Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management provides students with the opportunity to study the entire system of information, knowledge, delivery and use. The focus of the Information Systems Management Track is on how technology can be implemented and managed to serve the informational needs of people and organizations. ISM students will be prepared not only in computer related technical areas, but also in the management aspects of technology systems, and the communication of technical ideas and concepts.

Online and Blended Format
Courses are offered on campus and online. The Information Systems Management Component of the degree is offered in an online format.

A BS Information Systems Management degree provides basic skills in:

     

  • Technology Planning and Procurement
  • Systems Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Collaboration
  • Technology Planning and Support
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Information Security

Why ISM?

Is Information Systems Management The Right Path For Me?

If you are looking to plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization, if you enjoy any of the following activities or possess any of the following skills, then this is the right career path for you!

  • You enjoy working with new and innovative technologies
  • You are adept at making sound technology recommendations
  • You demonstrate comprehensive critical thinking skills
  • You are a good communicator
  • You enjoy working with others

Expanding Career Opportunities

Employment for computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by organizations upgrading their IT systems and switching to newer, faster, and more mobile networks.*

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm

Careers

What Can I Do With an Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Management?

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management (ISM) program is designed to give students the computer skills that are currently in high demand. Hodges University’s Information Systems Management program will put you on the fast track to obtain the necessary skills to maintain computer systems, install hardware and software, manage a network, and provide technical support within both small businesses and large corporations.

Information Systems Management Duties*

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT
  • Develop and Interpret Organizational Goals, Policies, and Procedures
  • Collaborate with Department Heads, Managers, Supervisors, and Vendors to Meet Organizational Goals
  • Make Technology Recommendations to Support Organizational Goals
  • Project Management
  • Assess Project Feasibility and Requirements
INFRASTRUCTURE & OPERATIONS
  • Continuity of Operations
  • Manage Software Updates
  • Stay Abreast of Advances in Technology
  • Manage Hardware Refreshes
  • Recruit, Hire, Train & Supervise Staff
  • Manage Information Security
  • Provide Data Availability
USER SUPPORT 
  • Technical Support
  • Act as a Technology Consultant to Assist End Users in Meeting Goals
  • Provide Solutions to Increase User Efficiency
  • End User Training
  • Helpdesk Management

*Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-3021.00

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the ISM program during any semester. A student with no transfer credits or previous degree who attends full time, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 3 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.


Information Systems Management Component Semester Hour Credit
CIT1002 Foundations for College Success

CIT1002 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credits

The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year technology students and new technology students who do not have minimum of 60 transferable credit hours or an Associate’s Degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University. In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will begin to develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a student in the school of technology and the eventual transition into a technology or design professional.

2

ISM1700 Information Systems Hardware and Systems Software

ISM1700 - Information Systems Hardware and Systems Software - 4 Credits

Given the ever-decreasing budgets for information systems, managers need a detailed understanding of the systems necessary to manage current business environments. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the underpinnings of hardware and software architecture.

4

GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

4
CAP2000 Advanced Computer Applications

CAP2000 - Advanced Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course is a continuation of CAP1000. It provides a more in-depth coverage of the current Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). This is a required course for all CIT majors, but will also be open to other students desiring further computer experience as an elective course. Students taking both CAP1000 and CAP2000 will be prepared to take one or more of the MCAS certification exams.

Prerequisite: CAP1000 (Certification Exam Fee required)

4
ISM2700 Analysis and Logical Design

ISM2700 - Analysis and Logical Design - 4 Credits

This course is intended to introduce students to the concepts of computer logic and program design. Problem solving skills using logic are emphasized. Topics include but are not limited to: computer components and operations, programming structure, decision-making, arrays, and data structures. Both sequential and object-oriented designs are covered.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ISM1700

4
MAN2010 Principles of Management

MAN2010 - Principles of Management - 4 Credits

A study of management processes, resources and various organizational structures. Special emphasis is placed on human resources, leadership styles, and motivational practices.

Prerequisite: GEB1012

4
ISM2410 Introduction to Database Management Systems

ISM2410 - Introduction to Database Management Systems - 4 Credits

This course presents the concepts related to database management with an emphasis on the Relational Model. Database design, data mining, database administration, and database querying through Structured Query Language (SQL) will be introduced. The roles of database personnel, disaster recovery, and the contrast between a centralized and a distributed database structure will also be explored.

Prerequisite: CAP2000, ISM1700

4
ISM3700 Networks and Telecommunications

ISM3700 - Networks and Telecommunications - 4 Credits

Business managers, computer programmers, system designers, and home computer users alike need a thorough understanding of the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks. This course will examine the current environment of business networks and telecommunications. An assessment of global telecommunications networks, business equipment, and regulation. Topics include voice and data services, technical standards, transborder data flow issues, network competition, and the role of telecommunications in economic development in the business environment.

Prerequisite: ISM1700

4
ISM3810 Principles of Information Security

ISM3810 - Principles of Information Security - 4 Credits

Examination of current standards of due care and best business practices in Information Security. Includes examination of security technologies, methodologies and practices. Focus is on evaluation and selection of optimal security posture. Topics include evaluation of security models, risk assessment, threat analysis, organizational technology evaluation, security implementation, disaster recovery planning and security policy formulation and implementation.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101

4
ISM4610 Project Management

ISM4610 - Project Management - 4 Credits

Managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Topics include project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; managing the changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems; identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation; and the change management role of the IT specialist.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

4
CIT4521 Systems Analysis & Solution Architectures

CIT4521- Systems Analysis & Solution Architectures - 4 Credits

This course covers the analysis of business requirements and the definition of technical solutions architectures. Topics include security, performance, maintenance, extensibility, integration into existing applications, data models, and conceptual and logical designs. Certification (MS, ICCP) opportunities exist upon course completion.

Prerequisites: Completion of CIT Core or ISM Core

4

Total Information Systems Management Component
42

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

4
ENG1101 English Composition I

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
POS2050 American National Government

POS2050 -American National Government- 4 Credits

The purpose of this course is to survey the organization, structure and function of the three branches and levels of government in the United States. The course will trace the evolution of the American governmental system including the institutions and processes that are in place to govern the United States of America.

4
STA3014 Statistics

STA3014 - Statistics- 4 Credits

This course introduces the students to statistical techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals.

Prerequisite: MAC1132

4
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts.

4
PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

2
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4

Total Liberal Arts Component
30

Area III.

Advanced Information Systems Management
Elective Component


 

It is recommended that students take upper-level (3000-4000) ISM courses to complete the approved elective requirement. Approved electives may be upper-level courses in computer technology, information systems management, business, or interdisciplinary studies. It is possible that courses from other disciplines will also be accepted as approved in consultation with the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean, based on the individual student’s background and goals.


Total Advanced Information Systems Management
Elective Component

32

Information Systems Management
Specialty Area (select one)


Data and Knowledge Management Systems


CIT4411 Advanced Database Management

CIT4411 - Advanced Database Management - 4 Credits

The course presents in detail the concepts of advanced database design & implementation, transaction management and concurrency control, distributed DBMS, database warehousing, and object-oriented databases. Special emphasis is placed on a project implementation approach to reinforce selected topics. Advanced topics in SQL and Crystal Reporting are also examined.

Prerequisite: CIT2410

4
ISM4450 Information Systems for Knowledge Management
and Decision Support

ISM4450 - Information Systems for Knowledge Management and Decision Support - 4 Credits

This course examines information systems which specifically support decision makers: knowledge management and decision support systems. Consideration will be given to the design, development, implementation, and application of these systems.

Prerequisite: Completion of ISM core

4
CIT4415 Data Warehouse and Decision Support Systems

CIT4415 - Data Warehouse and Decision Support Systems - 4 Credits

An investigation of data warehousing, data mining, and decision support systems. Topics include design and architectural issues, cost effectiveness, management concerns, data integrity, deployment, and maintenance issues.

Prerequisite: CIT2410

4
CIT/ISM3/4xxx CIT/ISM Approved Elective 4

Enterprise Systems Management


ISM4120 IT Policy and Strategy

ISM4120 - IT Policy and Strategy - 4 Credits

This course focuses on the activities of organizations in relation to the use, creation, and exploitation of technology, and considers many key theories and tools that CIO’s may use. It examines well- established information technologies as well as emerging technologies and the evolving reality of technological innovation in leading companies and industries by the use of case studies.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

4
ISM4630 IT Project Management: The Human Factors

ISM4630 - IT Project Management: The Human Factors - 4 Credits

This course focuses on the individuals, project teams or functional groups who must work together on information technology projects. The issues and challenges of managing cross-functional projects are considered. The focus is on the human side of IT project management. Skills in motivating workers, organizing and leading teams, communicating and sharing information, and in conflict resolution are key ingredients critical for project success. Because many project leaders are drawn from technical arenas, they often assume that these qualities are reserved for functional managers and that they can ignore their value and importance. This course alerts technical personnel to become sensitive to the human side of management to achieve project success. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of leading project workers and teams.

Prerequisite: Completion of ISM Core

4

Select two electives from the following:

ISM3102 User Support and Help Desk Operations

ISM3102 - User Support and Help Desk Operations - 4 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully address the most common end-user PC hardware and software concerns. This course will cover a wide range of topics the entry-level user support specialist is expected to know, and provides examples and insights into how previous training can be put to practical use.

Prerequisite: CAP1000

4
ISM4450 Information Systems for Knowledge Management
and Decision Support

ISM4450 - Information Systems for Knowledge Management and Decision Support - 4 Credits

This course examines information systems which specifically support decision makers: knowledge management and decision support systems. Consideration will be given to the design, development, implementation, and application of these systems.

Prerequisite: Completion of ISM core

4
ISM4810 Policy and Administration in Information Systems Security

ISM4810 - Policy and Administration in Information Systems Security - 4 Credits

Detailed examinations of a systems-wide perspective of information security, beginning with a strategic planning process for security. Includes an examination of the policies, procedures and staffing functions necessary to organize and administer ongoing security functions in the organization. Subjects include security practices, security architecture and models, continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.

Prerequisite: ISM3810

4

Selected Studies Specialty



Students may elect to take a generalist approach and may opt to individualize their program by selecting any combination of courses from the specialty area. Other courses may be considered based upon consultation with the Program Chair.

16
Total Specialty Area 16

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

120

Benefits

How is Hodges Bachelor’s Degree in ISM Program Different?

ISM students will be prepared not only in computer related technical areas, but also in the management aspects of technology systems, and the communication of technical ideas and concepts.    The Information Systems Management program at Hodges University provides graduates with required skills for exciting and successful, technology-based careers.

Our Faculty and Small Class Size

Our class size averages 14 students. The small class sizes ensure you receive the attention you need. Fisher School of Technology students also have the advantage of learning from faculty members that have real world experience.

Our Curriculum and Technology

The Information Systems Management program at Hodges University provides unique educational advantages through this career oriented program, while focusing on both the technical and management skills needed to be successful in this profession by providing students the necessary skills to maintain computer systems, install hardware & software, manage a network, and provide technical support within both small businesses and large corporations. The University offers students the use of updated computer systems with the Microsoft Office Suite of products, Microsoft Visual Studio, local and wide area networks, direct access to the internet, a technology oriented library, technology labs, and so much more.

Hodges prides itself on providing technology for its students.  More than half of the classrooms at Hodges are equipped with a computer for each seat, including several classrooms that are outfitted for advanced technology studies.  Hodges’

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For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

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Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

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