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Information Systems Courses

Lists all Information Systems courses, including courses focused on IT management and information secutiyy. Specific offerings by term, including specific selected topics, can be view for spring, fall and summer terms.

Information Systems and IT Management Courses
ISYS 198U Selected Topics
Semester hours: 1-3

ISYS 201U Software Tools - Office
Semester hours: 3
Description
Application of basic and advanced software features for research papers, advanced documents, and oral presentations in Word and PowerPoint. Basic spreadsheet features for data tables and reporting in an academic or business environment using Excel. Computer assignments required.

ISYS 202U Software Tools for Business
Semester hours: 2
Description
Computer lab course using software and online tools supporting business decision-making. Emphasis on using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for data display, cell addressing, formulas; commonly-used statistical, logical, and data management functions; data analysis tools. Online business library reference databases for economic, marketing, financial, technology and human resource information.

ISYS 203U Collaborative Technologies
Semester hours: 3
Description
The application of information technologies in organizations to work collaboratively, facilitate decision-making, and achieve competitive advantage. Use of multimedia, storage, and mobile devices, networks, databases, and collaborative Internet technologies supporting work and academics.

ISYS 301U Global Telecommunications Tech and Policy
Semester hours: 4
Description
Junior-level course in computer network communications external to organizations. Fundamental coverage of computer connectivity, data communication standards, telecommunication standards and methods, and data transfer requirements. Additional topics include transmission techniques, network interfacing, OSI model, PC and network server hardware and software, telephone systems, wide area networks. Emphasis on business and regulatory issues, and telecommunications challenges for multinational firms, as well as information and network security.
Prerequisites
College writing and mathematics, and foundation coursework or experience in IT.

ISYS 302U Local Area Networks
Semester hours: 4
Description
Junior-level course on concepts of shared and switched media local area networking including Ethernet (802.3), and Wireless (802.11). Topics include LAN definition, use, topologies, media, standards, network interface cards, protocols, repeaters, hubs, bridges, switches, and routers. Discussions include network design, the OSI Model, design rules, component selection, administration, management and TCP/IP. Students may present research projects on various networking topics.
Prerequisites
College writing and mathematics and foundation course work or experience in IT.

ISYS 303U IT Security
Semester hours: 3
Description
The study of computer and network security threats, prevention and response, from technology and management perspectives. Development of security plans and architectures reflecting organizational requirements.
Prerequisites
ISYS 302U or LAN background/experience.

ISYS 305U Collaborative Project Planning and Control
Semester hours: 1
Description
Course provides an introduction to project planning and control, as well as constraints encountered when collaboratively managing projects. Project planning processes such as developing project charters, scope statements and work breakdown structures are discussed. Covers how stakeholders can improve project management efficiency using collaborative software. Conducted using discussion, workbook assignments, homework and individual course project.

ISYS 306U Systems Analysis and Design
Semester hours: 3
Description
Methods and techniques necessary for conducting systems project, from feasibility analysis and specification of functional requirements through system implementation and evaluation. Includes participation in one or more systems design projects.
Prerequisites
College writing and mathematics and foundation course work or experience in IT.

ISYS 307U IT Evaluation and Selection
Semester hours: 4
Description
Junior-level course on guidelines and techniques for the selection and acquisition of computer hardware and software. Methods of computer device evaluation, vendor selection, and development of system requirements for both hardware and software, from management and technical perspectives. The Request for Proposal (RFP) process in universal use by firms acquiring IT equipment and systems is used as a practical method of demonstrating commercial practices.
Prerequisites
College writing and mathematics and foundation course work or experience in IT.

ISYS 311U Database Design/Business Intelligence
Semester hours: 4
Description
Junior-level course in logical and physical design of database systems: rules of normalization in data modeling, SQL programming, and physical design issues impacting the I/O performance of commercial-level database management systems in Oracle. Introduction to data warehousing and business intelligence tools for corporate decision-making using Oracle Discoverer.
Prerequisites
College writing and mathematics and foundation course work or experience in IT.

ISYS 350U History of IT
Semester hours: 3
Description
Study of information technology from its earliest origins to present-day computer-based information technology systems. Types and evolution of methods of conveying information in all its forms will be covered. Lectures and group discussions will be used to provide opportunities for students to present their discoveries of various aspects of information technology from an historical perspective.

ISYS 351U Web Design and Development
Semester hours: 3
Description
Focus on planning and development of Web sites using proper design techniques, with design elements such as page layouts using CSS, graphics, color, lists, tables, formatting, links, basic forms, and templates. Topics include graphics techniques and editing modification of digital pictures. XHTML coding will be used during the first half of the semester and Dreamweaver after midterm.

ISYS 353U Advanced Tools for Web Design and Development
Semester hours: 3
Description
Contemporary advanced tools for web design and development. Each student selects tools for a major semester project, with approval and supervision by the instructor.
Prerequisites
ISYS 351U or equivalent proficiency.

ISYS 355U Computer Programming in Java
Semester hours: 4
Description
Concepts of structured and object-oriented programming, including data types, control structures, methods, arrays, strings, file operations, classes, and inheritance. Emphasis on effective programming skills to promote software reusability, reliability, and maintainability. Windows environment.
Prerequisites
MATH 103U, college algebra or higher, or programming experience.

ISYS 360U Electronic Commerce
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to electronic commerce terms, definitions, and concepts. Technological and strategic business aspects of successful e-commerce. Evaluation of e-commerce applications and the vital role they play in modern business practice. Students develop a business proposal for a commercial web site.
Prerequisites
College writing and mathematics, and foundation course work or experience in IT.

ISYS 365U Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Services
Semester hours: 3
Description
Overview of cloud computing concepts and capabilities across various service models. Familiarizes students with use of vendor maintained applications and processes, and covers security and other challenges associated with cloud computing. Students learn how to configure and program cloud services, develop cloud-based software applications, and leverage technologies to build comprehensive end-to-end solutions on the cloud.
Prerequisites
ISYS 302U

ISYS 370U Introduction to Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing
Semester hours: 3
Description
Provides analysts and managers with the competencies necessary to conduct and manage offensive IT security, through actual use of techniques and tactics used to simulate hacker and threat agent activity. Use of these methodologies to ethically test the efficacy of enterprise security systems and controls is discussed. Penetration testing, adversarial threat simulation, social engineering and IT security assessment topics are explored in detail. Includes practical exercises culled from real world security assessments.
Prerequisites
ISYS 302U

ISYS 375U IT Control and Audit
Semester hours: 3
Description
Overview of information technology (IT) control and auditing. Topics include assurance, security, control and audit with a focus on corporate IT governance frameworks. Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) framework used in auditor certification is examined in detail. Covers the roles and responsibilities of the information security auditor, discusses topics students need to become certified auditors, and helps them prepare for certification. Effects of emerging technology, such as cloud computing and server virtualization, are discussed in the context of the information systems audit.

ISYS 398U Selected Topics
Semester hours: 1-6
Description
Selected topics in Information Systems

ISYS 399U Independent Study
Semester hours: 1-6
Description
Independent studies in Information Systems.

ISYS 402U Advanced Networking Topics
Semester hours: 3
Description
Preparation for advanced certifications such as Network+, with course review, prep materials, and sample test. Does not include the test or test fee.
Prerequisites
ISYS 302U

ISYS 450U Project Management
Semester hours: 3
Description
Practical and theoretical foundation for IT project management. Concepts and techniques for evaluating business strategies and developing projects to align with strategic plans. Project planning and estimation, scheduling, staffing and teamwork, costing and budgeting, managing change. Use of computerized tools for project management, resource tracking, and reporting.
Prerequisites
ENGL 201U or equivalent.

ISYS 490U Managing IT
Semester hours: 3
Description
Analysis of case studies focusing on the real-life successes and failures of organizations as they manage situations impacted by information technology. Students take on the role of manager, consultant or other decision maker to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and propose actionable solutions to resolve problems. Case studies cover a broad range of current information technology topics as well as business issues, technical issues and project management issues.
Prerequisites
ENGL 201U or equivalent.

ISYS 491U IT Security Planning/Risk Management
Semester hours: 3
Description
Exploration of digital security from a holistic, enterprise view. Threat and vulnerability assessment and analysis, planning and administration are discussed in detail. Techniques and strategies for risk mitigation are discussed in organizational terms. Processes for completion of comprehensive enterprise security plans using risk management techniques and methodologies are investigated.
Prerequisites
ENGL 201U or equivalent

ISYS 492U Consulting and Design of Online Systems
Semester hours: 4
Description
This course is intended to help students develop necessary consulting skills for the preparation, design and use of online business information systems. It is typically taken in the student's final year of study. The course ties together previous courses in the Information Technology Management Program, helping participants understand all aspects of consulting and design through a complete management information systems design project. Participants work as a team to complete the systems design project with a real-world client, leading to a comprehensive requirements document.
Prerequisites
Department approval required. ISYS 450U or ISYS 306U required. 12 semester hours in ISYS preferred. ENGL 201U preferred for degree-seeking undergraduate students.

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