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Information Systems for Management - CISS 8319

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course offers a comprehensive overview of information systems (IS), including related legal, ethical and social issues. You will examine the basics of the Internet and e-commerce as well as aspects of data management such as databases, data warehousing, data analysis and data mining. The goal is to develop managerial information literacy to support business best practices.

Coursework Highlights

Coursework is designed for engagement and collaboration. Here is an example of just some of the assignments and projects you will complete as part of CISS 8319.

  • Use virtual collaboration tools to do group research on a technology topic.
  • Produce a literature review research paper on the chosen topic.

Weekly Themes

Throughout the course, each week focuses on a different theme. Group discussions and coursework will align with that week’s theme, as well as its primary objectives.

Week 1 – Information Systems and IT Infrastructure

The first week of the course allows you to explore the role and importance of IS and IT in an organization and how they can be leveraged to create a competitive advantage for the organization.

  • Learn the different types of information systems and how organizations use them.
  • Discuss the issues and problems involved in managing data and information electronically.

Week 2 – Data Management, Networks and Mobility

During week two you’ll learn about the importance of data and how it is used, stored and transmitted across and between organizations. You will also examine different types of networks and network technologies.

  • Learn how data and information feed into business intelligence.
  • Explore how current IS and IT tools can support secure and efficient communication and decision making.

Week 3 – IT Security, Crime, Compliance and Continuity

In week three you’ll learn about IT security, and how it’s a serious concern for all organizations. Even small companies need to carefully implement tools and processes to protect data and information. This week you will look into the role of the firewall and learn to use an encryption tool.

  • Learn to recognize IS and IT vulnerabilities, threats and methods of attack.
  • Identify and discuss issues related to managing data and information, including legal and ethical concerns.

Week 4 – E-Business and E-Commerce

At the midpoint of the course, you’ll study e-commerce in more detail, with special attention to different e-business strategies and how they are used and implemented. You’ll also learn about its social and business ramifications, as well as:

  • Discuss e-commerce and the supply chain.
  • Identify issues related to managing data and information in e-commerce transactions and operations.

Week 5 – The Internet and Its Evolution

Week five focuses on how the Internet is evolving to a more collaborative global environment with the integration of mobile computing in our daily lives and Web 2.0.

  • Learn how the Internet is changing and how organizations are using it to carry out various functions more effectively.
  • Evaluate resources such as trade journals and articles to write a paper on a current trend in management information systems (MIS).

Week 6 – Operational Planning and Control Systems

During week six you’ll examine the role of information support systems in critical processes and explore current and developing trends in IS/IT in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. You will also discuss operational planning, the use of control systems as well as:

  • Describe how information systems can help solve problems and integrate activities of multiple organizations.
  • Discuss the role of information support systems in transaction processing, communication, decision making and other critical processes.

Week 7 – Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) and Business Process Reengineering

In week seven you’ll learn about enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and how it can support and improve organizational performance.

  • Learn about the relationships between total quality management, business process reengineering and acquiring IT applications and infrastructure.
  • Analyze current trends in IS/IT and how they have evolved from being accounting tools to playing a major role in strategic planning.

Week 8 – Business Intelligence, Decision Support and IT Planning

At the conclusion of your course you will:

  • Learn to apply current MIS and IT tools to facilitate communication and decision making securely and efficiently.

Get Started

To learn more about this course, or other courses in the online MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.