2015-2016 Catalog

Information Systems and Business Communication (ISBC)


Braathen, Lawson-Body, O'Keefe (Chair), Rotvold and Zuo

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Information Systems is offered through the Department of Information Systems and Business Communication. This major offers broad preparation for a variety of information systems careers in corporate, government, and small business environments. Information Systems graduates attain careers as network administrators, database developers, information systems analysts, software programmers, technology consultants, computer support specialists, and a wide variety of emerging positions within the information systems and technology field. Positions range from entry-level information management systems positions, e.g., technical support, to those in senior management, e.g., Chief Information Officer (CIO).



College of Business and Public Administration


B.B.A. with a Major in Information Systems

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. College of Business and Public Administration requirements (see BPA listing) and including:

ACCT 200
  & ACCT 201
Elements of Accounting I
   and Elements of Accounting II
ACCT 315Business Law I3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 210Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
ECON 303Money and Banking3
FIN 310Principles of Financial Management3
ISBC 117Personal Productivity with Information Technology1
ISBC 317Information Systems in Enterprise3
MATH 103College Algebra3
MATH 146Applied Calculus I3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
MGMT 301Operations Management3
MGMT 475Strategic Management3
MRKT 305Marketing Foundations3
POLS 115American Government I3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits55

III. Information Systems Major Courses:

ISBC 240Operating Systems Principles3
ISBC 320Professional Communication for Business3
ISBC 330Database Design3
ISBC 340Networking I3
ISBC 350Networking II3
ISBC 370Information Systems Programming3
ISBC 410Information Security3
ISBC 430Database Programming3
ISBC 490Information Systems Analysis and Design Seminar3
Electives (minimum 9 credits)
Select three of the following:9
Records and Information Management
Cooperative Education
Database Administration and Optimization
Networking Ill
Advanced Information Systems Programming
Special Topics
Total Credits36


Minor in Information Systems

22 semester hours, including:

ISBC 117Personal Productivity with Information Technology1
ISBC 240Operating Systems Principles3
ISBC 305End-User Applications3
ISBC 317Information Systems in Enterprise3
ISBC 330Database Design3
ISBC 340Networking I3
ISBC 370Information Systems Programming3
Total Credits22

ISBC 300 or 400 level courses: Not to include ISBC 397 Cooperative Education, ISBC 490 Information Systems Analysis and Design Seminar


ISBC 117. Personal Productivity with Information Technology. 1 Credit.

Introductory lab-based course covering basic computer hardware, operating systems, software, and Microsoft Office tools. F,S,SS.

ISBC 220. Business Research Writing. 3 Credits.

An exposure to research writing, including what research is and its importance in the business world. Students will be shown how to gather data, analyze data, and manage the writing process. Students will learn how to develop and structure an academic research paper. Prerequisites: ENGL 120 or ENGL125 or ENGL 130, and ISBC 117. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ECON 210. On demand.

ISBC 240. Operating Systems Principles. 3 Credits.

An introduction to a variety of computer operating systems. Emphasis placed on terminology, concepts, system commands, architecture, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Hands-on experience with operating systems and operating environments such as Windows and UNIX at the workstation and server level. Prerequisite: ISBC 117. S.

ISBC 305. End-User Applications. 3 Credits.

Development of proficiency in the use of end-user software applications with emphasis on spreadsheet and database. Spreadsheet applications include solutions for typical business situations using functions, macros and linking. Database applications include development of and querying of databases, linking, generating forms and reports, and developing menus. Prerequisite: ISBC 117. F,S.

ISBC 317. Information Systems in Enterprise. 3 Credits.

Major emphasis on information technology, enterprise systems and business processes, database management, decision support systems, strategic information systems, and the utilization of these technologies as productive business professionals. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ISBC 117. F,S,SS.

ISBC 320. Professional Communication for Business. 3 Credits.

An overview of the communication process, including composition of business letters and reports, use of computer technologies, strategies for oral communication and listening, as well as a brief review of writing mechanics. Clear, concise, effective presentation and logical organization of business messages are emphasized. F,S.

ISBC 330. Database Design. 3 Credits.

Database design techniques to include, but not limited to, database models, terminology, database normalization, entity-relationship diagramming and an introduction to SQL. Prerequisite: ISBC 117. F.

ISBC 340. Networking I. 3 Credits.

Explores principles of networking computer systems; telecommunications hardware, software, and media components; and approaches to efficient business data communications. The student will be exposed to telecommunications terminology, concepts, protocols, and logical and physical design of local area networks. Prerequisite: ISBC 240. F.

ISBC 350. Networking II. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of networking protocols, planning, design, security, VLANs, switch and router configuration, workstation and server management, troubleshooting, and when possible, enterprise level network topics. Prerequisite: ISBC 340. S.

ISBC 361. Records and Information Management. 3 Credits.

Stresses the systematic design and control over the creation, distribution, utilization, retention, storage, protection, preservation, and final disposition of records. Examination of the management of recorded information on a variety of media, including paper, and electronic records. Costs and systems analysis, electronic filing, computer-assisted retrieval, forms management, and imaging systems are also discussed. Prerequisite: ISBC 330. S.

ISBC 370. Information Systems Programming. 3 Credits.

An introduction to programming in a business environment. Students learn programming theory, fundamentals and practices in writing programs to meets business requirements, solve business problems, and address business opportunities in the desktop, mobile and/or lnternet/intranet environments. Prerequisite: ISBC 117. S.

ISBC 397. Cooperative Education. 1-2 Credits.

On-the-job compensated work experience in areas related to Information Systems. Repeatable to maximum of 2 credits. Prerequisites: Overall GPA of 2.5 and approval of the director of ISBE/ISBC Cooperative Education. S/U grading. F,S,SS.

ISBC 410. Information Security. 3 Credits.

An introduction to information security and information assurance. The students will achieve a firm intuition about what information security means; be able to recognize potential threats to information confidentiality, integrity and availability; be aware of some of the underlying technologies that address these challenges; and be conversant with current security-related issues in the field. This course addresses both the technical and behavioral aspects of information security. Prerequisites: ISBC 330, ISBC 340, and ISBC 370. F.

ISBC 430. Database Programming. 3 Credits.

Information system programming using embedded database queries and calls to stored procedures. The development of stored procedures and triggers in databases. Topics will include accessing data via ODBC native drivers, dynamic SQL generation, T-SQL and intermediate programming skills. Prerequisites: ISBC 330 and ISBC 370. F.

ISBC 431. Database Administration and Optimization. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the administration of business databases and the optimization of database performance at the server level. Topics may include but are not limited to user and security administration, physical organization and optimization, performance maintenance and monitoring, fault tolerance, database distribution and replication. Prerequisite: ISBC 430. S.

ISBC 444. Philosophy of Vocational Education. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice of vocational education in secondary and post-secondary schools. Interrelationship of vocational education programs. Funding for vocational education programs. Relationship between general education and vocational education. S.

ISBC 451. Networking Ill. 3 Credits.

Focuses on exploring a variety of advanced networking topics. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills including, but not limited to, advanced configuration, implementation, security, and troubleshooting of network servers, services, devices, resources, and infrastructure. Prerequisite: ISBC 350. F.

ISBC 471. Advanced Information Systems Programming. 3 Credits.

Advanced-level programming in a business environment. Students apply programming and database theory, fundamentals and practices learned in ISBC 370 and ISBC 430 to address complex business problems and opportunities in the desktop, mobile and/or lnternet/intranet environments. Prerequisite: ISBC 430. S.

ISBC 490. Information Systems Analysis and Design Seminar. 3 Credits.

The capstone course for the Information Systems major. System analysis and design is taught and applied through team development of an information system. Prerequisites: ISBC 320, ISBC 340, and ISBC 430. S.

ISBC 499. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Topics will be selected on the basis of currency and relevancy to student needs. Repeatable to 12 credits. Repeatable to 12 credits. On demand.

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