Computer Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems program is designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups:

  1. students with a baccalaureate degree in Information Systems,
  2. students with a baccalaureate degree in another area who have information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems, and
  3. students with a baccalaureate degree in another area who lack information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems. Students should select an advisor and discuss the courses required for their degree early in their graduate program.

The MS in Information Systems requires completion of at least 36 hours of graduate credit. Students may choose to do a thesis as part of this degree program. The degree is offered in a virtual/online environment, traditional face-to-face arrangement, or as a combination of the preceding two formats. To learn more about the graduate programs, please visit the website www.tarleton.edu/is.

Comprehensive Examination

A student must satisfactorily complete the comprehensive exam before receiving the MS, Information Systems degree. The student's academic advisor should be contacted about comprehensive examination requirements and policies.

Master of Science in Information Systems

Required Courses
BCIS 5304Telecommunications for Managers3
BCIS 5307Systems Analysis for Managers3
BCIS 5311Managing Information Systems3
BCIS 5316Applied Database Management3
BCIS 5392Business Intelligence Systems3
BCIS 5398Research Methods in Information Systems3
or BUSI 5398 Business Research Methods
BCIS Electives12
Electives6
Total Hours36

Courses

BCIS 5302. Procedural Language Programming and Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the design and programming of business systems. Students will become familiar with the primary program design tools such as hierarchy charts, flowcharts, and pseudocode. A standard modular design becomes the crux of the programming experience. Topics include comparison, data validation, control breaks, and tables. Prerequisite: BCIS 5301 or department head approval. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5304. Telecommunications for Managers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the management and utilization of data communication technologies including technical components, configurations, applications, protocols, legal issues, software and management issues, Local Area Network (LAN) technologies, and security issues. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5305. Productivity Application Automation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory and application of the programming and scripting techniques to automate various tasks that need to be accomplished using productivity software. A review of the principles of task automation and the effective uses of programming and scripting techniques for conducting this automation will be conducted. An exploration of programming and scripting tools and their use in the creation of programs, scripts, and macros. Prerequisite: BCIS 5301 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5307. Systems Analysis for Managers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Investigates and compares various analysis approaches for application automation while highlighting management considerations for planning and developing automated systems. Systems life cycle models and case studies are used. Prerequisite: BCIS 5316 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5311. Managing Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies the management and use of information and technology as a resource to create competitive businesses, manage global operations, provide useful products and quality services to customers, whether public or private. Examines information systems management, intellectual property, privacy, organizational and societal impact, legal issues, ethics, security issues, decision making, strategic information systems, and management and organizational support systems. Lab Fee $15.

BCIS 5315. Principles of Database Design and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Survey of concepts and practices underlying the development of database systems. Included in the study are a historical review of database systems, development and normalization of database systems, and methods to query database systems. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5316. Applied Database Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the objectives and methodologies of database management. Topics include data models, database design, data dictionaries, fourth generation programming languages, data integrity, security, and privacy. Students use a commercial database. Prerequisite: BCIS 5315 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5317. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of various issues, products, and technology current to computer information systems. May be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: Varies with topic. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5318. Quantitative Concepts in Computing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of measurements related to software projects and applying measurement techniques to information technology related problems. Analyses of programs and selected algorithms are performed. A statistical program will be used to analyze data. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5319. Decision Support Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the fundamentals of management support systems, including an examination of Decision Support Systems and other collaborative systems, Executive Support Systems, Expert Systems and Intelligent Systems, Data Warehouses and Data Mining to facilitate decision support systems development and implementation.

BCIS 5320. Seminar on Computer Based Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Topics will vary according to timeliness and special needs. May be repeated once for credit as topics vary.

BCIS 5325. Unified Modeling Language. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the Systems Development Life Cycle using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) in an object-oriented software system environment. Students will model the elements, structure, and behaviors of object-oriented software systems using UML. Students will learn how to use UML to identify objects and classes, to capture requirements and define use cases, to extend and enhance visual models, and to model the details of object behavior with activity and state-chart diagrams. Students will also learn how to implement the UML models in a software system. Prerequisites: BCIS 5303 and 5315 or department head approval. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5345. Extensible Markup Language. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course studies well-formed XML and validated XML documents and the language facilities for working with hierarchical data. The class is composed of teams that are given life-like problems to describe with XML as well as transforming the XML data to an external presentation. Prerequisite: BCIS 5303 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5349. Topics in Programming. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Develops programming proficiency in a modern programming language. Students complete many programming assignments to achieve necessary knowledge and skills. May be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5351. IT Project Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects. Project management concepts and techniques are emphasized, and students are required to apply these concepts by working on a group project as a project manager or active team member. Prerequisites: BCIS 5311 or approval of Department Head/Instructor.

BCIS 5360. Multimedia Application Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory and application of the multimedia application development process. A review of the principles of user interface, design, graphic design, and interactivity including the appropriate application of these principles to multimedia will be conducted. Students will explore computer-based multimedia development tools and their use in the creation of various types of multimedia applications. The planning, design, production, and evaluation of interactive multimedia projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5361. Multimedia: Desktop Publishing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to desktop publishing. A review of the principles of typography and design including the appropriate application of these principles to desktop publishing will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based desktop publishing tools and their use in the creation of various types of products. The planning, design, production, and evaluation of desktop publishing projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: BCIS 5360 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5364. Multimedia: Authoring. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to the creation of interactive multimedia-based projects. A review of the principles of user interface design and interactivity and the appropriate application of these principles to interactive multimedia-based projects will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based multimedia authoring and scripting tools and their use in the creation of various types of interactive multimedia-based projects. The planning, design, production, and evaluation of interactive multimedia-based projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: BCIS 5360 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5365. Multimedia: Web Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory and application of the multimedia application development process of the creation of web-based authoring and scripting tools and their use in the creation of various types of web-based projects. The planning, design, projection, and evaluation of interactive web-based projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5368. Topics in Multimedia. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of issues, theory, and application of current technology specific to multimedia development.

BCIS 5369. Multimedia: Project Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theory and application of project management techniques to multimedia application development. A review of the principles of project management and the appropriate application of these principles to multimedia-based projects. An exploration of computer-based project management tools and their use in the management of multimedia-based projects. The planning, design, projection, and evaluation of complex interactive multimedia-based projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisites: BCIS 5360 and six hours from BCIS 5361, 5362, 5363, 5364, 5365, 5366 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5376. Network Administration and Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies of communications architectures, protocols and interfaces. Communications networking techniques such as circuit switching, message switching, packet switching, broadcast network and inter-networking are explored. Prerequisites: BCIS 5304 or approval of department. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5378. Network Design and Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies network installation planning, preparing the hardware, installing a network operating system, configuring the user environment, creating the user interface, establishing network security, establishing printing services, network administration, netware utilities, maintenance techniques, monitoring performance. trouble shooting and configuring the network for maximum efficiency. Prerequisite: BCIS 5376. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5379. The Technology of E-Business. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the technical and business considerations for creating and operating an electronically based business. Students will study the environment from an operational and legal perspective, analyze the technologies available and implement an e-commerce project integrating database, web pages, and script languages. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5380. E-Business Application Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines issues related to supporting a business that uses the Internet and other on-line implementations. The course operates in a team environment simulating a business organization and requires the team develop and implement database and Internet technologies. Lab fee $15. Prerequisite Course: BCIS 5316: Applied Database Management or approval of department head.

BCIS 5386. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course offers students the opportunity to study CIS topics and perform research within the student's area of interest as directed by the responsible professor. May be repeated as topics vary for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: Approval of the department head.

BCIS 5388. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is accepted. Prerequisite: BCIS 5351, consent of major advisor or approval of department head.

BCIS 5390. Selected Topics in BCIS. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of various topics in the Computer Information Systems area with focus on current and recent developments. May be repeated as topics vary for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

BCIS 5392. Business Intelligence Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Develops research skills related to the reactive and proactive use of data to analyze business decisions. Business environmental and internal data sets will be designed using data warehousing techniques. Students will use datamining, text mining, OLAP, or analytics used to improve decision making. Prerequisite: BCIS 5316 or equivalent or approval of department head.

BCIS 5395. Research Project with Laboratory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent study course in specific areas of Information Systems. May be repeated for credit once when topics change. Prerequisites: Approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5398. Research Methods in Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines timely topics related to computer-based systems. The course develops research skills, problem-solving skills, applies the scientific method, refines presentation skills, and promotes team involvement. The course operates in a distributed team environment using the Internet as its communication vehicle. Prerequisite: BCIS 5301 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

BCIS 5399. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised work experience in an information technology-related position with a public or private organization. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of prefix BCIS courses or equivalent and approval of internship coordinator or department head. Field experiences fee $50.

Dr. Leah Schultz
Department of Computer Information Systems
Business Building, Room 159
Box T-0170
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9169
lschult@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/is