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Master of Science in Information Systems Management

Program Highlights

The online Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM) has been designed to address the urgent needs of hiring managers in the information systems area with regard to the skill sets of information systems managers. The graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors in cross-functional teams, able to keep their skills fresh as the industry develops, with a clear understanding of their roles as responsible professionals in a complex business, policy and social context. Program graduates will be responsible and ethical professionals who understand the economic, organizational, policy, and social dimensions of their work in this dynamic and complex field.

Possible career path: Project Manager, Information Systems Analyst, Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Webmaster, Chief Knowledge Officer, Chief Privacy Officer

Degree at Glance

The online Master of Science in Informational Systems Management program consists of seven (7) Core courses and five (5) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 7 21
Elective courses 5 15
Total 12 36
MS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Core Courses (7 Courses – 21 Credit Hours)
*Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all professionals need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 551

Research Methods


Prerequisite: None
This course provides knowledge of research methodologies used in management information systems, information systems, information technology, computer science, and other disciplines. The course includes experimental design, surveys, case studies, and fieldwork. It introduces students to applied research methodologies. The use of analytical tools, literature searches, and the application of VIU documentation style will result in a formal written proposal that may serve as the basis for each student's special project.
3
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
CMP 620

Information Technology Governance


Prerequisite: CMP 558 Information Systems Security
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 680

Organizational and Social Dimensions of Computing


Prerequisite: None
This course discusses the organizational impact and the social implications, rights and duties related to the actions of computing professionals. It investigates the context in which professionals work, the laws and how they are created, human aspects of running a company, software contracts and liability, intellectual property rights, and the legislation that affects the way in which computers are used or misused. Topics include social, legal, financial, organizational and ethical issues in the context of the IT industry; the role of professional codes of conduct and ethics; and, key legislation.
3
Total Credit Hours Required 21
MS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Elective Courses (5 Courses – 15 Credit Hours)
* Students must choose five (5) courses from the elective courses below:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CMP 556

Database Management Systems I


Prerequisite: None
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.
3
CMP 558

Network and Information Security


Prerequisite: CMP 550 or CMP 562 
This course is an introduction to the key security concepts required for the design, use, and implementation of secure voice and data communications networks, including the Internet. The security topics covered include defense models, authentication and authorization controls including biometrics, firewalls, packet filtering, virtual private networks (VPNs), security policy development, introduction to wireless network security, cloud computing security, disaster planning, backups, and risk mitigation strategies.
3
CMP 560

Software Engineering


Prerequisite: None
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with software application development processes and underlying concepts. Topics covered include Object Oriented Analysis & Design, Unified Modeling Language, Software Development Life Cycle, Models and Methodologies, Quality Assurance & Improvement, and the basics of tools used for application development such as requirement management tools, version control, modeling, and defect tracking.
3
CMP 570

Enterprise Information Systems


Prerequisite: CMP 556

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.
3
CMP 591

Graduate Internship Level I


Prerequisite: All core courses and academic advisor’s approval (plus one specialization elective course for MCS and MIS Program students)
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 613

Technology and Development of E-Business


Prerequisite: None
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course addresses the technological structure, architecture, development tools, and methods for constructing such web - based applications. It includes a project to develop an interactive web - based transaction processing system. With the emergence of e - Business, organizations are adapting their transaction processing systems to use web technology. Such systems may operate as Intranet applications within the business, as Extranet applications between the firm and its business partners, or to provide access to customers via the Internet.
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 environments; 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 630

Network Security 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
CMP 650

Software Design and Construction


Prerequisite: CMP 553                                                                          
Internship / CPT Qualified
This course is an in-depth study of software design and construction. The topics covered in this course include: software design fundamentals; key issues in software design such as concurrency, control and handling of events, distribution of components, error and exception handling and fault tolerance, interaction and presentation, data persistence; architectural structures and viewpoints, architectural styles (macro architectural patterns), design patterns (micro architectural patterns) human computer interface design, families of programs and frameworks; software design quality analysis and evaluation; software structural descriptions (static) and behavioral descriptions (dynamic); software design strategies and methods: general strategies, function-oriented (structured) design, object-oriented design, heuristic methods, formal methods, Component-Based Design (CBD) and SOA; software construction fundamentals: minimizing complexity, anticipating change, constructing for verification, standards in construction; managing construction, construction methods, construction planning, construction measurement; and practical consideration: construction design, coding, construction testing, construction quality and integration.
3
CMP 672

pecial Topics in Information Systems


Prerequisite: Academic advisor’s approval
Internship / CPT Qualified 

Students may choose to study the topics further that are in accordance to the MIS program and their interests. Topics can be taken from the domain of information technology and should be of significance with respect to the information technology industry. The study work can comprise literature survey, lectures/discussions with assigned faculty, project work, and detailed reports
3
CMP 691

Graduate Internship Level II


Prerequisite: All core courses, Academic advisor’s approval (plus two specialization elective courses for MCS and MIS program students) 

This course offers hands-on experience to students enrolled in MIS or MCS degrees in a domain close to their main career path intentions. Students are encouraged to pursue projects that would allow them to apply engineering design concepts gained in the classroom; going through all stages of system development, from analysis and design to implementation and testing. This three (3) credit hour project internship is for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the 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 696

Independent Study


Prerequisite: Academic advisor’s approval
This course offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student; and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.
3
CMP 697

Independent Study II


Prerequisite: Academic advisor’s approval
This course offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student; and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.
3
CMP 698

Master's Thesis I


Prerequisite: All core courses, academic advisor’s approval (plus two specialization elective courses for MIS and MCS students)
Students may choose this thesis option or take two elective courses. The thesis work can comprise basic research or a practical project. Students are encouraged to start their thesis work as early as possible. Usually after completing two semesters of course work, the student will be asked to work with a faculty advisor to choose a suitable master's thesis topic and prepare a thesis proposal. The master’s thesis project will be conducted over a period of two semesters.
3
CMP 699

Master's Thesis II


Prerequisite: CMP 698
CMP 699 is a continuation of CMP 698: Master Thesis I. Students can take this thesis option after completion. The thesis work can comprise basic research or a practical project.
3
CAR 600

Career Planning and Development


Prerequisite: None
In-depth exploration and assessment of career values, occupational interests, skills, personality style, work environment preferences; concentration and career exploration; exposure to career and occupational information resources. Students learn and practice job search strategies and tools, including resumes and interviewing skills; decision-making, goal-setting and action planning; and self-marketing techniques for effective career management.
3