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Information Systems Management Major

Division of Natural Sciences

When you major in information systems management, you’ll learn more than computer science and information technology. You’ll also learn the critical skills of workplace management, communication and conflict resolution that will prepare you to lead IT departments and organizations.

Information Systems Management Major

An introduction to computing intended as a general education course for all students. Presents an overview of computing including history operational principles terminology components hardware and software trends commercial benefits social impact legal and ethical aspects consumer issues and typical software applications. Hands-on laboratory component introduces word processing spreadsheets and databases. Does not count towards the computer science major or minor.

Unit(s): 3

Offers a general approach to the use of Information Systems in management education and government. Topics include computer terminology data communications system design computer ethics human-to-computer interfaces and computer based decision support systems. Credit may not be received for both BUS 330 and CIS 250. Prerequisites CIS 103 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

This course presents concepts and applications of telecommunications technologies networks and distributed information systems. Topics include various standards protocols architectures requirements communication techniques and management issues. Prerequisites CIS 250 or BUS 330 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

This course presents concepts and applications of database management systems. Topics include physical and logical data organization various database models query languages design concerns integrity and security and management issues. MS Access will be used for assignments. Prerequisites CIS 250 or BUS 330 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

This course presents an introduction to the latest trends in software engineering including program specification and requirements. Topics include problem solving techniques and software development. Particular emphasis is placed upon the design of large information systems projects. Prerequisites CIS 250 or BUS 330 or permission of instructor and one of the following courses CSCI 105 or CSCI 200

Unit(s): 3

Discussion preparation and presentation of papers by the students and faculty on topics of current interest in information systems. This is a capstone course for students majoring in Information Systems Management. Prerequisite Senior standing with a major in Information Systems Management or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to computer programming using Java a contemporary object-oriented language. Topics covered include the Java programming language ad fundamental concepts for algorithm and software design. These include problem-solving methods procedural and data abstraction top-down modular design and proper programming style. Students gain experience using these skills to design code debug and document computer programs. The course contains 3 credit hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week.

Unit(s): 4

Scripting languages are regularly used in server environments to automate tasks. This course introduces the student to the Linux operating system which is often used in enterprise servers. Students will learn how to write scripts to automate tasks using the Unix shell and other scripting languages such as Perl Python and Ruby. Regular expressions and their use with common Unix commands such as grep sed and awkgawk are discussed. Process control file systems redirection pipes and scheduling tasks with cron are also discussed. Prerequisites CSCI-105 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

General overview of the principles of planning organizing leading and controlling human and other resources for the achievement of an organizations goals. Examines the impact and role of communication motivation group dynamics and organization culture conflict and change as the context for current management practices. Uses written and oral reports to develop student writing and speaking skills. Prerequisites BUS 120 ENG 110 or permission of the instructor 2015 Summer Session II offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3

Introduces essential quantitative techniques and their use in business decision-making including decision analysis forecasting linear programming project scheduling inventory cost minimization and queuing analysis. Emphasis on the practical application of these techniques to production and operations management and other business problems. Prerequisites BUS 300 and MATH 140 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Personnel administration from a managerial perspective including recruitment training and development performance appraisal compensation and motivation employeemanagement relations and various legal and regulatory issues. Prerequisite BUS 300

Unit(s): 3

Broad introduction to the field familiarizes students with conflict and practical approaches to its transformation. Personal communication and conflict styles negotiation skills interpersonal mediation and facilitation of group decision-making and problem-solving strategies are examined. Participation in discussions exercises analyses role-plays and simulations frame the course. In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting times one Saturday session is included. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Pressing issues confronting professionals in a technological era. Utilizing the insights of philosophical and religious ethics the course examines the responsibilities of the professional person in business medicine law education the ministry and other fields. Problems considered include confidentiality accountability whistleblowing governmental regulation and ethical codes. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 and junior or senior standing General Education philosophy or religion Ethical Reasoning Course

Unit(s): 3

Study and application of communication theories and principles in an organizational context. An explanation of organizational communication theories and principles will allow students to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of how communication affects the dynamics of the work environment. Emphasis will be placed on applying communication concepts to students personal experience or participating in the organizational environment. Alternate years offered 2016-2017 2015 Summer Session II Online Course

Unit(s): 3

The study of the behavior of individuals in small groups with a focus on the development of interpersonal communication skills. Topics include facilitation leadership styles decision making problem solving and mediation. Attention will be directed at how groups form and change over time how conflict occurs and is managed how roles and norms develop and the nature of power conformity and deviance in groups. The relevance of this work to applied settings will also be discussed. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Basic descriptive statistics probability hypothesis testing correlation and regression. Statistical computer software is used to analyze data. Prerequisites MATH 118 MATH 110 MATH 115 or satisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

Activities and Clubs

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Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in information systems management?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • University of North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington and Lee School of Law

Or pursue a career as:

  • Database Analyst
  • Help Desk Technician
  • LAN Systems Manager
  • Network Administrator
  • Operations Researcher
  • Security Analyst

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of information systems management from the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Verne Leininger, Department Chair
540-828-5698
vleining@bridgewater.edu