Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Chairperson: Dr. Tej K. Kaul
Office: Stipes Hall 431
Telephone: 309/298-1536
Fax: 309/298-1696
E-Mail: T-Kaul@wiu.edu
Website:www.wiu.edu/isds

Faculty: Amaravadi, Andrew, Dehkordi-Vakil, D. Druckenmiller, P. Druckenmiller, Harper, Kaul, Lee, Mahr, Man, Mangalaraj, Onion, Tarrant, Valeva, Woolley.

As new information and internet-based technologies are changing the structure and operations of organizations, developing the skills to provide the tools, manage the systems, and research new avenues of improvement and innovation become the key to the future. A Bachelor of Business in Information Systems degree program provides students with this cutting-edge knowledge.

The Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences (ISDS) provides coursework for a major in Information Systems (IS) with options in Healthcare Information Technology Systems (Healthcare IT-Systems) and Information Technology Systems (IT-Systems).

The information systems (IS) degree program prepares students to organize, develop, and manage the flow of information to support and streamline business activities in modern organizations. The Healthcare IT-Systems option is concerned with the use and management of information systems in the healthcare industry. It concentrates on healthcare IT solutions and management, including IT infrastructure, enterprise database management, and Web IT-Systems development and management. The IT-Systems option is designed to integrate the core functions of information systems: IT infrastructure, business systems analysis, enterprise database management, telecommunications planning and management, Web IT-Systems development and management, IS project management and development, topics in enterprise and/or strategic information systems, and applied data mining for business decision-making.

The integrated IS curriculum is designed to develop skills in conceptual foundations and functions of core information systems, quantitative statistical methods, and interpersonal and communication skills for effective interaction with various information systems' clients. Graduates are trained for a wide variety of career opportunities in both manufacturing and service organizations. This unique ability to understand both technical and business concepts will make a graduate an ideal project manager, consultant, business/systems analyst, database analyst, or healthcare IT professional.

The ISDS department offers courses in the following areas: Decision Sciences, Business and Technology in a Global Setting, Business Communications, and IT-Systems as part of the common body of knowledge required of all business students. These courses are listed in the Bachelor of Business Core.

The ISDS department also offers minors in Decision Sciences and Information Systems.

GradTrac is available to Healthcare Information Technology Systems and Information Technology Systems majors. See more information about GradTrac.

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College section of the Catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Business—Information Systems

All students seeking the Bachelor of Business in Information Systems must complete I, II, III, and IV.A. or IV.B.. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
    Healthcare Information Technology Systems option: must include 14 s.h. from: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (MATH 137); Social Sciences (ECON 231, 232 and either PSY 100 or SOC 100); and Human Well-Being (HE 120).
    Information Technology Systems option: must include 12 s.h. from: Natural Sciences/ Mathematics (MATH 137); Social Sciences (ECON 231, 232 and either PSY 100 or SOC 100).
  2. Business Core Courses†: 33 s.h.
  3. Department Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    IS 215, 341, 342, 415, 462
  4. Option of Study (select A or B)
    1. Healthcare Information Technology Systems
      1. Special Courses
        CS 211, 212; DS 390 (3 s.h.); IS 466 (6 s.h.); HS 211, 250; HSM 212: 20 s.h.
      2. Other: Either STAT 171 or DS 203: 0-3 s.h.
      3. Open Electives: 6-9 s.h.
    2. Information Technology Systems
      1. Special Courses
        CS 211, 212, 214; DS 305; IS 344, 467 (6 s.h.): 18 s.h.
      2. Other: Either STAT 171 or DS 203: 0-3 s.h.
      3. Open Electives: 8-11 s.h.

†IS 320 (Business Core) fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Minors

Minor in Decision Sciences: 18 s.h.

  1. DS 303 or ECON 387; DS 304, 305, and 390 (3 s.h.): 12 s.h.
  2. Select remaining hours from ECON 332, 425; FIN 331; MGT 425; MKTG 329; OM 352; SOC 232, 332; PSY 223, 323; or other courses approved by department: 6 s.h.

Minor in Information Systems: 21 s.h.

  1. CS 211, 212; IS 215, 340, 341, 342; DS 305: 18 s.h.
  2. Select remaining hours from upper division IS courses: 3 s.h.

Course Descriptions

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IS)
Formerly Information Management (IM)

125 Business and Technology in a Global Society. (3) A comprehensive overview of global business principles, practices, and trends that are reshaping today's business and affecting tomorrow's competitive environment. Consideration of the impact of technology, ethics, diversity, culture, and various emerging issues on all business disciplines.

215 IT Infrastructure. (3) An introduction to IT infrastructure issues in Information Systems. Topics covered relate to both computer and systems architecture and communication networks, with a focus on services and capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organizational context.

310 Business & Government Communications Essentials. (3) Essentials of oral and written communication skills necessary for success in today's business and government organizations. Students may not earn credit for both IS 310 and IS 320. Prerequisite: Must be accepted in the Learning to Lead Program which includes ENG 280 as a prerequisite.

315 Analytical Report Writing in Business. (1) Conceptual and practical aspects of effective communication through analytical report writing. Prerequisite: IS 310.

320 Business Communications. (3) Conceptual and practical aspects of effective communication through reports, letters, and memorandums. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: ENG 280.

340 Management Information Systems. (3) Conceptual and practical approaches to computer-based management information systems.

341 Business Systems Analysis. (3) Develop an understanding of concepts and techniques of business information systems analysis. Emphasis upon system development life cycle. Prerequisites: IS 215, 340; CS 211 and 212 or permission of department chairperson.

342 Enterprise Database Management. (3) A study of the theory and application of database management systems including their design, development, and management. Prerequisites: IS 215, 340; CS 211 and 212 or permission of department chairperson.

343 Management of Information Technology. (3) The role, implications and relevance of Information Technology (IT) in managing businesses: management issues concerning IT strategy, planning, and competitive advantage; process innovation and re-engineering; and organizational transformation. Prerequisite: IS 341 and 342, or permission of department chairperson.

344 Telecommunications Planning Management. (3) An introduction to business management tools and techniques necessary to plan and manage a company's telecommunications and network functions. Topics include telecommunications management and network administration basics; telecommunications planning and project management; and operations and acquisition management. Prerequisite: CS 214 or permission of department chairperson.

415 Web IT Systems Development and Management. (3) This course will cover tools and technologies related to Web IT Systems development and management. Emphasis will be placed on developing the infrastructure and exploring the emerging technical and managerial issues in support of Web IT Systems. Credit cannot be earned for both CS 415 and IS 415. Prerequisites: IS 341 and 342.

443 Decision Support Systems. (3) An analysis of the nature of decision making and information systems which serve decision makers. Prerequisites: IS 341; DS 203 or STAT 171.

460 Independent Study in Information Systems. (13, repeatable to 3) Independent study with written report on a problem mutually selected by student and instructor. For information systems majors only. Prerequisites: IS 341 and senior standing, with written permission of department chairperson.

462 IS Project Management and Development. (3) Study of the issues and challenges in managing information systems' development projects. Students will also identify, develop, and implement a solution to an information systems' problem. Prerequisites: IS 415 and senior standing or permission of department chairperson.

466 Topics in Healthcare Informatics. (3, repeatable to 6 for different titles) Topics include the study of healthcare information systems and their use in healthcare and clinical practice as well as in healthcare research and education. Prerequisites: IS 341 and 342.

467 Topics in Enterprise and/or Strategic Information Systems. (3, repeatable to 6 for different titles) Topics include the study of theoretic and practical issues related to enterprise and/or strategic information systems in contemporary organizations with a focus on integration of information and organizational forms and processes across functional areas using unified systems. Prerequisites: IS 341 and 342.

470 Internship in Information Systems. (312, repeatable to 12) Work experience, on- or off-campus, in an organization involving computerized information systems. Intern will be supervised by a faculty coordinator and an executive in the business firm. Reports of work experience are submitted to the coordinator periodically. Final report required. For Information Systems majors only. Prerequisites: IS 341, 342, and junior or senior standing, with written permission of department chairperson. Graded S/U only.

DECISION SCIENCES (DS)

203 Introduction to Statistics for Decision Making. (3) A survey of statistical methods useful for business. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, probability distribution, statistical inference, analysis of variance, regression, and contingency tables. Not open to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in STAT 171. Prerequisite: WIU placement in STAT 171, or MATH 100, or equivalent (C grade or better). IAI: BUS 901.

303 Applied Business Forecasting and Regression Analysis. (3) A survey of the basic methods and techniques that are available for business forecasting including moving average and exponential smoothing techniques; classical decomposition; simple, multiple, and time series regression techniques; and statistics for quality control and capability. Prerequisite: DS 203 or STAT 171.

304 Managerial Decision Making and Problem Solving. (3) Introduction to management science techniques. The emphasis will be on applications of linear programming models, network analysis, inventory models, project scheduling, and decision theory. Prerequisite: DS 203 or STAT 171, or equivalent.

305 Applied Data Mining for Business Decision- Making. (3) This course provides an introduction to data mining methods for business applications. Students will learn the basics of data selection, preparation, statistical modeling, and analysis aimed at the identification of knowledge fulfilling organizational objectives. Prerequisite: DS 203 or STAT 171 or consent of instructor.

390 Statistical Software for Data Management and Decision Making. (3, repeatable to 6 for different titles) This course provides students with the basic concepts of statistical computing. Students will gain experience with different types of statistical software and their applications. Methods of data preparation and validation, analysis, and reporting will be covered. Prerequisites: DS 303, or ECON 387, or PSY 323, or SOC 332, or POLS 284 and STAT 171, or permission of department chairperson.

460 Independent Study in Decision Sciences. (13, repeatable to 3) Independent research on topics in decision sciences mutually selected by student and instructor. Prerequisites: DS 303 and senior standing, with written permission of department chairperson.

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