Professors: C. A. Watts; Associate Professors: M. D. Treleven, M. P. Lynn (Chair), R. T. Grenci, B. Z. Hull; Instructor: R. D. Blamer

The objective of the Business Information Systems faculty is to develop students’ technical and analytical skills, enabling them more fully to apply their expertise as analysts, consultants, and project managers in their chosen fields. Technical and analytical skills—as well as knowledge of business operations and information systems—are relevant to all organizational processes and to all business majors. As such, Business Information Systems courses are an integral part of the business core. They also serve key roles in the management, marketing, and logistics majors, including Business Information Systems courses that are cross-listed with technology-oriented marketing courses.

Students who are interested in a business major that includes the skills and knowledge related to Business Information Systems should consider the management, marketing, and logistics majors. Students with a more focused interest in software programming and application development should consider the Computer Information Systems major offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

107. SPREADSHEET APPLICATIONS 1 cr. (1st five weeks of term) Overview of spreadsheet analysis, with students learning and/or reinforcing spreadsheet software skills.

108. DATABASE APPLICATIONS 1 cr. (2nd five weeks of term) Overview of database applications, with students learning and/or reinforcing database skills.

109. COMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS 1 cr. (last 5 weeks of term) Overview of communications-related software applications. Students learn or reinforce their knowledge of subjects such as presentation graphics software and advanced word processing features.

200. MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3 cr. Prerequisite: BI 108 or competency waiver for Database Applications. Introduction to management information systems, decision support systems, and the systems development process. Special emphasis on information resource management and the strategic use of information systems in organizations. Group projects provide practical experience, complementing the conceptual approach.

326. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3 cr. Prerequisite: EC 208 or MT 122 or MT 228. Planning, organizing, and controlling the process of transforming raw materials into finished products. Application of qualitative and quantitative methods and evaluation techniques to such areas as quality management, just-in-time environments, material requirements planning, inventory management, scheduling, facility planning, plant layout, and job and process design.

341. DATABASE FUNDAMENTALS 3 cr. Prerequisite: BI 200. Practical approach to designing business databases. Topics include normalization, design methodology, data modeling, interface design, structured query language, and database management/administration. Software utilized includes a relational database management system and other software tools.

352. ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE WITH SAP 3 cr. Prerequisite: BI 200. Introduction to enterprise software using the SAP system. Develops basic familiarity with the SAP system from user, administrative, and technical perspectives. Topics include user skills, business processes, modules, queries, reports, configuration, security, and administration.

371. MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 3 cr. Prerequisite: EC 205 or EC 208L or MT 122 or MT 228. Application of mathematical optimization to decision making. Uses MS-Excel and several add-ins as tools to find optimal solutions to a wide variety of business problems. Topics include linear programming, network models, non-linear programming, goal programming, and simulation.

383. PROJECT MANAGEMENT 3 cr. Prerequisite: BI 326. Principles and methods useful for planning and controlling a project, including development of a project plan, budgeting, resource planning and scheduling, and project monitoring and control. Study of selected computerized packages, including Microsoft Project, with examples of different types of projects from manufacturing and service industries.

406. SEMINAR IN PRODUCTION/OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3 cr. Prerequisite: BI 326. Study of contemporary issues in operations management not covered in depth in other departmental courses. Specific topic, method of presentation, and student requirements will be designated by the seminar leader.

407. SEMINAR IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3 cr. Prerequisite: BI 200. Study of contemporary issues in management information systems not covered in depth in other departmental courses. Specific topic, method of presentation, and student requirements will be designated by the seminar leader.