Course Requirements​

Foundation Courses

Advanced Courses

Major Elective Courses

At least 1 of the Major or Open electives must be 500-level or above.

CDM Open Elective Courses

Students must complete 1 CDM Open Elective Course chosen from either IS concentration courses from any IS concentration or other courses meeting the following rules:

  • Any CDM course in the 421-699 range qualifies, with the exception of ANI, DC, TV and VFX courses, which do not qualify.

Credit for courses taken outside of CDM will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor.

Capstone

IT 411

SCRIPTING FOR INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS

CSC 401

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING

An introduction to programming with a focus on problem solving, structured programming, and algorithm design with a gentle introduction to efficiency. Concepts covered include data types, expressions, variables, assignments, conditional and iterative structures, functions, file input/output, exceptions, namespaces, and recursion. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 400

INTRODUCTION TO IS MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

This one-credit seminar examines the concepts of information and technology management and career options in this field. Students will assess their own interests and skill requirements for various careers. They will also analyze the impacts of IS trends and emerging technologies on their career choices. All new IS master's students are required to take this seminar as the first course. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 421

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Course focus is on both traditional and object oriented systems analysis, with an emphasis upon developing competency in a wide range of modeling techniques. Specific topics include: overview of the software development environment and project management; project selection, initiation, and planning; determining requirements; process modeling, including DFDs and use cases; logic modeling, including decision tables, sequence diagrams, and activity diagrams; introduction to Entity-Relationship Diagrams. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

CSC 451

DATABASE DESIGN

Requirement analysis, conceptual design, logical design and implementation of relational databases. Emphasis will be on E-R modeling and E-R mapping, along with basic normalization and SQL for database implementation. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 422

SYSTEM DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MAINTENANCE

Course focus is on both traditional and object oriented systems design. Specific topics include: database design, including logical and physical design; Entity-Relationship diagrams, class diagrams, form and report design; interface and dialogue design; design specifications, including structure charts and prototypes; designing for LANs and distributed systems, as well as the Internet; system implementation, including parallel and phased implementation, testing, documentation, and user training; system maintenance, including types of maintenance, controlling and coordinating maintenance requests, and configuration management. Course ends with a multi-week case study applying the principles from both this course and IS 421, Systems Analysis. PREREQUISITE(S): IS 421 and CSC 451
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

ECT 424

ENTERPRISE INFRASTRUCTURE

Introduction to modern infrastructure and the evolving technology environment. Major topics include: computer networks, Internet infrastructure, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, social media and networking, software as a service, content management systems, cloud computing, and portal.
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 430

FUNDAMENTALS OF IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

This course concentrates on monitoring, managing and controlling assets and resources on a single IT project. Topics covered are risk management; procurement and contract management; time and cost estimating; controlling and tracking techniques; quality assurance; testing and audit. Students will use common project management software for resource allocation and balancing. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 433

INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT

Survey of security considerations as they apply to information systems analysis and design. Vulnerability assessment. Security audits. Access controls for Internet-based and internal systems. Firewalls. Data protection. Physical access controls. Security policies. Personnel and equipment security. Risk management. Legal requirements and considerations. Privacy. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 435

ORGANIZATIONAL MODELING

The course explores contemporary approaches to analyzing and modeling organizational problems, processes, workflow, users and data. The emphasis is on the initial stages of analysis where the root cause of problems are identified, formulated and modeled. Students will acquire an array of modeling skills and be able to presecribe the proper modeling approach based on a variety of organizational and contextual factors. Business process modeling, management and metrics will be covered. Object-oriented and user-centered approaches will be introduced. PREREQUISITE(S): IS 421 or SE 430
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 485

REQUIREMENTS ELICITATION, ANALYSIS, AND SPECIFICATION

This course focuses on the concepts and skills needed to elicit, analyze, specify, and manage requirements for a software or systems level project. Students will learn to identify and work with stakeholders through conducting a variety of requirements gathering techniques including interviewing, surveying, ethnography, and Joint Application Design (JAD) sessions, to identify and analyse requirements conflicts and negotiate solutions, to model requirements and specify them in unambiguous ways, and to manage requirements throughout the software lifecycle using change controls, traceability, and impact analysis techniques. The requirements process will be examined in both traditional and agile environments. Current topics such as requirements for product lines or distributed development teams will also be explored as time permits. PREREQUISITE(S): IS 422 or IS 430 or PM 430. A student may not take both SE 482 and IS 485 for credit toward a degree.
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 560

ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS

An introduction to enterprise systems for data and process integration, including ERP systems. Topics include the requirements of enterprise systems, application architecture, tools, and functionality of leading enterprise systems, life cycle and methodologies for systems integration, selection, and implementation strategies. Also addressed are emerging trends for enterprise systems and relationship among component systems. PREREQUISITE(S): Advanced Standing
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 535

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

This course focuses on the application of financial analysis and decision-making approaches to aid information technology investment decisions at the operational, project, tactical and strategic levels. Students will learn how to apply a variety of financial methods -- breakeven analysis, present value analysis, profitability index, and return on investment to various IT investment decisions. The course will also address cost benefit analysis, outsourcing, balanced scorecard, and multi-factor scoring, benchmarking, and IT investment portfolio methods. These techniques will prepare students to manage capital budgets, acquisition of system and application software, hardware, personnel, and professional services at project and system levels as well as enterprise investment portfolio. PREREQUISITE(S): SE 477 or IS 565 or ACCT 500 or IS 430 or PM 430 or ECT 455
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 570

ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

Formerly IS 450. This course is targeted towards information systems professionals who are involved in the planning and implementation of large scale, cross-functional enterprise systems. Students will examine the characteristics of technology efforts that change and transform the way people perform their tasks and how the new technology structures the flows of information and decision making using workflow modeling methods. Through case studies and exercises students gain insights into the elements of successful implementations leading to the preparation of a change management plan. Emphasis is placed on developing mechanisms for communicating and training all affected agents. PREREQUISITE(S): IS 430 or PM 430 or completion of five or more other SoC MS level courses should contact the course instructor or an advisor.
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

ECT 480

INTRANETS AND PORTALS

Intranet development methodology. Data warehousing concept and On-Line analytic processing (OLAP) for information management. Enterprise information portals (EIP). Transforming information into knowledge. Major applications involve: decision support, customer applications and content personalization for intranet. Students will conduct case studies and projects. PREREQUISITE(S): ECT 424
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

ECT 481

INTERNET SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

This course examines system architectures, technologies, approaches, and infrastructure requirements in the context of supply chain systems. The focus is on the design, development and implementation of systems that facilitate the collaboration of an enterprise with its buyers and suppliers. Topics include development of messaging-based collaboration framework with web services. Students will design and implement a collaborative extranet system component in team projects. PREREQUISITE(S): ECT 410
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

ECT 436

SOCIAL MARKETING AND SOCIAL NETWORKING APPLICATIONS

Online social media and culture, online social marketing concepts, online social networking applications and their design/development. Student develop dynamic web sites and applications on social networking platforms using server-side programming technology to meet strategic marketing goals. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

ECT 586

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES

An in-depth study of customer relationship management (CRM) technologies and applications. The special focus will be on the application of CRM technologies for managing the customer lifecycle across Internet and offline channels. Topics include customer identification, data integration, personalization technologies, web and email interaction techniques; sales force automation applications; call centers, field service and logistics applications; customer self-service and customer knowledge management technologies. Students will review and compare specific eCRM technologies and develop an Internet customer interaction system to support an eCRM strategy in group project. PREREQUISITE(S): ECT 424
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 440

COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LEADING PROJECTS

Study of the process of virtual teaming with emphasis on facilitation of different time project activities and facilitation of same time meetings. Students will learn how small group psychology and group communication theories inform specific behaviors in the design and leadership of meetings. Several meeting types including information briefing, focus group, document writing, decision making, requirements gathering, and teaching/training will be explored. In addition, the course surveys current collaboration technologies and discusses how to select among those technologies usability and fit to purpose of a meeting agenda. DL students may be required to schedule same time sessions with the instructor and other DL students; see current quarter syllabus for more information on this point. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 540

GLOBAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

A study of the hardware, software, and techniques for using virtual information technologies to support teams working in a distributed, virtual, or global enviornments. Topics include software survey and evaluation, software deployment within organizational and trans-organizational contexts, trans-national vendor relationships, trans-border data flow, geographically dispersed software development, and integration of diverse technologies. PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of five or more SoC MS level courses is required.
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 565

IT OUTSOURCING

The course focuses on how organizations can use leverage of scale as a source for cost reduction; leverage of expertise for improved superior IT performance; leverage of access (e.g. location) to develop new strategies. Other topics covered include different types of sourcing strategies, sourcing maturity levels and best practices. PREREQUISITE(S): Completion of five or more SoC MS level courses is required
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

SE 582

SOFTWARE-INTENSIVE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

This course will introduce students to fundamental principles of systems engineering for large and complex software intensive systems. The course will include a study of systems engineering failures, and will cover topics related to problem frames; systems level modeling of hardware and software components, concept definition, design tradeoffs, risk assessment, interface definition and related systems engineering activities. Additional topics such as product line development, ultra-large scale systems, and engineering of safety critical systems will also be covered. PREREQUISITE(S): (SE 470 or PM 430 or IS 430) and (SE 430 or SE 482 or IS 485)
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

ECT 410

DEVELOPMENT OF WEB-BASED BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

Development of web-based business solutions using client-side and server-side technologies. Major topics include analysis and design of web projects for a business, web application design patterns, server-side programming, and access to databases. PREREQUISITE(S): CSC 401 or IT 411
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

HCI 406

WEB SITE DESIGN FOR HCI

Web design introduced in a user-centered context. Application of visual design principles and common design patterns for web sites and mobile interfaces. Page markup using HTML and CSS addressing responsive web design, accessibility, and search engine optimization. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IT 403

STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS

Introduction to univariate data analysis methods. Descriptive statistics and data visualization methods. Overview of sampling techniques for data collection, and introduction to statistical inference methods for decision making including simple linear regression, estimation procedures using confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IS 577

INFORMATION SYSTEMS POLICIES AND STRATEGIES

This capstone course emphasizes the planning and management of information technologies and related resources at the corporate level. Topics covered include assessment of information technologies, tracking emerging technologies and trends, managing portfolio resources and matching them to business needs, technology transfer, end-user computing, outsourcing, theoretical models, strategic applications and strategic IT planning. Students are encouraged to take this course toward the end of their study. PREREQUISITE(S):Completion of ten or more SoC MS level courses is required.
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

IT 411

SCRIPTING FOR INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS

Introductory scripting for developing interactive web pages. Overview of HTML and CSS. Elementary programming concepts using JavaScript for learning control structures, functions, arrays, and object use. User interface development concepts include event handling and use of JavaScript libraries such as jQuery. Review of web clients, servers and architecture. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.