Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis (ISQA)

ISQA 2000  SPECIAL TOPICS IN IINFORMATION SYSTEMS AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (1-5 credits)

The course content and topic will vary. Please contact the ISQA department office for specific course offerings.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Additional prerequisites may be required for particular topic offerings.

ISQA 3150  PRINCIPLES OF QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (3 credits)

An introduction to structuring real-life situations into mathematical models. The class covers four groups of decision making models: decision trees, inventory, linear programming, network planning, and winning strategy. A number of the existing commercial computer software packages will be used in the course.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2500

ISQA 3300  FILE STRUCTURES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to computer file organizations and access methods. A fundamental understanding of the performance implications of each file organization is developed to allow the students to make information systems design choices that will optimize the performance of business information systems.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 1620

ISQA 3310  MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT (3 credits)

Introduction to business database design and management functions. The focus is on the use of current database management systems (DBMS) to support the data management function of an organization. Topics include data modeling, database design, SQL, data management and database administration. Hands-on experience in database design, creation, and use is provided.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100.

ISQA 3400  BUSINESS DATA COMMUNICATIONS (3 credits)

Data Communications principles and service operations with computers and telecommunication systems for operational analysis and decision making. This course will focus on breadth, not depth -- concepts rather than specific technologies because concepts remain constant over time, while technologies change from year to year. Students are expected to master the basic terminologies and concepts, not necessarily to become experts in computer networking, nor to know the engineering details of any technology.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST2100

ISQA 3420  MANAGING IN A DIGITAL WORLD (3 credits)

This course introduces the fundamentals of information systems/technology (IS/T) management. Students are introduced to the various roles, responsibilities, skills, and concepts essential to successful management of IS/T in the context of a dynamic environment of technology workforce diversity, a global economy, and concern for ethics and social responsibility in the development of systems.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course

ISQA 3520  GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to interaction design with a primary emphasis on designing usable and useful computer interfaces. Students will learn the principles of interface design grounded in a fundamental understanding of human cognitive processes. They will learn how end-users develop and use mental models of interaction and will apply this knowledge to the design of interfaces for real-world applications. A design project will challenge students to plan their own designs, to develop interfaces and to integrate them into a working application prototype, to test their application with real users, and to effectively communicate the overall results. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8525)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 1300

ISQA 3910  INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course will cover the basics of project planning, scheduling and control. Earned value management techniques and project quality will be covered. Risk management will also be covered. The student will be introduced to the IEEE Standards for Project Management. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the tools and techniques used to manage projects to achieve successful completion. The project management methods taught are suitable for a wide variety of project types such as software development or engineering projects (e.g. construction).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100; or equivalent.

ISQA 4000  SPECIAL TOPICS: INFORMATION SYSTEMS & QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (1-5 credits)

This course is designed to acquaint students with issues which are current to the field or harbingers or emerging trends in the information systems area. Topics will vary across terms. This course may be repeated, but no topic may be taken more than once. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8086)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Additional prerequisites may be required for particular topic offerings.

ISQA 4010  BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (3 credits)

The course focuses on the various topics on knowledge management by utilizing both behavioral approaches and information technology tools. It includes data collection and analysis, intelligent agents, business concerns on data warehousing and data mining, customer relationship management. The course will also cover information overload, human expert systems vs. artificial intelligent systems and intelligent decision making.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 1400; CIST 2500

ISQA 4100  INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE AND ORGANIZATION (3 credits)

This course examines the frameworks and tools used to develop an organization's information system architecture. It provides the analytical skills and conceptual frameworks with which to make recommendations and decisions regarding the integration of information technology components into an information system architecture. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8106)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100 and ISQA 3310

ISQA 4110  INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (3 credits)

This course examines and applies the principles of information systems analysis, following a structured systems development methodology. It surveys project management, feasibility and analysis and systems requirement definition using modern systems analysis techniques and automated tools. Course utilizes a case approach where students initiate the analysis and logical design of a limited-scope information system.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100, ISQA 3910 and ISQA 3310 prior to or concurrent.

ISQA 4120  SYSTEM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (3 credits)

This is the second course in a sequence in computer information systems analysis, design, and implementation. This course extends the basic foundations of systems development started in ISQA 4110 and examines the activities comprising the design, construction and implementation of information systems.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ISQA 3310 and ISQA 4110

ISQA 4130  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)

Information Technology for Development (ITD) is the implementation and evaluation of information technology infrastructures to stimulate economic, social and human development. In this service-learning course, students will learn and apply ITD concepts for developing and adding value through IT by working with small business entrepreneurs in Omaha or rural Nebraska. Students will evaluate micro-business technology needs, prepare business technology plans, provide training, and implement appropriate solutions, to the extent possible within a semester class. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8136)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Though not required, the following courses or their equivalent would provide the necessary background : CIST 1100, CIST 1300, ISQA 3210, ISQA 3310, ISQA 3400. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

ISQA 4150  ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS FOR IS&T (3 credits)

This course emphasizes the application and interpretation of statistical methods including design of experiments, analysis of variance, multiple regression, and nonparametric procedures and the use of statistical computer packages. The intent is to develop quantitative abilities needed for quantitatively intensive jobs and for advanced study in management information systems, computer science and information technology. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8156)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2500 or equivalent, at least one course in statistics, and an understanding of basic calculus (a calculus review will be conducted at the beginning of class).

ISQA 4160  INTRODUCTION TO ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (3 credits)

Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is designed to expose students to the primary enterprise application that forms the information systems (IS) infrastructure for most large organizations today. The primary purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of the enterprise wide, cross functional nature of ERP software. In the process of learning about ERPs, the students develop "hands on" experience with the largest and most well-known ERP application, SAP. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8166, SCMT 4160)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100 or equivalent. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

ISQA 4180  ELECTRONIC COMMERCE (3 credits)

Critical examination of the issues, technologies, standards and business and social implications of electronic commerce in Cyberspace.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ISQA 3400 or equivalent.

ISQA 4190  PROCESS REENGINEERING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (3 credits)

Business process reengineering issues are examined. Reengineering concepts and methods are introduced. Additional special project(s) are required. SAP will be introduced. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8196.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2500; prerequisite/co-requisite ISQA 4110.

ISQA 4200  INFORMATION AND DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

The course primarily focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of Data and Information Quality (DQ and IQ) concepts and issues. On completing this course students will be able to understand and use DQ and IQ Concepts in Information Systems projects, be able to recognize various patterns of Data and Design Deficiencies in Systems and be able to suggest appropriate DQ and IQ improvement plans in light of known deficiencies in systems. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8206)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2500 and CIST 2100.

ISQA 4300  DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (3 credits)

This course is designed to give students an applied, practical introduction to database administration. Students will gain an understanding of the functioning of a database management system and its relationship to the computing environment in which it runs. They will learn the concepts, principles, and techniques necessary to carry out such functions as database object creation, storage management, capacity planning, performance tuning, backup and recovery, and security management. Each semester the course will focus on one commercial database management system (DBMS), such as Oracle. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8306)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ISQA 3300, ISQA 3310 or CSCI 4850. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

ISQA 4380  DISTRIBUTED TECHNOLOGIES AND SYSTEMS (3 credits)

The course introduces students to concepts, issues and tools needed to develop distributed computing systems. Topics include distributed systems architecture, middleware, Internet-based systems development, security and performance. Hands-on systems development using current technologies is provided.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ISQA 3310 or equivalent and knowledge of database design and SQL.

ISQA 4500  SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN INFOMATION SYSTEMS AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (2-3 credits)

Individual investigation of specific problems in information systems and quantitative analysis and related areas.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Senior and permission of program chair.

ISQA 4510  INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNSHIP (1-3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with an opportunity for practical application of their academic studies in the business world to help prepare them for their professional career and to provide a view of the challenges they will face.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior/senior standing and permission of department.

ISQA 4590  IT AUDIT AND CONTROL (3 credits)

This course explores organizational and managerial issues relevant to planning and conducting IT audit and control activities. The course covers the following conceptual areas: business risks and the management of business risk, IT risk as a component of business risk, the need to manage IT risks, and the basic type of controls required in a business system in order to control IT risks. Issues associated with new risks created by the use of the internet for business applications and electronic business are also covered. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8596)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): A solid understanding of business foundations such as accounting and introductory auditing and exposure to the IS discipline is essential for success in this course. Permission of instructor is required to enroll.

ISQA 4730  DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS (3 credits)

This course examines a set of information systems which specifically support managerial decision makers: Decision Support Systems, Group Decision Support Systems, Executive Information Systems, Data Warehouses, Expert Systems, and Neural Networks. This course explores the development, implementation, and application of these systems, how these systems can be applied to current business problems, as well as how organizational issues impact the implementation and usage of these systems. (Cross-listed with ISQA 8736)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 2100 or equivalent.

ISQA 4880  SYSTEMS SIMULATION AND MODELING (3 credits)

The course provides an introduction to the modeling and simulation with special emphasis on decision-theoretic models and rational decision-making. The ability to make good decisions is key to individuals and organizations and studying, understanding and improving decisions is vital to success. Students are given a background into systematic decision-making processes, and then are introduced to formal methods for decision modeling and analysis. Building on these foundational models, students learn how to perform process modeling and optimization. Finally, the course concludes with a look at psychological biases and traps that may affect decision-makers. (Cross-listed with ITIN 4880)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIST 1400 and CIST 2500 or equivalent

ISQA 4890  DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING (3 credits)

This course provides students with a theoretical foundation and practical methods for designing and constructing data warehouse and implementing data mining. After covering the essential concepts, issues, techniques to build an effective data warehouse, this course emphasizes the various techniques of data mining, such as association, classification, clustering and prediction for on-line analyses within the framework of data warehouse architectures. This course gives students an opportunity to undertake a real-life data analysis project. (Cross-listed with CSCI 4890).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ISQA 3310 or CSCI 4850

ISQA 4900  INTERNET SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)

This course focuses on contemporary techniques and technologies in the design, development, and integration of web-enabled information systems. Topics include: Multi-tiered systems architecture; rapid application development; object-oriented analysis and design; prototyping; testing, verification, and validation; lifecycle models; and component-based development. This is a rapidly moving, hands-on course that mirrors real-world development.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CSCI 2850 and CSCI 2830 plus completion of two additional courses within the IT concentration.