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MIS at a glance

Saunders College offers a comprehensive undergraduate degree program and a minor in management information systems.

In addition to the business core, you will learn about the core of business and technology and how it applies in organizations today. A common misconception that MIS only concerns programming. However, programming is just a small part of the MIS curriculum. While it is woven throughout some of the core MIS curriculum, a large portion of the MIS requirements focus on data analysis, teamwork, leadership, project management, customer service and underlying business theories. These aspects of the degree are what set the MIS professional apart from a computer science specialist.

How does MIS compare to Computer Science?

To better understand MIS as it compares to other related information technology fields, the below table compares MIS and computer science as offered by Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT.

 


Management Information Systems

Computer Science

Focus

People and Organization

Software

Objective

More efficient or effective business

Reliable computer program

Core Skill

Problem solving

Logic/Procedure

Core Task

 

Determine business requirements for information systems

Deliver information systems to meet defined requirements

Theoretical vs. Applied

Balanced

Applied

Generic Job Title

Analyst/Designer

Builder

Typical Starting Job Title

Business Systems Analyst

Application Programmer

Career Goals

Chief Technology Officer or Senior Organizational Manager

Programming Manager

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Saunders College of Business

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

MIS is the only major that focuses on business processes and information technology. If you are interested in computing and business, enjoy staying current with the latest tech trends, but don't want to be writing programs or putting together chips all your life, then MIS is for you.

Curriculum

Management information systems, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MGMT-101
Business 1: Ideas and Business Planning
This is the first of a two-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 In Business 2.
3
MGIS-101
Computer-based Analysis
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.
1
ECON-101
LAS Perspective 3: Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics studies the workings of individual markets. That is, it examines the interaction of the demanders of goods and services with the suppliers of those goods and services. It explores how the behavior of consumers (demanders), the behavior of producers (suppliers), and the level of market competition influence market outcomes.
3
ACCT-210
Management Accounting
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.
3
STAT-145, 146
LAS Perspective 7A, 7B: Introduction to Statistics I, II
7
MGIS-102
Business 2: Business Planning and Professional Development
The second course in the first year business sequence focuses on developing a well-defined and integrated business plan. Students will identify and develop marketing and process tools to take the business concept outlined in Business I to a final business plan for review with local business people and alumni for evaluation. During the semester, the students will also be introduced to a variety of professional development topics.
3
 
First Year Writing Seminar
3
ECON-201
Principles of Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics studies aggregate economic behavior. The course begins by presenting the production possibilities model. This is followed by a discussion of basic macroeconomic concepts including inflation, unemployment, and economic growth and fluctuations. The next topic is national income accounting, which is the measurement of macroeconomic variables. The latter part of the course focuses on the development of one or more macroeconomic models, a discussion of the role of money in the macroeconomy, the aggregate supply-aggregate demand framework, and other topics the individual instructor may choose.
3
ACCT-110
Financial Accounting
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.
3
MGIS-130
Information Systems and Technology
To be successful in our globally-networked business environment, contemporary management professionals must have a strong grounding in the principles of information and information technology. This course provides an introduction to the field of management information systems (MIS), including the tools and techniques for managing information and information technologies within organizations. We place a particular emphasis on the nature of systems, the role of information in business processes, the management of data, and the planning of MIS design projects.
3
ACSC-010
Year One: College Experience
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
COMM-253
Communication
An introduction to communication contexts and processes emphasizing both conceptual and practical dimensions. Participants engage in public speaking, small group problem solving and leadership, and writing exercises while acquiring theoretical background appropriate to understanding these skills.
3
MKTG-230
Principles of Marketing
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.
3
MGMT-035
Careers in Business
This course consists of a series of workshops designed to introduce business students to the skills needed to be successful in job and coop searches and applications to graduate schools. Students will establish their career goals, create material (e.g., resume, cover letter), and acquire skills needed to achieve these goals.
0
FINC-220
Financial Management
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.
3
 
LAS Perspective 2, 4
6
MGIS-320
Database Management Systems
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.
3
MGMT-215
Organizational Behavior
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.
3
 
Free Elective
3
INTB-225
Global Business Environment
Being an informed global citizen requires an understanding of the global business environment. Organizations critical to the development of the global business environment include for-profit businesses, non-profits, governmental, non-governmental, and supranational agencies. This course introduces students to the interdependent relationships between organizations and the global business environment. A holistic approach is used to examine the diverse economic, political, legal, cultural, and financial systems that influence both organizations and the global business environment.
3
MATH-161
Applied Calculus
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills.
4
Third Year
MGMT-340
LAS Perspective 1: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
This course applies concepts of ethics to business at the macro level and at the micro level. At the macro level the course examines competing business ideologies exploring the ethical concerns of capitalism as well as the role of business in society. At the micro level the course examines the role of the manager in establishing an ethical climate with an emphasis on the development of ethical leadership in business organizations. The following topics are typically discussed: the stakeholder theory of the firm, corporate governance, marketing and advertising ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, product safety, ethical reasoning, business's responsibility to the environment, moving from a culture of compliance to a culture of integrity, and ethical leadership.
3
MGIS-330
Systems Analysis and Design
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.
3
MGIS-350
Developing Business Applications
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.
3
 
LAS Immersion 1, 2
6
 
LAS Perspective 5, 6
6
DECS-310
Operations Management
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.
3
 
MIS Electives
6
 
Cooperative Education
Co-op
Fourth Year
MGIS-550
MIS Capstone (WI)
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.
3
 
Free Electives
9
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
LAS Electives
12
MGMT-560
Strategy and Innovation
A capstone course drawing upon major business functions—accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and organizational theory and how strategic managers integrate functional theories and concepts to create competitive advantage. 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, and competitive dynamics. Students learn how to formulate and implement effective business-level, corporate-level, and global strategies using theories, cases and a simulation.
3
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

Management information systems electives
MGIS-355 Business Intelligence
MGIS-360 Building a Web Business
MGIS-381 HTM Information Systems and Analytics
MGIS-415 Object-Oriented Business Programming
MGIS-425 Database Systems Development
MGIS-435 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
MGIS-445 Web Systems Development
MGIS-450 Enterprise Systems
MGIS-489 Seminar in MIS
MGMT-360 Digital Entrepreneurship

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