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Program Requirements

All School of Adult Learning degrees require a total of 120 semester hours of credit, which can be fulfilled through a combination of North Park classes and transfer credits. Learn more about program requirements for all our majors.

Bachelor of Arts

Students who seeking a bachelor of arts (BA) in management information systems will complete a core set of information systems (ISIT) courses and a core set of organizational management and leadership courses (ORG). Students who successfully complete this degree will be prepared to be leaders in business and nonprofit, helping their organizations think critically about how information systems can be used to meet organizational goals. They will also be ready to participate in the global community where technology continues to shape many facets of our personal and professional lives.

Management Information Systems Major Requirements

  • 8 semester hours (sh) of adult learning core courses
  • 44 sh of general education courses
  • 28 sh of elective courses
  • 40 sh of major courses:
    • Management information systems core courses (24 sh) — ISIT 3030, 3040, 4010, 4020, 4040, 4050, 4060
    • Organizational management and leadership courses (16 sh) — ORG 3034, 4074, 4094, 4120

Courses

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all management information systems courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

ISIT 3030 – Information Systems in Organizations
This course addresses functional, strategic and competitive roles of information systems and information technology in organizations. Topics include hardware and software, types of information systems, the analysis and development of information systems, management of the information systems function, and workplace social, legal ethical issues related to technology.

ISIT 3040 – Web Technologies and E-Commerce
This course focuses on current and emerging business uses of web technologies including home pages, advertising, retail sales, electronic commerce, middleware, partnering, payment systems, and security and encryption. The course also considers changes in corporate economics driven by electronic commerce and social, legal and ethical issues related to web technologies.

ISIT 3070 – Cyber Security
This course explores methods for assessing security risks and techniques for securing organizational data assets. Technological advances driving threats to data security are examined. The course also includes an overview of cryptography and trends in hacking.

ISIT 4010 – Information Age Communications Technolgy
This course focuses on business and organizational applications of current and emerging communications technologies. Topics include networks, security, wireless technology, mobile computing, social networking and emerging communications technologies. Social, legal and ethical issues related to communications technologies.

ISIT 4020 – Managing Data and Information
This course covers a variety of topics related to the design and management of databases and information repositories. The course focuses upon databases and data warehouses and their critical role in business and other organizations. Other topics include the nature of business information, emerging trends in information repositories, and privacy/security concerns related to storage and warehousing of information.

ISIT 4040 – Information Systems Analysis and Design
The course presents standard methodologies for analyzing business problems and modeling business processes in order to identify information system requirements. Frameworks for evaluating different implementation approaches will also be covered. Students will develop skills for writing clear and concise business requirements and for communicating and collaborating effectively with various organizational stakeholders.

ISIT 4050 – Decision Support Systems
This course focuses upon how decision support systems technologies can support managerial decision-making. Systems covered include expert systems, executive information systems, groupware, artificial intelligence, intelligent agents, and knowledge management. The course also includes an overview of decision-making along with methods for designing and implementing decision support systems. Students will use application software to solve managerial decision-making problems.

ISIT 4055 – Enterprise Resource Planning
This course provides an overview of enterprise resource software applications. Students learn how ERP software is used to integrate functional systems in order to maximize operational efficiencies and improve business processes. The various components of an ERP system, implementation strategies and the latest trends in ERP software are examined.

ISIT 4060 – Strategic Management of Information System Projects
This capstone course integrates knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses and presents strategic approaches for identifying organizational information systems projects and evaluating the acquisition, development and implementation of those projects. Additional topics include managing risk; systematic processes and methods organizations use to initiate, specify and prioritize information systems projects, determine their feasibility, and identify acquisition alternatives. A systemized methodology for managing information systems projects is also presented. Students develop a strategic project plan to develop and manage an information system project addressing a business challenge or opportunity.