Recommended Course Order
Students are generally advised to take GEB 6215 during their first semester in the program either before or concurrently with other ISM courses, as GEB 6215 requires you to complete integrated assignments in your other ISM courses. Please contact your Graduate Advisor in the College of Business to discuss more about GEB integration and how to create your Plan of Study (POS) .
In the Fall and Spring semesters, courses are offered during 16-week terms; we do not offer 8-week courses in the Fall and Spring at this time. In the Summer semesters, course are generally offering during a 12-weeks term and course offerings are limited. Generally, only GEB 6215, ISM 6026, ISM 6942, ISM 6148, and ISM 6405 are offered in the Summer term.
All courses in the MSITM program can be completed remotely, either through online classes or Virtual Classrooms. Many courses can also be completed in the traditional format. In-person ISM courses are usually offered in the evenings while in-person Computer Science courses are usually offered during the day. ISM courses can alternate from semester to semester between being offered fully-online and being offered face to face.
MSITM Information Technology Management Concentration Required Courses - Descriptions
ISM 6026: Management Information Systems and Technology
This course provides an analysis framework for examining the management and strategic issues of information and communications technologies in business. Current information technologies and their uses, roles of IT in strategy development and organizational structure, and managing IT in the global business environment will be the main topics of the course. At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
- Articulate essential and common strategic business elements that drive the information systems acquisition, development and operations;
- Describe how information technology and systems interact with people, process, organization, and global economy; and
- Participate constructively and knowledgeably in information systems decisions.
ISM 6316: IT Project and Change Management
A project mindset has emerged as the dominant framework to do work in organizations around the world today. Projects are used not only to execute strategy through implementation, but are increasingly used to make strategy through improvisation by delivering on a series of innovative experimental projects.
This course is designed to help students succeed in this projectized world. It provides a strong foundation in managing IT projects, and managing the change that is involved in such efforts. It also provides students with the basis on which to build a career in this field and work towards gaining much-sought-after professional certification in project management.
ISM 6328: Management of Information Assurance and Security
This course provides a comprehensive review of contemporary topics in the field of Information Security Management. Various Information Security Management models and organizations providing governance in this arena are examined. In addition, there are extensive discussions of technologies used to safe guard information as well as methods used to effectively select, design, and deploy Information Security System programs for various size organizations.
This course also exams Information Security Management governing laws focusing on the future trends in policy and technology developments in the global economy. Topics include Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery Plans, Vulnerability Analysis and Incident Response, Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Security Policy development, Understanding Network and Systems Security controls, Security Management Models, Security Project Life Cycle and Management, Certifications and contemporary IS and IT governance issues such as cloud computing, co-sourcing as well as IT auditing.
ISM 6368: Enterprise Information Technology Service Management
It is essential to recognize the absolute dependence of most businesses on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and the quantity, quality and the availability of the information that such an infrastructure provides and supports. The challenge facing the IT Managers of today is to coordinate and work in partnership with the business to create new business opportunities. This has to be achieved while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TOC).
The main method of realizing this goal is the reduction of the overall management and support costs, while developing new business models to maintain or improve the quality of service delivery to the business (ITSM). This course describes the internationally recognized processes and best practices used by information technology organizations to deliver true value at the lowest TCO.
ISM 6508: Web-Based Business Development
The course develops skills for launching and managing electronic technology-based businesses in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings. Topics include evaluating current e-business opportunities, business plan composition, e-business operations, and e-business performance assessment and control. At the end of this course, students are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the following:
- Internet in the business world: environmental and corporate factors
- Operations, benefits, and traps of eBusiness
- Creating and critiquing a business plan involving new technologies
ISM 6509: IT Sourcing Management
The course covers two broad areas:
- Global Services Sourcing Landscape – Past, Present, and Future
- Developing Managerial Competence in Global Sourcing – Strategy and Management.
This course focuses on services outsourcing, with special attention paid to Information Technology (IT) outsourcing – currently the largest area of global professional services outsourcing. Draws on economic and management theories as well as real world examples from managerial practice, the goal of the course is to help you identify the challenges of global sourcing as well as the costs, risks, rewards, and strategies involved in making sourcing decisions.
MSITM Information Technology Management Concentration Elective Courses - Descriptions
ISM 6405: Advanced Business Analytics
This course uses projects to convey Business Intelligence (BI) methods of visualization, data mining, text mining, and web mining through the use of specific BI tools. It also enhances students’ knowledge of Excel, whether basic or advanced, to provide the skills that organizations need and value for data mining, business analytics and reporting.
Additional skills, such as when and how to use pivot tables, PowerPivot, macros, how to automate and integrate downloads of data into reports with one click, how to create forms and graphs, and how to create and use simulation and decision support modeling are all covered in a hands-on interactive setting using Excel and VBA. Business analytics as applied to smaller firms is also investigated.
ISM 6058: Mobile Apps for Business
This course provides students with study and practice of actual entrepreneurial situations by exploring the lifecycle of a mobile app development. Students prepare the business plans for a mobile application and work on a real assignment for what is meant to be a real business. Students learn to think like a businessperson, understand everyday issues, develop and challenge ideas and sharpen related entrepreneurial skills.
ISM 6136: Data Mining & Predictive Analytics
The main focus in this course will be on applying, in practice, knowledge and concepts
from business models and on understanding the applicability of data mining. Students
will reinforce the learning of data mining concepts by means of data analysis techniques
to make better business decisions through proper data preparation, data exploration
and tools for solving
data mining problems. Students will be introduced to advanced concepts such as data mining applications, data warehouses, web mining, text mining, and ethical aspects of data mining. Students will learn to mine heterogeneous data and demonstrate proficiency in classification and prediction applications such as neural networks, linear regression, cluster analysis, market basket analysis and decision trees.
ISM 6555: Social Media & Web Analytics
This course involves studying the importance of Web and Social Media analytics. It exposes students to the world of analyzing and measuring the voluminous amount of web and social media data using appropriate strategies and tools. The knowledge of these tools can immensely help in measuring customer experiences and help the growth of businesses. Since the web and social media are evolving with dynamic, huge and varying data there is a need for specialist skills to perform experimentation and qualitative analysis and therefore this aspect becomes the learning focus of this course.
ISM 6942: Graduate Information Technology and Operations Management Internship
Internships provide students an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience
under the guidance of an Internship Mentor in the work setting, as well as a professor
in the academic setting. Together, these individuals help ensure that the student
does more than just work part-time while going to school. The internship is a unique
window into the operation of businesses and organizations, which help students hone
their skills and gain insight to the specific industries. To the extent possible,
placements are in jobs closely aligned with a student’s major. This assists the student
in evaluating his or her career choice while still enrolled in the university. Many
times, successful internship experiences lead to job offers in companies or
organizations in which students have interned. This is a valuable by-product of internships, though not one that can be guaranteed for every student.
In order to receive academic credit for an internship, students must complete a series
of activities and reports throughout the semester and submit a semester project at
the end of the semester. Once a student has been placed in an internship, he or she
will enroll formally in the course.
The internship requires both satisfactory work performance evaluated by the student’s on-the-job Internship Mentor, as well as satisfactory academic performance evaluated by the professor. The professor may also consult with the Internship Mentor by phone, email, or work-site visit should the need arise based on either Internship Mentor or student concerns. The professor will evaluate the student’s academic performance based on the production of both a Project Overview submitted at the beginning of the semester and the final Project Report/Portfolio submitted at the end of the semester.