Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Master of Science, Undergraduate
Faculty Michele Gribbins, Rassule Hadidi, James Hall,
David Larson, Xiaoqing Li, Amir Parssian, Te-Wei Wang, Yifeng Zhang
Associated Faculty Burks Oakley II, David O'Gorman
Adjunct Faculty Apiwan Dejnaronk Born
Contact: (217) 206-6067
firstname.lastname@example.org or http://mis.uis.edu/
Department goals and objectives
The goal of the MIS program is to prepare students for
challenging positions in the application of information technology
to solving business problems. Specific objectives of the program are
1) to provide students with the analytical and practical frameworks
and methodologies necessary to analyze, design, implement, and
manage complex information systems in contemporary organizational
structures, 2) to provide knowledge of the principles necessary for
understanding basic computer hardware and software systems to ensure
the data quality, transmission, processing, and storage necessary to
facilitate organizational decision making and general operations, 3)
to enable students to develop competencies in applying systems
analysis and design strategies and techniques in realistic
marketplace environments, and 4) to provide a balance between
technical and organizational knowledge for a variety of professional
The master of science degree in management information systems
may be earned online, on campus, or through a combination of online
and on-campus courses.
New students must contact the department for initial advising to
plan a program of study that reflects their interests and satisfies
THE MASTER'S DEGREE
The management information systems program is designed to
provide the professional administrator/manager a balance between
technical expertise and organizational knowledge in the application
of information technology to solving business problems.
Applicants must complete the following (or equivalent)
coursework: introductory courses in managerial and financial
accounting (or ACC 311), one semester of production/operations
management (such as BUS 322 Operations Management), one semester of
statistics (such as ECO 313 Statistics for Business and Economics),
one semester of college algebra or mathematics, and competency in a
structured high-level programming language such as Java, C++, Visual
Basic, COBOL, C, Fortran, etc., either through coursework, such as
MIS 322 Structured Programming, or practical experience. All
students applying for admission to the MIS department are expected
to submit a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or a
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Students may take their required
prerequisite courses while they are waiting to submit either of
these test scores.
Entering students are required to pass a diagnostic writing
examination administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Students with deficiencies in writing may be required to take ENG
375 Expository Writing or ENG 474 Professional and Technical
MIS 502 Technical Foundations of Information Systems 4
MIS 513 Management Information Systems 4 Hrs.
MIS 523 Managerial Decision Support Systems or
MIS 531 Strategic Decision Support Systems 4 Hrs.
*MIS 542 Management of Database Systems or
CSC 572 Advanced Database Concepts 4 Hrs.
*MIS 552 Systems Analysis and Design 4 Hrs.
MIS 564 Telecommunications 4 Hrs.
MIS 573 Project Management 4 Hrs.
One approved non-MIS elective
(see important notes below) 4 Hrs.
One approved course in organizational behavior
(see important notes below) 4 Hrs.
MIS 583 Graduate Project and Seminar or
MIS 584 MIS Capstone 4 Hrs.
**One approved MIS elective 4 Hrs.
or MIS 585 MIS Thesis and Seminar 8 Hrs.
Total 44 Hrs.
*Students must take MIS 552 before MIS 542.
**Those who write a thesis are not required to complete the MIS
Electives: MIS 571 Electronic Commerce: Business Uses
of the Internet and MIS 574 Marketing on the Internet may be taken
either as MIS electives or non-MIS electives.
Organizational Behavior: Students may take BUS 541
Organizational Behavior, PAD 502 Organization Dynamics, MIS 575
Technology Management and Organizational Transformation, or an
approved alternative. Students who have equivalent experience in all
but MIS 583, MIS 584, or MIS 585 may substitute an approved elective
but must complete 44 hours for the degree.
1. Selection or assignment of a management information
systems faculty adviser.
2. Fulfillment of all the prerequisites for the master's
degree in MIS.
3. A minimum B average (3.00) in MIS 502, MIS 513, and MIS 523
or MIS 531.
At least 24 hours of the courses required for the degree must be
completed following matriculation into the department.
All MIS graduates must complete MIS 583 Graduate Project and
Seminar (4 hours) or MIS 584 MIS Capstone (4 hours) or MIS 585 MIS
Thesis and Seminar (8 hours). The nature of the project is
contingent on the individual's career goals and may or may not
include a practicum experience.
Projects may involve, for example, design/analysis of an
information system for an existing organizational need; development
of one or more databases for a potential organizational need;
analysis of managerial needs or uses for information that is
accessible in an existing database; or analysis, design, security,
and management of networks. If the project/thesis is not completed
during these initial four or eight hours, students must register for
MIS 586 Graduate Project and Seminar Continuing Enrollment/MIS 587
Thesis and Seminar Continuing Enrollment (zero credit hours, one
billable hour) each semester the project/thesis remains incomplete.
UIS policy precludes students who are not registered from using
campus resources. If a leave of absence is requested and approved,
continuous registration is not required. Failure to obtain a leave
of absence will require retroactive registration of one credit hour
MIS department majors must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade-point
average in all MIS degree requirements. Two successive semesters of
probation may lead to a one-year suspension. One C (2.00) in an MIS
course is acceptable. An MIS master's degree candidate may not take
any of the 44 semester hours required for the degree on a credit/no
credit or pass/fail basis. A grade of C (2.00) is not acceptable for
a project (MIS 583), MIS capstone (MIS 584), or a thesis (MIS
UNDERGRADUATE MIS MINOR
To earn an undergraduate minor in management information
systems, students must complete a minimum of 14-15 semester hours,
at least 11 hours of which must be upper-division coursework taken
at UIS. Prerequisites include proficiency in a spreadsheet and/or a
database package or completion of CSC 317 Software Packages.
Required courses include:
ACC 311 Administrative Uses of Accounting (or two semesters
of elementary accounting) or
ECO 315 Economics for Administration or
MGT 310 Managing Organizational Behavior 3-4 Hrs.
MIS 352 Principles of Management Information Systems 3 Hrs.
MIS 423 Decision Support Systems 4 Hrs.
MIS 424 End User Systems Development and
Implementation 4 Hrs.
Total 14-15 Hrs.