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Information Systems Management

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management

Program Description

The Information Systems Management (I.S.M) Program prepares learners to successfully manage information systems innovation, design, development and operations. The program emphasizes broad knowledge and skills in information systems management and administration and applied knowledge in project, information security, design and development and innovation management. In addition, the I.S.M. Program offers areas of specialization in security, enterprise, and data management and decision support.

Learners demonstrate their knowledge and skills throughout the program though their application to realistic scenario and simulation-based activities and applied projects. The core program is 30 hours with 10 core courses and, if a specialty is chosen, nine additional hours in three specialization courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. Have completed a minimum of 6 post-high school college credits
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0

Core Major Requirements

ISM 200: Management of Information Systems

This course provides an overview of business information systems. Topics include hardware and software fundamentals, use of software packages, and effective use of networks, Internet, and other technologies.

ISM 240: Introduction to Problem Solving

This course introduces techniques for finding solutions to problems through structured programming and refinement. Topics include principles of programming, the logic of constructing a computer program, and the practical aspects of integrating program modules into a cohesive application. Algorithms are used to demonstrate programming as an approach to problem solving.

BQM 444: Project Management

This course covers the study and understanding of project management dealing with knowledge of the product and the environment in which the project is realized. The knowledge of technologies involved, financial, and contractual matters are included. Learners will also develop an understanding that human relations and communications are critical to project management.

SMGT320: Information Security

This course introduces learners to the fundamentals of information security management to prepare them to be able to plan, implement, and maintain information security function within an organization. Learners will examine the technical components of information security and security planning, and legal and ethical issues surrounding information security. They will explore various strategies to identify, assess, and mitigate information security risks within an organization. Learners will also be introduced to security technology, intrusion detection, cryptography, and physical security.

BSAD420: Information Systems Analysis and Design

Learners are provided the opportunity to design, implement, and document the system development cycle. Course includes analysis of current systems, logical and physical systems design, program development, testing, implementation, maintenance, and documentation.

HRD 323: Finance for Non‐Financial Managers

Learners will develop an understanding of the role of finance in the business organization. Topics include ratio analysis, creation of financial statements, sources of funds for financial operations, managing the cash flow process, the cost of capital, and capital budgeting. In addition, the financial impacts of international operations will be explored.

ISM 367: Business Intelligence and Analytics

Learners will develop the skills to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming, part of Microsoft Excel. VBA provides the process to develop applications, which accept data from data mining packages and present the information the information to others in a consistent format. The course will develop skills in knowing when and how to use pivot tables, macros, automation and integration of downloaded data into reports, graphing, and the use of simulation and decision support models. Prior knowledge of Excel required.

Prerequisite: ISM 200.

ISM 400: Database Management Systems

This course 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. Course topics include data warehouses and Web databases. Learners will design and implement a relational database to manage an organization’s data.

Prerequisite: ISM 200.

ISM 401: Managing Innovation

Learners will gain knowledge through an overview of organizational implementation, uses, and impacts of advanced information technology including decision support systems, management support systems, and expert systems. Topics include strategic issues, project management, alternative approaches for building systems, risk management, & emerging technologies.

Prerequisite: ISM 200.

CAPS495: Senior Capstone

Learners will be required to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their knowledge, skills, and abilities in their major discipline. Particular attention will be given to the presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their major courses and their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Additionally, learners will conduct research and report on career potentials within their major field, careers for which they are potentially most qualified, and a specific career and career path of interest resulting from their research.

ISM Specializations


ISM 421: Digital Security

Learners advance their knowledge in diverse digital security technologies and their application to securing networks, digital devices, and information systems. Learners examine current and emerging digital security technologies, their specific applications, and the function and roles that they each fulfill in securing information, networks, and other digital assets. Credit: 3 hours.

Prerequisite: SMGT320

ISM 431: Enterprise Security

This course teaches learners how to apply an information security management plan to an organization’s enterprise systems, including integrating physical and digital security technologies into an enterprise security system that meets the requirements of an organizational information security plan and its policies.

ISM 441: Enterprise Incidence Response

Learners develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create an information security incident plan, lead an information security incident response, and conduct & information security incident investigation. Topics include the plan components, security incident response methods, and the investigation process.

Prerequisite: SMGT320.

Enterprise Systems

ISM 427: Enterprise Architecture Management

Learners examine the planning, design, development, implementation, and management of the information technology infrastructure for a business enterprise. Topics include design models, planning and design means and methods, and best practices for enterprise architecture development, implementation, and management. Credit: 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ISM 200

ISM 431: Enterprise Security

This course teaches learners how to apply an information security management plan to an organization’s enterprise systems, including integrating physical and digital security technologies into an enterprise security system that meets the requirements of an organizational information security plan and its policies.

ISM 437: Emerging Technologies and the Enterprise

Learners explore emerging technologies and their potential application to enterprise solutions. Topics include the technologies, their features, and the function and roles that they each may fulfill in the enterprise. Prerequisite: ISM 200.

Data Management & Decision Support

ISM 424: Database Design and Decision Support

Learners explore database design and technologies for the purpose of decision support. Topics include database design and integration, data warehousing, data mining, and on-line analytical processing (OLAP).

Prerequisites: ISM 367 and ISM 400

ISM 434: Decision Support Modeling

Learners learn business analytics through decision modeling and analysis. Learners gain skills in the use of decision modeling and analytical technologies. Topics include modeling and analytical methods, simulation and statistical software applications, and Web‐based decision support systems. Prerequisites: ISM 367 and ISM 400.

ISM 444: Data Visualization

Learners develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use visualization to present and analyze data in a manner that end‐users readily understand. Topics will include visualization methods and technologies, and their application to data analysis and presentation.

Prerequisites: ISM 367 and ISM 400.

Foundation Requirements

CORE101: Developing Academic and Professional Strengths

How does higher education help create the type of person that businesses want to hire? Learners will explore the answer to this question, and in doing so, help lay the foundation for academic and professional success. Each learner will develop a core set of skills needed to be both an effective college student and a successful professional in the 21st‐century workplace. Learners will develop and practice practical strategies with which to become more efficient and effective learners, while also developing higher‐order learning skills to reflect on critical issues relevant to both academic and professional environments such as personal responsibility and ethics.

CORE110: Information Literacy

This course is designed to provide learners with the skills that are fundamental to becoming an information‐literate professional who can locate, evaluate, organize and communicate information. The abundance and rapid flow of data requires skill development in the understanding of information resources, accessing information sources, determining the credibility of Internet information, logically organizing sources and finally presenting the information professionally.

ENGL101: Composition 1

This course helps learners develop writing skills that are transferrable to any academic or workplace writing task. The course guides learners through the process of planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading academic and workplace writing. Learners will develop skills necessary to craft coherent sentences and paragraphs, to edit editing their writing for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. They will learn about narrative structure and techniques as well as the elements of successful argumentation and persuasive discourse. This course also guides learners through every stage of the research process. Learners will develop a research plan, conduct research, organize and draft a research paper, and then revise, edit, and proofread that research paper.

ENGL102: Composition 2

This course builds on the thinking and writing skills introduced in Composition 1. Learners will write critical, argumentative essays based on their interpretations of nonfictional texts, including literary, film, and cultural texts, and in doing so, will recognize the role of rhetoric in the writing situation as they craft persuasive discourse. In doing so, they will learn methods of questioning, analyzing, and evaluating their own beliefs as well as the perceptions and perspectives of others. These methods of critical thinking are intended to improve the quality and organization of learners’ writing for any purpose, including academic and workplace purposes. In addition to writing essays, learners will develop more advanced research strategies, as well greater proficiency in APA style.

Prerequisite: ENGL101

COM 125: Speech

This course helps learners majoring in any discipline strengthen communication skills essential for success in academics and the workplace. Learners will focus on listening, evaluating, and delivering spoken discourse based on audience and purpose. Learners will evaluate why some people are more effective than others as public speakers, analyze speeches and audiences, study ethical considerations for speakers, research and organize findings on a topic, and present findings before an audience, and learn techniques for identifying and reducing speech anxiety.

HUM 201: Ethics

Ethics introduces learners to moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy that questions what is good and bad. The course surveys a number of important ethical theories—ethical relativism, objectivism, egoism, altruism, utilitarianism, duty‐based moral theory, natural law, natural rights, and virtue ethics—as they examine reasons why certain actions are morally right or wrong. Learners will apply ethical theories in the evaluation and analysis of current controversial issues, question ethical matters from a variety of angles, and acquire new tools to assist them in making ethically sound, well‐informed decisions throughout their lives.

COM 301: Professional Communication

This course prepares learners to communicate effectively in business settings by helping them develop their written and oral communication skills. The course focuses on traditional and Web‐based forms of communication used in business today, including e‐mail, letters, memos, reports, proposals, and presentations. The course teaches learners to plan, write, and revise communications for a variety of audiences and in different mediums. It also teaches learners to communicate with greater clarity, economy of language, and vigor, as well as how to communicate professionally with employees, customers, and hiring managers. Learners will participate in interactive online activities and complete real‐world assessments that help them produce, evaluate, and improve their own written, oral, and multimedia communication skills.

Prerequisite: ENGL102. A final grade of C or higher for this course is required for learners to enroll in the capstone course.

*MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college Algebra or higher as a prerequisite.

Disciplinary Perspective Requirements

Graduation Requirements

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.

    • Humanities (6 credits)
    • Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
    • Social Sciences (6 credits)
    1. Complete all foundation and major courses with an overall GPA of 2.0
    2. Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours, with at least 60 hours at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution
    3. Complete at least 30 credit hours with a C average or above from Southwestern College