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Computer Information Systems and Analytics

Dockery 400-L
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4767

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 Objectives

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  1. Analyze technology-related, business problems and design solutions by applying appropriate processes, methodologies and tools.

  2. 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.

  3. Design, implement, and manage enterprise information systems and networks supporting mobile computing platforms, web-sites, and servers.

  4. Identify risks and implement security measures for organizational computing environments.

  5. Design, develop, and maintain databases using current database management systems.

  6. Design user interaction to facilitate the user's task and experience.

  7. Apply project management skills and use project management software when creating a business solution; work collaboratively with others showing leadership, as appropriate.

  8. Use productivity software effectively.

  9. Communicate effectively in oral and written form; participate fully in group discussion and activities.

  10. Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical expectations in the workplace.

Adopted March 11, 2014

Student Goals

After graduation, students who complete the B.S.B.A with a major in computer information systems will be:

  1. gainfully employed in an information systems or information technology position, if desired,

  2. pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities, and/or

  3. continuing their studies in a graduate program.

CIS Context and Environment

Historical Context:

Ever since the inception of what is now the Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) 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 CISA 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 and Analytics (CISA) are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree.

Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment:

The Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment consists of integrating and applying technology and related technical processes with people and business processes to facilitate communication, coordination and decision making by individuals, workgroups and the enterprise in support of the organization’s mission and objectives.

Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) 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 Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) 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 CISA classes

Senior Project Course (CISA 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.