Graduate Course Descriptions
- CIST 2100 – Organizations, Applications, and Technology
An introduction to organizations and the role that information and information systems play in supporting an organization's operations, decision making processes, quality management, and strategic activities. Also includes management of the IS function, strategic and regulatory issues of telecommunications, ethical and legal issues.
- CIST 2500 – Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T
The course emphasizes the function of statistics in information science and technology including topics such as descriptive statistical measures, probability, discrete probability, sampling, estimation analysis, hypothesis testing, regression, and analysis of variance. A well-known computer package will be used to support the problem-solving process.
Prerequisites: MATH 2030 (Discrete Mathematics) or permission of advisor or permission of instructor.
- ISQA 8040 – An Overview of Systems Development
The course presents an overview of information systems and the systems development lifecycle. The course will focus on theory, current tools, and techniques that the programmer or analyst can use to develop and document information systems. This course may not be used in a plan of study for any graduate program at UNO.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate College and CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) or equivalent.
- ISQA 8050 – Data Organization and Storage
The course will provide concepts of hardware performance, file structures, database design, and database management. The performance implications of various design decisions will be explored. The purpose of this course is to prepare the student for further graduate-level study of information systems. This course may not be used in a plan of study for any graduate program at UNO.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of programming or demonstrable equivalent experience.
- ISQA 8060 – Research in Management Information Systems
This course covers research methods and their application to the development and evaluation of management information systems. Also covered is the relationship between organization theory and IS research.
Prerequisites: CIST 2500 (Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T), CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology), and ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development).
- ISQA 8210 – Management of Software Development
This course will integrate concepts and techniques from software engineering, management science, psychology, organization behavior, and organization change to identify, understand, and propose solutions to the problems of software project management. The purpose of the course is to prepare the student for leadership positions in software development and software maintenance.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development) or permission of instructor.
- ISQA 8220 – Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
This course is a systems analysis and design course for computer programmers and systems analysts. The course presents an overview of information systems and the systems development life cycle for the systems analyst. Course emphasis will then focus on theory, current tools and techniques that the programmer or analyst can use to document information systems.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development) or equivalent.
- ISQA 8310 – Data Communications
This course will provide a comprehensive review of data and computer communications for business information systems within the framework of the ISO OSI model, evolving techniques for effective data communications, telecommunications infrastructure and services, and the design and management of organizational data and voice communications resources.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) or equivalent.
- ISQA 8380 – Enterprise Architecture and Systems Integration
The course introduces students to concepts, issues, and tools needed to design and manage distributed computing environments. It focuses on distributed technologies in building and managing distributed systems, and the strategic relationship between business processes and the information systems architecture.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8310 (Data Communications) and ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage), or equivalent.
- ISQA 8410 – Data Management
The course provides in-depth coverage of such areas as: the relational model, SQL, data modeling, data quality management, database design, database administration & security, data warehousing. The course offers a mix of theoretical treatment and hands-on application. Current DBMS and data modeling software will be used.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage) or equivalent.
- ISQA 8420 – Managing the IS Function
The course provides a focus on the business management implications of the information explosion. The course is organized around a management audit of the information services activity to help present and future managers recognize and implement effective information services management.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) and ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development), or equivalents.
- ISQA 4010/8016 – Business Intelligence
This course intends to provide graduate students an added value for their knowledge body building regarding the growing field of business intelligence, in addition to their required credits in the related program. Business intelligence has becoming a new merging across the common known areas of MIS, DSS, ERP, Data Warehouse and Data Mining. This is certainly an extension of CRM with the broad knowledge of data analyses.
Prerequisites: CIST 2500 (Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T), ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development), and ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage).
- ISQA 8080 – Seminar in Management Information Systems
This course is designed to acquaint students with issues which are current to the field or harbingers or emerging trends in the information systems area. It may be repeated, but no topic may be taken more than once.
Prerequisites: Completion of all foundation courses for the MS in MIS program.
- ISQA 4100/8106 – Information Systems Architecture & Organization
To examine the frameworks and tools used to develop an organization's information system architecture. To provide the analytical skills and conceptual frameworks with which to make recommendations and decisions regarding the integration of information technology components into an information system architecture.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) and ISQA 3310 (Managing the Database Environment) or ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage).
- ISQA 4130/8136 – Information Technology for Development
Information Technology for Development (ITD) is the implementation and evaluation of information technology infrastructures to stimulate economic, social and human development. In this service-learning course, students will learn and apply ITD concepts for developing and adding value through IT by working with small business entrepreneurs in Omaha or rural Nebraska. Students will evaluate micro-business technology needs, prepare business technology plans, provide training, and implement appropriate solutions, to the extent possible within a semester class.
Prerequisites: Students are expected to have some familiarity with personal computers, web development, software development, database management, or networking. Though not required, the following courses or their equivalent would provide the necessary background : CIST 1100 (Introduction to Computing), CIST 1300 (Introduction to Web Development), ISQA 3210 (Advanced Technology for Personal Productivity), ISQA 3310 (Managing the Database Environment), ISQA 3400 (Business Data Communications).
- ISQA 4150/8156 – Advanced Statistical Methods for IS&T
This course emphasizes the application and interpretation of statistical methods including design of experiments, analysis of variance, multiple regression, and nonparametric procedures and the use of statistical computer packages. The intent is to develop quantitative abilities needed for quantitatively intensive jobs and for advanced study in management information systems, computer science and information technology.
Prerequisites: CIST 2500 (Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T), or equivalent (at least one course in statistics), and an understanding of basic calculus (a calculus review will be conducted at the beginning of class).
- ISQA 8160 – Applied Distribution-Free Statistics
The primary objective of this course is to expose students to methods of analyzing data from non-normal populations, including binomial tests, contingency tables, use of ranks, Kolmogorov-Smirnov type statistics, and other selected topics.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8156 (Advanced Statistical Methods for IS&T) or equivalent.
- ISQA 4160/8166 – Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning
Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is designed to expose students to the primary enterprise application that forms the information systems (IS) infrastructure for most large organizations today. The primary purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of the enterprise wide, cross-functional nature of ERP software. In the process of learning about ERP systems, the students develop "hands on" experience with the largest and most well-known ERP application, SAP.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) or equivalent. Not open to non-degree students.
- ISQA 8180 – Electronic Commerce
Critical examination of the issues, technologies, standards, and business and social implications of electronic commerce in the cyberspace.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8310 (Data Communications) or ISQA 3400 (Business Data Communications).
- ISQA 8196 – Process Reengineering with Information Technology
Examination of the issues of business process reengineering. Reengineering concepts and methods are introduced. Additional special project(s) are required.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development) and ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage), or equivalent.
- ISQA 4200/8206 – Information and Data Quality Management
This course introduces the role and importance of data quality and information quality in databases and data warehouses. The intent of the course is to provide students with the concepts and tools necessary to effectively manage information and data quality .In particular, the course examines the various roles, responsibilities, and skills essential to manage databases and data warehouses.
Prerequisites: CIST 2500 (Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T) and [ ISQA 3310 (Managing the Database Environment) or ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage) ].
- ISQA 8230 – Telecommunications Management
This course will focus on the management required to operate today's complete telecommunications networks. The course will be based on the standards that are currently in place as well as examining the future directions. The student, upon the successful completion of this course, will have an operational knowledge of the components of complex telecommunications networks, the management structures and computer systems needed to maintain that network, and the security solutions used to protect that network.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the graduate program of MIS or CSCI or by permission of the instructor. (Same as CSCI 8220).
- ISQA 8240 – Telecommunications Planning, Analysis and Design
This course presents an in-depth discussion of systems analysis, design and implementation of telecommunication systems with a special emphasis on wide area networking and internetworking systems. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to methods, tools, and techniques for telecommunication systems planning, analysis, design and implementation. This will be complemented with an in-depth discussions on topics such as: circuit cost optimization techniques; discussing concentration and aggregation, statistical multiplexing, and distance-sensitive tariffs; selecting among such transmission technologies as ISDN, Frame Relay, ATM, SMDS, SONET, and CDPD; security threats and solutions, including authentication, encryption, intrusion detection, decoys, and firewalls; and network and system management protocols and tasks.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8220 (Systems Analysis and Design) and ISQA 8310 (Data Communications).
- ISQA 8250 – Facilitation of Collaborative Problem Solving
Professionals working in organizations, including software engineers, project managers, HR managers, organizational consultants, and other decision makers, do not work in isolation. In their professional life, such individuals will have to function as intermediaries and stimulators of collaborative work. Collaborative problem solving requires not only motivated and skilled group members. It also needs carefully crafted meeting process designs that can benefit from the application of electronic meeting technologies. The course focuses on the facilitation of collaborative problem solving and decision making processes. Students learn how to design and facilitate collaborative workshops, with support from both paper-based and electronic meeting tools. The course is hands-on and experiential, with students working in small teams to conduct real workshops.
- ISQA 4300/8306 – Database Administration
This course is designed to give students an applied, practical introduction to database administration. Students will gain an understanding of the functioning of a database management system and its relationship to the computing environment in which it runs. They will learn the concepts, principles, and techniques necessary to carry out such functions as database object creation, storage management, capacity planning, performance tuning, backup and recovery, and security management. Each semester the course will focus on one commercial database management system (DBMS), such as Oracle.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8410 (Data Management) or [ [ISQA 3300 (File Structures for Information Systems) or CSCI 4530 (File Structures)] and [ISQA 3310 (Managing the Database Environment) or CSCI 4850 (Data Base Management Systems)] ].
- ISQA 8340 – Applied Regression Analysis
The primary objective of this course is to expose students to regression models and applications with particular emphasis on applying these concepts to IT research. Topics to be discussed include: Foundations of regression analysis using least squares procedures; model formulation; stepwise regression; transformations; graphical methods; estimation; inference; influence diagnosis; matrix formulation; multicollinearity; time series; and nonlinear models.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8156 (Advanced Statistical Methods for IS&T) or equivalent.
- ISQA 8400/IMED 840 – Clinical Systems Architecture and Function
This course serves to integrate multiple topics into an understanding of clinical health care information system history, architecture, and design. The needs of multiple disciplines will be explored to understand how they can share, communicate, and manage patient information using clinical information standards.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Not open to non-degree students.
- ISQA 8500 – Readings in Clinical Informatics
An overview of clinical informatic topics with readings covering history, foundation knowledge and current developments in the field. The purpose of this course is to provide integrative knowledge of theory and applications in clinical informatics. NOTE: This course is crosslisted with UNMC's SURG 850.
Prerequisites: Student must have completed all MS in IS core courses and have permission of the department to enroll in courses for the Health Informatics concentration.
- ISQA 8510 – Managing Usability Functions in Systems Development Organizations
This course deals with usability of information systems, from the perspective of organizing and managing usability functions in a systems development organization. After briefly introducing the background to systems usability and usability principles, the course focuses specifically on the introduction, organization, support, management, and evaluation of usability functions in systems development organizations. The role of the usability professional in the organization is emphasized.
Prerequisites: Six hours of programming coursework or equivalent experience, and ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development) or equivalent.
- ISQA 3520/8525 – Graphical User Interface Design
A study of the visual design for graphical user interfaces utilized in the development of business applications. The course includes a hands-on survey of the most prominent business software applications and an application project.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology), Six hours of programming coursework or equivalent experience, ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development), and ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage).
- ISQA 8530 – E-Commerce Security
The course will integrate concepts, principles, and technologies from business, telecommunications, and computer science to identify, understand, and propose solutions to the security threats to e-commerce.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) and ISQA 8310 (Data Communications).
- ISQA 8546/CIST 4540 – Computer Security Management
The purpose of this course is to integrate concepts and techniques from security assessment, risk mitigation, disaster planning, and auditing to identify, understand, and propose solutions to problems of computer security and security administration.
Prerequisites: CIST 4360 (Introduction to Information Security)or permission of the instructor.
- ISQA 8560 – Information Warfare and Security
This course will study the nature of information warfare, including computer crime and information terrorism, as it relates to national, economic, organizational, and personal security. Information warfare policy and ethical issues will be examined.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology)or BSAD 8030.
- ISQA 8570 – Information Security Policy and Ethics
This course will cover the development and need for information security policies, issues regarding privacy, and the application of computer ethics.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology)or BSAD 8030, and ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development).
- ISQA 8580 – Security Risk Management and Assessment
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student for managing information security at the organizational level. This course will combine concepts from strategic management, decision science and risk analysis to prepare the student to integrate security issues into an organizational strategic planning process.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8060 (Research in Management Information Systems) and ISQA 8540 (Computer Security Management) or equivalents. Not open to non-degree students.
- ISQA 4590/8596 – IT Audit and Control
This course explores organizational and managerial issues relevant to planning and conducting IT audit and control activities. The course covers the following conceptual areas: business risks and the management of business risk, IT risk as a component of business risk, the need to manage IT risks, and the basic type of controls required in a business system in order to control IT risks. Issues associated with new risks created by the use of the Internet for business applications and electronic business are also covered.
Prerequisites: A solid understanding of business foundations such as accounting and introductory auditing and exposure to the IS discipline is essential for success in this course. Permission of Instructor is required to enroll.
- ISQA 8700 – Data Mining: Theory and Practice
This course teaches students theoretical issues as well as practical methods for designing and constructing a data warehouse. To provide an in-depth prespective on the matter, the course will cover the essential concepts, issues, techniques and methods of the design and construction of the data warehouse, within the framework of a data warehouse architecture.
Prerequisites: ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development), ISQA 8050 (Data Organization and Storage), and ISQA 8310 (Data Communications), or equivalents.
- ISQA 4730/8736 – Decision Support Systems
A study of decision support systems applied to the solution of a variety of business problems. The course will integrate concepts and techniques from information systems, management science, and organization behavior as a basis for the study of both the theory and application of decision support systems, information requirements for decision making, and applied artificial intelligence.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology), or equivalent.
- ISQA 8810 – IT Project Fundamentals
The course will integrate concepts and techniques from management science, psychology, organizational behavior, and administration change to identify, understand, and propose solutions to the problems of project management. The purpose of the course is to prepare the graduate for project participation and leadership.
Prerequisites: CIST 2100 (Organizations, Applications, and Technology) and ISQA 8040 (An Overview of Systems Development).
- ISQA 8820 – Project Risk Management
This course will cover project risk management, i.e., the process of measuring or assessing risk in projects and then developing strategies to manage the risk. The topics covered will include: Risk Management Planning, Risk Identification, Quantitative Risk Analysis, Qualitative Risk Analysis, Risk Response Planning, and Risk Monitoring and Control will be covered in detail. Students will learn how to apply and use the tools and techniques needed to perform these project management tasks. A collection of readings on risk management from the empirical literature coupled with risk management standards from organizations such as IEEE and the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be used to provide the student with an excellent foundation in risk management and control.
Prerequisites: CIST 8810 (IT Project Fundamentals) or permission of instructor.
- ISQA 8900 – Independent Research in MIS
(2 or 3 credits) The content of the course will vary. However, both the student and the faculty member must sign an Independent Research Agreement and file it with the Master of Science in Management Information Systems Graduate Program Committee before registration for the course. This agreement will detail the project, the schedule for its completion, the form of the output, the method of evaluation, and other relevant information pertaining to the project.
A student desiring to take ISQA 8900 in lieu of any catalog course must receive approval by the GPC if (a) supervising faculty does not normally teach the course being substituted, or (b) catalog course being substituted will be offered in time period prior to feasible graduation.
Prerequisites: At least 12 hours of course work toward an MS in MIS should be completed, and permission of instructor.
Online Form: Application form for this course.
- ISQA 8910 – Information Systems Internship
(1 or 2 credits) Information Systems Internship provides students with an opportunity for practical application and further development of knowledge and skills acquired in the MS MIS degree program. The internship gives students professional work experience and exposure to the challenges and opportunities faced by IT professionals in the workplace.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours towards the MS MIS program. Not open to non-degree students.
- ISQA 8950 – Capstone Management Information Systems
(3 credits) The course consists of a student executed Information Systems design project providing an in-depth practical experience. It typically covers system conceptualization, analysis, and design. It may also involve prototyping. The project will typically not include the actual implementation of the system. This course replaces the MS in MIS comprehensive exam requirement.
Prerequisites: Students must have 6 credit hours or fewer left in the program. Students must have completed all core classes except ISQA 8380. Not open to non-degree students.
Online Information: Capstone Option Description.
- ISQA 8990 – Thesis
(3 hours; must be taken for a total of 6.) A research project designed and executed under supervision of Thesis Advisory Committee. Student will develop skills, including ability to design, conduct, analyze, and report results in writing (i.e., thesis) of an original independent scientific investigation. Student's Thesis Advisory Committee must approve the project plan.
Prerequisites: Graduate major in MIS and approval of Thesis Advisory Committee.
Online Form: UNO Graduate College – Proposed Supervisory Committee Form.
Online Form: UNO Graduate College – Thesis Proposal Approval Form.
Additional graduate courses are available at the 9000-level. These courses may be taken as electives with permission of the instructor. These courses can be found at the PhD in IT website.
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