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Information Systems Course Descriptions

CMSCI/IFSY 101 Computer Technology (3)
This is a hands-on introduction to the uses of computer technology. Topics include word processors, spreadsheets, databases, graphics applications, electronic mail, the Internet and World Wide Web, programming concepts and computer ethics. The exact applications covered will vary based on current software. 

BUS/IFSY 311 Information Systems (3)
An introduction to the essential role of information and its management in the modern corporation. Emphasis is on computer-based information systems. Surveys several topics including systems development, database, hardware and software concepts, the Internet and e-commerce, and ethical implications of information systems development.

IFSY 333 Web Design (3)
Students will learn HTML coding and will be introduced to other Web technologies such as CSS, XML, and Javascript. Emphasis will be on learning a sound method for designing and creating web sites. Prerequisite: BUS/IFSY 311 or permission of instructor.

IFSY 340 Operating Environments (3)
Studies the technical foundations of computer systems including hardware architecture, system software, networking designs, data communications and applications software. The course explores the implications of technical choices for system development. 
Prerequisites: BUS/IFSY 311.

IFSY 347 Data Mining (3)
Data mining explores and analyzes large datasets with the goal of discovering meaningful patterns and rules. This course focuses on data mining techniques, including both supervises learning and unsupervised learning methods. Students will use modern data mining software to analyze datasets. 
Prerequisite: BUS320 or permission of instructor  

IFSY 355 Database (3)
Presents a study of the design, organization and implementation of database systems. Topics include file organization and processing; data modeling; CASE tools; relational and object oriented databases; SQL; and, dynamic web design.
Prerequisite: BUS/IFSY 311

IFSY 390 E-Commerce (3)
This course investigates the use of computer networks such as the Internet to perform various business activities. Working in groups, students will create an e-business plan that uses the concepts from the course.
Prerequisite: BUS/IFSY 311.

IFSY 395 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
Studies structured systems development. Emphasis is on documenting and analyzing current systems as well as designing new systems using logical methodologies. Students are encouraged to use this course to formulate a topic for their senior project.
Prerequisites: BUS/IFSY 311.

IFSY 398 Independent Study (3)
Permission of a supervising instructor, the department head, dean of the school/college and associate provost. 

IFSY 399 Special Topics in Information Systems (3)
Study of special topics in Information Systems.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

IFSY 410 Accounting Information Systems (3)
A systems approach to accounting information with emphasis on computer-based accounting information systems (AIS). Includes technical aspects of AIS, transaction cycles, system development and implementation, internal control, and auditing in a computer environment.
Prerequisites: ACCT 101. (Same as IFSY 410.)

IFSY 498 Senior Seminar (3)
Students organize into teams to design an information system. Teams submit a detailed proposal to the instructor the first week of class. Students are encouraged to use IFSY 395 to identify a topic. The final deliverable for the project consists of a methodological approach that analyzes the information needs of an organization and designs a new or improved information system.
Prerequisite: IFSY 395.

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