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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

Program Highlights

The online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (IS) is designed to prepare students for positions in the information systems field. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them.

Information systems specialists design, build, and implement software solutions that are the driving force in every organization. This program accommodates students just beginning to explore the field and those with a thorough understanding of computerized information systems. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the program.

VIU’s Graduate Certificate in IS program is the study of information systems, including their design, development, deployment, and usage in various organizations. Research in this field covers a wide range of topics including design and architecture, deployment and execution, and management of information systems and the underlying technology in organizations.

Degree at Glance

The online Graduate Certificate program is composed of 6 courses (18 credit hours) in addition to program prerequisites. Students will take four core courses (12 credit hours) and two electives (6 credit hours).

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 4 12
Electives Courses 2 6
Total 6 18
*All students are required to take the following four core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 552

Information Systems

Prerequisite: None
This course explores the management of information systems and related information technologies (IS/IT) as a part of a broader socio-technical system and their impacts on people and processes that extend well beyond organizational boundaries. Also, subjective and debatable issues associated with IS/IT will be discussed. Accordingly, critical thinking is an important part of this course and is essential for an analysis and understanding of important issues associated with the management aspects of information systems.
CMP 553

Analysis, Modeling, and Design

Prerequisite: None 
This course provides an overview of the systems development life-cycle. It introduces tools and methods for the analysis and design of information systems and the management and organizational skills needed for their implementation. Information analysis in entity-relationship modeling and process modeling in data flow diagrams will be covered as the key skills in structured system analysis and design.
CMP 556

Database Management Systems I

Prerequisite: CMP 350
This course provides an introduction to hierarchical and relational models, normalization, query facilities, transactions, indexing, security issues, relational algebra, SQL database design stages, distributed databases, data warehousing, data and database administration, and internet database environments. Students will learn various DBMS software products and multi-user database environments and how they are controlled.
CMP 570

Enterprise Information Systems

Prerequisite: CMP 550
This course provides a process-oriented view of the organization and its relationships with suppliers, customers, and competitors. The topics covered include: processes as vehicles for achieving strategic objectives and gaining a competitive advantage and transforming the organization; process analysis, design, implementation, control and monitoring; processes as a means of achieving compliance; impact of processes on work and work practices; the role and importance of management; the role of enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) systems, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems; the process continuum: from structured to unstructured processes; the role of systems in transforming organizations and markets; outsourcing, offshore management, acquisition management and global perspectives.
Total Credit Hours Required 12
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS: Elective Courses (2 Courses – 6 Credit Hours)
* Students are required to choose two (2) courses from the elective courses below:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 591

Graduate Internship Level I

Prerequisite: All Core courses and Academic Advisor's approval
This course represents an opportunity for students receive academic credit through supervised practical training and earn industry experience in an actual work environment. The internship course guides the learning contract established in the beginning of the term, on which students have to report at the end of term. Students are expected to work at least 135 hours per semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.
CMP 612

IT Project Management

Prerequisite: None
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course provides an in-depth study of project and change management. The topics covered include: managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project; project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; software size and cost estimation; monitoring progress; version control; assigning work to programmer and other teams; change management, managing the organizational change process; identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation; the change management role of the IS specialist; the use of sourcing and external procurement; and contracts and managing partner relationships.
CMP 614

Management Information Systems in Supply-Chain Management

Prerequisite: None
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course explores the following topics: Integrating information systems technology in manufacturing environment; the role of information systems in supporting manufacturing decision-making processes; manufacturing imposed issues in information processing; and emerging information systems technology affecting manufacturing operations.
CMP 620

Information Technology Governance

Prerequisite: None
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course presents an integrated approach to IT governance. It discusses major roadmaps components and IT Governance strategies and frameworks. Topics include strategic alignment of IT with the business, use of assets and resources, delivering on plans and commitments, establishing and/or improving accountability of constituents, managing risk and contingencies, audits, compliance, performance measures and organizational maturity.
CMP 630

Information Technology Audit and Forensics

Prerequisite: CMP 558
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course examines computer network forensics. The topics covered include digital evidence concepts relating to a digital crime scene; the identification, preservation, collection, examination, analysis, and presentation of evidence for prosecution purposes; network forensics investigative methodology (OSCAR); sources of network-based evidence; evidence acquisition, packet analysis, statistical flow analysis, and wireless network forensics; network intrusion detection and analysis, event log aggregation, correlation and analysis; and malware forensics. The course also studies auditing and compliance requirements and standards, strategies for achieving and maintaining the same, and the laws and ethics related to computer forensics and challenges in computer forensics.
Total Credit Hours Required 6