Emphasis in Information Technology

Students who pursue the Emphasis in Information Technology take nine credits of information technology oriented classes. Three of these credits must include:

Accounting Information Technology and Advisory Services

3 credits | Fall Semester

Reviews and further develops knowledge about using databases to store, manipulate, and retrieve accounting information transactions. Introduces businesses' design and development of accounting information systems, including current practices for requirements specification, software application selection, and analysis and design of information system applications. Equal emphasis is placed on developing technical skills and integrating company-wide strategic planning with information technology strategic planning.

Additional credits are acquired in the spring semester and students can choose from:

Auditing Information Systems

3 credits

Develops in-depth knowledge about conducting an information systems audit, developing frameworks for management and application control, using audit software, conducting concurrent auditing techniques, evaluating data integrity, system effectiveness, and system efficiency. Also introduces: technical security controls to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from cyber-attacks; risk and vulnerability analysis to select, design and evaluate security controls; and legal, ethical, and privacy aspects of information assurance.

Database Management

3 credits

This course considers the application, logical structure and physical implementation of databases to aid in developing business intelligence. Primary topics include data modeling, relational databases, structured query language, data analytics and visualization, amongst other contemporary data management topics. Multiple database management systems and analytical platforms may be introduced.

Supply Chain Management

3 credits

This course deals primarily with the design and operation of logistics networks or supply chains, and the flow of materials and information on them. Students in this course will be exposed to both the strategic and operational aspects of managing today's complex supply chains. Specific topics include vendor-managed inventory efficient customer response; collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment; planning distribution and supply; managing product variety, transportation, supply chain planning, distribution and supply; managed product variety; transportation; supply chain planning software; eMarketplaces; inter- and meta-mediaries and design and optimization of supply networks.

Modeling and Simulation

1.5 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to basic modeling, analysis, and simulation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on problem identification and formulation, sensitivity analysis, and model construction. Tools such as MS Excel, Solver, Crystal Ball, and @Risk will be used to solve business problems across all business functional areas; Finance, Accounting, Operations, Marketing, Information Systems, Policy, and Human Resource Management.

Advanced Modeling Techniques

3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to develop advanced decision models using a variety of programming and database tools. This semester, we will focus on VBA and Access.

Lean Toolkit

1.5 credits

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.

Six Sigma Toolkit

1.5 credits

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This ourse would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.