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MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MIS)

Dr. Edward R. Mansfield, Department Head
Office: 300 Alston Hall

In addition to completing the specific prerequisites included in the descriptions of the following courses, all students seeking to enroll in 300- or 400-level courses in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration must have attained junior standing (61 semester hours).

All C&BA students must, prior to seeking enrollment in any 300- or 400-level course, complete or be enrolled in the following prerequisites: EC 110 and EC 111; MATH 112 and MATH 121 or MATH 115 and MATH 125; CS 102; AC 210; ST 260; and LGS 200 (or their equivalents); and at least 4 hours in natural science, 3 hours of fine arts, literature, or humanities, and 3 hours of history or social and behavioral sciences. Failure to fulfill all prerequisites prior to enrolling in a 300- or 400-level C&BA course will result in administrative disenrollment from that course.

MIS 295 Business Analysis and Project Management. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CS 114.

Recommended corequisite: CS 124.

An introduction to business process analysis, fundamentals of business information systems (IS), development principles, and the procedures for large-scale, team-based project management. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of IS components to create business value.

MIS 320 Application and Information Architecture. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 295 and either admission to the MIS program or permission of the director of the MIS program.

The study of software engineering, application patterns, and file structures. Students design, construct, and test software structures for effective information management.

MIS 330 Database Administration. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 295 and either admission to the MIS program or permission of the director of the MIS program.

Data modeling and its use in the business enterprise are presented. Emphasis is on ER modeling and relational DBMS. Topics include normalization, performance, process triggers, integrated databases, form generation, ODB, three-tier architecture, and Web applications.

MIS 340 Data Communications and Networks. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 295 and either admission to the MIS program or permission of the director of the MIS program.

Fundamental models, components and terminology related to data communications (DC) are presented. Emphasis is placed on the interaction effects between DC and software applications. IS requirements placed on DC for LAN, e-business, and e-commerce applications are evaluated.

MIS 385 Introduction to Management Information Systems.

Three hours.

Prerequisite: CS 102.

Introduction to fundamental topics in MIS, including system design, databases, telecommunication, e-business, e-commerce, and other functional area applications. Students with credit for MIS 295 cannot receive credit for MIS 385.

MIS 430 Systems Analysis and Design I. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 320, MIS 330, and CS 325 or CS 326.

Corequisite: MIS 450.

Intermediate-level skills in systems analysis and design techniques are presented. Emphasis is placed on project-level systems development utilizing SDLC, RAD, CASE, and project management.

MIS 431 Systems Analysis and Design II. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 430 and MIS 450.

Corequisite: MIS 451.

Advanced-level skills in systems analysis and design techniques are presented. Emphasis is placed on enterprise-level systems development, creation of tailored methodologies, creation of architectural standards and business strategy alignment.

MIS 440 Decision Support Systems. Three hours.

Prerequisite: MIS 430.

This course assesses information requirements to support the various types of business decisions in an organization. Students develop the specifications for each of the components of a model-based information system designed to support effective managerial decision making.

MIS 450 Systems Construction and Implementation I. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 320, MIS 330, and CS 325 or CS 326.

Corequisite: MIS 430.

Leveraging software development skills honed in junior-level MIS and CS courses, students develop skills to code and test functional application systems.

MIS 451 Systems Construction and Implementation II. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MIS 430 and MIS 450.

Corequisite: MIS 431.

Students code, test, and implement large-scale application systems. User and system documentation is developed and maintained. Conversion, migration, training, and operations plans and budgets are emphasized.

MIS 491 Independent Study in Management Information Systems. Three hours.

Students may earn degree credit for only one independent study course (491).

MIS 492 Internship. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Students are selected through a competitive process for assignments in approved business or public-sector organizations. The internship is administered through the C&BA Office of Student Services. Students may earn degree credit for only one internship (492).

MIS 497 Special Topics. Three hours.

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