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Undergraduate Courses

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Graduate Courses

IS705 Issues in Managing Networked Systems
This course explores the business implications of emerging Internet-based technologies such as wireless devices and Web services. Students will learn key technical concepts underlying these technologies and will explore how this technical understanding can be connected to managerial practice. Students will be asked to apply this knowledge to the design of architecture for a strategic technology product or infrastructure. Students will develop these designs in the context of a specific business situation and will examine both the technical and organizational issues that arise. MS·MBA students only (summer intensives course).
Prerequisites: None
IS705 Issues in Managing Networked Systems
This course explores the business implications of emerging Internet-based technologies such as wireless devices and Web services. Students will learn key technical concepts underlying these technologies and will explore how this technical understanding can be connected to managerial practice. Students will be asked to apply this knowledge to the design of architecture for a strategic technology product or infrastructure. Students will develop these designs in the context of a specific business situation and will examine both the technical and organizational issues that arise. MS·MBA students only (summer intensives course). Credits: 2
Prerequisites: None
IS706 Systems Design for Business Networks
Provides a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of Information Systems Analysis and Design. Students explore the tools and techniques associated with a process, a data-oriented, and an object-oriented view of systems design and evaluate the implications of the emerging technologies of computer-aided software design. MS·MBA elective. Non MS·MBA students may enroll with instructors permission.
Prerequisites: None
IS707 Systems Architecture
This course explores the internal structure of the modern digital computer as well as the design principles that lie behind this structure. Topics covered by this course include: principles of modular design, computer architecture, and operating systems. These technical issues are examined from the perspective of a manager tasked with either managing internal technologies or using technologies externally to create and sustain competitive advantage. The technical material in the course will be used to analyze the strategic import of competing platforms in the video game and personal computer industries. MS·MBA students only (summer intensives course).
Prerequisites: None
IS710/711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today’s business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets. Reserved for first year full time cohorted MBA students.
Prerequisites: CD710 or OB710/711 or OB712/713, AC710/711, MK723/724, FE721/730, QM716/717
IS714 Mastering IT Strategy
This is a capstone course to integrate the key concepts and approaches to managing IT in modern corporations. Using a set of leading-edge case examples, frameworks, the students will have an opportunity to understand how IT strategy supports current business models while shaping tomorrow’s business models. Students will master the intricate challenges of placing IT at the core of modern enterprises. They will have an opportunity to apply their learning to a company of their choice through a course project. Required MS·MBA course. Non MS·MBA students may enroll with instructors permission.
Prerequisites: None
IS717 IT Applications in Management
The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to IT/IS technologies and to provide a hands-on, tutorial-driven, application development experience. The course will be divided into two sessions on each day. For three days, the first session will offer a strategic application of a technology, and the second session, will provide an overview of the technological components that enable this technology. Technologies to be discussed include enterprise systems applications such as ERP systems, SCM systems, and CRM systems. The other two days of the course will focus on using a programming environment to develop one or two simple applications. The “instructional” half of the day will cover the key constructs and components of the programming environment and the second half will be a hand-on tutorial on the application of the concepts covered.

Winter Intensive in January.

Prerequisites: None
IS803 Field Internship
Student teams are assigned to a project at an area company. They complete a substantial portion of their projects working on-site with their clients approximately one day per week. Periodic reviews provide feedback on the project’s progress. Presentations and feedback support unfold at the midpoint of the course to enhance the project and improve communication skills. A classroom component is included as part of the field practicum.

MS·MBA elective. Non MS·MBA students may enroll with instructors permission. Students who take IS 803 in the fall must also take IS 808 in the spring.

Prerequisites: None
IS828 Managing Information Security
This MBA elective (also open to undergraduates) will combine a technical and business approach to the management of information. It will address technical issues such as cryptography, intrusion detection and firewalls along with managerial ideas such as overall security policies, managing uncertainty and risk and organization factors. We will examine different aspects of computer security such as passwords, virus protection and managing computer security in dynamic environments. Topics will also include network security and how to secure wireless application and services. These technical details will be placed in a business context. The class will have a practical focus as we examine current best practices. There will be several guest speakers in the security area. This will be a project oriented class and students will present their research projects during the last several classes.
Prerequisites: None
IS829 Business Transformation
Every business sector is undergoing profound changes partly due to the recent financial crisis but also due to the impact of information technology. This course allows MBA students a chance to engage with how IT impacts business operations in a strategic way. The distinctive feature of this course is that we will have real-life cases from companies and the students will have an opportunity to present their analysis and recommendations to corporate executives on Friday, January 8. We will use latest cases and articles as well as review and work with leading-edge practice from companies. This course is open to non-MSMBA students and provides an opportunity to learn about the interconnection between business and IT strategies, although MSMBAs can register with instructor permission. MS-MBA students can register with instructor’s permission.
IS830 Competing in Business Networks; The Business Capability Platforms in the 21st Century
Business strategy has been profoundly affected by the pervasive connectivity enabled by the internet, modern communications and the explosion of connected devices. Add to this the emergence of intelligent sensor technologies such as Mote, RFID and many forms of nano technologies, the business strategists of today have the opportunity to fundamentally transform the nature of the modern business model. This course uses the design concepts of platforms to examine the characteristics of and the implementation issues associated with the design and deployment of these new business models. The course is divided into three parts. First, the concept of business capabilities and the design logic of platforms will be explored. These concepts will be examined from both an economic perspective and from the perspective of designing adaptive business processes. Second, the course will use case studies to explore how these concepts have been applied across multiple industries including, retail, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and a variety of service contexts. Finally, the implementation and leadership issues associated with the deployment of these concepts will be discussed using case studies and through dialogue with invited speakers. Open to all MBA students.
IS837 Emerging Perspectives and Synthesis
This course is intended to serve two purposes–(a) an opportunity to expose students to leading-edge faculty research that has not yet been integrated into the Master’s curriculum; and (b) allow students to develop a synthesis of how technology and business domains are interwoven in the transition from an industrial age to a post-industrial age with pervasive impacts of information technology and systems. Students will be exposed to a set of leading-edge ideas by SMG faculty members as well as guest lectures and discussions. Each student will have an opportunity to reflect on these ideas by developing a paper on a chosen topic that serves to maximize learning in the program. We believe that this one-week intensive course (based on some of our experiences with a program for IBM Corporation) will be a useful synthesis of leading-edge ideas for the MS-MBA students.
IS854 Practicing IT Strategy, Management and Delivery
For future business leaders who want to understand, influence and leverage technology investments more effectively. The course provides effective strategies, pragmatic options, and leading practice alternatives for linking Business and Technology Strategies, defining effective governance and organization models, and successfully delivering new technology innovation. Students will master the complex methods and practices needed to frame a problem and propose an actionable solution that would be expected from future Business Executives and Technology Managers. Students will master the complex methods and practices to frame a problem and propose an actionable solution that would be expected from Business Executives (e.g., CEO, Marketing Executive, CIO, CFO) and Technology Executives (e.g., Product Manager, Consultant, Program Manager, Sales). MS·MBA elective. Non MS·MBA students may enroll with instructors permission.
Prerequisites: None
IS883 Designing Systems for Data Management
The first objective is to introduce the student the concept of design in information systems. Although the design concepts covered largely focus on data management, it will include high level systems design concepts as well. The second objective of this course is to introduce the student to the practical applications of databases and database management systems. The students will learn the fundamentals of data management   starting with the basics of data design. The students will learn querying and managing the data in a database, defining the structures for storing data, and implementing business rules in relational databases using the Structured Query Language (SQL). The two objectives will tie in together as the students will be expected to integrate systems design with data design to design a prototype information system. This exercise will walk the students through the process of eliciting requirements, defining the scope, designing a restricted set of functions, designing the database, implementing the database, and explaining how restricted set of functions will use the data. The programming   requirements will be very minimal. Besides the basics of data management, this course will also cover relevant in topics in data management such as database security, data quality management, and data auditing (if time permits). Required MS·MBA course. MS·MBA students only.
Prerequisites: IS705, IS707, IS889
IS889 Telecommunications and Business Networks
Examines the data communication hardware and software characteristics that are relevant to the applications software designer, and presents a general overview of communications network design. Topics include issues in the design and use of both local area networks and wide area networks, the impact of communications technology on organizations, and trends in the communication industry. MS·MBA students only (summer intensives course) Prerequisites: none.
Prerequisites: None