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Management Information Systems

Bachelor of Arts

The major in Management Information Systems (MIS) combines the areas of business and computer science to educate individuals in the effective and efficient handling of one of the most important organizational resources to managers: information. MIS is the science of taking data, processing it, and transforming it into meaningful information that can be understood by an organization.

The courses in Management Information Systems are designed to help decision makers understand how information technology can be used to improve managerial decisions. An informative systems professional should possess a good understanding of technology, as well as a broad knowledge of management functions.

Upon graduation, students majoring in Management Information Systems will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of information systems
  • Describe the systems development process
  • Explain the basic concepts of data communications and networking
  • Demonstrate fluency in at least one programming language and be acquainted with several more
  • Explain basic concepts of object-oriented programming
  • Explain the basic von Neumann computer architecture.



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Core Management Information Systems Courses

ACCT 203 - Principles of Accounting I

Briar Cliff University's introduction to the use of accounting in the decision-making process. Course competencies will be developed in the areas of identifying the role of accounting in society, basic accounting and business terminology, accounting standards and generally accepted accounting practices, and analysis, preparation and interpretation of financial statements of business entities. Read more »

BUAD 225 - Principles of Management

A study of the concepts, principles and philosophy of management. The four functions of management—planning, organizing, leading and controlling - are examined with respect to various management styles. Read more »

BUAD 276 - E-Business

This course examines the influence of the Internet on business. E-commerce (buying and selling electronically), providing services to customers, internal collaboration and cooperation with business partners are researched and discussed. This class will take a managerial approach rather than a technical one. Read more »

BUAD 350 - Production and Operations Management

This course deals with the design, operation and improvement of the production systems that create the firm's primary products or services. Production is the creation of goods and services. Operations management is the set of activities that create goods and services through the transformation of inputs and outputs. Read more »

CSCI 201 - Computer Programming I

An introduction to problem solving and structured programming using C# and XNA. Students will learn the basic concepts of programming by designing game programs for the Xbox. Topics covered include basic data types, control structures and subprograms. Students will learn how to design, code, debug, document, and execute programs using techniques of good programming style. Lab included. Read more »

CSCI 202 - Computer Programming II

A continuation of CSCI 201 with C# and XNA. Topics to be covered include arrays, structures, strings, files, classes, and objects. Students will be expected to write and run a number of larger programs. Lab included. Read more »

CSCI 280 - Computer Organization

An introduction to computer hardware and software. Topics covered include basic hardware components of computer systems, machine and assembly language, data representation, mass storage devices, input and output devices. Lab included. Prer Read more »

CSCI 345 - Database Management

A study of database concepts and database management systems. Topics covered include database design, relational models, normalization and queries. Hands-on experience with database management system is provided. Read more »

CSCI 360 - Networking/Communications

Network design and management and implementation of local area networks. Read more »

ECON 210 - Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to basic economic theory, with emphasis placed on decision making by individual units such as households, firms, or industries and with individual markets for final goods and resources. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

MIS 220 - Microcomputer Applications for Business

A course designed to develop the skills necessary to use microcomputers for solving business- related problems by using various software packages (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation). Other topics include computer hardware, operating system software and applications software. Read more »

MIS 321 - Management Information Systems

A course designed to explore information systems from a managerial perspective. Other topics include information systems security, electronic business and telecommunication systems. Prerequisite: MIS 220 or permission of instructor Read more »

MIS 322 - System Analysis and Design

A course designed to study the analysis and design of information systems using the Systems Development Life Cycle approach and other methodologies. Prerequisite: MIS 322 Read more »

SPEC 111 - Public Speaking

An introduction to the craft of public speaking. Emphasis is placed on techniques of speech composition. A study is made of the different types of speeches with special attention given to informative and persuasive speaking. Read more »

WRTG 225 - Organizational Communications

Newspaper headlines and bestseller titles continue to emphasize the importance in business of effective communication. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

Management information systems majors must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in this major. No more than 4 credit hours at C- or below in MIS, SCSI or BUAD courses, and no more than eight total credit hours at C- or below will be used to satisfy major requirements.