Information Systems Courses

See the list below to view courses offered through these programs of study. Specific course offerings, including selected topics course titles and descriptions, can be viewed for fall, spring and summer terms.

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  • ISYS 198U Selected Topics

    Semester hours: 1-3

  • 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 304U Introduction to Data Analytics

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Provides a foundational understanding of the uses and value of data analytics. Data analysis and statistical methods that enable an organization to realize value and competitive advantage from the data available to it are introduced, demonstrated and practiced. Fundamental probability concepts that underpin informed use of the results of the presented data and statistical analysis methods are integrated into course materials and activities. Course activities emphasize practical aspects of data and analysis. Required mathematics competencies are presented and discussed in the context of the course.

  • 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 308U Digital Forensics

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Provides theoretical and practical foundations necessary to perform digital forensic investigations through hands-on use of industry standard tools, tactics, and techniques. Uses real world laboratory exercises to demonstrate practical use of tools and techniques, analysis and interpretation. Topics include Legal and Ethical issues, Evidence Acquisition and Handling, Disk Analysis and File Recovery, Windows Artifact Analysis, Brower Forensics, Network Forensics, and Memory Forensics.

    Prerequisites

    ISYS 302U

  • ISYS 309U Data Ethics

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Explores moral, social, and ethical ramifications of data use at different stages of data analysis, ranging from data collection and storage to feedback loops in analysis. Uses discussion, case studies and exercises to encourage ethical thinking in science, understand the history of the ethical dilemma in scientific work, and consider ethical dilemmas associated with scenarios in data analytics and technology today.

  • 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 312U Predictive Analytics

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Explores concepts in data management, processing, statistical computing, and dynamic visualization. The purpose of predictive modeling is to be able to predict the behavior of new data. Participants are introduced to managing and analyzing data for purposes of extracting useful information and providing actionable forecasting. Activities include importing and exporting, cleaning and fusing, modeling, analyzing and synthesizing complex datasets using data analytics techniques. Linear regression is used to build models for predicting responses.

    Prerequisites

    MATH 265U or Linear Algebra, ENGL 201U

  • ISYS 314U Data Visualization

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Introduction to data visualization, with emphasis placed upon applied projects and issues. The goal of the course is developing the ability to turn data into descriptive graphics. Participants will design and create data visualizations based on available data and goal. Students will use data visualization tools, and will be introduced to data visualization evaluation.

    Prerequisites

    ENGL 201U

  • ISYS 315U Big Data Analytics

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Provides competencies to handle and use data sets too large for relational databases. Uses the enterprise environment to capture data from new sources, relate the data to existing datasets and provide answers to business questions with improved accuracy and efficiency. Develops skills to define and frame a question, select a data source, conduct an analysis, and interpret, visualize and communicate the results. Develops the ability to understand the business intelligence landscape by discussing big data, as well as current and emerging shifts in the marketplace and technology.

    Prerequisites

    ISYS 311U

  • ISYS 320U Prescriptive Analytics

    Semester hours: 3

    Description

    Explores prescriptive analytics from a holistic, enterprise view. Specifically, procedures and techniques for using data to inform and enhance the decision-making process are explored. Topics include optimization, decision analysis, game theory, and simulation. Computer implementation and applications will be emphasized.

  • 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 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 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.