2013-2014 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 1895-4895. Special Topics (1-3).

ISM 1990-4990. Independent Study (1-3).

ISM 2050. Introduction to Web Programming (3). Prerequisite: GND 2050 or ISM 1330. This course will familiarize students to many of the basic concepts, issues and techniques related to Web site design and development.  During this course, students will learn about Web design, HTML, scripting languages, Applets, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).  Students will learn how to create sites both manually  and through the use of Web site development software tools such as Dreamweaver and Flash. 

ISM 3100. Managing Information Systems in Business (3). Prerequisite: Passing grade in GND 2050 and Sophomore 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. Business Systems Analysis (3). Prerequisites: ISM 3100 and ACC 2420 or ACC 2430 or ACC 2450. This course is designed to teach students the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst, the structured process for analyzing a business and its systems, and how to determine a business system's viability.

ISM 3620. Business Data Management and Analysis (3). Prerequisites: CSC 1120 or 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 3640. Social Networks and Virtual Communities (3).  Prerequisite: Passing grade in GND 2050 and ISM 3100.  The evolution of the Internet has resulted in unprecedented levels of cummunication and coordination amoung individuals.  This course will examine two primary phenomena: (1) social networks and communications, particularly those that are electronically enabled; and (2) virtual communities in which people participate, such as open source software development or massive multi-player games (MMPG's).  The course will cover implications of these phenomena for individuals, but will focus primarily on how businesses have made use of these technologies over the last decade.

ISM 3680. Electronic Markets (3).  Prerequisite: Passing grade in GND 2050, ISM 3100, ECO 2220 and MKT 3210.  Many products are now sold and delivered electronically.  This course will examine two primary phenomena: (1) the sale of physical goods and services using the Internet as a medium, also known as e-commerce; and (2) the sales and delivery of digital goods such as music, electronic books, movies, and software.  Both of these phenomena have economic and organizational implications for firms that participate in these markets.  Students will learn how electronic markets affect both consumers and businesses, including both benefits and costs. 

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 3620. 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 4450. Special Topics in Information Systems Management (3).  This course offers the student an opportunity to explore and study a special current information systems management topic not covered in other information systems management courses.

ISM 4550. Enterprise Systems (3).  Prerequisite: Passing grade in GND 2050 and ISM 3300.  This course will examine enterprise systems.  Enterprise systems are a class of information systems that encompass multiple business areas within an organization.  They include enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; customer relationship management (CRM) systems; supply chain management (SCM) systems; knowledge management (KM) systems; and others. Students will learn how businesses use these systems in order to make daily operational decisions as well as long-term, strategic decisions.  In the latter part of the course, students will engage in a business simulation using an ERP system to process transactions and make decisions about purchasing, pricing and production.

ISM 4730. Project Management (3). Prerequisite: Passing grade in GND 2050, ISM 3100, and ISM 3300 or permission of instructor.  Students learn the fundamentals and best practices of project manangment methodology as it applies to IT initiatives.  Students examine all aspects of IT projects, including hardware, software, vendor relationships, and stakeholder communication.  Students walk through a complete project management life cycle, including initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

ISM 4780. Systems Outsourcing (3). Prerequisite: Passing grade in GND 2050, ISM 3100 and ISM 4730.  This course will examine the outsourcing of services, including software development and business process outsourcing (BPO).  The course will examine fundamental questions in outsourcing, such as: Why do organizations choose to outsource? What do organizations choose to outsource? How do organizations structure and manage outsourcing relationships? How do organizations know whether service providers are performing effectively or not? The course will also discuss policy implications of outsourcing such as the impact on labor markets and international trade.