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, data management, and decision support. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills throughout the program through 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, 9 additional hours in three specialization courses.
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. Credit 3 hours.
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. Credit 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: ISM 200. Prior knowledge of Excel required. Prior study of statistics recommended. Credit 3 hours
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. Credit 3 hours.
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, and emerging technologies. Prerequisite: ISM 200. Credit 3 hours.
Project management is applicable to all types of service and manufacturing settings where a specialized task, job, or venture has been presented. Learners study project management as a general practice and method, as well as its application within the context of the specific task, job, or venture and the environment in which the project is realized. Learners apply project management practices and methods within the context of various projects. Emphasis is given to the role of human resources and communication in a project’s success. While not a certification preparation course, this course provides foundational knowledge that will be useful if a learner chooses to take project management certification preparation courses. Credit 3 hours.
Information systems are the backbone of most business processes and central to the success of many business strategies. Learners examine critical success factors for information systems. These factors include ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements; strategic and operational decision making; employment of effective methods for systems selection, development, and implementation; and the inclusion of key stakeholders throughout the process. Learners select, design, plan development and implementation, and document the system development cycle for a selected information system solution. Prerequisite: HUM 201. Credit 3 hours.
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. Credit 3 hours.
SMGT341: Principles of Information Security
This course introduces learners to the fundamentals of information security management to prepare them to plan, implement, and maintain the information security function within an organization. Learners examine the technical components of information security and security planning, legal and ethical issues, and the impact of emerging issues surrounding information security. They explore various strategies to identify, assess, and mitigate information security risks within an organization. Learners are introduced to security technology, intrusion detection, cryptography, and physical security. 3 credit hours.
ISM497: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.