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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management

Program Highlights

The online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (ISM) develops students' abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems. The curriculum focuses on the concepts, methods, and practical applications of information systems in the global workplace.

Graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsourced development of information systems and perform effectively as both a producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors and managers of cross-functional global teams working together to implement change processes and innovation in their organizations by introducing, managing, and updating new and existing information systems.

Degree at Glance

The online graduate certificate program is composed of six (6) courses (18 credit hours) in addition to the program prerequisites. Students will take four (4) core courses (12 credit hours) and two (2) electives (6 credit hours). Elective courses provide the opportunity for students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses based on their areas of interest.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 4 12
Electives Courses 2 6
Total 6 18
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Core Courses (4 Courses – 12 Credit Hours)
*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.
3
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.
3
CMP 610

Managing Information System Development


Prerequisite: CMP 552 or CMP 553
This course overviews the processes, methods, and techniques to plan, analyze, and design complex Information Systems, within selected existing frameworks. It involves planning, gathering requirements, modeling business needs, creating blueprints for building the system, and managing and organizing resources in these challenging, difficult, complex and expensive activities.
3
CMP 611

Global Information System Development


Prerequisite: CMP 552 or CMP 553 
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course focuses on the organization of development projects in the global service marketplace, based on key considerations and best practices in outsourced and offshore development. Students learn the most important issues and practices for both clients and service providers. Topics include legal, economic, cultural and intellectual property issues; 24-hour development; strategic division of labor; quality and process standards, and global human resources.
3
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.
3
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.
3
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.
3
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.
3
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.
3
Total Credit Hours Required 6