Course Summary

Course Description

This major is designed for students who wish to begin their careers in the broadly defined area of business information systems.  This area includes responsibilities such as:
Risk Consulting
Process Analysis
Operations Planning
Project Management
Technology Auditing
Technical/User Support
Enterprise Applications
Client-Based Engagements
Web/E-commerce Solutions
System Analysis and Design
In today’s Internet-enabled business environment, increased competition, globalization, customer expectations, and technology advancement have combined to produce a powerful effect on the process of delivering goods and services to the marketplace.  Increasingly, businesses see themselves as a collection of processes supported and driven by information systems and technologies.  In order to succeed in this dynamic and integrated environment, systems analysts and consultants must be able to understand business decisions as well as technology decisions.
The objective of the Business Information Systems (BIS) faculty is to develop students’ managerial, analytical, and technical skills, enabling them to become successful business systems analysts and consultants, and tomorrow’s leaders in their chosen fields.  BIS majors will be ideally suited to capitalize on this integrated approach to business.  They will be active learners knowledgeable about current technology and capable of high performance with the goals of supporting tasks related to:
Developing technology-related business solutions for users and clients.
Modeling and analyzing data for better functional decision-making.
Enhancing business processes and performance using technology.
Managing the integrated flow of materials and information.
The majority of BIS majors are likely to enter the business world as analysts or change agents.  They will be able to interact with technology in significant ways to solve organizational problems. Listed below are some examples of the context-specific jobs in which the technology management role might be filled by a BIS major:
Interacting with clients/users as a risk consultant or technology auditor.
Analyzing or managing technical operations for a manufacturer.
Providing technical support for a large-scale retailer and/or distributor.
Implementing or managing technology that supports banking operations.
Developing web/e-commerce solutions for small/medium-sized businesses.
As listed above, BIS majors are also likely to be employed in staff support or consulting jobs.  Companies are increasingly out-sourcing many of their needs, including technology-related projects, to consulting agencies.  Perhaps more than any other organization, systems consulting firms look for employees who understand not only the application and management of information technologies, but also the business processes and operations that are supported by those technologies.

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