Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jul 15, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science: Information Systems Management (ISM)

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The Information Systems Management (ISM) degree integrates a holistic Christ-centered approach with technology and management to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to successfully build and support today’s information systems driven organization. Key components include management communication techniques, information systems decision making, infrastructure and system planning, enterprise architecture and knowledge management, systems analysis and design, Internet development and eCommerce, information security, and software application and design. Graduates with an information systems management degree can find employment across industries and at a variety of levels. Technology is pervasive in today’s world, and whether it might be virtual businesses, large multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations, small businesses or entrepreneurial ventures, they all need information systems management professionals to serve and support their information and technology needs.

Students may choose one of the following emphases for the Information Systems Management degree. Additional information and degree requirements are listed below.

  • Cyber Security
  • System Analyst

In addition to courses required for the major, all students must complete a selection of General Education courses, listed below.

Major coursework for the degree can be completed over four semesters. Classes are taught in seminar format. Selected degree coursework is enhanced with online Internet instruction that provides greater flexibility in completing assignments outside the classroom.

The Information Systems Management degree requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (39 hours)
Major Core (39 hours)
Electives (42 hours)

General Education Core (39 credit hours)

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

Elective Requirements (42 credit hours)

Choose 42 hours of elective credits.

Required Major Courses for the Cyber Security Emphasis

The Cyber Security emphasis is designed to provide the ISM candidates with soft skills in theoretical aspects within the cyber world. Students will cover the concepts of cyber security based on foundations of introduction to business and information security principles. In addition to the core information systems management content, students will complete the graduate level foundations course in Cyber Security and can choose to further study two of three graduate level areas: ethics and design of a cyber-based business model, the principles and mindset of cyber criminology, or creating security policy and governance.

Required Major Courses for the System Analyst Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to provide the ISM student the skills and knowledge needed to become a system analyst which is a specialized field that lies between a business analyst and a technical system analyst. The system analyst emphasis has as its focus the creation of system solutions using the tools of analysis and technology to fulfill the needs of the stakeholders. This emphasis combines the development of critical thinking, behavior of people and systems within a programming environment, and the benefits of databases to provide a holistic approach to the field of systems analysis. The system analyst emphasis challenges individuals academically and intelligently with hands on programming, database development, a deeper dive into system analysis and a broader scope of interpersonal skills. This approach equips students with the technical, analytical and personal skills necessary to interface with all stakeholders of an organization to provide documented robust solutions to complex technical issues.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree: Information Systems Management

The faculty recommends students in the B.S. in Information Systems Management to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, electives, and major core requirements.
  2. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework.
  3. Meet the CCU Residency requirements .
  4. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  5. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.

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