Course Requirements​

Foundation Courses

Advanced Courses

CDM Open Elective Courses

Students must complete 4 CDM Open Elective Courses 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.


At least 1 of the Open Elective Courses must be 500-level or above.

Capstone 

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.

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 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.

CSC 535

FORMAL SEMANTICS OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES

Methods of formal semantics. Lambda-calculus. Lattices and domains. Reflexive domains. Formal semantics of the lambda-calculus. Languages with state. Interpretation functions. Expressions and environments. Command and stores. Control structures and continuations. PREREQUISITE(S): CSC 447.
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.

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.