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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Information Systems

Faculty

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Chair

Andrew Sears

Professors

Aryya Gangopadhyay
Anthony F. Norcio
Roy Rada
Victoria Yoon

Associate Professors

Gerald Canfield
Zhiyuan Chen
Henry Emurian
George Karabatis
Anita Komlodi
A. Gunes Koru
Wayne Lutters
A. Ant Ozok
Carolyn Seaman
Dongsong Zhang
Lina Zhou

Assistant Professors

Zhiling Guo
Amy Hurst
Vandana Janeja
Shaun Kane
Ravi Kuber
Sredeevi Sampath
Bin Zhou

Senior Lecturers

Amy Everhart
Tate Redding

Lecturers

Dina Gorin Glazer
Jeffrey D. Martens
Dana Smith

Courses in this program are listed under IS.

The United States and other developed countries depend on computers for almost every transaction that occurs in our everyday lives. Many people refer to the present as the “information age” and it is computer systems that have made this possible. The Department of Information Systems (IS) offers programs to prepare students to be the technical people who design, build and manage these computer systems or to be knowledgeable users of them.

The Information Systems Program is interdisciplinary, including courses in mathematics and statistics, computer programming, management science, economics and technical writing, as well as specific courses in computer information system analysis, design, construction and management. Career learning through cooperative education assignments is strongly encouraged.

The department offers several degree options to students, including a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science curriculum, which allows students to begin master’s-level work in the senior year.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Technology Administration (BTA) is designed for students who want a grounding in the development and use of office systems based on microcomputers. Another major, minor or certificate program in a field of the student’s interest must be completed along with the B.A. curriculum to qualify for the degree. The B.A. emphasis is less technical than the B.S., focusing instead on office systems.

Information regarding the BTA may be found at http://www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/majors/ifsm.html

The Bachelor of Science degree gives students an in-depth technical and conceptual education in computer information systems and allows students to specialize through the choice of elective courses.

The IS department offers four upper-division certificates. The first, Web development,

is open to all majors on campus. Two others, Decision-making support and network administration, are designed to complement the IS B.S. student. The fourth, a certificate in managerial sciences, will prepare any student to enter into managerial fields that have a statistical and accounting concentration. Each certificate allows the student a concentrated topic of study. The certificates do not replace the major, but they enhance it. In addition, to these certificates, the IS department offers an M.B.A. preparatory studies program for students who may be considering graduate studies in business management.

Career and Academic Paths

Most graduates from the B.S. program will enter directly into information processing positions in business, government or the non-profit sector. A significant number of graduates will not end their education at the baccalaureate level, but will enter the information systems M.S. or Ph.D. programs. The master’s program is designed to enhance the qualifications of working professionals and can be earned while working full time. Graduates from the B.A. program will find their end-user computer skills applicable to many positions in business and government. Often, the student’s other major, minor or certificate program (e.g., public administration or finance) will determine the field in which he or she eventually works. Some students combine the English writing minor with the B.A. degree and may work with B.S. graduates and other systems people writing systems documentation. Information regarding the BTA may be found on page 62 of the catalog.

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Academic Advising

Undergraduates are advised by information systems faculty, some of whom specialize in academic advising and some of whom are primarily teachers. For students considering transferring to UMBC, Maryland community colleges have articulated programs that define the courses that will transfer as equivalent to UMBC courses.

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Major Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Information Systems must satisfy the following requirements.

A grade of C or better for any course to be applied to the information systems major.

The fulfillment of the following “gateway” requirements before being allowed to continue on to the 400-level IS core courses; specific grades or a GPA will be required in these courses (or their equivalents at another college).

a. An average of 3.0 in the following courses: IS 300, Management Information Systems and IS 310, Software and Hardware Concepts. Students are permitted to retake each of those courses one time to earn the required GPA for the two courses.

b. A grade of C or better in the following courses:

  • MATH 155
    Elementary Calculus
    OR Its equivalent

AND

  • IS 147
    Introduction to Computer Programming
    OR
  • CMSC 201
    Computer Science I for Majors

Courses required for the IS B.S. Recommended Preparation:

  • IS 101, CMSC 104,MATH 106
  • IS 300
    Management Information Systems
  • IS 310
    Software and Hardware Concepts
  • IS 410
    Introduction to Database Design
  • IS 420
    Database Application Development
  • IS 425
    Decision Support Systems
  • IS 436
    Structured Systems Analysis and Design
  • IS 450
    Data Communications and Networks
  • IS 451
    Network Design and Management

Any upper-level IS course, not to include IS 399, IS 400, IS 468 or IS 469

Mathematics and Computer Science:

  • MATH 155

Elementary Calculus

  • MATH 215
    Finite Mathematics for Information Science
    OR
  • MATH 221
    Linear Algebra
  • STAT 351
    Applied Statistics for Business and Economics
  • IS 147
    Introduction to Computer Programming
    OR
  • CMSC 201
    Computer Science I for Majors
  • IS 247
    Computer Programming II
    OR
  • CMSC 202
    Computer Science II for Majors

One additional semester of an approved programming language

Administrative Science:

  • ECAD 210
    The Practice of Management
  • ECON 101
    Principles of Economics I
  • ECON 102
    Principles of Economics II
  • ECON 121
    Principles of Accounting I
  • ECON 122
    Principles of Accounting II
  • ENGL 393
    Technical Writing
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Certificate Programs

Auditing for Information Systems (27 credit hours)

The objective of this program is to prepare the student for entry positions in the IT audit field and for certification as an information systems auditor. While open to all majors, the target audience is the BTA or IS major who is interested in the accounting and auditing field, and the ECON or FIEC major who is completing the accounting certificate. The interdisciplinary combination of information technology knowledge and accounting and auditing skills will provide the student a competitive advantage in this growing field upon their graduation.

Note: that this is an upper-division certificate. Prerequisites to the courses listed will be required.

  • IS 300 Management of Information Systems
  • IS 350 Business Communication Systems
  • IS 430 Information Systems and Security
  • ECON 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • IS/ECAC 317 Accounting Information Systems
  • ECAC 321 Auditing Theory and Practice
  • IS 474 Legal Aspects of Information Systems
    OR
  • ECAD 360 Business Law
  • IS 304 Ethical Issues in Information Systems
    OR
  • ECAD 385 Business Ethics
  • IS 417/ECAC 420 Information Systems Auditing

Certificate in Management Science (49 credits)

This lower and upper division certificate will prepare students to enter into managerial fields, such as banking and securities, that have a statistical and accounting concentration.

A. Core Curriculum (18 credits)

  • ECON 101
    Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102
    Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 121
    Principles of Accounting I
  • ECON 122
    Principles of Accounting II
  • ENGL 391
    Intermediate Exposition
    OR
  • ENGL 393
    Technical Writing
  • ECAD 489
    Seminar in Management and Administration
    OR
  • ECAD 210
    Practice of Management

Note: HAPP majors may substitute HAPP 497 for this management course.

B. Management Science Concentration (31 credits)

  • ECAC 329
    Cost Accounting
  • ECAC 351
    Advanced Cost Accounting

Note: HAPP majors may substitute HAPP 498 for ECAC 351.

  • ECON 311
    Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 374
    Fundamentals of Financial Management
    OR
  • ECON 309
    Survey of Economics and Finance for Scientists and Engineers
  • ECAD 385
    Business Ethics and Society
    OR
  • ECAD 360
    Business Law

Note: HAPP majors may substitute HAPP 358 for ECAD 385.

One upper-level statistics course:

  • STAT 350
    Statistics With Applications
    OR
  • STAT 351
    Applied Statistics for Business and Economics
    OR
  • STAT 355
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

One of the following:

  • ECON 320
    Elements of Quantitative Methods for Management
    OR
  • IS 325
    Introduction to Management Science
    OR
  • MATH 381
    Linear Methods in Operations Research
  • One introductory CMSC
    OR IS course

And two courses from the following:

  • ECON 405
    Benefit Cost Evaluation
  • ECON 415
    Property Rights, Organizations and Management
  • ECON 421
    Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON 423
    Economic Forecasting
  • ECAD 410
    Production Management
  • ECON 408
    Managerial Economics
  • ECON 352
    Industrial Relations
  • ECON 417
    Economics of Strategic Interaction

Decision Making Support Certificate (12 credits)

This upper division certificate will prepare students to apply course work in decision support, artificial intelligence and enterprise management topics to create automated information systems.

  • IS 325
    Management Science
  • IS 425
    Decision Support Systems

At least two of the following:

  • IS 427
    Artificial Intelligence
  • IS 428
    Data Mining Techniques and Application
  • IS 438
    Project Management
  • IS 489E
    Enterprise Resource Planning

M.B.A. Preparatory Studies (40 credits)

The M.B.A. preparatory studies program is available to students in any major who plan to pursue an M.B.A. after graduation from UMBC. This curriculum is designed to meet the coursework requirements for entry into the M.B.A. program at many graduate business schools; in particular, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at UMCP. Completionof this curriculum, however, does not guarantee entry into any graduate
business program. Students should note that most business graduate schools require the GMAT, and many will not consider a grade below "B"; in assessing entry requirements. Increasingly, business schools are
requiring business work experience before admittance into a master's program. No substitutions are allowed.

A. Core Curriculum (18 credits)

  • ECON 101
    Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102
    Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 121
    Principles of Accounting I
  • ECON 122
    Principles of Accounting II
  • ENGL 391
    Intermediate Exposition
    OR
  • ENGL 393
    Technical Writing
  • ECAD 489
    Seminar in Management and Administration

B. Business Concentration (22 credits)

  • STAT 350 Statistics With Applications
    OR
  • STAT 351 Applied Statistics for Business and Economics
    OR
  • STAT 355 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
  • MATH 155
    Elementary Calculus I
    OR
  • MATH 151
    Calculus and Analytical Geometry
  • ECON 374
    Fundamentals of Financial Management
    OR
  • ECON 309
    Survey of Economics and Finance for Scientists and Engineers
  • ECAD 385
    Business Ethics and Society
    OR
  • ECAD 360
    Business Law
  • ECAD 410
    Production Management
  • ECAD 425
    Marketing An introductory-level IS
    OR CMSC course

Network Administration Certificate (15 credits)

This upper division certificate will prepare students to analyze, design, maintain and administer networked-based information systems for a variety of organizations.

  • IS 450
    Data Communications and Networks
  • IS 451
    Network Design and Management
  • IS 452
    Internetworking

At least two of the following:

  • IS 430
    Information Systems and Security
  • IS 451M
    LAN Management Using Microsoft
  • IS 451U
    LAN Management Using UNIX
  • IS 451W Server-Side Web Systems

Web Development Certificate (15 credits)

This upper division certificate will prepare students to combine elements of high level programming with content creation and computer interface design in order to achieve effective Web-based information systems.

  • IS 247
    Computer Programming II
  • IS 303
    Human Factors in Computer Systems Design

At least three of the following:

  • IS 387
    Web Content Development
  • IS 403
    User Interface Design
  • IS 413
    GUI Systems Using Java
  • IS 448
    Markup and Scripting Languages
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Departmental Honors for Undergraduates in the IS B.S. Program

The departmental honors program recognizes academic excellence for those students choosing to engage in a series of enhanced learning experiences offered by the department. For more information concerning departmental honors, please contact your academic advisor in the IS department.

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Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Program

The B.S./M.S. degree program allows the student to complete both degrees with one more year of study than is typically required for the B.S. degree alone, because three of the courses in the master’s core are taken in the senior year and applied to both degrees.

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Admission to the B.S./M.S. Program

Students who are interested in the B.S./M.S. program should discuss their interest with a department advisor as early as the sophomore year. A student should request acceptance into the program in the first semester of the junior year. This will be the semester following the one in which 60 credits have been earned toward the B.S. degree. To be eligible for this program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at UMBC and all other institutions attended. This is a minimum requirement, and attainment of a 3.2 GPA does not guarantee admission to the combined degree program. The admission decision is determined on an individual basis taking into account the student’s past record, expected future performance and how well the combined program would meet the student’s educational objectives. Applicants for the combined program must have completed the IS gateway and be enrolled in IS 410 prior to applying for the combined program. Students should be aware of the current requirements for admission to the department’s master-level graduate programs so they will complete coursework meeting these same requirements or their equivalents. Applicants should have completed or have those courses under way prior to applying for the B.S./M.S. program. Students seeking admission to the combined program should complete the combined B.S./M.S. application form, including instructor recommendations, and send it to the director, undergraduate programs, IS, with an official UMBC transcript and official transcripts from any other college(s) attended. The undergraduate director will review the application and make a recommendation to the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee, which makes the admission decision. Students are notified of the decision, and the Graduate School is also informed when a student is accepted. This acceptance is by the IS department only; the student still must formally apply to and be accepted by the Graduate School to finish the master’s portion of the program. Acceptance into the combined program neither obligates the student to complete the program beyond the B.S. degree, nor does it obligate the department to admit the student into the graduate program when he or she applies formally to the Graduate School. If the Graduate School finds reason to reject a student’s application, that decision is binding, even though the student may have been accepted into the combined degree program by the IS department.

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B.S./M.S. Program Regulations and Procedures

Once admitted to the combined program, the student must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. No more than two “C” grades may be received in all courses taken after admission. If the GPA falls below 3.0, or if more than two “C”s are received, the student will be removed from the combined program. This does not affect the student’s eligibility for the B.S. degree under normal university undergraduate requirements. Any one “D” or “F” also results in removal from the combined program. Students in the combined program must formally apply for admission to the UMBC Graduate School before the Graduate School’s application deadline during the semester in which the course work for the B.S. is completed. No more than nine credits of graduate courses may be taken while the student is paying undergraduate tuition. Students in the combined program must take three of the courses required for the undergraduate major as graduate courses under their graduate course numbers. These are IS 620 (in place of 420), IS 625 or IS 603 (in place of IS 425), and IS 636 (in place of IS 436). These courses count for both degrees; therefore, a minimum of 21 credits is required for the master’s degree. For additional information about M.S. requirements, see the M.S. section of this document or the Graduate School Catalog.

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Special Opportunities

UMBC has a very large and active cooperative education and internship program. All information systems students are encouraged to participate in co-ops or internships. The practical work experience gained is valued by employers in the field and is of considerable help in finding a job after graduation. One-third to one-half of IS majors take advantage of these opportunities. The IS department has an exciting opportunity for IS students who wish to study abroad. We have an exchange program with the National University of Ireland in Galway. Please see the undergraduate program director in the IS department for details.

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Student Organizations

Information Systems Council of Majors The Information Systems Council of Majors offers programs and tours in areas of interest to students. Council members also have opportunities to attend meetings of computer-related professional societies.

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