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Management Information Systems


In addition to the business core, MIS students have access to a wide range of courses that prepare them for managing in a networked business environment.

In addition to their program coursework students can choose to minor in or immersion on an additional field of study. The related coursework for these minors and immersions can serve to complement the MIS program by providing a path to expertise in a designated field. Specific MIS Core and Elective course include the following:

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Core Requirements

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
Course Description
ACCT 110 Financial Accounting 3
An introduction to the way in which corporations report their financial performance to interested stakeholders such as investors and creditors. Coverage of the accounting cycle, generally accepted accounting principles, and analytical tools help students become informed users of financial statements. Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)
MGMT 101 Business 1: Ideas & Business Planning 3
Ideas and Business Planning This is the first of a three-course sequence comprising the freshman integrated experience. In Business 1 students will be introduced to the key functional areas of business, the evaluation of new business opportunities, and the business plan process. By applying the creative process, students will conceive new business ideas that will be developed through the remainder of the sequence. (Co-requisite: MGIS-101 Computer-based Analysis) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall)
MGIS 101 Computer-based Analysis 1
This course provides students with hands-on experience with the analytical software tools and techniques that are used in today's businesses. Emphasis will be placed on the application of spreadsheet models for supporting management decision-making. A variety of spreadsheet-based cases in market research, financial analysis, accounting applications and other business domains will be utilized to show how to effectively analyze and solve business problems using the spreadsheet tool. Class 1,Credit 1 (fall)
MGIS 102 Business 2: Technology-enabled Launch 2
This course, the second course in the First-year Business Sequence, applies technology tools to create tangible outcomes for product and marketing ideas from the business plan. Students will develop websites, video marketing tools and other outcomes while refining their plans for business launch. (MGMT-101 Business 1: Ideas and Business Planning, MGIS-101 Computer-based Analysis) Class 2, Credit 2 (spring)
ACCT 210 Management Accounting 3
Introduction to the use of accounting information by managers within a business. Explores the value of accounting information for the planning and controlling of operations, assessing the cost of a product/service, evaluating the performance of managers, and strategic decision making. (ACCT-110) Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)
MGMT 215 Organizational Behavior 3
As an introductory course in managing and leading organizations, this course provides an overview of human behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level with an emphasis on enhancing organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, work teams, motivation, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational change. (Sophomore status) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)
FINC 220 Corporate Finance 3
Basic course in financial management. Covers business organization, time value of money, valuation of securities, capital budgeting decision rules, risk-return relation, Capital Asset Pricing Model, financial ratios, global finance and working capital management. (ECON-101 or 201 Prin of Micro/Macroeconomics, STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I, ACCT-110 Financial Accounting) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)
MKTG 230 Principles of Marketing 3
An introduction to the field of marketing, stressing its role in the organization and society. Emphasis is on determining customer needs and wants and how the marketer can satisfy those needs through the controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion and distribution. (Sophomore status) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)
INTB 225 Global Business Environment 3
This course exposes students to current global institutional environments (e.g., political environment, regulatory environment, financial environment, and labor environment, etc.); develops students with fundamental theoretical foundations and analytical skills in order to compete in a globalized environment; and equips students with a broad knowledge base about globalization elements (e.g., international transactions, cross-national money movements, and currency value changes) to take advantage of global opportunities while managing inherent risks. Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring)
DESC 310 Operations Management 3
A survey of operations and supply chain management that relates to both service- and goods- producing organizations. Topics include operations and supply chain strategies; ethical behavior; forecasting; product and service design, including innovation and sustainability; capacity and inventory management; lean operations; managing projects; quality assurance; global supply chains; and the impacts of technology. (STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I or equivalent, Junior status) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)
MGMT 560 Strategy and Innovation 3
A capstone course drawing upon major business functions, accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and organizational theory, as well as the key concepts of innovation. The course provides an integrated perspective of business organizations toward the achievement of enhanced profitability and a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include the analysis of business environments, industry attractiveness, competitive dynamics, and innovation management. Students learn how to formulate and implement effective business-level, corporate-level, global, and innovation strategies. (MGMT-215 Organizational Behavior, MKT-230 Principles of Marketing, FINC-220 Corporate Finance, DECS-310 Operations Management, Senior status) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring, summer)

Major Requirements

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
MGIS 320 Database Management Systems 3
Transforming data into information is critical for making business decisions. This course introduces students to the concepts of data, information and the business database management systems (DBMS) used by modern organizations. Exercises and hands-on projects are used to model the information needs of an organization and implement and query databases using applications such as Microsoft Access and SQL. Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring)
MGIS 330 Systems Analysis and Designs 3
Successful organizations utilize a systematic approach to solve real-world business problems through the use of computing resources. Students who complete this course will be able to design and model business processes. They will learn how to conduct requirements analysis, approach the design or redesign of business processes, model system functions, effectively communicate systems designs to various levels of management, work in a project-based environment, and approach the implementation of a new organizational information system. Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring)
MGIS 340 Emerging Business Technologies 3
This course stresses a business-oriented approach to evaluating, selecting and leveraging emerging information technologies to support an organization's business processes. Students gain hands-on knowledge to design effective and secure networked IT infrastructure systems for business operations. Students also explore management issues such as defining an IT strategy, establishing IT standards, managing IT operations, and outsourcing IT services. Class 3, Credit (fall, spring)
MGIS 550 MIS Capstone 3
This capstone course for MIS majors applies the concepts of project management and techniques for estimating, planning and controlling of resources to accomplish specific project goals. Students complete a team project requiring them to develop an innovative information system while utilizing project management techniques. Students analyze real business situations and develop IT-based innovative solutions for problems encountered (MGIS-320 Database Management Systems, MGIS-330 Systems Analysis & Design, MGIS-340 Emerging Business Technologies, Senior status) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring)
2 MGIS-Electives

MGIS 350 Developing Business Applications 3

Development of business applications is transforming from programming to integration of software components using application development environments. Students learn the fundamentals of computer programming and applications development through a set of programming exercises that focus on visual development environments and component integration. These exercises expand into a project where students apply concepts of typical development and project methodologies to complete a comprehensive programming assignment. Class 3, Credit 3 (spring)

MGIS 360 Building a Web Business 3

This course gives students both a conceptual and hands-on understanding of the launching of web businesses. Students will study the full process of web business creation, including domain name registration, frameworks for application creation, hosting of web applications and search engine optimization. Students will apply their knowledge by designing and building a business website that can actually make money. Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring)

MGIS 415 Object-Oriented Business Programming 3

Object-oriented Programming (OOP) will prepare students to plan and implement systems using the OO approach. This course will build on earlier programming classes, and will emphasize the programming practices of polymorphism, inheritance and data hiding. (MGIS-350 Developing Business Applications or equivalent) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall)

MGIS 425 Database Systems Development 3

This course builds upon the basic concepts from Database Management Systems (MGIS-320). Students work in a real-world business database development environment and gain hands-on experience in advanced database querying language, such as Oracle PL/SQL. Students learn to analyze business processes and, using tools such as Oracle, develop fully functioning database prototype systems to support them. (MGIS-320 or equivalent) Credit 3 (fall, spring)

MGIS 435 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 3

Object-oriented analysis and design concepts and techniques are covered. Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) software and software quality metrics are introduced. Students that successfully complete this course and the prerequisite Systems Analysis & Design will have acquired a comprehensive foundational knowledge of systems analysis and design concepts currently used in systems development environments. (MGIS-330, Junior status) Credit 3 (spring)

MGIS 445 Web Systems Development 3

Students in this class will analyze business problems and develop data-driven web applications to solve them. An industry-level application server will provide the framework for integrating and deploying a set of client and server technologies to create these applications. Development skills will include presenting and receiving information through a website, validating entered information, and storing entered information in text files or databases. Students will design solutions using Hypertext Markup Language, client scripting and server programs for database and file access (MGIS-350 or equivalent, MGIS-320) Class 3, Credit 3 (fall, spring)

MGIS 450 Enterprise Systems 3

This course explores the role of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in organizations. Students analyze cross-functional business processes and ERP systems commonly used to support these processes. Students engage in a hands-on project using a current ERP system, such as SAP R/3, to demonstrate, analyze and design system structures, key data elements and process configurations that support cross-functional business processes, including accounting, sales, material management, production and distribution. Credit 3 (fall)

MGIS 489 Seminar in MIS 3

Advanced study of MIS topics reflecting contemporary issues and/or current technological advancements impacting the development, implementation and management of information systems in organizations. Seminar topics have ranged from new technological developments to management security issues in MIS systems. Topics for a specific quarter will be announced prior to the course offering.
4 Electives

Co-Op Requirements

A Saunders College undergraduate student must have a co-op experience based on the policies outlined below:

    • One semester of full-time employment or a minimum of 560 hours.
    • Two summer terms of full-time employment, where a summer term is at least 8 weeks or a minimum of 280 hours.
    • With Assistant Dean of Student Services approval, a study abroad experience may be used to satisfy 280 hours of co-op experience.