Courses in Information Technology Management
T ITM 200 Strategic Sustainable Systems (3)
To be part of the next wave of global business growth you will need to craft sustainable businesses practices, with an eye to your effect on future generations. In this course we will study the relationships between business activity and the physical environment. First we will ground our discussion in basic concepts of business strategy and policy making. Employing the techniques of systems thinking and simulation, we will learn about the effects of feedback and structure that drive business growth and failure, and experiment with strategies that support economic vitality while reducing negative effects on the global economy in a time of increasingly scarce resources. Open to Honors College students only.
B ITM 210 Information Technology Practicum I (3)
This is a course for School of Business majors, with sophomore status, who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology (IT). Students will be exposed to financial services case studies and will be guided through research and strategy development by professionals. Weekly sessions with client-serving professionals who will mentor students to build and enhance their leadership, consulting, project management, and teamwork skills. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
B ITM 211 IT Consulting Mentorship (3)
This course builds up on the trajectory course, B ITM 210, where students act as IT consultants working with a firm. The students will serve as mentors to and assist students enrolled in B ITM 210. In addition, students will work with the instructional team in reviewing and evaluating student work and presentations as well as participate in weekly calls with the "client." In the process, students will also gain knowledge in the new case topic used for the current class (usually a topic in emerging technology, e.g., Cloud computing, social media, information security risk assessment). Students in this course will interface with the instructor(s) for B ITM 210 in and will interface with firm in development of, research for, and evaluation of cases and case materials. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 210 and permission of instructor.
B ITM 215 Information Technologies for Business (3)
This course focuses on the role of information systems in solving business problems. The topics will include software applications, information security, e-commerce and cyber-ethics. Students will develop business-oriented applications using Microsoft Excel (comprehensive level) and Microsoft Access (introductory level). There will be two end-of-semester projects that involve developing a business application by interfacing Excel, Access and Word. Students may take both B ITM 215 and I CSI 101 for credit. Not open to freshmen. Offered fall and spring semesters.
B ITM 310 Information Technology Practicum II (3)
This course is for School of Business majors, with junior status, who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology (IT). Students will be exposed to a real business issue, which appears as a written business case. The students will be guided through research and strategy development by corporate managers, professionals, and/or faculty, who will mentor students to build and enhance the students' leadership, consulting, project management, and teamwork skills. The course is designed for 8 to 12 students. Enrollment in the course is by invitation only and an application process is necessary. Not all interested students can be accommodated. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor and junior standing in the School of Business.
B ITM 322 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions (3)
This course is designed to expose students to decision making in the face of uncertainty. Statistical concepts such as probability and sampling will be taught with the aid of software packages. Business problems including inventory, forecasting, and quality control systems will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 108 or its equivalent, and calculus. Offered fall and spring semesters.
B ITM 330 Improving Business Performance with Information Technologies (3)
This course covers database theory, data modeling and normalization process, database management approaches, database functions and database administration, followed by the design of database systems for business applications. Students will use Access, SQL and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). Experience with database applications is gained through several individual and group projects. The knowledge gained in classroom students will apply to create database systems working in the instructional computing lab. Course meets twice a week (once a week in a classroom and once a week in a lab). Attendance is required. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 106 and B ITM 215 or their equivalents, A MAT 108 or A ECO 320. Offered fall, spring, and summer (may not be offered every summer).
B ITM 331 Database Applications for Business (3)
This course has three major elements: (1) Database theory, data modeling and normalization process, followed by the design of database systems, (2) SQL language for database implementation realized in Microsoft SQL Server, and (3) introduction to traditional systems analysis and design using agile techniques for creating data-driven prototypes. Basic elements of software development are implemented in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). Experience with system development is gained through several individual and group projects that integrate database technology with prototyping using software packages such as MS Access. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 215 or its equivalent, B ITM 330. Note: by student application, this course is also open to juniors and seniors (with GPA over 3.00) who are declared INF minors and have completed I INF 201 or B ITM 330 or with instructor permission. Offered spring and summer (may not be offered every summer).
B ITM 415Z Systems Analysis and Design (3)
This course covers the planning, design, and implementation of computer-based information systems. Topics include techniques for analyzing and specifying system requirements, SQL, advanced concepts in database management and data warehousing. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 331. Offered in fall semester only.
B ITM 416 Communications, Networking, and Security (3)
This course provides an introduction to integrative business strategy, practice, and enabling technologies. Topics include telecommunication: concepts, protocols (OSI and TCP/IP), and hardware; computer networks (client-server, LAN, WAN, conducted and wireless Internet); computer security (Security Threats and Vulnerabilities, Network Security, Cryptography, and Privacy), and related emerging technologies. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 330. Offered spring semester only.
B ITM 434 Business Application Implementation (3)
This is a project-based course where students work in teams to develop model-based decision support systems or its elements for clients in the local or regional community. This course is required for ITM majors. For combined ITM majors enrollment is limited. Students should apply to get permission from the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 415 or concurrent enrollment. Offered fall and spring semesters (may not be offered every spring).
B ITM 480 Enterprise Application Development and Management (3)
This course teaches students how to plan and implement an online business. The students learn about financial analysis, marketing analysis, and risk analysis and use these to create a business plan for their online business idea. The students then implement their idea by creating a working prototype using a multi-tier (client/server/data) architecture. Students develop and design a database and then connect it to the server creating dynamic web pages. At the middle and end of the semester, the students give a presentation to a review panel, which evaluates their efforts. Based on technical demands of the course, it is required for students to have some knowledge of database development and programming. Prerequisite(s): B FIN 300, B MKT 310, B ITM 330 and B BUS 400. Offered spring semester only.