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INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 
Coordinator: Harold Pardue
Professors: Feinstein, Landry, Longenecker, Pardue
Assistant Professors: Campbell, Moulton
Instructor:  Smith
 
Information Systems web site
http://soc.southalabama.edu/index.php/information-systems-isc
 
School of Computing web site
http://www.soc.southalabama.edu
 
Information Systems Graduate Studies
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC):
Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The Information Systems discipline centers on the development of systems that will improve the performance of people in organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management. Information Systems professionals must analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today’s global economy. Information Systems professionals distinguish themselves by integrating technology into business. Information Systems graduates pursue professional careers as application developers, database analysts, business analysts and into managerial positions. The combination of business, technical, and interpersonal skills are what recruiters demand of Information Systems professionals.
 
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS GRADUATES
The Bachelor of Science program in Information Systems produces graduates who are able to:
  1. Succeed as skilled, competent information systems professionals.
  2. Apply knowledge and skill  in one or more information systems specialty areas, such as data management, application development, systems analysis and design, networking, life cycle methodologies, and project management.
  3. Demonstrate effective interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  4. Leverage information technology for improving performance, adding business value, and helping individuals, groups, and organizations achieve their goals in a competitive, global environment.
  5. Thrive in a dynamic business and technological environment by improving one's competencies, assisting in the continuous learning of others, and developing pragmatic solutions with innovativeness, agility and speed.
  6. Exemplify a responsible, ethical professional, safeguarding information assets, and serving the well-being of one's organization, profession, community, and society.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJORS
The learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program, have been adapted from those specified by the Computing Accreditation Criteria, for Accrediting Computing Programs. (See http://www.abet.org). The program enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:
(a)
  An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
(b)
  An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(c)
  An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
(d)
  An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
(e)
  An understanding of professional, ethical, legal security, and social issues and responsibilities.
(f)
  An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
 (g)
  An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society..
(h)
  Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
 (i)
  An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
(j)
  An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.
 
ACCREDITATION
The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems programs is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.. For a quick understanding of what accreditation is and why an accredited program should be chosen, go to http://www.abet.org/why-accreditation-matters. For an or in-depth understanding of the accreditation process , go to http://www.abet.org/step-by-step.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC)
All General Education Courses are marked with the symbol GEd.
Area I - Written Composition and Communications - Twelve (12) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:
  GEd   EH 101* English Composition I
3
  GEd   EH 102 English Composition II
3
Or EH 105 Honors Composition
   
CA 275 Small Group  Communications
3
   
EH 372 Technical Writing (W)
3
 
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
  GEd   CA 110 Public Speaking (minimum grade of "C" is required)
  GEd   one course (3 semester hours) from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123,
  GEd   one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, or EH 236,
  GEd   one additional course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature.
    Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
 
Area III - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
A.
GEd
  Natural Sciences - Eight (8) credits hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required.
  GEd   Approved areas are Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101 and 101L, Geography 102 and 102L.
8
B.
GEd   Mathematics and Statistics - Nine (9) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:
  GEd   one course from MA 120, MA 125, or MA 267
3
      one course from BUS 245, ST 210
3
      one course from BUS 255, ST 310, ST 340
3
 
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
  GEd   one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
3
  GEd  
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics.
3
  GEd  
two additional courses (6 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
     
6
      Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENT - Fifteen (15) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:
   
A.
Nine (9) credit hours from the following courses:
      ACC 211
Accounting Principles
3
      ECO 215
Principles of Microeconomics
3
      MGT 300
Management Theory & Practice
3
   
B.
Six (6) credit hours of 200 level or higher courses from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing.
    Recommendation: Information Systems majors are encouraged to examine the General Business minor requirements for courses that could be used to satisfy both the Information Systems Environment and the General Business minor requirements.
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS CORE COURSES -  Forty (40) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:
   
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar - CIS
2
   
ISC
175
Professional Productivity Applications
3
   
CIS
115 Beginning Programming
4
   
ISC
245 Info Systems in Organizations
3
   
ISC 272 Systems Architecture
3
   
ISC
285 Intermediate Programming
3
      CIS 300 Information Technology in Society
1
      CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
3
     
CIS
324
Database Design, Development, and Management
3
     
ISC
360 Info Systems Analysis and Design (W)
3
     
ISC
361 Database for Info Systems
3
      ISC 462 Information Systems Strategy and Policy
3
     
ISC
475 Information Systems Project Management
3
     
CIS
497 Senior Project (W)
3
      CIS 498 Senior Seminar
0
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ELECTIVES - Twelve (12) credit hours of approved electives, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required.
     
INFORMATION SYSTEMS GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128-semester-hour requirements. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
           
   
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Systems Major
Fall   Spring
CIS 101 HY one of (101, 102, 135,136)
CIS 175 ISC 245
EH 101* Fine Arts/Humanities
MA 120 EH 102
CA 110 ACC 211
*Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
Transfer Students:
  1. Alabama community college students who wish to transfer into the Information Systems program should consult
    http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/transfer/al/is.html
    for additional guidance for use of the Information Systems STARS template.
  2. All students who wish to transfer into the Information Systems program should consult http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/transfer/index.html for transfer assistance.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A CERTIFICATION IN HEALTH INFORMATICS
A certificate in health informatics from the School of Computing requires completion of the five courses listed below. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  ISC 300 Health Informatics Clinical Environment
  ISC 410 Health Informatics
  ISC 450 Health Sys Analysis and Design
  ISC 455 Health Decision Support Systems
  ISC 475 Information Systems Project Management
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
A student wishing to obtain a minor in Information Systems has two options: complete the eight recommended courses listed below  or contact  the Information Systems Coordinator at isu@soc.usouthal.edu to prepare a plan compatible with the student's major. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
 
  CIS 115 Beginning Programming
  ISC 245 Info Systems in Organizations
  ISC 272 System Architecture
  ISC 285 Intermediate Programming
  CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
  CIS 324 Database Design, Development & Management
  ISC 360 Info Systems Analysis and Design
 
AND
 
  ISC 361 Data for Info Systems
 
*At least 9 hours of courses in the minor, including all 300 level courses, must be completed at the University of South Alabama.
 

INFORMATION ASSURANCE CURRICULUM

The University of South Alabama is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). This designation is awarded to institutions after a rigorous review for programs that have demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence in Information Assurance education. School of Computing graduate students who are Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) recipients or National Science Foundation  Scholarship for Service (SFS) recipients, and any other student wishing to comply with USA’s CAE/IAE graduate curriculum in conjunction with their specialization (Computer Science or Information Systems), must complete all required courses and must choose courses designated as IA in the specialization wherever an optional choice is presented. IASP or SFS Computer Science majors or Information Systems majors wishing to comply with USA’s CAE/IAE graduate curriculum must maintain a portfolio of project and assignments from IA course work, as defined by the SoC IA Portfolio Review Committee, and must complete either the Thesis or Project Concentration. 

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE WITH AN
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC) SPECIALIZATION:
Students must satisfactorily complete all prescribed prerequisite courses, a comprehensive examination, and thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours for the Information Systems specialization in the SoC Master of Science degree. Required prerequisite courses are prescribed by the Information Systems Coordinator after reviewing prior academic work and results from any required School of Computing Foundation Placement Examinations.  Information Systems Specialization majors must complete their Information Systems program with a minimum grade of "B" in core courses, a minimum grade of “C” in CIS 518, and an overall program GPA of 3.0. The thirty-six (36) graduate hours consist of twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, nine (9) hours of REQUIRED courses, and fifteen (15) semester hours of approved elective courses according to the selected concentration option as follows:
  1. CORE COURSES (12 semester hours):
    All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B”.
      ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt
      ISC 565 Info Systems Project and Change Mgt.
        And select two (2) from the following:
      ISC 545 Management Informations Systems
      ISC 560 Info Systems Project and Change Mgt.
    IA CIS 530 Information Assurance and IT Auditing
    IA CIS 538 Operating Systems Concepts and Security
     
  2. REQUIRED COURSES (9 semester hours):
      CIS 518 CIS Research  Methodologies
      ISC 559 Applications Design and Implementation
        And select one (1) from the following:
      ISC 567 IS Function Integration
    IA CIS 595 CIS Research Development
           
  3. CONCENTRATIONS (12 semester hours):
    Three concentrations of study are available to students who select the Information Systems Specialization in the SoC Masters program. These are THESIS, PROJECT, and COURSE-ONLY concentrations.  Regardless of the selected concentration, Information Systems specialization majors wishing to comply with USA’s CAE/IAE graduate curriculum must complete either the Thesis or Project Concentration and must maintain a portfolio of project and assignments from IA course work, as defined by the SoC IA Portfolio Review Committee.
    A. THESIS CONCENTRATION
    For the Thesis Concentration, fifteen (15) semester hours of required and elective course work are required.
    a. Research Development
      A minimum of three (3) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, are required. A Thesis Concentration student may only enroll in CIS 595, after successfully completing CIS 518 and their core courses. A Thesis Concentration student must be enrolled in CIS 595  in the semester during which they defend their thesis prospectus. A grade of "C" or lower in CIS 595 will result in the dismissal of the student from the Thesis and Project Concentrations to the Course-Only Concentration.
    b. Thesis
      A minimum of three (3) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, must be applied towards the degree for the Thesis Concentration. Students may only enroll in CIS 599 after successfully defending their thesis prospectus (minimum grade of “B” in CIS 595).  A  Thesis Concentration student must be enrolled in CIS 599 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their thesis.
    c. Elective Course Work
      Nine (9) semester hours of additional approved electives are required. A maximum of three (3) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Thesis Concentration. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given at the end of this section.
    d. Comprehensive Examination
      All students in the Thesis Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the thesis committee accepts the thesis. The School of Computing Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.soc.southalabama.edu.
    B. PROJECT CONCENTRATION
    For the Project Concentration, fifteen (15) semester hours of required and elective course work are required
    a. Project Proposal Development
      A minimum of three (3) semester hours credit of ISC 595, Information Systems Project Proposal Development are required. A Project Concentration student may only enroll in ISC 595, after successfully completing CIS 518 and their core courses. A Project Concentration student must be enrolled in ISC 595 in the semester during which they defend their thesis prospectus. A grade of "C" or lower in ISC 595 will result in the dismissal of the student from the Thesis and Project Concentrations to the Course-Only Concentration.
    b. Project
     

A minimum of three (3) semester hours credit of ISC 598, Information Systems Project, must be applied towards the degree for the Project Concentration. Students may only enroll in ISC 598 after successfully defending their project proposal. A Project Concentration student must be enrolled in ISC 598 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their project.

    c. Elective Course Work
      Nine (9) semester hours of additional approved electives are required. A maximum of three (3)  semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Project Concentration. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given at the end of this section .
    d. Comprehensive Examination
      Students in the Project Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the project committee accepts the project. The School of Computing Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.soc.southalabama.edu.
    C. COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION
    For the Course Only Concentration, fifteen (15) semester hours of elective course work are required.
    a. Elective Course Work
      Fifteen (15) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Course Only Concentration. No credits from ISC 598, CSC 598, or CIS 599 may be applied to the Course Only Concentration. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given at the end of this section. ISC 568 may be taken at most two (2) times for the Course Only Concentration.
    b. Comprehensive Examination
      Students in the Course Only Concentration must pass a written examination. Students should take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing CIS 518 and their Information Systems core courses. Students wishing to sit for the examination must apply online to the Director of SOC Graduate Studies by the Friday of the last week of classes in the semester prior to which the examination is to be taken. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The School of Computing Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at
http://www.soc.southalabama.edu.
       
  4. INFORMATION SYSTEM ELECTIVES
    A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given below. All other courses must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
    A maximum of six (6) credit hours of non-ISC or non-CIS courses will be allowed. For DoD IASP and SFS Scholarship Information Systems majors and graduate students wishing to comply with USA's CAE/IAE Information Systems graduate curriculum, courses labeled IA are required.
    A. PRE-APPROVED INFORMATION SYSTEMS ELECTIVES
      ISC 510 Health Informatics
      ISC 550 Health Systems Analysis and Design
      ISC 551 Human/Computer Interface Design
      ISC 553 Information Systems Web Site Management
      ISC 555 Health Data Management and Decision Support
      ISC 557 Modeling and Decision Support Systems
      ISC 563 Information Systems Database Administration
      ISC 568 IS Enterprise Integration (may be taken at most two (2) times - may ONLY be taken with the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION)
      ISC 572 Advanced Data Management
      CSC 511 Communications and Network Analysis
      CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation
      CSC 527 Software Engineering Principles
      CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming
      CIS 590 Special Topics
    IA CIS 535 Digital Forensic Analysis
    IA CIS 540 Network Security Management
      ISC 590 Special Topics in Information Systems
    B. SPECIAL PERMISSION COURSES
      Approval of the Information Systems Coordinator and the Director of the SOC Graduate Studies is required for CIS graduate faculty sponsorship of a Special Permission Course. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Thesis Concentration or the Project Concentration; a maximum of six (6) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the Course Only Concentration.
      CIS 594 Directed Study
      CIS 595 Computer Science Research Development
      ISC 595 Information Systems Project Proposal Development
      CIS 598 Computer and Information Sciences Project
      ISC 598 Information Systems Project
      CIS 599 Computer and Information Sciences Thesis
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSES:
 
 
 


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