Management Information Systems

  • QST IS 223: Introduction to Information Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST SM 131.
    Provides students with an understanding of the important role that information and information technology play in supporting the effective operation and management of business. Elaborates on the themes of "place to space" and the implications for business of the digital enterprise. Focuses on learning IS concepts in the context of application to real business problems.
  • QST IS 428: Managing Information Security
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    Combines technical and business approaches to the management of information. It will address technical issues such as cryptography, intrusion detection, and firewalls along with managerial ideas such as overall security policies, managing uncertainty and risk, and organization factors. We will examine different aspects of computer security such as password, virus protection, and managing computer security in dynamic environments. Topics will also include network security and how to secure wireless application and services. These technical details will be placed in a business context. The class will have a practical focus as we examine current "best practices" in area. There will be several guest speakers in the security area. This will be a project-oriented class and students will present their research projects during the last several classes. 4 cr.
  • QST IS 454: Building Web Applications for Business
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    Designed to teach business students the strategic value gained from a competitive advantage perspective around the organizational planning, implementation strategies and on-going modification strategies regarding the process of building functioning web applications on multiple platforms. The course will utilize a number of approaches throughout the semester which will enable students who are not hard-core programmers to learn what code does, how to write and utilize existing code modules and why and how it works, doesn't work, creates challenges and opportunities in an organizational structure . The goal at the end of the semester is for students to have a very thorough theoretical understanding, appreciation and application of the development process in surrounding Web strategies and applications for business.
  • QST IS 465: Managing Data Resources
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    Required for Management Information Systems concentrators. Provides a practical and theoretical introduction to data management focusing on the use of relational database technology and SQL to manage an organization's data and information. Introduces recent topics such as data warehouses and Web databases. Includes a project to design and implement a relational database to manage an organization's data. 4 cr.
  • QST IS 467: Agile Development Methodologies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    This course is designed to provide the students with an overview of Agile Development methodologies. The course introduces the various methods currently used in the industry and then focuses on the primary methodologies used today, SCRUM and Kanban. Students will learn the tools of these software development approaches that produce deliverables to end users every two to four weeks. We analyze the value each of these methodologies bring into the development process and the reasoning behind a corporation selecting one method over the other (or a combination of both). In addition, the students will be introduced to CA Project Management software, the leader in the industry for SCRUM. Students will learn to analyze requirements, create backlogs, schedule "stories" to be developed, hold Standup meetings, Reviews and Retrospectives.
  • QST IS 469: Designing Information Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    Required for Management Information Systems concentrators. Studies the process of designing and implementing management information systems. Students will learn to analyze organizational information requirements, develop specifications for information systems, manage systems development projects, and understand implementation issues. Key implementation concepts that affect management decisions will be discussed, and reinforced with programming examples. Design support tools will be used to support the design process. Includes a project to design an information system.
  • QST IS 474: Platform Strategy & Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS 223.
    Today's most valuable and powerful companies do not offer standalone products or services, but rather platforms which enable transactions between multiple customer groups -- think Alibaba, Airbnb, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Uber, etc. This course explores the unique strategy challenges and economic foundations of such platform businesses. What makes platforms special relative to regular product businesses? Why are platforms so powerful, yet so hard to build? How should platforms be designed and priced? How much responsibility should platforms take for bad things they enable their participants to do (e.g. fake news and ad scams on Facebook, counterfeits on Alibaba)? When and how can regular products or services be transformed into platforms? How should other businesses deal with the rising power of platforms that they depend on? The course will use a mixture of conceptual frameworks, (light) economic models, and case studies to provide students with a thorough and in-depth understanding of what it takes to build or invest in platforms. Such an understanding is indispensable to anyone seeking a career at technology companies or aspiring to become an entrepreneur or venture capitalist.
  • QST IS 479: Innovating with Information Technology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    Surveys the organizational implementation, uses, and impacts of advanced information technology including decision support systems, management support systems, and expert systems. Includes a group project to design and develop a decision support system.
  • QST IS 498: Directed Study: Management Information Systems
    Directed study in Management Information Systems. 2 or 4 cr. Application available on Undergraduate Program website.
  • QST IS 705: Digital Project Build (formerly Managing Networked Systems)
    This course is similar to the current course offered in the MBDi summer intensives. It runs concurrent with the other two classes and integrates the python and analytics knowledge taught throughout the program, culminating in the production of an analytics program or application.
  • QST IS 710: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
    Graduate Prerequisites: MG790, PL727, QM716, AC710, FE721, MK723, OM725, PL700
    This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets.
  • QST IS 711: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
    Graduate Prerequisites: OB712/713/715, AC710/711/712, QM711/716/717
    This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets.
  • QST IS 716: Topics in Analytics and Info Tech Strategies
    This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets. This course covers this material in a concentrated format for students who have completed an undergraduate management degree.
  • QST IS 717: IT Applications in Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to IT/IS technologies and to provide a hands-on, tutorial-driven, application development experience. The course will be divided into two sessions on each day. For three days, the first session will offer a strategic application of a technology, and the second session, will provide an overview of the technological components that enable this technology. Technologies to be discussed include enterprise systems applications such as ERP systems, SCM systems, and CRM systems. The other two days of the course will focus on using a programming environment to develop one or two simple applications. The "instructional" half of the day will cover the key constructs and components of the programming environment and the second half will be a hand-on tutorial on the application of the concepts covered.
  • QST IS 754: Human Centered Design
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    When constructing digital artifacts, either for internal or external consumption, creating a coherent and well-motivated design is essential. This class will explore the language and key principles of design and how these impact the user experience. We will also cover the essentials of project management, including scoping as a design constraint. Students will be asked to critique existing designs and offer alternatives. Additionally, we will cover the programming topic of object orientation, and study both it and the structures it enables from a design perspective.
  • QST IS 756: Digital Project Build
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    The modern economy is driven by dynamic websites: those whose content is created on the fly by programs, not humans. In this class we will learn the technology behind both static and dynamic websites. Students will be exposed to the concepts through lectures and labs, and ultimately by the construction of a complete dynamic website in Python using our custom infrastructure built on Google App Engine.
  • QST IS 815: FinTech Revolution: Disruptive Technologies, Blockchain and Future of Finance
    FinTech is the intersection of finance, technology, and regulation. The course aims to help students understand FinTech and recognize the challenges and opportunities the innovations within FinTech pose. Students gain a basic understanding of the foundations and principles that enabled the rise of FinTech and examine cases for a more in-depth analysis of specific innovations such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The course advances students' knowledge of FinTech, much needed skill in the industry, and gives students insight into the applications, limitations, and risks of technological innovations in finance.
  • QST IS 823: Analytics for Managers
    This Level 2 (non-programming-based) analytics course examines how the abundance of data has transformed decision making in organizations and the strategic implications of this transformation. We explore how data are being used, ranging from the core principles of properly identifying data sources to the actual analytical methods being used to solve a wide range of business problems. Students will have some hands-on work with advanced Excel, Tableau, and two database applications, Microsoft Access and Neo4j (Neo4j is used to compare and contrast SQL and NoSQL databases in an analytics context). At the end of this course, students will have gained a big-picture perspective on business analytics as well as hands-on experience with commonly-used business analytics software.
  • QST IS 827: Platform Strategy and Design
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716, PL714/727/FE730, SI718/750/751, or permission of instructor
    To thrive in the modern economy, managers, entrepreneurs and investors need a thorough understanding of platform businesses. Indeed, today's most powerful and valuable firms, from Airbnb, to Amazon, Facebook and Salesforce, operate as platforms connecting buyers and sellers, or users and advertisers, or users and third-party developers. These platforms derive their value from network effects and the ability to harness innovation from their users. Drawing on cases from social media, entrepreneurship, enterprise software, mobile services, and consumer products, we will analyze and learn to launch platform startups, convert existing businesses into platforms, and compete in a platform-centric world. Students will learn to apply concepts from industrial economics, market design, and game theory to real problems.
  • QST IS 828: Managing Information Security
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    This MBA elective (also open to undergraduates) will combine a technical and business approach to the management of information. It will address technical issues such as cryptography, intrusion detection and firewalls along with managerial ideas such as overall security policies, managing uncertainty and risk and organization factors. We will examine different aspects of computer security such as passwords, virus protection and managing computer security in dynamic environments. Topics will also include network security and how to secure wireless application and services. These technical details will be placed in a business context. The class will have a practical focus as we examine current best practices. There well be several guest speakers in the security area. This will be a project oriented class and students will present their research projects during the last several classes.