Department of Information Systems and Operations Management
479 Bryan Building
Our mission is to integrate quality instruction in information systems and operations management with relevant research and professional services. This integration will help students develop an appropriate background and critical skills needed to function effectively in a global, technology-driven environment. We strive to fulfill this mission as an integral part of the Bryan School of Business and Economics and in support of its mission and purposes. Our chief goal is to provide top-tier information systems and operations management programs in North Carolina as assessed by employers of our graduates.
Programs offered by the department include study of computer technology and automation applied to information systems, production-manufacturing systems, office systems and management decision making. Career opportunities are excellent for quality graduates of any of the three concentrations. All students in departmental programs gain extensive experience using microcomputers and contemporary applications software.
The department assists professional student development, participates in the School's internship program, and assists students with career planning and placement. Students with appropriate academic records are encouraged to seek an internship as juniors or seniors. The programs in Management Information Systems and Office Systems Administration closely follow the national curriculum models of DPMA and OSRA.
Required: 122 hours
All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 hours required)
All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Specific area requirements are indicated below: Sem Hrs
See complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.
Major and Related Area Requirements
For All Concentrations
Information Systems Concentration
Office Systems Administration Concentration
Operations Management Concentration
Electives sufficient to complete 122 total semester hours required for the degree. At least 13 hours of the free electives must be taken in courses outside business and economics.
The designation "Honors in Information Systems and Operations Management" will be printed on the student's official transcript.
110 Business Computing I (3:3).
Introduction to computer hardware, software and microcomputer applications including electronic mail, word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, and network functions.
210 Business Computing II (3:3). Pr. grade of B- or higher in 110 or consent of instructor.
Advanced techniques in the use of microcomputer applications, including desktop publishing, spreadsheets, database systems, and linkages between applications. Study of how end user applications are managed and contribute to business.
230 Quantitative Business Analysis (3:3). Pr. MAT 120 or 191 and coreq. ECO 250.
Survey of the current management science techniques for business and economic decision making. Topics covered include decision making under risk, decision making under uncertainty, linear programming, waiting line theory, network models, and simulation.
240 Business Programming I (3:3). Pr. 110.
Introduction to the planning and creation of computer programs for solving business-related problems. Emphasis on problem analysis and structured programming techniques. Students utilize a procedural programming language.
280 Business Processes and Information Technology (3:3). Pr. 110, ECO 201, ACC 201.
The nature of business processes and basic information technology. Examination of the use of information technology to support business processes. Includes a review of the development and management of information technology.
301 Systems and Process Analysis (3:3). Pr. admission to Department.
Focuses on systems and process concepts such as automation boundaries, feasibility assessments, performance measures, information modeling, process re-engineering, quality, and value added. Course emphasizes analysis methodologies. (Formerly ISM 351)
303 Total Quality Management (3:3). Pr. admission to program of study within the Bryan School or other professional program approved by the School.
Introduction to the concepts, principles, and practices of managing quality in organizations. Topics covered include perspectives on quality, importance of a customer focus, continuous improvement, employee involvement, and quality tools. (SP)
304 Managing and Organizing Projects (3:3). Pr. Admission to program of study within Bryan School or other professional program approved by the School.
An introduction to modern methods for defining, planning, managing, and controlling large projects. Computer software and network modeling are used to support the efficient scheduling of interdependent activities. (FA)
305 Office Systems Analysis and Design (3:3). Pr. admission to the Department.
Approaches and tools used in analysis and design of office and end-user systems. Development of techniques for analyzing unstructured systems and assessing office productivity. (FA)
310 Business Programming II (3:3). Pr. admission to Department or other approved program; grade of B- or higher in 240.
Study of advanced procedural software structures such as multidimensional arrays and tables, indexed file processing, and interactive processing. Introduction to object oriented software structure such as class definitions, object instances, and class methods.
315 Database Systems Theory (1:1). Pr. 240 and admission to Department.
Study of the concept of database management systems and alternative logical systems of data management. Overview of available systems and industry trends.
316 Structured Query Language (1:1). Pr. 315 and admission to Department.
Study of the SQL language and its use in query, reporting, and maintenance activities.
317 Database Systems Design (1:1). Pr. 316 and admission to Department.
Design of database systems. Emphasis on the development of multiple table database systems to solve specific organizational needs and practical problems in the development and evolution of an actual database.
325 Topics in Applications Development (1-3). Pr. admission to the Department or consent of instructor.
Study of specific application development environments and development tools to support business application development.
360 Operations Management (3:3). Pr. admission to program of study within the Bryan School or other professional program approved by the School.
Survey of the operations functions of organizations with emphasis on design and control decisions. Qualitative and quantitative problem-solving methods used to enhance managerial competence in the operations functions.
401 Telecommunications Management (3:3). Pr. 351 and admission to Department.
Telecommunications technology and the use of that technology in business. Coverage of voice, data, and video communications and LANs and WANs. Emphasis on the delivery and management of telecommunications services. (Formerly ISM 475)
452 Design of Management Information Systems (3:3). Pr. admission to program or other approved program; 317, 351, and grade of C or better in 310.
Development of cost effective computer-based systems to produce information needed for managerial decision making as specified in the information analysis phase.
461 Production Management Controls (3:3). Pr. 360.
Analysis of development, execution, and control of an operating plan for an organization, including discussions of material and capacity control, quality control, and Japanese techniques. Cases and a term paper/project.
462 Distribution and Materials Management (3:3). Pr. grade of C or better in 360 and admission to Department or other approved program.
Roles of distribution and materials management in the management of operations. Topics include inventory management, materials requirement planning, distribution management, purchasing, and logistics management. (FA)
463 Production/Operations Management Simulation (3:3). Pr. 360.
Seminar simulating operation of a complex business enterprise. Student teams operate competing firms in an industrial environment simulated by a computer.
472 Advanced Office Systems (3:3). Pr. admission to program or other approved program; 351 and grade of C or better in 305.
Study of advanced topics in office systems and office automation. In-depth analysis of selected issues. May involve field-based research. (SP)
492 Advanced Topics in Business Information Systems (3:3). Pr. 351 and senior standing.
Advanced study of topics of interest to those in Information Systems. Group discussions and study emphasized.
493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.
498 Independent Study (1 to 3). Pr. consent of instructor, senior standing and approval of written plan of study prior to registration.
Individual study of issues or problems in information systems and/or operations management. Student must arrange time and course requirements with instructor prior to registration.
499 Problems in Information Systems and Operations Management (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor.
Independent study and research with class discussion covering a topic or group of related topics of current interest in information systems and/or operations management.
Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.