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Graduate Course Descriptions

MSITM 6301   (3-3-0)   Business Data Warehousing

This course focuses on basic principles and concepts of data warehousing using Ralph Kinball methodologies and its applications in business. Topics include requirements gathering for data warehousing, data warehouse architecture, ER modeling, dimensional modeling, physical database design for data warehousing, ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) strategies, business intelligence and use cases of data warehousing in business functions.  

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: MISM 6330

MSITM 6302   (3-3-0)   Business Intelligence and Data Mining

This course focuses on basic principles and concepts of business intelligence and data mining and their applications for making informed business decisions. Topics include data mining theory and methodology, model prediction and assessment, data exploration and pattern discovery, predictive modeling and current trends in BI. This course equips students with the knowhow to extract and apply business intelligence to improve business decision making using R/Python.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: MISM 6330 and MANA 6302.

MSITM 6303   (3-3-0)   Data Visualization

This course focuses on best practices in data visualization and explores topics related to data wrangling, insight modeling and designing dashboards. This course helps students sharpen their analytical skills as well as develop practical skills using data visualization tools like Tableau, Excel Power view and D3 for effective communication to stakeholders.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: MISM 6330.

MSITM 6304   (3-3-0)   Capstone Project

The capstone project gives students the ability to take knowledge and theory they learned in the Business Intelligence and Analytics concentration and apply it in a real world setting. Students have the opportunity of experiential learning and putting into practice how Business Intelligence and Analytics techniques can help management make better decisions. This is an external project with an information technology organization or organizations that use Business and Intelligence and Analytics.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: MSITM 6301, 6302, and 6303.

MSITM 6305   (3-3-0)   IoT and Big Data

This course will give an overview of IoT – its ecosystem, history, 5G as a driver of IoT devices. Business use cases on IoT and Big Data would be covered. Students will learn how IoT would be a big driver of Big Data and will be exposed to some Big Data technologies – Python, Hadoop, Spark, and Hive. Students will not learn a specific programming language, however some Big Data Technologies will be used for demonstrations. This course will focus on learning by working through realistic examples.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: MSITM 6301, 6302, 6340.

MSITM 6311   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Information Security Management

The primary emphasis of this course is to study the scope, impact, and magnitude of information technology security on business organizational structure; the use of information systems for developing corporate security strategies, both domestic and international; and the growing impact of information systems security on global economic, legal, political, regulatory, and social structures. It will also serve as an introduction to IT Security for Managers concentration, paving the way for information security – risk management, strategy, and incidence response.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6312   (3-3-0)   Information Security Policy and Governance

This course focuses on important aspects of information security and governance – managing information security policies, roles and responsibilities related to information security, governance of third party relationships, and information security strategy development.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6313   (3-3-0)   Information Security Program Management and Development

This course helps students learn how to establish and maintain information security program in alignment with the information security strategy. Students will be able to identify, acquire and manage requirements to execute the information security program and also maintain standards, guidelines and procedures to enforce compliance with information security policies.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: MSITM 6312.

MSITM 6314   (3-3-0)   Information Security Risk Management

This course enables students to identify risks, ensure compliance, facilitate integration of risk management into business and IT policies, learn various risk assessment frameworks, monitor the threat landscape and report noncompliance to facilitate the risk management decision process.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: MSITM 6312.

MSITM 6320   (3-3-0)   Software Project Management

This course helps students learn the processes, tools, and techniques and PMBOK areas of knowledge needed to successfully management software projects. The five process groups and ten knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) are examined in the context of the systems development lifecycle. Students are taught both traditional methodologies and Agile project management.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6321   (3-3-0)   IT Strategy

This course gives a blueprint as to how technology supports and shapes the organization’s overall business strategy. All aspects of technology management, including risk, capital, human resource, vendor, hardware and software management are covered. Students will learn strategies that prepares organizations to be responsive to technology disruption. They will be able to set business priorities and objectives, handle budgetary constraints, develop on core competencies of the organization and leverage technological advances for growth of the organization.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6322   (3-3-0)   Technology Consulting

This course helps students provide leadership in creation and delivery of technology solutions designed to meet customers’ business needs. It helps students shape technical direction and strategies within the organization and for external customers. Students will be able to consult and advise organizations on proposal efforts, solution design, system, and project management.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: MANA 6314.

MSITM 6323   (3-3-0)   Blockchain

This course helps students gain an understanding of blockchain as a disruptor and the various use cases across industries. Topics include distributed ledger technology, distributed applications, social value proposition, Ethereum, asset transactions, smart contracts, trust protocol, technical characteristics and architecture of a blockchain, etc. Students will learn how blockchain affects business and governance, challenges, its relationship with other emerging technologies including IoT and AI.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6330   (3-3-0)   Digital Ethics

This course gives an introduction to ethics and explores the social, legal, and cultural issues arising from current and emerging technologies. Technologies considered include AI, self-driving cars, cryptocurrencies, blockchains, cybersecurity, IoT, digital and mainstream media. Issues like fake news, net neutrality, broadband and telecommunication regulation, intellectual property rights, privacy and government are addressed and Christian viewpoint presented.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6340   (3-3-0)   Object Oriented Programming (JAVA)

Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of software development and Object Oriented Programming using the JAVA language. Object Oriented principles like abstraction, composition, classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism and interfaces will be covered. These principles are applied in JAVA language after basic JAVA syntax and program structure is covered in this course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6341   (3-3-0)   Python

This course is an introduction to the Python programming language for students planning to take the Business Intelligence and Analytics concentration. Topics include data types, control flow, object-oriented programming, graphical user interface-driven applications, as well as text processing, web crawling and parsing, statistics and data visualization. No prior programming experience is required. Students will explore the large standard library of Python, which supports many common programming tasks.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

MSITM 6350   (3-3-0)   Cloud Computing

Students learn concepts on cloud infrastructure through AWS/Microsoft Azure. Topics covered include cloud infrastructure, virtualization, software defined networks, cloud storage, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, security and privacy issues, ethics, capacity planning, disaster recovery, etc. Students are exposed to current practices in cloud computing. Students are introduced to the motivating factors behind cloud, its benefits, use cases as well as cloud computing models, techniques, and architectures.  

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: MSITM 6340.

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