Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management

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Particularly valuable for those engaged in the administration of technical projects, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management introduces general concepts embodied in the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK, while exploring specialized techniques for software risk management, software cost estimation, and software quality management. Students also learn virtual project management, enabling them to manage geographically distributed software development. Students taking any course in this concentration are eligible to take a PMP® preparation course for free—an important step toward certification as Project Management Professionals.

Students who complete the Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in IT Project Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • Advanced knowledge of the following project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing; knowledge of agile software development practices, and planning and governance of large projects and programs.
  • Proficiency in all basic project management tools and software techniques, including software architecture, project communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control; proficiency in planning and developing a comprehensive project plan and software development life cycle.
  • Competence sufficient to oversee the architecture, design, and implementation of software systems.

A total of 40 credits is required. Students must complete both the Core Curriculum and the Concentration Requirements.

Degree Requirements—On Campus

Core Curriculum

(Six courses/24 credits)

MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

The goal of this course is to provide Computer Information Systems students with the mathematical fundamentals required for successful quantitative analysis of problems in the field of business computing. The first part of the course introduces the mathematical prerequisites for understanding probability and statistics. Topics include combinatorial mathematics, functions, and the fundamentals of differentiation and integration. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous distributions. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Gorlin FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Gorlin FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Milton ARR
BCL IND Parrott U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Gorlin FLR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Gorlin FLR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Temkin ARR
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arena FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
BCL IND Donham S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena FLR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arena FLR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands-on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. class. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Maiewski FLR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno CAS 214 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Braude ARR
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno FLR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Guadagno FLR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Polnar ARR
BCL IND Siegel U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

This course provides an overview of contemporary I.T. management. It explains the relevant issues of effectively managing information services. The course highlights areas of greatest current and potential application of I.T. to business needs and reviews electronic business, enterprise business systems, and decision support systems.   [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arakelian FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Arakelian ARR
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian FLR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arakelian FLR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Braude ARR
BCL IND Siegel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

And one of the following:

MET CS 520 Information Structures
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

This course covers the concepts of object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Java programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, applets, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, exceptions, and streams. Upon completion of this course the students will be able to apply software engineering criteria to design and implement Java applications that are secure, robust, and scalable.

MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology; recommended to students with no programming background. Or Instructor's Consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Braude FLR 267 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Braude FLR 267 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Kalathur ARR
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Kalathur ARR
MET CS 601 Web Application Development
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sheehan STH B22 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda CGS 525 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Bishop ARR
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Sheehan SMG W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda SMG W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BHA IND Staff S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area as the original core course. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted, the student must substitute a graduate-level elective for the core course.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a concentration in IT Project Management must also take the following required courses:

Required IT Project Management Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET CS 632 Information Technology Project Management
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. There is substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students will obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes, and managing distributed software teams and projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Campbell FLR 266 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Campbell FLR 266 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Heda FLR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda FLR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Kanabar ARR
MET CS 633 Distributed Software Development and Management
Fall ‘14

This course prepares students to justify, lead, participate in, and maintain geographically distributed development (GDD) projects. Students study the technical and business implications of GDD. They also work in geographically dispersed teams to produce documented applications. No programming background is required. Prerequisites: MET CS 520 or MET CS 601 and MET CS 682. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Elentukh FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Elentukh FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Elentukh ARR
MET CS 634 Agile Software Development
Sprg ‘15

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile software development. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning and executing on software development projects using agile methodologies. Students will obtain practical knowledge of agile development frameworks and be able to distinguish between agile and traditional project management methodologies.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Alt-Simmons ARR
MET CS 783 Enterprise Architecture
Fall ‘14
Sprg ‘15

This course builds upon the strong technical foundation of our MSCIS and MSCS curricula, by providing students with the CIO-level management perspective and skills of enterprise architecture, in the context of the technologies that implement those architectures. The course provides students with the understanding and skills needed to define and implement successful enterprise architectures that provide real value to organizations, such as substantially reducing IT costs while improving performance, agility and alignment of information technology to business goals. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Nizzari CAS B14 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Nizzari CAS B14 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Spring 2015
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Schudy ARR

 

Degree Requirements—eLive

Degree requirements for the blended, eLive format MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management can be viewed here.

Degree Requirements—Online

Degree requirements for the online MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management can be viewed here.

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