Management Information Systems Course Descriptions

Business Core

AC 201 – Accounting Principles I

This survey course in financial accounting emphasizes the use of financial accounting information in decision making by individuals in business, government, and other organizations.  The accounting environment is examined along with the basic principles and concepts, which govern the recording and reporting of accounting data. Study of the language of debits and credits, accrual accounting, and the accounting cycle establishes the framework for comprehending how accounting data is transformed into the financial statements and utilized by decision makers.  Accounting of current and long-term assets and liabilities is introduced along with the study of contributed capital, retained earnings and the non-operating components of income.  The course concludes with comprehensive financial statement analysis for decision-making purposes.  Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards).

EC 201 – Macroeconomics

An introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the structure and operation of the United States economy: scarcity and resource allocation, the price system, national income and related problems, the role of government in the economic sphere, and theories of economic growth.

LA 200 - Contracts, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations

A study of the legal aspects involved in the making of contracts and the enforcement thereof, both under the general law and under the Uniform Commercial Code.  Also covers the legal aspects of the relationships of principal and agent and of the responsibilities resulting therefrom; and of the legal aspects involved in the formation, operation, and dissolution of partnerships and of corporations.

MG 200 - Administrative Management

This introductory course provides a global view of management.  Comprehensive understanding is gained through a concentrated focus on the management functions and activities. Also covered are the implications, applications, and integration of management concepts with the objectives and policies of a business in a dynamic environment from a global perspective through analyzing and creating innovative solutions for business cases, situations, and problems.  Significant computer interaction and use of the Internet is incorporated throughout the course's learning and application activities.

MS 182 – Introduction to Information Systems

Major microcomputer software applications emphasizing spreadsheets, database management and presentation software are studied.  Students learn the methodology of the development and design of templates for a business environment.  Techniques for using software are learned and applied to the solution of business information problems.  Students also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist in creating contemporary and resourceful projects.  This course uses Office 2007/2010. 

Management Information Systems Core

ES 370 - Global Warming and Climate Change Adaptation

This course focuses on the natural vs. human impacted process of global warming. Students will learn to apply scientific method to evolving problems and apply techniques of ascertaining risks, dealing with uncertainty and adaptive management of impact of global warming. The course emphasizes use of interdisciplinary approach combining progressive science and creative management. Role of communication, extension, and public participation to unlock the human and cultural power to managing global warming and climate change adaption at local, national and international level is emphasized. Students will produce a project and develop a portfolio of climate change adaptation is a sector of their interest as a course output.

MG 310 - Project Management

This case analysis course emphasizes the efficient allocation of resources in business. Topics covered in the course include analysis of cost versus benefit, project planning using the available resources, and employee management and control.

ES 360- Environmental Change and Sustainability Management (3)

The course focuses on sustainable future including overview of present problems, conservation as wise use and stewardship of resources. Students will analyze case studies comparing natural versus impacted systems. Students are exposed to techniques of taking stock of present, past and creatively planning for future desired condition in relation to environmental resources, processes and their interrelationships with solar energy, biological diversity, cycling of water, nutrients and pollutants and population pressure. In view of social, economic and environmental context and human impact on the environment, integrated approaches combining preventive, curative, and participatory approach to managing environmental change and sustainability is emphasized at different scales ranging from local to global level.

MS 261 – GIS-based Information Systems and Technology

This course emphasizes on combining the power of spatial/geographic data with information system and technology to develop purposeful business information and decisions. Students are exposed to GIS applications, input and manipulation of data, conversion of data into usable databases, data analysis, and generation of map output and reports to supplement information systems and technology.

MS 307 – Global Information Systems Design and Development

This course focuses on scope, principles and strategies for global information system development. Students learn about developing guidelines based on organizational characteristics, system characteristics, subsidiaries and headquarters needs, information system department characteristics and system success. The course examines case studies/ real life examples to demonstrate the viability of these strategies and the accompanying factors.

MS 341 – Business Sustainability Appraisal  

This course focuses on the integrated analysis of business in the context of economic, social, environmental and development context. The main thrust is on understanding how a business action or a model (such as policy, plan, and program) performs to meet sustainability and on exploring ways of improving the business model. The course culminates with the identification of tools and techniques to address business sustainability issues to reach win-win-win situation.

MS 400 – Operations Research and Multi-Objective Decision Making

This course builds on quantitative techniques to expose students to different optimization techniques such as linear programming, goal programming, multi-objective decision making. Students also learn how to take subjective value judgment and qualitative issues into account in the analysis process.

MS 450 – Capstone Project in a Professional Field  

In this course students utilize skills learned in MIS/GIS to complete an independent GIS problem solvingproject in their professional field with guidance and supervision of the faculty supervisor.

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