Mar 18, 2018  
2012-2013 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Management Information Systems Major

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Bachelor of Science degree

The Management Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for one of the most rapidly expanding professions in the business world.

Management Information Systems prepares the student to both analyze an organization’s information systems structure and design and implement appropriate systems. This major offers a broad educational experience in business, computer applications, the humanities and social sciences.

The primary emphasis of the program is the application of the “systems approach” to business problem-solving and decision-making. Analysis of both on-campus and off-campus “real-life” business systems provides students with practical experience and increases their value in the professional career market.

Management Information Systems differs from computer science by its greater emphasis on applications of computer systems than on development and analysis. The applications are focused on complex business needs in organizations. Management Information Systems majors conceptualize, design and implement high quality business systems and build bridges between technical realities, organizational functions, and decision-making by managers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Consonant with the mission of the college, the purpose of the management information systems program is to prepare students for careers in the application of information technology to solving business problems and to exploring new business opportunities. Graduates will be capable of analyzing an organization’s information requirements as well as designing and implementing effective systems to satisfy those needs.

Students will

  • acquire a thorough knowledge of the principles and concepts pertinent to information technology applications;
  • learn to adapt to new and changing information technologies through the application of principles and concepts, becoming life-long learners;
  • develop a systems view and critical analysis skills in identifying problems and opportunities amenable to the application of information technology;
  • apply creative thinking skills and systems design methods in developing information technology-based systems;
  • understand the human, organizational, and technical issues involved in implementing information technology-based systems and the challenges inherent to change;
  • develop teamwork skills that foster cooperation among organizational units and disciplines; and
  • be aware of and able to deal with ethical and societal implications of current and future applications of information technology.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Management requires completion of 40 courses—120 credits.

Business Foundation Requirements - 6 courses

  • ECO 231 MicroEconomics
  • ECO 232 MacroEconomics
  • POM 212 Statistics
  • MIS 101 The Business Organization*
  • MTH 103 Finite Mathematics
  • ENL 265 Business Writing

MIS Major Courses – 6 courses

  • MIS 211, Information Technology Hardware and Software
  • MIS 212 Programming and Problem Solving
  • MIS 322 System Analysis and Design
  • MIS 341 Data Communications and Network
  • MIS 432 Database Design and Implementation
  • MIS 461 Management of Information Systems
  • MIS 462 Advanced Information Systems
  • MIS Elective.  Choose MIS 300-level or above

Core business requirements—10 courses

  •     ACT 211 Financial Accounting
  •     ACT 212 Managerial Accounting
  •     FIN 312 Finance
  •     MKT 311 Marketing
  •     MGT 311 Organizational Behavior
  •     MGT 312 Legal Framework in Business
  •     MIS 315  Management Information Systems
  •     POM 333 Quantitative Business Analysis
  •     POM 345 Operations Analysis
  •     MGT 490  Business Strategy


Business Electives – 1 or 2 courses

Students select 300 or 400-level business courses that are not required by their major. These courses may be taken from any other discipline in the College of Business. Students can use these electives for a minor if they do not also use them in their major. Consult your advisor and plan carefully.

Students who entered prior to fall 2012 have 1 business elective.  Students who enter in fall 2012 or after will take 2 business electives.

Non-business electives — 5 to 7 courses

Students select four courses outside of the College of Business. All students are strongly advised to investigate minors in other Colleges and make selections that meet requirements of that minor. Consult with your advisor for assistance .

University Studies courses or GEN ED—6 or 8 courses

First year students who enter the university in fall 2012 or later and transfer students who enter in fall 2012 with less than 26 credit hours will take 6 additional courses from University Studies.

First year students who entered the university prior to fall 2012 and transfer students who entered prior to fall 2012 with more than 25 credit hours will take 10 additional general education courses.

* Transfer students with more than 15 credit hours do not take MIS 101. Substitute a 300 or 400-level business elective.

Freshman Year

Freshman Year (30 credits)

  • ENL 101 Critical Writing and Reading I
  • ENL 102 Critical Writing and Reading II
  • MTH 103 Finite Math
  • MIS 101 The Business Organization (Transfer students: substitute 300/400 level business elective)
  • Culture: Visual/Performing Arts
  • Social World: Global Society
  • Social World: Human Questions/Contexts
  • Natural World
  • Natural World: Engaged Community
  • Non-Business Elective

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year – All courses require sophomore standing plus prerequisite as noted (30 Credit Hours)

ACT 211                 Principles of Accounting I

ACT 212                 Principles of Accounting II (ACT 211)

ECO 231                 Principles of Microeconomics

ECO 232                 Principles of Macroeconomics (also fulfills Social World: US Society requirement)

ENL  265                 Business Communications (ENL 101, 102)

POM 212                 Business Statistics (MTH 103)

MGT 311                 Organizational Behavior (ENL 265)

MGT 312                 Legal Framework of Business

MIS 211                   Information Technology Hardware and Software (MIS majors only) (Fall only)

MIS 212                   Programming and Problem Solving (MIS majors only) (Spring only)

______                    Culture: Literature


Junior Year

 Junior Year – All courses require junior standing plus prerequisite as noted (30 Credit Hours)

FIN 312                   Financial Management (ACT 212, ECO 231)     

POM 333                 Quantitative Business Analysis  (POM 212)

POM 345                 Operations Management (POM 212)

MKT 311                 Principles of Marketing

MIS 315                   Information Systems (ENL 102)

MIS 322                   Systems Analysis and Design  (MIS 315)

MIS 341                   Data Communications and Networks (MIS 315) (Fall only)

______                    Business Elective (any 300-400 level business course)

______                    **Non-business Elective ____________________


Senior Year


Senior Year – All courses require senior standing plus prerequisite as noted (30 Credit Hours)

MGT 490                 Strategic Management (MIS 315, MGT 311, POM 333, POM 345, FIN 312)

MIS 432                   Database Design and Implementation (MIS 322)

MIS 461                   Management of Information Systems  (MIS 315)

MIS 462                   Advanced Information Systems (MIS 432)

MIS ___                   MIS elective (300 level or above)_______________________

______                    Business Elective (any 300-400 level business course)

______                    **Non-business elective ____________________

______                    **Non-business elective ____________________

______                    **Non-business elective ____________________

______                    **Non-business elective ____________________


Management Information Systems Elective

Three (3) credits required 300 level or higher.

Total Credits: 120

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