Graduate Course Descriptions

MSIS 5020

Advanced Applications Software Tools
1-3 credits, max 3. Advanced hands-on experience with selected software-based tool or programming languages such SAP, SQL, PERT/CPM, etc. For graduate credit only.

MSIS 5033

Information Systems Project Management
Prerequisite(s): Consent of MS in MIS director, MSTM director or MBA director. This class covers the important multi-faceted dimensions of directing and leading information systems projects. Topics will include behavioral, strategic, technical and quantitative issues faced by information system project teams.

MSIS 5123

Enterprise Resource Planning
Prerequisite(s): Admission to a graduate program. Challenges of data integration and redesign of processes in organizations. Introduction to enterprise resource planning(ERP) concepts, software, and practices. ERP issues architecture, planning, design, implementation, and project management. Extensions of ERP Technologies for managing supply chains and customer relationships. Emerging trends.

MSIS 5133

Advanced Web Based Application Development
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MBA, MSTM, or MS in MIS program, a programming object oriented language and either 5643 or consent of instructor. Development of n-tier web-based applications, including concepts and technologies relating to the presentation, business and data tiers. Technologies include (but are not limited to) browsers and other client programming, server-side programming, data-tier programming and XML technologies.

MSIS 5223

Object-oriented Programming Applications for Business
Prerequisite(s): 5643, graduate standing and computer programming proficiency; or consent of MS in MIS director. Object-oriented programming concepts and applications for business in a global environment. Implementation through an appropriate object-oriented programming language.

MSIS 5303

Quantitative Methods in Business
Prerequisite(s): Spreadsheet and algebra proficiency. The primary objective of this course is to develop skills in quantitative modeling of business problems and opportunities. The main focus of the course exposes students to the readily available optimization analysis tools (such as linear and non-linear programming) that are standard in today’s spreadsheets. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how such modeling techniques can be used to assist the decision-maker, when they are applicable, and an identification of technique limitations…

MSIS 5313

Production Operations Management
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MBA program or consent of MBA director and 5303. The management of operations in manufacturing and service organizations. Production planning, facility location and layouts. Inventory control, waiting line problems and simulation. Project management and quality control. Emphasis is on a management science approach.

MSIS 5413

Advanced Management Science
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MBA program or consent of MBA director. Advanced management science methods, with computer applications. Mathematical programming, simulation, forecasting, queuing, Markov processes.

MSIS 5600

Special Projects in Business Information Systems
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of MS in MIS director. Study of advanced topics not covered directly in other classes or directed study under the supervision of a faculty member.

MSIS 5613

Advanced Production and Operations Management
Prerequisite(s): 5313 or equivalent; admission to MBA program or consent of MBA director. Production system, including a synthesis of production and management techniques used by operations managers. A computerized management simulation game provides decision-making experience.

MSIS 5623

Information and Network Technology Management
Prerequisite(s): Admission to an SSB Graduate program or consent of the MBA director. Major principles and impact of information technology from a manager’s perspective in relation to the operation and success of businesses in today’s global digital economy. The internet, networks and wireless systems, database management systems, decision support systems, social media and e-business applications. Format of the class includes lecture, discussion, and speakers/panel.

MSIS 5633

Business Intelligence Tools and Techniques
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MBA, MSTM, or MS in MIS program or consent of instructor. A comprehensive analysis of contemporary business intelligence tools and techniques used in managerial decision-making, including decision support systems, data and text mining, knowledge management, expert systems, neural networks, and other tools and techniques.

MSIS 5643

Advanced Database Management
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MBA, MSTM or MS in MIS program or consent of instructor. Advanced theoretical and practical foundations of database systems. Brief review of classical issues surrounding design, analysis, and implementation of databases. Overview and use of modern database systems. Current and emerging issues in the database field.

MSIS 5653

Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
Prerequisite(s): Consent of MS in MIS director, MSTM director or MBA Director. Systems thinking. Systems life cycle, modeling approaches, methods, tools, and techniques of systems analysis and design for the development of modern organizational information systems.

MSIS 5900

Practicum in Management Information Systems
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisites: Consent of director of and admission to the MS in MIS program. Application of MIS-related methods and skills in a business environment. Integration of knowledge through real-world problem solving situations in organizational contexts.

MSIS 6200

Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems
3-6 credits, max 12. Prerequisite(s): Doctoral student status and consent of instructor. Special advanced topics in management information systems for doctoral students.

MSIS 6300

Contemporary Topics in MSIS Research
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Doctoral standing. In-depth study in one or more topics in the MSIS field. An ongoing conversation about major issues in the field. Topics related to any one of the areas within the broad, interdisciplinary field of management science and information systems, such as management information systems, management science, telecommunications, and operations management.

MSIS 6333

Overview of MSIS Research
Prerequisite(s): Doctoral standing. Recent research studies that fall within the broad, interdisciplinary field of management science and information systems. An introduction to the academic “way of life”, focusing on research productivity.

MSIS 6343

Advanced Methods in MSIS Research
Prerequisite(s): Doctoral standing. Development of advanced methodological skills necessary to carry out research in the chosen area of study within the field of MSIS. Skills related to any one of the areas within the broad, interdisciplinary field of management science and information systems, such as management information systems, management science, telecommunications, and operations management.

TCOM 3153

(I)International Telecommunications Business Environment
Prerequisite(s): 2103 or consent of instructor. This course concentrates on understanding the implications and challenges of utilizing telecommunications networks in today’s global business environment. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the major players in the global information infrastructure, standards setting bodies and procedures, and the various regulatory processes encountered. Students will research the telecommunications industry in other countries and develop comprehensive written reports.

TCOM 3203

Telecommunications Industry Foundations
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Emerging trends in the telecommunications industry. Past events, regulatory and legal implications, strategic direction of organizations with respect to telecommunications.

TCOM 3223

Network Design Principles
Prerequisite(s): MSIS 3223. Management science principles applied to telecommunications network design. Specific topics will include mathematical programming, network models, simulation, and queuing theory.

TCOM 5012*

Telecommunications Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): ECEN 5553, TCOM 5123 or co-requisite. Familiarization with the hardware used to move voice, data and video traffic. Data network experiments include set up and operation of a small LAN, interconnection of these LANs via bridges or routers, and attachment of voice and video modules to the LANs. Telephone network experiments include installation of small PBXs and interconnection of them to the campus phone system, and interconnection of the lab PBXs with crosspoint switches and fiber. Video experiments include interconnection and operation of a small two-camera studio, and digitizing and transferring the video over the laboratory telephone system. Practical operating aspects and standards of distance transmission devices, switching equipment media for transmitting data, voice and video signals. Handling information problems within selected environments.

TCOM 5113*

Industry Overview and Telecommunications Applications
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of program director. Overview of telecommunications industry, technology, regulatory environment, and current topics in telephone services (wireless and wireline), business data services, CATV, and Internet services and providers (including JAVA and HTML). Managerial and strategic aspects of telecommunications technologies. Guest speakers from the telecommunications industry.

TCOM 5123*

The Upper Layers of Telecommunications Systems
Applied technical coverage of selected topics from the upper layers of the OSI model. Network and Transport layers using, TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, as well as security issues and other multi-layer protocol suites. Other topics include flow control, RSVP, encryption, compression, and LAN/WAN applications.

TCOM 5143*

Telecommunications Systems Analysis, Planning and Design I
Prerequisite(s): ECEN 5553 and consent of program director. The fundamentals behind systems analysis and design of telecommunication systems from a managerial perspective. Financial analysis of telecommunication projects, fundamentals of mathematical modeling and queuing theory, and other management tools that are key to the design and analysis of telecommunication networks.

TCOM 5153*

International Telecommunications Management
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of program director. Investigation of the institutions that affect the use of telecommunications. The various parts of the federal government involved, such as the Department of Commerce, the FCC and the Department of State. The role of international institutions, including the ITU, UNESCO, and the various satellite organizations such as INTELSAT.

TCOM 5163*

Telecommunications Practicum
Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of program director. Application of knowledge and skills developed in core courses in an organizational environment to solve telecommunications management problems. Integration of concepts and adaptation of theory to fit organizational reality.

TCOM 5173*

Global Telecommunications Regulation
Historical review of the classical “PTT (Post, Telephone and Telegraph) Model”, and the development of new competitive environments. Overview of international telecommunications networks and how they are regulated nationally and internationally. Review of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the telecommunications commitments made by members. Emphasis on the European Union as the largest single telecommunications market, along with analyses of regional emerging markets. Review of challenges for the future for both regulatory agencies and telecommunications operators and providers.

TCOM 5193*

Capstone: Telecommunications Systems Analysis and Design
Prerequisite(s): 5113, 5123, ECEN 5553, 23 hours of relevant graduate course work, and consent of program director. Application of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum to basic systems analysis tools and techniques to perform an analyses and designs in a telecommunications context. Knowledge of technology, management, international aspects, and regulatory environment to provide an overall view of impact that a given system may have on an organization. System documentation through use of classical and structured tools and techniques for describing flows, data flows, data structures, file designs, input and output designs, and program specifications may be used.

TCOM 5213*

Telecommunications Systems Analysis, Planning and Design II
Prerequisite(s): 5143, ECEN 5553, and consent of program director. The fundamentals behind systems analysis and design of telecommunication systems from an engineering perspective. Advanced mathematical modeling and queuing theory, graph theory, network design algorithms and other tools that are key to the design and analysis of telecommunication networks. An in-depth, technical and quantitative follow-up to TCOM 5143.

TCOM 5223*

Information Assurance Management
A broad investigation of the elements of information assurance and security with an emphasis on the management impact to corporations and businesses engaged in information services and electronic commerce. Students should come away from the course with the ability to advise management on the risks and mitigation for all types of threats to information and privacy.

TCOM 5233*

Applied Information Systems Security
Prerequisite(s): 5123. An investigation into the various technical aspects of attacking, and of guarding against attacks and failures in various types of information systems. Course content may vary but includes computer, network, and data protection technologies (e.g., firewalls, packet filters, proxy servers, user authentication and validation techniques, encryption, backup methodologies, system and component redundancies, etc.). Various threats and attack methods examined.

TCOM 5253

Advanced System Certification and Accreditation
Prerequisite(s): Consent of MS in MIS Director. Preparing information systems for operational status requires significant planning and sound execution. Covers the key components of the certification and accreditation process, including risk assessment and mitigation, system security analysis, controls and system documentation.

TCOM 5273*

Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology
This course reviews the current status of information systems law in regard to rights of privacy, freedom of information, confidentiality, work product protection, copyright, security, legal liability, ethical issues and a range of additional legal and information policy topics. We will investigate the legal difficulties that technological innovations are causing in all of these areas. Legal options for dealing with the conflicts caused by technological change and likely adaptations of the law over time in response to societal changes will be explored. No credit for students having completed MSIS 4273.

TCOM 5283*

Operating Systems for Information Assurance
Operating Systems (OS) concepts for security. Vulnerabilities and threats. Security models. User authentication. Smart cards: architectures, technologies, application environments, and case studies. System availability. Software and data integrity. Auditing. Sensitive data confidentiality. Access control. Secure OS development: design principles, design methodologies, security certification. Case studies: Unix/Linux, MS-Windows XP/2000 .

TCOM 5310*

UNIX Administration Laboratory
1-3 credits, max 9, Lab 16-48. Prerequisite(s): Must have taken or currently enrolled in 5223 or 5233 and have consent of program director. Common administration level tasks associated with managing systems that run Unix and Unix derivatives. Utilities and resources commonly deployed in support of network infrastructure.

TCOM 5320*

Infrastructure Security Lab
1-3 credits, max 9, Lab 16-48. Prerequisite(s): Must have taken or currently enrolled in 5223 or 5233 and have consent of program director. Hands-on experience with various technical aspects of managing the perimeter of a connected network. Network hardware, such as routers, switches and firewalls. Course content variable, but includes computer, network, and data protection technologies.

TCOM 5330*

UNIX Security Lab
1-3 credits, max 9, Lab 16-48. Prerequisite(s): Must have taken or currently enrolled in 5223 or 5233 and have consent of program director. Hands-on experience with various technical aspects of managing security, protecting information technology assets, and both attacking and guarding against attacks and failures in UNIX and Linux systems. Course content variable, but includes computer, network, and data protecting technologies.

TCOM 5340*

Security Lab
1-3 credits, max 9, Lab 16-48. Prerequisite(s): Must have taken or currently enrolled in 5223 or 5233 and have consent of program director. Hands-on experience with various technical aspects of managing security, protecting information technology assets, attacking and of guarding against attacks and failures in information systems. Course content variable but includes computer, network, and data protection technologies (e.g. firewalls, packet filters, proxy severs, user authentication and validation techniques, data encryption, establishing virtual private networks, creating and using digital certificates for authentication, using encrypted email technologies). Several threats and attack methods explored (e.g. sniffers, password crackers, network scanners, etc.).

TCOM 5243*

Information Technology Forensics
Prerequisite(s): 5123, consent of department head. Review of systems for vulnerabilities and analysis of systems that have been breached. This course will cover the many related issues and have a heavy hands-on component.

TCOM 5350*

Advanced Telecommunications Management Lab
2-3 credits, max 3, Lab 2-3. Prerequisite(s): 5012 and consent of program director. Advanced state-of-the-art topics in voice, data and video. Hands-on network experiments beyond coverage in the required TCOM 5012 lab.

TCOM 5360*

Wireless Communications Laboratory
1-3 credits, max 9, Lab 16-48. Prerequisite(s): ECEN 4523, ECEN 5553 and consent of program director. Conducting wireless-modem and wireless-networking experiments and analyzing the problems that result in improved designs for wireless systems and networking performance.

TCOM 5370*

Windows Security Lab
1-3 credits, max 9, Lab 16-48. Prerequisite(s): Must have taken or currently enrolled in 5223 or 5233 and have consent of program director. Hands-on experience with various technical aspects of managing security, protecting information assets, and both attacking and guarding against attacks and failures in Windows systems. Course content variable, but includes computer, network, and data protection technologies.

TCOM 5380*

System Technologies for Information Assurance
1-3 credits, max 3, Lab 1-3. Prerequisite(s): 5223, consent of director. The basic parts of an operating system, including memory handling, processing and I/O functions. Areas of the OS most often exploited in information assurance breaches, as well as those that serve as the building blocks for upper-layer attacks. OS structures, process management, memory management, storage management, protection and security, distributed systems, and special purpose systems. For non-computer science majors, and may not be taken for credit if another course in operating systems has already been completed.

TCOM 5410*

Advanced Topics in Telecommunications Management
3 credits, max 3. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of program director. Advanced topics in the interdisciplinary field of telecommunications management, such as legal and regulatory issues, electronic commerce, internet and intranet development.

TCOM 5990*

Directed Studies in Telecommunications Management
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of program director. Special advanced topics, projects and independent study in telecommunications management.