Core Courses

KeyboardData Models & Decisions

Explores basic analytical principles that can guide a manager in making complex decisions. A good decision uses sound reasoning and takes into account all of the relevant information that is available at the time the decision is to be made. In order to arrive at a good decision, a manager must be able to:

  • Identify an underlying analytical structure in a seemingly complex and amorphous decision problem
  • Understand the role of uncertainty and risk in the decision-making process
  • Analyze available data to understand relationships among variables and to create predictions
  • Understand the trade-offs involved in the decision
  • Use available computing technology (e.g., spreadsheets) to arrive at optimal solutions.

The objective of this course is to equip you with these skills.

Business Process Analysis for Information Systems

Explores the analysis, design, operation, and management of information systems to support business processes. Regardless of function, position, or career interest, IS Staff and managers must understand how to ensure that information systems are designed, developed and deployed in a way that is likely to optimize business success. IS professionals must bring to bear a unique combination of business knowledge, technical skills, and understanding of organizational context in order to develop successful information systems. The objective of this course is to help students gain a solid foundation in the concepts, processes, tools, and techniques needed in analyzing business processes and conducting information systems projects. Students will explore different techniques for researching system requirements, develop skills in analyzing and modeling organizational processes and data, and develop an understanding of the challenges of successfully managing the development and implementation of systems in organizations. Hands-on experience in analyzing organizational systems, evaluating areas for improvement, and recommending solutions will be gained through a course project.

Data Network & Infrastructure

Examines the question of how to analyze the telecommunications and information technology industries through competitive and policy analyses. As businesses increasingly rely on telecommunications to participate in the digital economy, they rely on transmission, reception, and processing of digital information to manage their operations and explore new market opportunities. In this course, we will examine some of the characteristics of telecommunications industry and how it shapes businesses that are unique to the digital economy. In doing so, we will grasp a better understanding of how we can best manage these opportunities.

Strategic and Transformational IT

Introduces students to the key issues in managing information technology (IT) and provides an overview of how major IT applications in today's firms support strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. Topics include: synchronizing IT and business strategy; the transformational impacts of IT; evaluating and coping with new technologies; governing, managing, and organizing the IT function including outsourcing/offshoring considerations; assessing the business value of IT and justifying IT projects; and managing IT applications in functional areas to support strategy and business process.

Managing Digital Businesses Markets

Examines some of the characteristics of digital businesses and markets that make them unique and understand how companies can best manage them. At the beginning of the 21st century our economy is increasingly becoming “digital," that is, shifting to products and services that have fewer “physical” components and more “information” and “network” components. Music and news are just two examples of industries where each new generation of products and services tends to have fewer “atoms” and more “bits”. eBay, Facebook and Google are examples of companies that derive their value from tying together groups of users in a network. Such digital businesses have a number of unique and unusual properties that set them apart from physical businesses and fundamentally change the structure and competitive dynamics of their respective industries.

Project Management in Dynamic Environments

Addresses the project management skills that are required by successful managers in increasingly competitive and faster-moving environments. Skilled project managers are needed by organizations to reduce the current high rate of project failures and resultant loss of very large amounts of time and money. This course addresses fundamental concepts of successful project management, and the technical and managerial issues, methods, and techniques of project management, and of managing project managers.

This course is targeted at managers interested in developing both their understanding of project management as a management activity and their project management skills and abilities. The course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to learn how to effectively plan and manage projects that meet their organization's business goals, that effectively apply capital and that obtain the desired return on investment.

Database Management Systems

Introduction to the conceptual and logical design of relational database systems and their use in business environments. Topics include information modeling and optimization via normalization; Structured Query Language (SQL); Client/Server architectures; Concurrency & Recovery; Data Warehousing.