Graduate Catalog
Management Information Systems

LLOYD D. BROOKS, EdD
Chair
Room 300, Fogelman Admin Building
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LLOYD D. BROOKS, EdD
Master's Program Coordinator
Room 316, Fogelman Admin Building
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lbrooks@memphis.edu

ROBIN POSTON, PhD
PhD Program Coordinator
Room 309, Fogelman Admin Building
(901) 678-5739
rposton@memphis.edu

I. In the Department of Management Information Systems qualified students may work toward the Master of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and the PhD degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

NOTE: Every graduate student must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) and the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

II. MS in Business Administration with Concentration in Management Information Systems

A. Program Admission

  1. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  2. Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average as evidenced by an official transcript (evaluated by an agency such as WES if an international student).
  3. Submit an application to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  4. International Students must submit scores on the TOEFL exam.

B. Concentration Prerequisites

For those students with a limited information systems background, the department requires MIS 7060 and MIS 7070.

C. Concentration Requirements

  1. Each candidate must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of approved graduate courses. The 33 graduate credits include a minimum of 21 hours in the concentration (24 if a thesis is written). Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
  2. MIS 7160, Computer Hardware and System Software; MIS 7605, Business Database Systems; MIS 7610, Systems Analysis and Design; MIS 7615, Data Communications Systems and Network; and MIS 7640, Information Systems Management and Planning as part of their degree program. MIS 7650, Information Systems Global Enterprise and FIR 7155, Global Financial Management are also required for the MSBA degree program. MIS 7650, Information Systems Global Enterprise and Other courses can be selected from MIS courses as approved by the departmental master’s coordinator.
  3. At least 24 of the 33 credit hours required must be in courses designed primarily for graduate students (7000 level or above).
  4. The comprehensive examination requirement for the MS in Business Administration with concentration in Management Information Systems is satisfied by successful completion of MIS 7640.

D. Experiential Learning Credit

Students enrolled in the MSBA programs with a concentration in Management Information Systems will be allowed to request a maximum of six credit hours of experiential learning credit for the purposes of meeting their degree requirements (the six credit hours will apply toward the required credit hours needed to complete a concentration).This six credit hours of experiential learning credit will be granted only for  students who have qualified, exceptional experience that can be related to one or more courses in the degree program.

In order to request consideration for the credit hours, students must submit a portfolio for review by following the guideline the University College developed.  For more information about the guideline, refer to the University College’s Experiential Learning Credit website: (http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/experiential_learning.php).

III. PhD Program

The PhD program in MIS at the University of Memphis aims at preparing students for a successful academic career as scholars. The MIS department prides itself on maintaining a supportive research and teaching atmosphere. PhD students are encouraged to actively get involved in research with faculty right from the first semester. Our program nurtures students' innate curiosity while providing them with mentoring and support to train them for independent research and professional responsibilities.

MIS courses include topics such as information systems management, business database systems, systems analysis and design, business intelligence, data communications and networks, information assurance and data security.  In research seminars students review the core topics in information systems, with an emphasis on current research. Students also take four courses related to research methodology, as well as two courses related to research in the field of information systems.

MIS faculty publishes applied and theoretical research in the top tier MIS academic journals, focusing on the AIS-6 journals: MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of MIS, Journal of the AIS, European Journal of Information Systems, and Information Systems Journal. Our faculty’s research spans multiple lines of inquiry including managerial, behavioral and technical topics and we employ empirical approaches, modeling, experimental, qualitative, design science and econometric methodologies.

Our PhD program in MIS benefits from a mix of junior faculty members complementing our existing strong cadre of senior faculty. This brings opportunity for the students to work in diverse research areas like information value, IS service quality, strategic information management, outsourcing and the use of open source, system testing and management, social networks, online consumer behavior, business value of IT, information assurance management, global IS issues, knowledge management, technology in the supply chain, healthcare IS, ethics and philosophy of IT, innovation & strategy, and IT leadership.

Our doctoral students actively participate in and benefit from the various initiatives the department is involved in such as weekly MIS research colloquium, the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP), and the Center for Innovation Technology Management. 

For admission, prerequisites, and program information, see the college website at: http://www.memphis.edu/fcbephd/.

IV. Graduate Certificate Program in Software Testing

Software testing is a critical discipline as organizations increasingly rely on information systems that are becoming increasingly more complex. This certificate prepares students to both manage and participate in testing at all stages of the software development process. The topics and techniques are applicable to testing all types of software.

A. Admissions Requirements

  1. Same as College and University requirements.
  2. The certificate can be pursued concurrently with other graduate programs at the University.
  3. Non-degree seeking applicants must submit a brief (1-2 pages) statement that describes educational and work experiences in business, including their background in software testing. GMAT scores are not required. However, acceptance into the certificate program is not an implied acceptance into any master’s degree program.

B. Program Requirements: The following 4 courses must be satisfactorily completed for a total of 12 hours of credit.
MIS 7610, Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)
MIS 7655, Advanced Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)*
MIS 7681 Management of Software Testing (3 hours)
MIS 7682, Software Testing Tools and Techniques (3 hours)
*COMP 6081, Software Development, may be substituted for MIS 7655.

C. Graduation Requirements

  1. The student must complete all 4 required courses with an average grade of B (3.0) or higher, for a total of 12 credit hours.
  2. In the semester of graduation, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

V. Graduate Certificate Program in Business Information Assurance

The Business Information Assurance (BIA) certificate prepares students to perform critical activities needed to properly manage an organization’s assets related to a wide range of information security/privacy threats. Training related to effective managerial methodologies has become increasingly important in planning for possible breaches of security and handling resulting problems.

A. Admissions Requirements

  1. Same as College and University requirements.
  2. The certificate can be pursued concurrently with other graduate programs at the University.
  3. Non-degree seeking graduate students may also pursue this certificate program of study. To be approved for the program, these students must submit evidence of this non-degree-seeking graduate student status, along with the completed application form, to the Department of Management Information Systems for review.
  4. Acceptance into the certificate program is not an implied acceptance into any master’s degree program.

B. Program Requirements: This program requires completion of 12 semester credit hours, as follows:

Six hours (two courses) from this group:

  • MIS 7455 – Cyber Ethics in Information Technology*
  • MIS 7670 – Computer and Network Security
  • ACCT 6241 – Auditing and Assurance
  • ACCT 7241 – Internal Auditing
  • *COMP 7900 – Cyber Ethics may be substituted for MIS 7455

Six hours (two courses) from this group:

  • MIS 7160 – Computer Hardware/System Software
  • MIS 7615 – Data Communications Systems/Networks
  • ACCT 7420 – Accounting Databases/Systems
  • CJUS 6180 – Corporate/White Collar Crime

C. Graduation Requirements

  1. To obtain the certificate, a student must complete four courses, with two selected from the first group of courses and two selected from the second group courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.
  2. A minimum grade of B is required for each of the four courses.
  3. In the semester of graduation, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

VI. Graduate Certificate in Business Project Management

Graduate certificate program in Business Project Management prepares individuals for project management team work and to be project managers with specific emphasis on the integration of information systems and business processes.  This certificate program will address the importance of project management education and address the need for trained professionals in project management.

The objectives of the certificate program include: Provide knowledge of the theoretical and practical concepts of managing IT projects, Understand and be able to perform project management activities, Understand and be able to use project management tools and techniques, Understand the role of project managers in the modern organization, Explore unique and particular challenges resulting from rapid technological change in dynamic business environments, and Exploring the role of the IS business professional in change management

A. Admissions Requirements:

Same as College and University requirements.

The certificate can be pursued concurrently with other graduate programs at the University.

Non-degree seeking applicants must submit a brief (1-2 pages) statement that describes educational and work experiences in business, including their background in project management. GMAT and GRE scores are not required. However, acceptance into the certificate program is not an implied acceptance into any master’s degree program.

B. Program Requirements:

The following 4 courses must be satisfactorily completed for a total of 12 hours of credit.

One course from this group:

MIS 7605 – Business Database Systems

COMP 7115 – Database Systems

One course from this group:

MIS 7610 – Systems Analysis and Design

COMP 7012/8012 - Foundations of Software Engineering

Both courses below:

MIS 7671 – Project and Change Management

MIS 7672 – Advanced Project Management

C. Graduation Requirements:

The student must complete all 4 required courses with an average grade of B (3.0) or higher, for a total of 12 credit hours.

In the semester of graduation, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.


MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MIS)

NOTE: Students taking Business courses will be charged an additional $30 per credit hour.

In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:
MIS 6000-09. Topics in Teaching Methods in Information Technology. (3). Selected topics of current interest in management information systems and computer software applications. Designed for teacher certification requirements. Topics are varied and announced in online class listings. NOTE: Restricted to teacher certification; not applicable toward business degree requirements. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

MIS 7470-9–8470-9. Topics in Information Systems. (1-3). Studies in ISDS as applied to solution of current operational problems in businesses. Topics change each semester as determined by relevant developments in decision sciences; consult the online class listings for current topic. (Maximum 9 hours credit.) PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

MIS 8700-9. Topics in Information Systems. (1-3). In-depth study of selected current topics in MIS and related areas. Topics change each semester as determined by relevant developments; consult online class listings for current topic. (Maximum of 9 hours credit). PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.


MIS 7030 - Integ Software Appl (3)
Emphasizes mastery of suite application software using an integrated approach to software applications and employing problem-based methods; course meets licensure standards.

MIS 7060 - Program Devel & File Str (3)
Programming principles, program logic development, internal data structures, and file organization; development of structures and computer programs using a modern programming language.

MIS 7070 - Intro to MIS in Business (3)
Provides essential business core content needed for IS/IT management; examines effective methods of hiring and maintaining qualified IS/IT employees, using accounting and financial information effectively for IS/IT strategic decisions and leadership.

MIS 7160 - Comp Hardware/Sys Softw (3)
Introduction to the technology of computing; processor operation including fetch/execute, input/output, instruction types, interrupt handling, addressing schemes and multiprocessing; business systems software including operating systems from single-user single-task to multi-user multitask; major current operating systems.

MIS 7170 - Global Info Tech Mgmt (3)
Information technology's impact on globalization of businesses; international IT environment; models and issues in international IS; planning and managing global systems; case studies and applications. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7465 or permission of instructor.

MIS 7190 - Programing For Business (3)
Fundamentals of programming for business projects, including Internet-based business applications and object-oriented programming languages. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7060 or permission of instructor.

MIS 7435 - Web Site Devel (3)
Focuses on Internet, intranets, and other online technologies to develop and maintain the enterprise web site in a business environment; web mastering techniques include coverage of web site creation, design, programming, planning, enhancement, and maintenance.

MIS 7455 - Cyber Ethics in IT (3)
Business ethics and computer ethics issues and concepts in an online environment, including relevant topics such as privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property, software development and testing, and related IT management decisions. PREREQUISITE: 9 hours of graduate credit or permission of instructor.

MIS 7480 - Thriving In Info Age (3)
Introduction to information and technology challenges facing today's organization, including developing technology-enabled strategies and designing organizational systems and structures that facilitate development and execution of these strategies.

MIS 7605 - Bus Database Systems (3)
Management of database for effective support of management information systems. Topics include characteristics and design of schemas and subschemas for hierarchical, network, and relational data models.

MIS 7610 - Sys Analysis & Design (3)
Comprehensive structured approach to application system development process; emphasis on requirements analysis, logical specifications, structured design, and implementation of information systems.

MIS 7615 - Data Comm Systms/Netwks (3)
Introduction to concepts and terminology of data communication, network design, and distributed information systems; topics include equipment protocols and architectures, transmission alternatives, the communications environment, regulatory issues, and network pricing and management.

MIS 7620 - Business Intelligence (3)
Business Intelligence is the study of computerized support for management decision making. Topics include data mining, artificial neural networks, text and web mining, data warehousing, expert systems, and knowledge management. PREREQUISITES or COREQUISITES: MIS 7605, ISDS 7120 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

MIS 7630 - Informatn Systms Proj (3)
Development or evaluation or both of specialized software product; field studies to collect and analyze data pertinent to significant information systems issues. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7610. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

MIS 7640 - Inform Sys Mgmt/Plan (3)
Information systems planning and management for the corporate executive and information systems manager; emphasis on information as a critical resource and its role in policy and long-range planning. PREREQUISITES: MIS 7605 and 7615. COREQUISITES: MIS 7610.

MIS 7650 - Info Syst Global Enterprise (3)
Information systems and their roles and applications in global enterprises, including conceptual foundations, business applications, impacts on organizational behavior, and how IT may be used to implement global strategies to gain competitive advantage.

MIS 7655 - Adv Systems Analysis (3)
Advanced concepts in information systems planning and development with focus on current information technologies and systems development practices that lead to timely delivery of effective information systems solutions; special attention on communication and interpersonal skills required for today's systems development activities. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7610.

MIS 7660 - Advanced Data Management (3)
Advanced concepts in data management and in the strategic use of data. Topics will be selected from data strategy, business intelligence, data mining and the strategic use of data warehouses, data quality, the business value of data, unstructured data, modern data administration, master data management, data management in cloud computing, data issues in agile development, and other contemporary data topics. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7605.

MIS 7665 - Adv Business Compt Envn (3)
Technical aspects and managerial implications of several state-of-the-art technologies with potential effects on competitive advantage, probability and cost, and personnel resources. PREREQUISITES: MIS 7605, 7610, and 7615; or permission of the instructor.

MIS 7670 - Comp/Network Security (3)
Comprehensive survey of technical and managerial aspects of computer and network security in the business environment. Emphasis is on managerial issues and decisions related to selecting and managing all aspects of information security.

MIS 7671 - Project/Change Mgmt (3)
Overview of theoretical and practical concepts in management of IT projects; explores unique and particular challenges resulting from rapid technological change and dynamic business environments; difficulty of managing changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems, emphasizing change management role of the IS specialist. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7610.

MIS 7672 - Advanced Project Management (3)
The objective of this course is to examine the process and team factors, with an emphasis on the technology and global factors of project management. Individuals will learn advanced information systems project management principles and strategies. In addition, those taking this course will learn team building within the information systems project realm and how collaboration technologies are used to support project teams. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: MIS 7671 or equivalent.

MIS 7681 - Mgmt of Software Testing (3)
Topics will include software testing goals, objectives, planning techniques, and managerial structures. It will also cover manual and automated software testing techniques and test case generation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MIS 7610.

MIS 7682 - Software Test Tools/Tech (3)
Topics will include detailed software testing methods and the role of software testers and users at all stages of software development, walkthroughs and reviews, as well as unit through acceptance testing techniques. Prerequisite: MIS 7681.

MIS 7910 - Prob Mgmt Info Syst (1-6)
Directed independent research projects in an area selected by the student with approval of supervising faculty member and Faculty Director. Proposed plan of study must be approved prior to enrollment. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

MIS 7996 - Thesis (3-6)
Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

MIS 8465 - Inform Sys In Organiztns (3)
Information systems and their roles and applications in organizations, including conceptual foundations, underlying technologies, business applications, impacts on organizational behavior, and how IT may be used to implement organizational strategy and gain competitive advantage.

MIS 8605 - Bus Database Systems (3)
Management of database for effective support of management information systems. Topics include characteristics and design of schemas and subschemas for hierarchical, network, and relational data models.

MIS 8610 - Sys Analysis & Design (3)
Comprehensive structured approach to application system development process; emphasis on requirements analysis, logical specifications, structured design, and implementation of information systems.

MIS 8615 - Data Comm Systms/Netwks (3)
Introduction to concepts and terminology of data communication, network design, and distributed information systems; topics include equipment protocols and architectures, transmission alternatives, the communications environment, regulatory issues, and network pricing and management.

MIS 8620 - Business Intelligence (3)
Business Intelligence is the study of computerized support for management decision making. Topics include data mining, artificial neural networks, text and web mining, data warehousing, expert systems, and knowledge management. PREREQUISITES or COREQUISITES: MIS 8605, ISDS 7120 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

MIS 8640 - Inform Sys Mgmt/Plan (3)
Information systems planning and management for the corporate executive and information systems manager; emphasis on information as a critical resource and its role in policy and long-range planning. PREREQUISITES: MIS 7605 and 7615. COREQUISITES: MIS 7610.

MIS 8650 - Global Informatn Techn (3)
Information technology's impact on globalizations of businesses; international IT environment; models and issues in international IS; planning and managing global systems; case studies and applications. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7465 or permission of instructor.

MIS 8655 - Adv Systems Analysis (3)
Advanced concepts in information systems planning and development with focus on current information technologies and systems development practices that lead to timely delivery of effective information systems solutions; special attention on communication and interpersonal skills required for today's systems development activities. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7610.

MIS 8660 - Adv Networking/Data Mgt (3)
Advanced concepts in data management and in the strategic use of data. Topics will be selected from data strategy, business intelligence, data mining and the strategic use of data warehouses, data quality, the business value of data, unstructured data, modern data administration, master data management, data management in cloud computing, data issues in agile development, and other contemporary data topics. PREREQUISITE: MIS 7605.

MIS 8665 - Adv Business Compt Envn (3)
Technical aspects and managerial implications of several state-of-the-art technologies with potential effects on competitive advantage, probability and cost, and personnel resources. PREREQUISITES: MIS 7605, 7610, and 7615; or permission of the instructor.

MIS 8670 - Comp/Network Security (3)
Comprehensive survey of technical and managerial aspects of computer and network security in the business environment. Emphasis is on managerial issues and decisions related to selecting and managing all aspects of information security.

MIS 8710 - Sem/Inform Systms I (3)
Scientific methodology of MIS research; MIS frameworks and theory of MIS; organization-critique and analyze foundational papers; in-depth study of researchable topics. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

MIS 8720 - Sem/Inform Systms II (3)
Development of a research proposal; critique and evaluation related to research and the proposal. PREREQUISITE: MIS 8710 or permission of instructor.

MIS 8800 - Experimental Research Methods (3)
This seminar provides in-depth coverage of experimental design research issues and methods in business research. At the completion of the seminar, students should have in-depth knowledge on how to frame questions and hypotheses that are testable using experimental designs, how to frame an experimental study, how to acquire data, conduct the experiment, perform analyses with popular statistical software, and how to write-up research results from an experiment. Course includes weekly lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.

MIS 8910 - Prob Mgmt Info Syst (1-6)
Directed independent research projects in an area selected by the student with approval of supervising faculty member and Faculty Director. Proposed plan of study must be approved prior to enrollment. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

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