MASTER OF ARTS IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
OBJECTIVES - The master of arts in computer information systems degree is designed for qualified students who are preparing for careers as in information systems, and who desire to advance study in the management disciplines with a solid and extensive study of the design and development of information systems from both an administrative and a technical perspective.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - A bachelor's degree in computer information systems or the equivalent is required for admission to the Master of Arts in Computer Information System program. Degree candidates without certain computer information system preparatory subjects may have to take additional undergraduate course work to satisfactorily complete the program. Admission to the M.A. in Computer Information Systems program requires a total GRE score of 950 for regular admission. Student scoring below 950 on GRE, or having no such scoring, may be admitted on probation. Probating admission may be changed to regular admission by maintaining a 3.0 (B) grade point average in the first 9 hours taken for graduate credit.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - All candidates for the master of arts in computer information system are required to complete a total of 36 semester units including 30 semester units of graduate level courses and 6 semester units of thesis writing. Upon completion of the required units, and the thesis, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Computer Information System degree.
PROGRAM OF STUDY - Sample
IS 500 Professional Ethics
This course covers the current issues relevant to professional ethics in the industry of computer information systems, including their impact to the information age. In addition, Students will have solid foundations in all aspects of professional ethics in computer technology.
IS 510 Management Information
This course covers the basis, an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the management information systems. Students will have solid foundations of the concept of the information system, particularly in the areas of how it is used in business, why it is used, and how the resulting information can support end user activities, business operation and managerial strategic decision making. In addition, students will also understand fundamental features of information systems and the state-of-the-art concepts and procedures so vital to management information systems associated with acquiring, organizing, and controlling information and information processing resources; anticipated impacts of future developments in information systems technology.
IS 520 Operating Systems Survey
This course covers the basis, an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the operating systems survey. Students will develop an understanding of structured programming and structured design, and will have basic knowledge of operating systems. In addition, students will also learn the range of the operating systems, their architecture, capacities and limitations; resource management as the central feature common to all control programs; descriptive (rather and analytical) approach; cost consideration.
IS 525 IT Project Management
In this course students learn practical project management skills and competencies as they plan, organize, schedule, and control IT-related projects. Emphasis is placed on cost estimation, project communication and risk management.
IS 530 Data Base Organization
This course covers the basis, an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the concerns of database organization. Students will be able to develop specific skills and concepts in the understanding of factors in the identification of data administration issues and their resolution. In addition, students will also learn extensive and intensive emphasis on data administration and system development in a database environment; factors in the identification of data administration issues and their resolution; database management system hardware and software requirements consideration in the selection, acquisition, installation and operation of commercial DBM’s.
IS 540 Data Communications and Networks
This course covers the basis, an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the concerns of data communications and networks. Students will have solid foundations in the design of digital communications systems, and particularly will understand a source encoding methods including scalar and vector quantization, the spectral characteristics and performance characteristics of continuous-phase modulation (CPM), synchronization techniques; trellis-coded modulation, and the use of the cutoff rate as a criterion for modulation/demodulation and coding/decoding design. In addition, students will also learn the basic concepts of, and standard terminology in, data communications, network design and distributed information systems; equipment, protocols and architectures; transmission alternatives.
IS 545 Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity
In this course students evaluate issues related to cybersecurity as well as employing techniques to protect cyber assets. Topics in the course include security testing, risk mitigation, and threat response. Emphasis is placed on identification of system vulnerabilities and threats through ethical hacking and establishing proactive measures to prevent attacks.
IS 550 Systems Analysis and Design
This course covers the basis, an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the concerns of system analysis and design. Students will have an understanding of the duties of the systems analyst together with an understanding of the specific methods and techniques for conducting systems project-from the preliminary investigation of the project through the systems implementation and evaluation. In addition, students will also learn the place and role of systems analysis and design within the systems development life cycle; emphasis on skills required in particularizing systems specifications and in implementation planning; consideration of managing aspects of systems design.
IS 590 Graduate Internship
This course covers practical experience in the operational aspects of specific enterprise settings, and further will help to develop career goals and decide which career is most appropriate for him/her. In addition, students will also perform supervised work experience in a professional environment related to a MAIS degree program and career objectives. Prearranged work in operational activities of designated enterprises. Comprehending experience in information systems. Student will be responsible for a report or periodic reports as required by the instructor.
Prerequisite: Advance Standing
IS 595 Research and Design
This course covers the methods, the research and design for computer information systems. Students will have an opportunity to conceptualize an appropriate topic in the area of interested subject for further research and analysis, and furthermore to know how to write an acceptable proposal and presentation. In addition, students will also learn covering literature survey, selection of thesis topic, development of research methods and procedures, and the outline of thesis in the form of thesis proposal acceptable and approved by the program director or faculty member.
Prerequisite: Advance Standing
IS 599 Master's Thesis
This course covers solid foundations to know how to conduct an in-depth, comprehensive research study that well demonstrates acceptable academic research standards and criteria. In addition, students will also learn thesis project; preparation, completion and submission of and acceptable thesis for the master's degree.
Prerequisite: IS 595