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ISYS (Formerly MISA)

Information Systems & Security

The Information Systems and Security (ISYS) concentration is designed to prepare students to plan, design, engineer, and implement networks and information systems in a modern computer environment.  Students learn how to manage information technologies and exploit their full potential while protecting the information assets and rights of individuals and organizations. The concentration prepares students for a career in a variety of organizations ranging from the end users and the creators of information systems to the guardians of information assets and the organization's electronic infrastructure.

ISYS Course Descriptions

General Education *
Writing Intensive Courses WR (must earn C- or better to fulfill requirement)
Speaking Intensive Courses SP

Information Systems & Security 170 - Computer Applications

The course utilizes several common business software applications to explore how these tools are used in typical business environments. The course enhances the students' knowledge of tools needed for upper-level courses in the College of Business and Economics, as well as their knowledge of computer concepts that are required in the business world. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 272 - Introduction to Business Programming

The course emphasizes analysis of existing systems and designs of new systems using common structured and object-oriented modeling tools. It also includes the development of information systems from the analysis of present information flow, system specifications, and modeling. Offered fall semester only. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 275 - Web Design for Beginners

An introduction to Web page design and development. Students will be introduced to HTML, Javascript and Vbscript. Students will create a Web site with features such as pictures, video, guestbook, marquees, forms, and other useful tools for Web site creation. In addition, OBNC connectivity, ASP and server/client relationships will be introduced for creating dynamic web pages and understanding Electronic commerce. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 295 - Special Topics in Information Systems & Security

The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 311, 312 - Studies Abroad

Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in information systems & security. 1-18 credits.

Information Systems & Security 370 - Principles of Information Systems & Security

A general over-view of information systems. Planning, designing and implementing information management systems. Emphasis is on application of the systems. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 372 - COBOL Programming

An introduction to programming in a business oriented language (COBOL) with emphasis on commercial applications and elementary concepts of file processing. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 373 - Database Management

Introduction to theory of data structure, implementation of database models, and applications using a conventional database system. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: ISYS 370 or CMSC 362. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 375 - Web Design and Development

This course teaches students how to use powerful, sophisticated, commercially-available Web design tools to create interactive multimedia projects in an interdisciplinary team environment. Students build a personal Web site, an interactive portfolio site, and a site for a "real world" client. Other topics include introduction to ASP, CGI, Perl, VBSript, JavaScript, and Jscript. Prerequisites: ISYS 170 and 370, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 376 - Cyber Security

This class focuses on cyber security as well as corresponding cyber law, policy, and methods and tools for gaining forensic information from computer systems and networks. It includes case studies of cyber crimes as well as information on the  capabilities and limitations of forensics techniques used in the analysis of cyber crime. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: ISYS 370, CMSC 121 or CMSC 160; or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 377 - Cyber Forensics

This is a fundamental required course as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that is very much in demand in today's society. This course covers cyber forensics as part of one of the three academic areas in the interdisciplinary curriculum. The three areas covered are cyber security, cyber forensics, and cyber policy and law. This class covers methods and tools for gaining forensic information from computer systems and networks.  It includes case studies of cyber crimes as well as the application and management of cyber forensics.  The course introduces students to forensics tools using hands-on experience and the Internet.  Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: ISYS 370 or CMSC 121 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 390 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as ISYS 391. 1-18 credits.

Information Systems & Security 471 - Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design

 Development of an information system from the analysis of present information flow, system specifications and equipment selection to implementation. Emphasis on analysis of existing systems and design of new systems. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: ISYS 370. 3 credits. SP

Information Systems & Security 473 - Network Communications

A study of voice and data communications concepts, including network components, strategies, topologies, planning and design issues, security considerations, evaluation/performance criteria, and management control requirements. Topics cover physical components as well as theoretical issues. Course includes in-class lectures as well as hands-on lab experiences with physical media, microcomputer connectors, and network operating systems. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: ISYS 370. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 475 - Web Programming

An in-depth study of programming techniques used in Web page design. Topics can include HTML and derivative languages, server-side programming, client-side programming, Web server architecture, and Web security. Use of these programming techniques to create contemporary applications will be covered. These applications can include, but are not limited to, shopping carts, guest books, login validation, database access and manipulation, form processing, auctions, and chat rooms. Other applications and techniques may be covered that reflect current trends in Web design and use. Prerequisites: ISYS 272 or CMSC 160 and one of the following: ISYS 170, ISYS 370, or CMSC 362; or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 476 - Advanced Topics in Cyber Security, Forensics, and Law

This class covers cyber law and policy and its application to techniques for identifying and tracking cyber attacks, as well as yo methods and tools for gaining forensic information from computer systems. It includes case studies of cyber crimes with a focus on the relationship between cyber forensics, cyber security and cyber law and policy today. The course will emphasize the application of law, ethics, conceptual models and hands-on experiences of using forensic tools with personal computers, servers, Internet activity and Web browser usage. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: ISYS 377 and ISYS 376 or CMSC 355; or permission of instructor. 3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 492 - Internship: Information Systems & Security 

An on-the-job learning experience designed to apply management information systems concepts and principles. Prerequisites: Cumulative and major GPA of 2.33 or greater, 60 credits or more, declared business or economics major, a declared concentration, ISYS 370, MANG 391, and permission of the internship instructor. 2-3 credits per internship placement; limited to a maximum of 6 credits.  *Fulfills General Education Goal 14

Information Systems & Security 495 - Special Topics in Information Systems & Security 

An individually designed course that allows the student to pursue advanced topics in specific management information systems areas. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 1-3 credits.

Information Systems & Security 498 - Honors Research in Information Systems & Security 

Students conduct research in computer information management systems under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as ISYS 499. 3 credits.