Information Systems Pathway

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Information systems, computers, telecommunications, networks, total quality management, business process reengineering... You see these terms daily in newspapers, business literature, and in textbooks. All these words relate to information, a key commodity in today's global business world. Without the right information, in the right place at the right time, managers risk making the wrong decisions. Ultimately, this costs their companies in productivity, time, and money. 

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Courses offered by our pathway in

Spring 2008:

IS2201, IS2203,


Description of the Field
Information systems refers to the effective integration of computing resources to support the operations, analysis, decision making, and planning functions in business organizations. The information systems curriculum prepares students for professional careers in the rapidly expanding field of computer based business systems.

If you are going to work in business and try to have an impact on how your company does business — how well it coordinates with other companies, how efficiently it conducts its business, how well it manages the knowledge of its employees — then you must understand technology. Our curriculum  emphasizes skills in three areas: fundamental business skills; a deep understanding of the role information systems play in business strategy, management and operations; and technical competence that will enable you to analyze genuine business problems from an IS perspective, and to design, build and maintain systems that solve them. Different programs (e.g., MBA and B.Sc.) emphasize these areas to different degrees. Departmental classes range from those that introduce the student to the problems of managing complex information resources demanded by progressive firms to those that build applied skills with today’s computer-based analytical tools — and everything in between.

General Skills
Through courses in our program, students typically gain these skills:
      - Effective written and oral communications skills, including public speaking.
      - Familiarity with computer concepts and applications.
      - Quantitative skills, including mathematics and accounting.

Specific Skills
Some of the skills developed by the information systems major include:
      - Knowledge of hardware and software technologies.
      - Familiarity with database and data communication systems. 
      - Skills in systems analysis and design. 
      - Proficiency in current technology such as Java, ASP and .NET.

Our faculty spearhead research efforts on a wide range of topics at the intersection of computing and business, often in collaboration with faculty from other departments and doctoral students. This research addresses the appropriate, innovative, effective design and use of information technology to serve business needs. We use empirical, behavioral and computational approaches in different types of problem domains, including business value of IT and IT strategy to meet business needs, economics of software development, decision support and supply chain, among others. They draw on the disciplines of computer science, economics, organizational science, cognitive science and organizational, social and cognitive psychology.


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