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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management

Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (ISM) develops students' abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems. The curriculum focuses on the concepts, methods and practical applications of information systems in the global workplace.

The graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsourced development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors and managers of cross-functional global teams working together in implementing change processes and innovation in the organizations by introducing, managing, and updating new and existing information systems.

Degree at Glance

Degree at a Glance
Number of Credit Hours 18
Cost per Credit Hour $726.00
Total Tuition* $13,068.00
*(Estimated tuition does not include housing, additional fees or supplies, scholarships or transfer credit.)

Program Requirements

The program consists of four (4) Core Courses and two (2) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 4 12
Elective courses 2 6
Total 6 18

Sample Schedule

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the Graduate Certificate in ISM program.

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
CMP 610 Managing IS Development 3
Total Credits 9

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 611 Global Information System Development 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
Total Credits 9

Program Objectives

The program objectives of the Graduate Certificate in ISM fall in two general categories: technical and organizational. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Technical Domain
    • Use a variety of sources and means to maintain currency with the principal categories of business information systems and software infrastructure tools and frameworks.
    • Make appropriate design choices as the result of analysis regarding system and service properties.
  2. Organizational Domain
    • Manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services.
    • Manage business processes through a process of analysis, design, and optimization in response to organizational needs.
    • Employ best practices in planning, budgeting, scheduling, and leading information systems projects and programs.
    • Employ best practices in evaluating, engaging, and managing third party providers.

Prerequisite Courses

All new students in this certificate program need certain basic skills in order to succeed in the program. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin studying the courses in the program. In some cases, the program prerequisite courses may have course prerequisites to be taken before enrolling in the program prerequisite courses.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 120
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces algorithmic thinking and problem solving without focusing on any particular language. Students will learn the basic constructs of programming, including variables, constants, expressions, control structures, functions pointers and arrays, and are introduced to functional, decision-based and iterative processing of data.
CMP 350
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the fundamental concepts for design and development of database systems. Topics include: review of relational data model and the relational manipulation languages SQL and QBE; integrity constraints; logical database design, dependency theory and normalization; query processing and optimization; transaction processing, concurrency control, recovery, and security issues in database systems; object-oriented and object-relational databases; distributed databases; emerging database applications.
BUSS 210
Prerequisite: None
This course presents an introduction to the functioning of business enterprises within the US economic framework. Topics include developing a business vocabulary and learning the basic principles and practices of contemporary businesses. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of business concepts that will serve as a foundation for their further studies in the business field.
BUSS 301
Prerequisite: None
This course surveys the theories and practices of management, including quantitative and behavioral approaches.

Core Courses

All students are required to take the following four core courses.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 552
Prerequisite: None
This course explores the management of information systems and related information technologies (IS/IT) as a part of a broader socio-technical system and their impacts on people and processes that extend well beyond organizational boundaries. Also, subjective and debatable issues associated with IS/IT will be discussed. Accordingly, critical thinking is an important part of this course and is essential for an analysis and understanding of important issues associated with the management aspects of information systems.
CMP 553
Prerequisite: None
This course provides an overview of the systems development life cycle. It introduces tools and methods for the analysis and design of information systems and the management and organizational skills needed for their implementation. Information analysis in entity-relationship modeling and process modeling in data flow diagrams will be covered as the key skills in structured system analysis and design.
CMP 610
Prerequisite: CMP 552 or CMP 553
This course overviews the processes, methods, and techniques to plan, analyze, and design complex Information Systems, within selected existing frameworks. It involves planning, gathering requirements, modeling business needs, creating blueprints for building the system, and managing and organizing resources in these challenging, difficult, complex and expensive activities.
CMP 611
Prerequisite: CMP 552 or CMP 553 Internship / CPT Qualified
This course focuses on the organization of development projects in a the global service marketplace, based on key considerations and best practices in outsourced and offshore development. Students learn the most important issues and practices for both clients and service providers. Topics include legal, economic, cultural and intellectual property issues; 24-hour development; strategic division of labor; quality and process standards, and global human resources.

Elective Courses

All students must choose two of the following courses.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 556
Prerequisite: : CMP 350
CMP 591
Prerequisite: Completion of the Core courses or Dean's approval
This course represents an opportunity for students receive academic credit through supervised practical training and earn industry experience in an actual work environment. The internship course guides the learning contract established in the beginning of the term, on which students have to report at the end of term. Students are expected to work at least 135 hours per semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.
CMP 612
Prerequisite: None Internship / CPT Qualified
This course provides an in-depth study of project and change management. The topics covered include: managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project; project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; software size and cost estimation; monitoring progress; version control; assigning work to programmer and other teams; change management, managing the organizational change process; identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation; the change management role of the IS specialist; the use of sourcing and external procurement; and contracts and managing partner relationships.
CMP 614
Prerequisite:: None Internship / CPT Qualified
This course explores the following topics: Integrating information systems technology in manufacturing environments; the role of information systems in supporting manufacturing decision-making processes; manufacturing imposed issues in information processing; and emerging information systems technology affecting manufacturing operations.
CMP 620
Prerequisite: None Internship / CPT Qualified
This course presents an integrated approach to IT governance. It discusses major roadmaps components and IT Governance strategies and frameworks. Topics include strategic alignment of IT with the business, use of assets and resources, delivering on plans and commitments, establishing and/or improving accountability of constituents, managing risk and contingencies, audits, compliance, performance measures and organizational maturity.