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Program Curriculum

The curriculum provides the necessary technical knowledge and managerial perspectives to be a leader in innovating with IT. The interdisciplinary design of the curriculum suits the need of both technical and non-technical professionals.


Both full-time and part-time students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits to graduate. The curriculum consists of core, required and elective courses. 

CORE COURSES ( 12 Credits )

ISOM 5100
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5270
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5320
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5370
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5460**
[ 2 Credits ]
* Students with CISSP, CISM or GCIH professional certification may apply for substitution for ISOM 5280. ** Students with PMP professional certification may apply for substitution for ISOM 5460.

REQUIRED COURSES ( 0-6 Credits )

ISOM 5180***
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5260
[ 2 Credits ]
*** Students with CCNA professional certification may apply for substitution for ISOM 5180.

ELECTIVE COURSES ( 12-18 Credits )

ISOM 5130
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5250
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5360
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5450
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5480
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5700
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 5720
[ 2 Credits ]
ISOM 6000-6100
[ 1-4 Credits ]
ISOM 6390
[ 1-4 Credits ]
Note: The list of elective courses is subject to change
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Business Simulation and Strategic Decisions
Business simulation software combined with case study discussions provide an exciting learning environment for examining strategic decisions in business, with a primary focus on high-tech industries. Explore and practice strategic decision making in a hands-on, active learning process. This course emphasizes group learning and competition in interactive online and classroom contexts.
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Business Essentials for IT Professionals
This course provides an introduction to essential business ideas and concepts to enable technical professionals to more effectively communicate in language and systems design terms with business executives in all areas of a modern business organization.
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Information Strategy and Management
Examination of economic principles of information systems strategy, highlighting application of economics and management principles to the unique environment of information services and information-enabled competition.
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Outsourcing Management
This course examines the phenomenon of business process outsourcing that are enabled by technological innovations . Topics include the benefits and risks of outsourcing, management challenges associated with outsourcing, effective vendor management, and techniques for managing outsourcing activities and risks.
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Strategic Information Infrastructure
This course reviews the business, technical, and socio-economic transformation of the strategic information infrastructure in today's competitive business environment. Key issues addressed include digital convergence, disruptive technology, mobile multimedia services, next generation information infrastructure, network-based business strategies, service adoption, and universal service. It is suitable for students with different backgrounds, and no previous knowledge on information infrastructure is required.
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Applied Network Management
Combining extensive lab work with lectures and WWW self-paced learning materials provided by the Cisco Networking Academy Program, this course helps students develop practical network administration and management skills. This course provides managers with a practical understanding of networking issues and challenges which may be helpful for students early in their career.
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Innovation and Intellectual Property Law
This course addresses legal issues from a managerial perspective related to business process innovations, patent law, copyright law, and trademark laws. Topics related to international issues and challenges from new business models and innovative processes, including but not limited to discussions of legal issues associated with electronic commerce and internationally integrated supply-chain logistics processes. No legal training or background is required.
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Consumer Privacy Management in the Information Economy
This course provides an overview of information privacy and management in the information economy. It covers the fundamental concepts and dimensions of privacy; the impact of Internet marketing, customer relationship management, Web personalization, and data mining on consumer privacy; privacy enhancing technologies; and regulation of business practices.
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Business Modeling with VBA
This course introduces students to business application modeling using Visual Basic Applications (VBA) in Excel. Students will learn to develop applications & models in different business areas, including finance, marketing, technology operations, etc.
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Fundamentals of Database Management
Introduction to database management systems with emphasis on business applications. Technical and administrative considerations in database implementation. Students implement a business system using a commercial-off-the-shell software package.
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Big Data Analytics
Data plays an increasingly important role in business decision making. This course introduces the key concepts and applications of business analytics in the world of Big Data. Example business problems to be solved analytically include customer relationship management, financial trading, social media marketing, search engine strategy, etc. Hands-on experience with popular data analytical tools will be included.
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Computer and Internet Security Management
In-depth study of information systems security in business organizations. Basic principles and functions of secure systems reviewed; management policy, plans and programs discussed.
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Information Systems Development Methodologies
This course provides an overview of the principles of information systems (IS) development methodologies. Topics include process modeling, object-oriented modeling, data flow diagramming, use case modeling, UML, and management issues in IS development.
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Information Infrastructure Policy and Regulation
The information infrastructure is a strategic component of the modern business environment. This course provides an overview of the global evolution of policy and regulatory issues of the information infrastructure, and how they impact the business strategies of firms. Topics include fundamental concepts underlying policy and regulation of the information infrastructure, including spamming and privacy regulations, network interconnection, Internet governance, regulatory environment of mobile multimedia services, privatization of infrastructure assets, foreign direct investment and the impact of WTO's agreement on a country's information infrastructure.
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Electronic Commerce and Web Analytics
This course offers essential knowledge and tools for managers of e-business today. Topics include e-commerce models, web analytics, Internet marketing, Internet pricing and strategy, web-based personalization, online intermediaries, etc.
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Information Systems Auditing
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of information systems (IS) auditing. Topics include IS control and assurance, COBIT, business continuity planning, protection of information assets, auditing the network infrastructure, physical access exposures and controls, and disaster recovery management.
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Technology and Innovation Management
Technology and innovation management (TIM) plays an important role in enhancing the competitiveness of firms, industries, and even nations. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to TIM from strategic perspectives and addresses key issues such as technology and innovation decision making, open innovation system, lead user innovation, intellectual property portfolio management, and national innovation system. Specifically, it will highlight how technology can facilitate corporate innovation. Students will obtain basic skills in formulating TIM-based competitive strategies.
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Information Systems Assurance and Forensic Investigation
This course intends to cover both managerial and technical aspects of Information Systems Assurance. It begins with IT governance and Information Security governance, follows by vulnerability analysis, then further investigations on vulnerability exploitations.
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Technology Consulting

This course is designed for students from different professions to become skilled in using consulting tools to analyze issues, evaluate solutions from multiple dimensions of people, process, technology and governance, and then use a framework for IT strategy recommendations for effective communication.  Students will learn how to apply these technology consulting tools to the latest technology trends, such as big data, e-commerce, e-recruitment, security, etc. facing today's businesses.


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Project Management
This course covers the essential project management skills to ensure a successful implementation of high-technology projects. Topics include investment decisions, resource planning, budgeting, scheduling, outsourcing, and risk assessment and control, as major components of PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge).
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Technology Entrepreneurship
This course introduces the principles of technology entrepreneurship. It provides an overview of the theory and best practices on developing innovative business models of the digital economy, and the strategy, structure and pricing related to new enterprises. Topics include technology entrepreneurship, e-marketing, web 2.0 and enterprise 2.0, information in financial market, globalization, and the long tail.
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Operations Management
Introduction to management of business processes that produce goods or services: topics include operations strategy, process analysis, queuing systems, inventory management, quality management, process improvement and other important issues.
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ERP and Enterprise Systems Management
Concepts and practices of enterprise resource management; enterprise resource planning systems and applications, integrated systems approach to managing major business processes, business information reports and analyses.
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Special Topics in Information Systems
Study of selected areas of information systems and information technology; individual projects and reports. (Under this course code, new courses are introduced from time to time.)
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Independent Study in Information Systems
Study of selected information and systems management issues under the supervision of a faculty member. This course may be repeated for credit.
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