2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Information Systems Management Courses (ISM)

ISM 1330. Computer Fundamentals (3). This course provides a survey of the principles and concepts of computer operation including a familiarization with hardware components and software tools such as word processing, spreadsheet and database. Application of computers in business will be taught in a hands-on environment.

ISM 1990-4990. Special Studies (1-3).

ISM 2050. Introduction to Computer Programming and Languages (3). Prerequisite: GND 2050 or ISM 1330. This course will familiarize the student with programming logic and program design techniques. Program development will include GUI (Graphical User Interfaces) and DBMS (DataBase Management Systems).

ISM 3100. Managing Information Systems in Business (3). Prerequisite: GND 2050 or ISM 1330 and Junior-level standing. This course offers an overview of the manner in which information systems and information technology supports business processes, managerial decision making, and organizational strategy. Students will acquire the necessary skills to identify and analyze business processes and develop and use information systems to support managerial decision making.

ISM 3200. Human Computer Interaction (3). Prerequisite: GND 2050 or ISM 1330. This course focuses on information architecture, user interaction, and usability within web-based environments. Students learn the process of design of interaction for graphic-user-interface applications, web design, and everyday objects.

ISM 3300. Structured Analysis & Design (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3100 and ACC 2420 or ACC 2430 or ACC 2450. A study of structured techniques for analyzing complex business systems and designing logical information systems that satisfy user requirements.

ISM 3620. Business Data Management and Analysis (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3100 and (ACC 3520-accounting majors only). This course will provide students with a greater understanding of data management and analysis, organizational systems, work-flow processes, and user requirements that will translate into skills that are vital for individuals looking to better manage organizational assets and maximize shareholder wealth.

ISM 3720. Database Administration (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3620. An introduction to database administration in the client-server environment. Topics include database systems architecture, creating and managing database objects, logical and physical database storage concepts and objects, managing data integrity, managing users, managing system security, backup and recovery issues and techniques, and performance tuning methods and strategies.

ISM 3730. Business Data Networks (3). Prerequisite: ISM 3100 and CSC 1110 or ISM 2050. This course is an overview of concepts, issues, and policies involved in designing, implementing and managing computer networks, including Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), and wireless. Major topics covered include network standards, PC networks, telephony, TCP/IP internetworking, network management, security, and applications. Hands-on network configuration projects included.

ISM 3950, 4950. Studies Abroad (3-18). Study in a foreign country. Individual course titles and locations are assigned for each course taken. See Studies Abroad program for details.

ISM 4010. Database Applications Design and Development (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3720. An introduction to the development of client-server database applications. Topics include application modeling and design tools; creation of reusable forms and report, etc., to retrieve, display, modify, and store data running against an object-relational database system.

ISM 4210. Web Database Management Systems (3). Prerequisites: ISM 4010. An introduction to building, deploying and monitoring web database applications and content-driven web sites. Topics include creation of a web database site, designing web database sites, managing web database site content, and web database site administration.

ISM 4260. Application Development (3). Prerequisites: ISM 2050 or CSC 1110, ISM 3300, and ISM 3620. This course is a senior-level ISM capstone course which will incorporate all the ISM techniques and processes. It is primarily a major project to demonstrate the business application development process. It stresses problem analysis and definition, data and object design, and program development. It will utilize leading edge tools such as CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering), SDT (Systems Development Tools) and DBMS (DataBase Management Systems).

ISM 4310. Information Technology Management (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3300 and ISM 2050 or CSC 1110. This is a case-oriented course that deals with the researching and management of IT trends, both national and international. The course will cover such topics as: organizational issues, IT development issues, strategic planning, project planning, control and development, and the IT role in corporate strategic positioning.

ISM 4400. Information Systems Audit and Control (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3100 and ACC 2420 or ACC 2430 or ACC 2450. A study of the special problems and techniques in auditing the control environments of automated accounting systems. Special emphasis will be placed on auditing through' as opposed to 'around' the computer.

ISM 4500. Current Topics in Information Systems (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3300 and senior standing. Students will study and research current topics in Information Systems. Various papers, reports and formal presentations will be assigned to each student.