and an aptitude to think through a problem in a logical manner are fundamental to many tasks in this field.

2: What is the difference between information systems, information technology and computer science?
A: Information systems is broadly defined as the people, procedures (the tasks people complete), technology and processes (the tasks the technology completes) that supports communication and decision making in an organization.  Moving information through an organization, be it a retail store, a bank or a hospital, so that the organization can better serve its customers, management and employees, is the focus of information systems.  Information technology focuses more on the supporting-technology side of this equation including computer system and network configuration, although the terms IS and IT are often used interchangeably. 

Computer science programs vary in emphasis, but tend to be more theoretical and address the specific functions of the hardware, examine the structure and function of operating systems and programming languages as well as explore fields such as robotics, natural language and other applications of artificial intelligence (AI).

In general, computer science tends toward the theoretical while information systems and information technology are more applied.

3: Can I do an internship?
A: Yes! We not only encourage students to do an internship, but the Center for Business Internships’ dedicated purpose is to help students in finding internship opportunities. An internship will give you real-world experience, credit hours toward your degree and spending money. It is a win-win-win!

4: What lab facilities are available?
A: We have six, dedicated lab facilities in the Ward Edwards building. Two are used for software development, two for hands-on network/system administration, one for senior projects and one for user experience (UX) testing. With the exception of the UX testing lab, students have access to the rooms during non-class times. Access is restricted to CIS students. In addition, the Harmon College lab houses 60+ desktop computers and is available to all students for general use.

5: What other resources are available?
A:
The CISA Department maintains memberships and agreements with a number of IT companies including Microsoft®, Oracle®, VMWare®, Axure® and Dell EMC®.  These agreements allow software to be made available to students for academic use.  Each semester, students enrolled in CIS courses may access the CISA On the Hub store from which students may download a number of titles from Microsoft and VMWare.

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