Course Descriptions

MGT 301 - Critical Thinking and Writing

(Credits: 3.00)

This course further develops analytical writing and critical thinking skills introduced in ASB 101 Introduction to Written Communication. It cultivates the required skills for critical argumentation by encouraging students to engage in and converse with various readings. Students will assign significance to these readings, analyze and reflect on them, and construct their own critical responses and arguments. Prerequisite: ASB 101 or equivalent.

MGT 306 - Principles of Self Management

(Credits: 4.00)

This introductory course challenges adult students to find the balance between available time and energy and the demands of their environment. It is designed to assist students with setting the stage for success by focusing on ways to develop a healthy self-concept and by recognizing the relationships between the results of personal effort and constructive strategies for working, studying, and recreating. During this course, students will plan and complete a community service project.

MGT 405 - Management and Leadership

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an overview of the fields of management and administration. Students will study the techniques of management and leadership, as well as practical applications to improve managerial effectiveness.

MGT 430 - Introduction to Management Information Systems

(Credits: 3.00)

This introductory course is a study of computer information systems, focusing on concepts and case studies of real-world problems. It provides the tools to use information systems as an end-user manager and to follow the trends of developing technology.

MGT 450 - Financial Planning and Control Systems

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students will learn basic accounting and financial techniques that will help them to function more effectively as managers. The course emphasizes analysis and evaluation methods and covers commonly used financial theories, techniques and methodologies. Prerequisite: ASB 115 or equivalent.

SMS 403 - Introduction to Project Management of Information Systems

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on information systems as a distinctive area of project management. The course covers project selection, planning, scheduling, and implementation, as well as the human aspects of information systems projects. Prerequisite: ASB 151 or equivalent.

SMS 423 - Business Data Communications

(Credits: 3.00)

This course enables students to acquire the technical vocabulary, understanding, and decision-making ability to manage an organization's or company's data communications efficiently. Students also will learn how data communications fit into the strategic and tactical processes within an organization.

SMS 427 - Marketing for the Information Age

(Credits: 3.00)

While providing an introduction to the four Ps of marketing (product, price, place, and promotion), this course addresses how the concepts of traditional marketing combined with techniques derived from information technology are used to add value to customers, build customer relationships, and increase profitability.

SMS 439 - Systems Analysis and Design

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students are taught to assume the role of a problem solver to recommend changes and improvements to information systems that can then be carried out by technical specialists. Students examine information systems from the perspectives of different stakeholders for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and using the information provided.

SMS 441 - Database Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course covers the fundamentals of database management, the relational data model, and query formulation. It focuses on the management of databases for organizing information and its retrieval for use in organizational decision-making.

SMS 449 - Enterprise Resource Planning

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students learn how to integrate a corporation's information systems to increase efficiency. Students examine integrating activities and best practices that lead to improved organizational planning, communication, and collaboration and how enterprise resource planning (ERP) contributes to the flow of information within a company or organization.

SMS 459 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Management of Information Systems

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students will examine basic legal principles and ethical principles and how they apply to the management of technology. It places emphasis on the legal, ethical, and social implications of the use of information in organizational and corporate settings.

SMS 494 - Capstone: Strategic Management of Information Systems

(Credits: 5.00)

In this culminating experience, students integrate the issues concerning effective management of information systems previously addressed in the program. They focus on the strategic role that information systems play in providing the tools and resources used in managing an organizational or business operation and how information systems allow for collaboration on business decisions to gain competitive advantage. Students complete a final integrative project in which they apply the concepts learned throughout the degree program to a real-world challenge or opportunity. Prerequisite: Completion of all other BS-SMIS course work.