WSU Regulation 3-4
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
POLICY FOR CHANGING THE CURRICULUM
The purpose of this policy is to describe the process to be used to accomplish curricular changes, while recognizing the
responsibility and right of the faculty to propose such changes. Curricular changes include proposals for the growth, reduction, or
discontinuation (banking) of a major, minor, option or concentration, new courses, or changes in existing courses. The policy
1. Changes to existing courses requiring notification of, but not action by, the Academic Affairs and Curriculum Committee
(A2C2) and/or Graduate Council,
2. All new or revised courses requiring A2C2 and/or Graduate Council approval,
3. All courses which departments wish to submit for inclusion in the University Studies Program requiring University
Studies Subcommittee and A2C2 approval (See also the University Studies Program and Policies document and the University
Studies Course Approval Form),
4. New and revised programs (majors, minors, options, certificates, and concentrations, including credit hour increases or
decreases) requiring A2C2 and/or Graduate Council approval,
5. Discontinuation (banking) of a Program (major, minor, option, or concentration) or Course. (See WSU Regulation 3-19.)
Process for Accomplishing Curricular Change
A. Responsibilities of the Department
Curriculum proposals and notifications originate with a department or with one or more faculty members. To ensure that
proposals are drafted in keeping with this Regulation 3-4, the appropriate department’s A2C2 representative will complete and
sign the Checklist for Curricular Change Proposals. The submitting department(s) will evaluate each proposal and
recommend approval or disapproval. The proposal or notification is then sent to the college dean for consideration and
recommendation. The dean returns the proposal with a recommendation to the department chair. All curriculum proposals
must be submitted on the approved WSU curriculum proposal forms or notification form. Copies are attached.
B. Responsibilities of the Dean of the College
After approval by the department, all proposals are sent to the college dean for consideration and recommendation. The dean
returns the proposal with a recommendation to the department chair.
C. Responsibilities of the Department Chair
The chair will forward the original forms and forty (40) copies for curricular changes and one (1) copy of notifications that
involve undergraduate credit to A2C2 and ten (10) copies for those that involve graduate credit to the Graduate Council,
following the procedures as outlined on the appropriate forms. For proposals involving both undergraduate and graduate credit
fifty (50) copies are submitted.
A representative of the originating department must attend the meeting at which the proposal will be considered. Other
interested parties are also invited to attend.
D. Responsibilities of the Academic Affairs and Curriculum Committee (A2C2)
A2C2 considers new proposals and revisions according to the following procedure and steps:
1. Upon receiving the original forms and the appropriate number of copies from the department, the A2C2 chair puts the
proposal on the agenda of the A2C2 Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee or the University Studies Subcommittee
meeting. Notifications will be put on the agenda of the next A2C2 meeting and will be read by the chair.
2. One week before the Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee meeting the A2C2 chair distributes copies of the
proposal to A2C2 and Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee members and notifies the following of the time and
place of the A2C2 Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee meeting at which the proposal will be considered:
a. each department’s A2C2 representative,
b. Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee members,
c. concerned department chairs,
d. the IFO Faculty Association President,
e. the President of MSUAASF,
f. the President of Student Senate,
g. the Graduate Council, if appropriate,
h. the College Deans, and
i. the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
One week before the University Studies Subcommittee (USS) meeting the University Studies director distributes copies of
the proposal to the USS members and notifies the campus community of the time and place of the USS meeting and
identifies proposal being considered.
3. The department initiating the curriculum proposal must send a representative who is knowledgeable of the proposal to this
meeting. If no representative from the originating department is present, the proposal will be tabled.
4. All university units, faculty, students, MnSCU, are invited to send representatives to the A2C2 Course and Program
Proposal Subcommittee meetings.
5. Any department or other University unit that objects to the curriculum proposal must present a written statement of their
position (with copies for each subcommittee member) at the A2C2 Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee meeting
and may send a representative to the meeting to explain the objection. If conflicts between university units are not
resolved to the subcommittee’s satisfaction, the proposal will be postponed until resolved.
6. Curriculum proposals will be evaluated using the criteria as listed in this regulation and on the proposal forms, and a
recommendation for approval or disapproval will be made.
7. If the proposal contains both a new program and new courses, the program and courses will be submitted simultaneously.
Upon receiving a recommendation from the subcommittee, A2C2 will formally act first on the new program and then on
the new courses.
8. The A2C2 Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee will bring the proposal and the recommendation to the next A2C2
9. A2C2 will vote approval or disapproval of the proposal.
10. The A2C2 chair will forward the proposal together with the A2C2 recommendation to the IFO Faculty Senate.
Note: A2C2 does not act on proposals involving courses or programs for graduate credit only or on proposals to designate a
lower-level course as being eligible for graduate credit.
E. Responsibilities of the Graduate Council
All proposals involving notification and new or revised courses or programs for graduate credit only and all proposals that
designate a lower-level course as eligible for graduate credit are acted on by the Graduate Council. A2C2 does not make
recommendations or receive copies of these proposals.
A proposal for a curriculum change which includes any double-numbered course which qualifies for both undergraduate and
graduate credit must be submitted both to A2C2 and to the Graduate Council for their evaluation and recommendation.
F. Responsibilities of the WSU Faculty Association Senate
After receiving the proposal and recommendation from A2C2 and/or Graduate Council, the WSU Faculty Association Senate
will approve or disapprove the proposal. The proposal, together with the A2C2 and/or Graduate Council recommendation and
the Faculty Senate recommendation will then be forwarded to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
G. Responsibilities of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the President
The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall recommend approval or disapproval of the proposal to the President within a
reasonable length of time.
The President shall make the decision approving or disapproving of the proposal.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall communicate the President’s decision to all appropriate University units within
fifteen (15) contract days of the date of the decision. The decision shall be printed in the appropriate University publication.
The effective date for curricular changes is normally the semester after which the proposal is approved.
If the Vice President’s recommendation and/or the President’s decision departs from the A2C2 or Graduate Council
recommendation, the Vice President shall communicate in writing to the A2C2 chair or the chair of the Graduate Council and
to the originator of the proposal the reasons for the departure within the fifteen (15) contract day limitation.
H. All Course and Program Proposals are subject to MnSCU Policies on Curriculum.
Types of Curricular Proposals
The following types of curricular proposals are considered to be notifications. These proposals require notification of, but not
action by, A2C2 and/or Graduate Council. Submit on form entitled Notifications.
The proposal is considered to be a Notification if the curricular change is for an individual course and the change proposed is
one of the following:
• Change in course title,
• Change in course description,
• Change in prerequisites,
• Change in grading option,
• Reduction in course number,
• Change in course number within level, e.g. 310 to 350, or
• Increase in hours or credits in an independent study course.
A proposal for such a curricular change requires approval of only the department and college dean. The notification will be
presented in writing at the next A2C2 and/or graduate Council meeting as part of the agenda under Notifications. The
notification is sent to A2C2 if the course is an undergraduate course and to the Graduate Council if the course is a graduate
A department, with its dean’s approval, may change up to two required courses within an existing major, minor, option,
concentration, etc., per year without seeking approval of A2C2 or the Graduate Council, provided that (1) the total credits do
not increase or decrease for the major, minor, option, concentration, etc., and (2) the change does not affect other departments
or the University Studies Program. Such a change is also considered to be a notification and is submitted on the form
Notifications. However, if such a change affects other departments or the University Studies Program, then the proposal will
be considered a new or revised course or program proposal.
The department will supply A2C2 or the Graduate Council with the original form and one copy at least seven (7) contract days
before the meeting at which the department wishes the notification to be presented.
B. Proposals for New Courses.
Use form Proposal for New Courses. Supply all information according to the directions found on the form. Include a
Financial and Staffing Data Sheet and an Approval Form. The department will supply A2C2 and/or Graduate Council with
the original forms and the appropriate number of copies of the forms at least seven (7) contract days before the A2C2 meeting
or Graduate Council meeting at which the department wishes the proposal to be considered.
C. Proposals for Revised Courses.
If the proposed curricular change requires A2C2 and/or graduate Council approval, i.e., not considered a notification, use form
Proposal for Revised Courses. Follow directions given on the form and include an Approval Form. The department will
supply A2C2 and/or Graduate Council with the original forms and the appropriate number of copies of the forms at least seven
(7) contract days before the A2C2 meeting or Graduate Council meeting at which the department wishes the proposal to be
D. Proposals for Courses for Inclusion in the University Studies Program including flagged courses.
Use form Proposal for University Studies Courses. Follow directions given on the form and include a University Studies
Course Approval Form. The department will supply A2C2 with the original forms and ten (10) copies of the forms at least
seven (7) contract days before the University Studies Subcommittee meeting at which the department wishes the proposal to be
considered. If the proposed course is a new course, it must submitted for approval as a new course (see above) before
submission as a University Studies course.
E. Proposals for Revised Programs.
Use form Proposal for Revised Programs. Supply all information requested on the form and include a Financial and Staffing
Data Sheet and an Approval Form. The department will supply A2C2 and/or Graduate Council with the original forms and
the appropriate number of copies of the forms at least seven (7) contract days before the A2C2 meeting or Graduate Council
meeting at which the department wishes the proposal to be considered.
F. Proposals for New Programs.
Proposals for new programs will be submitted as required by MnSCU regulations.
G. Proposals for Discontinuation (Banking) of a Program or Course.
See WSU Regulation 3-19. Supply all information requested on the form. The department will supply A2C2 with the original
form and one copy at least seven (7) contract days before the A2C2 meeting at which the department wishes the proposal to be
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
CHECKLIST FOR CURRICULAR CHANGE PROPOSALS
Course or Program__Management of Information Systems ____
This checklist enables A2C2 representatives to endorse that their departments have accurately followed the Process for
Accomplishing Curricular Change. For each course or program proposal submitted to A2C2, this checklist should be completed
and signed by the submitting department's A2C2 representative. Peer review of proposals is also strongly advised, e.g.,
departments should discuss and vote on the proposals as submitted to A2C2, rather than on just the ideas proposed or drafts of
If a proposal fails to follow or complete any aspect of the process, the Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee will
postpone consideration of the proposal and return it to the department's A2C2 representative for completion and resubmission.
Resubmitted proposals have the same status as newly submitted proposals.
Note: This form need not be completed for notifications nor should it be included in proposal copies.
1. The appropriate forms and the “Approval Form" have been completed in full for this proposal. All necessary or
relevant descriptions, rationales, and notifications have been provided.
2a. The “Financial and Staffing Data Sheet" has been completed and is enclosed in this proposal, if applicable.
________ Completed ________ NA
2b. For departments that have claimed that “existing staff" would be teaching the course proposed, an explanation has been
enclosed in this proposal as to how existing staff will do this, e.g., what enrollment limits can be accommodated by
existing staff. If no such explanation is enclosed, the department's representative is prepared to address A2C2's
questions on this matter.
________ Completed ________ NA
3. Arrangements have been made so that a department representative knowledgeable of this proposal will be attending
both the Course and Program Proposal Subcommittee meeting and the full A2C2 meeting at which this proposal is
Name and office phone number of proposal's representative: _____________________________________
4. Reasonable attempts have been made to notify and reach agreements with all university units affected by this proposal.
Units still opposing a proposal must submit their objections in writing before or during the Course and Program
Proposal Subcommittee meeting at which this proposal is considered.
________ Completed ________ NA
5. The course name and number is listed for each prerequisite involved in this proposal.
________ Completed ________NA
6. In this proposal for a new or revised program (major, minor, concentration, etc.), the list of prerequisites provided
includes all the prerequisites of any proposed prerequisites. All such prerequisites of prerequisites are included in the
total credit hour calculations. ________ Completed ________ NA
7. In this proposal for a new or revised program, the following information for each required or elective course is
a) The course name and number.
b) A brief course description.
c) A brief statement explaining why the program should include the course.
________ Completed ________ NA
8. This course or program revision proposal:
a) Clearly identifies each proposed change.
b) Displays the current requirements next to the proposed new requirements, for clear, easy comparison.
________ Completed ________ NA
9. This course proposal provides publication dates for all works listed as course textbooks or references using a standard
form of citation. Accessibility of the cited publications for use in this proposed course has been confirmed.
________ Completed ________ NA
Department's A2C2 Representative Date
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
PROPOSAL FOR REVISED PROGRAMS AND NEW PROGRAMS
Use this form to submit proposals for revised majors, minors, concentrations, options, etc.
Note: A department, with its dean’s approval, may change up to two courses per year within an existing major, minor,
concentration, option, etc., per year without seeking review of A2C2 and/or graduate Council, provided that (1) the total credits do
not increase or decrease for the major, minor, concentration, option, etc., and (2) the change does not affect other departments or
the University Studies Program. A2C2 and/or Graduate Council do, however, wish to be informed of these changes. Use form
If a department wishes to make more extensive revisions to an existing major, minor, concentration, option, etc., complete and
submit this form with the appropriate number of copies. Refer to Regulation 3-4, Policy for Changing the Curriculum, for
complete information on submitting proposals for curricular changes.
Department: ___Management of Information Systems and Operations____
Title of Program: _____Management of Information Systems___
Revised: ___X___ Major ______ Minor ______ Concentration ______ Option ______ Other
New: ______ Major ______ Minor ______ Concentration ______ Option ______ Other
Total credit hours: ___76 S.H.___ Classroom Hours __________ Lab Hours __________
Proposed Implementation Date: ______Fall 2005____
Please attach to this proposal a narrative with the following information:
A. Statement of major focus and objectives of the revised program.
B. New Catalog Content
1. Provide a list of program content as it would appear in the catalog including required courses, electives, etc., by
number and name. Include the number and name for each prerequisite, and all prerequisites of proposed prerequisites.
All such prerequisites, and prerequisites of prerequisites, should be included in the total credit hour calculations for
the revised program.
2. New catalog narrative, if any.
C. Description of Revisions, to include
1. A display of current program requirements next to proposed new requirements for clear, easy comparison.
2. A clear identification of each proposed change.
3. The following information for each required or elective course:
a. Course number and name,
b. A brief course description, and
c. A brief statement explaining why the program should include the course.
Attach a Financial and Staffing Data Sheet.
Attach an Approval Form.
Department Contact Person for this Proposal:
Name (please print) Phone e-mail address
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
FINANCIAL AND STAFFING DATA SHEET
Program___Management of Information System____
Include a Financial and Staffing Data Sheet with any proposal for a new course, new program, or revised program.
Please answer the following questions completely. Provide supporting data.
1. Would this course or program be taught with existing staff or with new or additional staff? If this course would be taught by
adjunct faculty, include a rationale.
It is the objective of the program to have adjunct faculty teach MIS 202 – Microcomputers in Business, therefore freeing up the
current full-time faculty to concentrate on 300 and 400 level courses. The subject matter taught in MIS 202 is the basic
knowledge/skills of applying the most popular business software packages. This course can be handled by adjunct faculty and/or
a fixed term position.
2. What impact would approval of this course/program have on current course offerings? Please discuss number of sections of
current offerings, dropping of courses, etc.
Within the current program 14 S.H. of the required courses are taken in the Computer Science Department, those courses will no
longer be listed as required in the program but are regulated into the list of 6 S.H. of elective courses students can choose from.
Replacing those courses will be MIS courses that are already approved and listed under electives in the current program. These
courses will be listed as required under the revised program.
OM 464 Project Management will be impacted with the revised program which was previously listed as an elective course. OM
464 has been offered every semester (1 section) and should see some increase in student numbers (on average 15-20 students
taking the course each semester) but there is room (35 limit of class) in the section.
See attached Suggested two plan for the MIS program.
3. What effect would approval of this course/program have on the department supplies? Include data to support expenditures
for staffing, equipment, supplies, instructional resources, etc.
The plan for now is for specific MIS program courses (MIS 332, 342, 372, 452, and 482) to be taught with out a computer lab.
But in the consultant’s report he recommended a lab as a teaching tool for the program for hands on applications. The MISO
department is pursuing this requirement as a separate issue with administration.
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Routing form for new and revised courses and programs. Course or Program__________________________________
_________________________________ ________________ ____________________________________________
Department Chair Date e-mail address
Dean’s Recommendation _____ Approved _____ Disapproved
Dean of College Date
A2C2 Recommendation _____ Approved _____ Disapproved
For: _____ Major _____ Minor
Chair of A2C2 Date
Graduate Council Recommendation _____ Approved _____ Disapproved
Chair of Graduate Council Date
Director of Graduate Studies Date
Faculty Senate Recommendation _____ Approved _____ Disapproved
President of Faculty Senate Date
Academic Vice President Recommendation _____ Approved _____ Disapproved
Academic Vice President Date
Decision of President _____ Approved _____ Disapproved
Please forward to Registrar.
Registrar _________________ Please notify department chair via e-mail that curricular change has been recorded.
A. Statement of major focus and objectives of revised MIS program.
Last year, the MIS program was reviewed by Gordon C. Everest, Professor of IDS, Carlson School of Management,
University of Minnesota. During his visit on campus, Professor Everest met with several constituencies, including the
President, V. P. of Academic Affairs, Dean of College of Business, department faculty, MIS faculty, and a group of MIS
students. In his report, Dr. Everest made several recommendations for the MIS program. Among them was revision of the
MIS program based on the “Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information
Systems.” The model has been established through the partnership of three worldwide organizations; The Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM), Association for Information Systems (AIS), and Association for Information Technology
Professionals (AITP). The model represents fundamental courses in MIS as a field of academic study that encompasses the
concepts, principles, and processes for two broad areas of activity within organizations: (1) acquisition, deployment, and
management of information technology resources and services (the information systems function) and (2) development,
operation, and evolution of infrastructure and systems for use in organizational processes (system development, system
operation, and system maintenance). The systems that deliver information and communications services in an organization
combine both technical components and human operators and users. They capture, store, process, and communicate data,
information, and knowledge.
In addition, Professor Everest expressed a strong concern about several computer courses not taught in the MIS
department. He made a strong recommendation that the computer courses included in the MIS program need to be taught
from a business perspectives. The following are his comments:
“While the topics and subject matter may be similar, the objectives and context are very different
between a computer science program and an MIS program in a business school. Computer science
tends to be interested in computers, software, etc. for their own sake. They emphasize efficient design and
operation of hardware and software which requires a solid grounding in algorithms, programming
languages, etc. This means that there is usually a long string of prerequisites for the courses which might be
of interest to an MIS student, making it difficult for them to qualify -- prerequisites such as discrete math,
theory of algorithms, and optimization methods. Since they are often developing the software systems (such
as language compilers, operating systems, or database management systems) the emphasis necessarily must
be on the design of algorithms for efficient execution. Also, as is common in CS programs, most (if not all)
of the course work assignments must be done on an individual basis. That ensures that every student attains
some level of mastery of the material and its application in hands-on work. ….
By contrast, an MIS student or MIS graduate needs to learn how to use and apply the software to
solve problems in a business environment. They are seldom seeking to develop efficient algorithms, but
they do need to understand enough to be able to effectively tune the performance of hardware/software
systems. Also, teamwork is an essential element of working in the business world. That is expected and is
the norm. The approach in CS courses, insisting on individual work, is simply inappropriate for a business
MIS student. It sets up the wrong expectation for their career. They need to be encouraged, indeed,
required, to work in teams on projects. They need to learn that it is each individual's responsibility to make
it work, even if you don't like others on your team……
In a business school, computers and software, etc. are the tools to build information systems to
manage and deliver valued information resources to support the operation and management of an
enterprise. That is a very different end goal and one which permeates the design and delivery of the
All this is to make the point that the MIS program needs to take responsibility for the courses it
offers to their students, particularly those which constitute the core educational requirements. MIS
courses should take the student as far as they need to go to understand and effectively apply the technology.
If a student wants more of the technology, then they can take additional courses in computer science.
Let me be specific on the courses. In teaching programming to MIS students, it is important to focus
on program development and the principles of good program design. The choice of programming language
is secondary - it is merely the vehicle for teaching the principles of good programming. So you would like
to pick a language which is easy to learn and use. A secondary criteria might be a language the student is
most likely to encounter in their career - that looks good on a resume or transcript. Visual Basic (VBA.net)
is the language currently taught in MIS 312 and is most appropriate for business MIS students. The required
computer science courses (CS 234 and 250) teach Java, admittedly the more widely used in industry. You
can be sure that the emphasis is on writing algorithms in Java and training skilled Java programmers. Their
objective is primarily to learn Java for its own sake. An MIS student does not need to become a skilled Java
programmer (or VB for that matter). They do need to learn the fundamentals of programming, the nature of
sequential process specification, handling exceptions, and principles of good program design. Algorithms is
not a necessary prerequisite. The language is a vehicle for teaching about programming; the student is not
expected to become proficient in the chosen language.
Similar comments could be made regarding the database management systems courses (CS 385 versus
MIS 342). MIS students don't need both. They should use a system which is easiest to learn and which is
widely used, and taught from the objective of application in a business environment. ………
“The bottom line here is that the four CS courses (234, 250, 385, and 410) should be removed from
the requirements for the MIS program. They are taught from a different perspective, with a different
objective, and with an almost exclusive emphasis on individual work rather than team work.
Furthermore, they are redundant in the current MIS curriculum.”
Therefore, after reviewing the program consultant recommendations, the MIS faculty is committed to
developing a program that best prepares students in the field of Management of Information Systems and has
proposed this revised program. This revised program is moving a few MIS courses that were previously listed
as electives into the required section of the major and moving the CS courses into the electives section of the
B. THE LIST OF COURSES WITH THEIR DESCRIPTIONS AND PREREQUISITES
B.1. Catalog Content- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
MIS: Management Information Systems
200 – Independent Studies in MIS – 1-2 S.H.
This course help students develop basic skills in PowerPoint and Microsoft Word as required by Microsoft Office User Specialist
(MOUS) certification. This is a self study course.
202 – Microcomputers in Business- 3 S.H.
An introduction to some of the more commonly used software packages for business decision-making. Spreadsheet, business graphics,
database and integrated software are introduced. Grade only.
312 - Business Computer Programming-3 S.H.
A structured approach to business systems development and programming using 3GL/4GL. Problem solving techniques with emphasis
on business applications, including sequential and random access file processing. Grade only.
332 – Business Programming Tools- 3 S.H.
Introduction to advanced programming tools. The student will document, compile, test and debug business application problems using
new application development tools and techniques. Prerequisite: MIS 312. Grade only.
342 – Advanced Business Computer Applications- 3 S.H.
The focus of this course is on the development and management of business database systems. It provides the theoretical concepts as well
as practical approaches to planning, development, test and documentation of business database systems. Project planning and control
approach is used to relate database administration to information systems management. Students are required to develop, implement, and
evaluate a business database system. Prerequisite: MIS 362. Grade only.
362 – Management Information Systems – 3 S.H.
An introduction to basic concepts of Management Information System design, implementation and control. Application of computer-
based MIS and decision models to business and management situations and problems. Prerequisite: MIS 202 or ACCT 220; Grade only.
372 – Management of Business Systems Development – 3 S.H.
The course provides an understanding of business systems development concepts from project management approach. This course
prepares students fro the challenges of the dynamic world of business and technology. Among the topics covered are: viewing a firm as a
system, the information systems infrastructure, systems development stages, process modeling, project management tool box an
environmental constraints, systems development methodologies, and phases in different systems development life cycle. This course is
intended for those who would like specialize managing the development of information systems. Prerequisites: MIS 312, MIS 342, MIS
362. Grade only.
398 – Internship – 1-9 S.H.
Credits will not be counted in the MIS major, but as general elective credits. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in MIS 399. P/NC only.
399- Internship Problems – 3 S.H.
Prerequisite: courses that must be completed prior to an internship vary by program. See department for list of requirements. Minimum
2.0 GPA. Grade only.
412 – Management of E-Commerce – 3 S.H.
Ecommerce is tudied from a managerial perspective. Topics include ebusiness, web EDI, and business uses of the Internet. The influence
of technology on collaboration and new business methods is discussed. Prerequisite: MIS 362. Grade only.
452 – Management of Telecommunication Systems – 3 S.H.
This course provides an understanding of basic concepts involved in management of data communications, teleprocessing, and networks.
Topics covered in this course include a review of the history of data communications and communications networks, fundamental
principles of managing data and voice communications and network security. Various commercial products are surveyed. The necessity
of managing telecommunications in business is emphasized and issues in applying telecommunications in corporate environments are
discussed. Also, the effects of regulatory environment in telecommunications industry are covered. Prerequisite: MIS 362. Grade only.
462 – Decision Support Systems – 3 S.H.
This course focuses on complex management decision activities which require extensive use of information and modeling. It explores the
application of computer-based management decision support systems to not only operational and control decisions but also to strategic
and planning managerial decision-making activities. The conceptual framework as well as practical application of DSS is discussed.
Prerequisite: MIS 362. Grade only.
472 – Management of Local and Wide Area Networks – 3 S.H.
This course provides an understanding of how the Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) are managed and
prepares students for the challenges of dealing with the issues in the dynamic networking industry. Among the topics covered are:
LAN/WAN connectivity, physical transmission methods and options, transmission equipments, integration of voice and data, WAN
transport methods, ATM technologies, and present and future technologies and services. The course is intended for those who would like
to have specialization in managing networks. Prerequisite: MIS 362 and MIS 452. Grade only.
482 – Management of Information Technology – 3 S.H.
This course introduces students to the current issues in information technologies mainly through case analysis. Different methods of
dealing with the issues involved are discussed. Various systems in information technology are presented. The importance of management
control is emphasized and multinational IT is covered also. Prerequisite: MIS 342, MIS 362, MIS 452. Grade only.
492 – Topics in MIS – 3 S.H.
The major focus of this course is on the advanced and complex concepts of Information Systems Technology. The objective is to provide
perspective for adapting to Information Systems Technology. Key conceptual frameworks of MIS, as well as cutting-edge business
application development technologies are presented. Prerequisite: MIS 362. Grade only.
OM: Operations Management
334 – Operations Management – 3 S.H.
An analytical approach to manufacturing and service organizations covering such topics as: competitive priorities, total quality
management, operations strategy, inventory management, production and project planning and control, partnership, total productive
maintenance, and logistics. Prerequisite: For Business Majors, BUSA 220, MIS 202 strongly recommended; for non-College of Business
majors, BUSA 220 or its equivalent.
344 – Purchasing – 3 S.H.
A study of purchasing management. Includes objectives, procedures, organization, ordering techniques, inventory control, vendor
selection, price, equipment procurement, legal aspects, make or buy, and purchasing department reports. Prerequisite: OM 334. Grade
398 – Internship – 1-9 S.H.
Credits will not be counted in the Operations Management minor, but as general elective credits. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in
OM 399. P/NC only.
399 – Internship Problems – 3 S.H.
Prereuisite: courses that must be completed prior to an internship vary by program. See department for list of requirements. Minimum 2.0
GPA. Grade only.
414 – Operations Planning and Control – 3 S.H.
Study of computer-based systems and procedures for production planning and control in operations management. Primary emphasis is on
developing a general model for manufacturing planning and control systems, with secondary emphasis on advanced topics in the
following areas: material requirements planning, Just-in-Time, theory of constraints, and scheduling. Prerequisite: OM 334. Grade only.
424 – Management of Technology – 3 S.H.
This course addresses issues relevant to the management of technological changes in manufacturing and service operations. Recent
advancement in computerization and automation necessitate a system’s view of the operations function, with particular emphasis on the
link between technology, operations, and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: OM 334. Grade only.
434 – Quality and Productivity Management – 3 S.H.
Study of the principles of quality and productivity management is the main subject of this course. Emphasis is placed on new and
advanced concepts found in the U.S. and abroad, including such topics as systems thinking, reducing complexity, ISO 9000, and activity-
based costing. Prerequisite: OM 334. Grade only.
444 – Operations Strategy – 3 S.H.
This course is an application of production and operations management principles in real life situations. This is done through analysis of
cases, with particular emphasis on linking operations strategy to marketing strategy. Prerequisite: OM 414. Grade only.
464 – Project Management – 3 S.H.
The questions of efficiency and effectiveness are addressed through analysis of the project management process and installation of
project management methodologies. Different types of projects are presented that can best be attacked by different kinds of project
management methodologies. Implementation risks of large-scale project processes are discussed in reference to various application areas,
e.g., manufacturing and service operations, information system design, or engineering. Prerequisites: BUSA 220. Grade only.
494 – Current Topics in OM – 3 S.H.
This course will explore some of the latest techniques and concepts in POM. The objective of this course is to relate these techniques and
concepts to a systems view of the operations function. Prerequisite: OM 334. Grade only.
B.2 Catalog Narrative (as stated in the 2004-2006 catalog: no change)- PURPOSE
The Management of Information Systems and Operations (MISO) Department is committed to fostering excellence in
both the management information systems (MIS) and operations management (OM) disciplines through progressive
curriculum and the application of state-of-art technology. Students who pursue an education in MIS will develop an
understanding of information systems integration of various business areas to help organizations be successful in
marketplace. Students who pursue an education in OM will develop an understanding of the process of managing products
and services throughout the supply chain.
C.1.- Proposed MIS Program Curriculum
CURRENT PROGRAM REVISED PROGRAM
B.S. MAJOR – MANAGEMENT INFORMATION B.S. MAJOR – MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
78 S.H. (No Minor Required) 76 S.H. (No Minor Required)
UNIVERSITY STUDIES REQUIREMENTS UNIVERSITY STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics (3 S.H.) Mathematics (3 S. H.)
110 Finite Mathematics (3) OR MATH 140 Applied Calculus (3)
120 Precalculus (4) OR
140 Applied Calculus (3)
Recommended General Elective (3 S.H.)
MIS 202 Microcomputers in Business (3)
REQUIRED COURSES (69 S.H.) REQUIRED COURSES (67 S.H.)
Accounting (6 S.H.) Accounting (6 S.H.)
211 Financial Accounting Principles (3) ACCT 211 Financial Accounting Principles (3)
212 Managerial Accounting Principles (3) ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting Principles(3)
Business Administration (15 S.H.) Business Administration (15 S.H.)
BUSA 291 Legal Environment of Business (3) BUSA 220 Business Statistics (3)
BUSA 220 Business Statistics (3) BUSA 291 Legal Environment of Business (3)
BUSA 320 Intermediate Business Statistics (3) BUSA 320 Intermediate Bus. Statistics (3)
MGMT 325 Organizational Dynamics (3) MGMT 325 Organizational Dynamics (3)
MGMT 495 Strategic Management (3) MGMT 495 Strategic Management (3)
Economics and Finance (9 S.H.) Economics & Finance (9 S.H.)
* ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3) ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
* ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
FIN 360 Corporate Finance (3) FIN 360 Corporate Finance (3)
Marketing (3 S.H.) Mathematics (4 S. H.)
300 Principles of Marketing (3) MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics & Fds (4)
Operations Management (3 S.H.) Marketing (3 S. H.)
OM 334 Operations Management (3) MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)
Management Information System (15 S. H.) Management of Information Systems & Operations
MIS 312 Business Computer Programming (3) Management Information System (24 S.H.)
MIS 342 Advanced Business Computer Applications (3) MIS 202 Microcomputers in Business (3)
MIS 362 Management Information Systems (3) MIS 312 Business Computer Programming (3)
MIS 452 Management of Telecommunication Systems (3) MIS 342 Advanced Business Computer Applications (3)
MIS 482 Management of Information Technology (3) MIS 362 Management Information Systems (3)
Computer Science (14 S.H.) MIS 372 Management of Business Systems
234 Algorithms and Problem Solving I (4) Development (3)
250 Algorithms and Problem Solving II (4) MIS 452 Management of Telecommunication Systems (3)
385 Applied Database Management Systems (3) MIS 412 Management of E- Commerce (3)
410 Software Engineering (3) MIS 482 Management of Information Technology (3)
Mathematics (4 S.H.) Operations Management (6 S. H.)
210 Discrete Mathematics and Foundations (4) OM 334 Operations Management (3)
OM 464 Project Management (3)
CURRENT PROGRAM REVISED PROGRAM
B.S. MAJOR – MANAGEMENT INFORMATION B.S. MAJOR – MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
SYSTEMS cont. SYSTEMS cont.
Electives (6 S.H.) ELECTIVES (6 S.H.)
ACCT 330 Accounting Information Systems (3) MIS 332 Bus Programming Tools (3)
MIS 332 Business Programming Tools (3) MIS 399 Internship (3)
BUSA 340 Management Science (3) MIS 462 Decision Support Systems (3)
OM 464 Project Management (3) MIS 472 Management of LANs & WANs (3)
MIS 462 Decision Support Systems (3) MIS 492 Topics in MIS (3)
MIS 492 Topics in MIS (3) OM 414 Operations Planning and Control (3)
MIS 412 Management of e-Commerce (3) OM 434 Quality and Productivity Management (3)
MIS 399 Internship Problems (3) ACCT 330 Accounting Information Systems (3)
Computer Science ACCT 361 Intermediate Man/Cost Accounting (3)
412 Networking and Telecommunications (3) BUSA 340 Management Science (3)
413 Advanced Networking and Telecommunications (3) MGMT 435 Managing for Quality (3)
371 Object-Oriented Design & Development (3) FIN 335 Forecasting Methods (3)
445 Artificial Intelligence (3) FIN 440 International Finance (3)
467 Topics in Information Systems Applications (3) Computer Science
470 Systems Design and CASE Tools (3) Any 300 or above level CS courses
476 Distributed Systems: Concepts and Applications (3)
485 Database Systems Design (3)