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 in the course will include fundamental of information technology (IT), Organizational Strategy using IT, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, Elements of e-business, information security, and cyber-ethics. Students will understand the role and importance of IT/IS within organization and will develop business-oriented applications using Microsoft Excel (comprehensive / advanced level) to achieve a solid base for development of IT/IS applications in business, accounting, or other applications. Course is not open to freshmen. Course is offered in both 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 intended to teach students how to make business decisions under conditions of uncertainty. The course will cover the basics of business statistics, primarily data collection and presentation, and measures of centrality and dispersion. Students will learn about probability and probability distributions, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 215, A MAT 108, and calculus.       

B ITM 330 Improving Business Performance with Information Technologies (3)
This course comprehensively covers databased design and development, including, theory, modeling, normalization, management, and administration. In this class students will use database technologies for developing business applications using relational database tools (e.g. Access, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The specific tools used in the course may change over time but the fundamental course of the course will remain the same. The course will also engage students in learning the Structured Query Language (SQL) which the students will use in their application development. This course will help students to understand the importance of databases in an organization and to apply databases to new business problems. The class has a strong hands-on component that will involve extensive use of computers during the class and for homework assignments and projects. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 106 and B ITM 215, A MAT 108 or A ECO 320. Offered in fall, spring, and summer (may not be offered every summer).       

B ITM 331 Business Systems Analysis and Design (3)
This course covers the planning, specification of system requirements, analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based information systems using database concepts previously learned in B ITM 330. This course teaches both the traditional and object-oriented for creating data-driven application prototypes. 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. May not be taken by students with credit for B ITM 415 completed through spring 2016. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 330. Offered spring and summer (may not be offered every summer).       

B ITM 415Z Data Analytics in Business (3)
This course will introduce participants to the importance of predictive analytics in today's business world and build competencies in data modeling and predictive analytics, which are a group of practices, technologies, and applications for analyzing data and building models to help businesses make better decisions. Most organizations are data-rich but information-poor. This course discusses how data mining technologies are used to transform "big data" into information to support tactical and strategic business decisions. Students will deepen their knowledge of statistical decision-making tools by developing data mining, data visualization and data analysis skills to extract knowledge hidden in large volumes of data. This is a hands-on course that provides an understanding of the key methods of data visualization, exploration, classification and prediction. The computer will be used extensively throughout the course and emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of results and the implementation of the analysis. The course is also pertinent to students with concentrations in marketing and sales, human resources, and other business areas who are preparing themselves for both the private and public sectors. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 331 and 322. Corequisite(s): B ITM 434. 

B ITM 416 Topics in Business Analytics (3)
This course will cover selected topics in Business Analytics, including (but not limited to) Social Network Analysis, Business Intelligence, and Project Management of business analytics projects. The course may introduce students to relevant software packages that permit analysis of data sets that relate to several functional areas of a business, including marketing, sales, and human resources. Students who complete this course will be able to analyze large data sets with modern techniques and tools to improve a company's ability to leverage its corporate data and will be able to assist in the planning and organizing of predicative analytics projects. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 415. Offered spring semester only.

B ITM 434 Business Analytics Practicum (3)
This is a real world project-based course where students will work at one or more client firms in project teams. The projects are designed to develop business and managerial insights through analysis of business data using a variety of data analytic techniques, tools and software. These insights are then used to support business and organizational decision making. Based on clients' needs, project teams will also develop information system prototypes in a number of business areas. Students will have support and guidance from the client organization (mentor) and from the course faculty member and other professors from the ISBA Dept. (as necessary). Students will be assigned to teams (or organizations) based on their expertise and client needs. The course faculty member will interact, discuss and guide the execution of the individual student projects each week. Prerequisite(s): B ITM 331. Corequisite(s): B ITM 415.

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.