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MISonline - Course Descriptions

Course content for the MISonline programs are based on the MIS department’s top-five ranked graduate programs at the University of Arizona.

Some courses require purchasing of textbooks. Textbook information will be listed under the course description.

Cost of textbooks is not included in the course fees. It does not matter where you purchase your textbook (as hardcopy or eBook) from but the University recommends Amazon.com for buying of textbooks or Chegg.com to rent textbooks.

Course Number Course Title Master's in MIS Courses Business Intelligence Certificate Courses Enterprise Security Certificate Courses
MIS 507 Software Design x    
MIS 513 Business Foundations of IT x    
MIS 515 Information Security in Public and Private Sectors x   x
MIS 516 Information Security Risk Management x   x
MIS 517 Systems Security Management x   x
MIS 531 Enterprise Data Management x x  
MIS 541 Information Systems Analysis and Design x    
MIS 545 Data Mining for Business Intelligence x x  
MIS 587 Business Intelligence x x  
MIS 696h Master's Project Report x    


Course Descriptions

MIS 507 - Software Design and Integration

MIS Technical courseTechnical - 3 Credit Course

Description: The course will begin with a discussion of techniques and notations for object-oriented modeling. Building on these modeling techniques, we will then discuss strategies for implementing reusable and extensible systems and in particular design patterns--templates for software design that have been proved to deliver great practical value. The course will also cover a selected set of software engineering and project management issues and the current thinking on what constitutes the best practice to deal with these issues.

Prerequisite: MIS 541 - OR - prior Java, C++ or Python programming experience.


Textbook for MIS507 is: Allan Shalloway and James Trott, "Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on  Object-Oriented Design" 2nd edition. ISBN-10: 0321247140 | ISBN-13: 978-0321247148

MIS 513 - Business Foundations for IT

MIS Theory courseTheory - 3 Credit Course

Description: This course will integrate many business foundations in support of MIS students in the MS program. In today's environment, IT solutions have to support the competitive needs of organizations and recognize the inter-organizational nature of business processes. In addition, the IT solutions have to support the financial well-being of a firm as well as its responsibility to various stakeholders. This course uses five modules: business strategy in a global environment, process analysis and re-design in an ever expanding value chain; IT in support of these business processes, economic justification, and social implications.

MIS 515 - Information Security in Public and Private Sectors

MIS Theory courseTheory/Practical - 3 Course Credit

Description: This course exposes the student to a broad range of computer systems and information security topics. It is designed to provide a general knowledge of measures to insure confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information systems. Topics range from hardware, software and network security to INFOSEC, OPSEC and NSTISS overviews. Components include national policy, threats, countermeasures, and risk management among others. Students completing this course are awarded the NSA-CNSS certificates numbers 4011 - CNSS 4011 – Information Systems Security Professionals & CNSS 4012 – Senior Systems Managers.

No textbook needed.

MIS 516 - Information Security Risk Management

MIS Theory courseTheory/Practical - 3 Credit Course

Description: The objective of our MIS 516 course is to provide students a thorough and operational knowledge of information security so that this critical area is recognized as a management issue and not an I.T. issue. As the course topics within our MIS 516 syllabus have been directly "mapped" against the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) certification requirements for National Training Standard for Information System Security for professionals, students completing the current MIS 516 course are awarded the NSA-CNSS certificate number 4016. (NTSISS 4016 - Risk Analyst).

Textbook for MIS16 is: Whiteman, Mattord, "Management of Information Security" 3rd edition, 2011. ISBN's: Paperback: ISBN-10 1-4354-8884-9, ISBN-13 978-1-4354-8884-7. eText: ISBN-10 1-111-18546-8, ISBN-13 978-1-111-18546-6

MIS 517 - Systems Security Management

MIS Technical CourseTechnical - 3 Credit Course

Description: The information security arena contains a broad array of multi-level models for assessing, planning, implementing and monitoring the mitigation of security risks. At the very core of this information security spectrum are the actual system and network devices which store, manage, transmit and secure information. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of issues and techniques surrounding the proper safeguarding of operating systems and related components. Filled with Information Assurance topics, this course offers a solid base for system administrators and technical managers. Students completing this course are awarded the NSA-CNSS certificate number 4013 - System Administrators.

No textbook needed.

MIS 531 - Enterprise Data Management

MIS Technical courseTechnical - 3 Credit Course

Description: This course introduces the student to fundamentals of database analysis, design, and implementation. Emphasis is on practical aspects of business process analysis and the accompanying database design and development. Topics covered include: conceptual design of databases using the entity relationship model, relational design and normalization, SQL and PL/SQL, web based database design, and implementation using Oracle or some other modern Database Management Systems. Students may be required to work with an organization in understanding their business requirements, developing a detailed set of requirements to support business processes, and designing and implementing a web based database application to support their day- to-day business operations and decision making. Students will acquire hands-on-experience with a state-of-the-art database management system such as Oracle or Microsoft SQLServer, and web-based development tools.

This course is the pre-requisite for MIS 587.

Textbook for MIS531 is: Peter Rob, Steven Morris and Carlos Coronel, "Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management", 10th Edition, ISBN: 978-1111969608, Course Technology, 2012.

MIS 541 - Information Systems Analysis and Design

MIS Technical courseTechnical - 3 Credit Course

Description: Service-oriented architectures and computing have emerged as the core of the next generation of information systems. This course focuses on analysis and design of information systems with a service-oriented perspective. This course also covers process analysis and modeling to certain degree since it is the foundation of service-oriented architectures. This course will include some of the following topics: introduction to service oriented architecture, overview of system sourcing strategies, specification of service level agreements, software development approaches, process-driven system integration, introduction to Unified Modeling Language. The course may involve a group project that analyzes and design a real world system in a corporate setting.

MIS 541 is the possible pre-requisite for MIS 507 Software Design and Integration course - IF - students do not have prior Java, C++ or Python programming experience.

Textbook for MIS541 is: Satzinger et al., “Systems Analysis and Design in a Changing World with Computing and Information Technology CourseMate Printed Access Card” 6th Edition, ISBN’s: ISBN-10 1-111-53415-2, ISBN-13 978-1-111-53415-8. If you choose to rent your textbook, please confirm you will also receive the CourseMate Access Card.

MIS 545 - Data Mining for Business Intelligence  

MIS Technical courseTechnical - 3 Credit Course

Description: Corporations today are said to be data rich but information poor. For example, retailers can easily process and capture millions of transactions every day. In addition, the widespread proliferation of economic activity on the Internet leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data on consumers, their purchases, retailers and their offerings, auction bidding, music sharing, so on and so forth. Data mining techniques can help companies discover knowledge and acquire business intelligence from these massive datasets. This course will cover data mining for business intelligence. Data mining refers to extracting or “mining” knowledge from large amounts of data. It consists of several techniques that aim at discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value or “business intelligence” to organizations. Examples of such patterns include fraud detection, consumer behavior, and credit approval. The course will cover the most important data mining techniques --- classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization, prediction.

No textbook needed.

MIS 587 - Business Intelligence

MIS Technical courseTechnical - 3 Credit Course

Description: The objective of this course is to introduce you to Business Intelligence (BI) techniques and understand how to use them to gain insights into emerging social media technologies and deal with "Big Data". You will be exposed to managerial, strategic and technical issues associated with developing and deploying Business Intelligence and Web Analytics Solutions. You will learn how to gather strategic decision making requirements from businesses, develop key performance indicators (KPIs) and corporate performance management metrics, understand how external sources of data (using Web 2.0 technologies and social media sites) can be harnessed to design and implement business dashboards. Topics covered include the principles of dimensional modeling, techniques for extraction of data (ETL) from source systems, data profiling, data transformation methods, data staging and quality, data warehouse implementation, online search engine optimization, online advertising, web metrics, and social media analytics. You will also learn how to apply analytical techniques to sift through large amounts of data and provide actionable business insights. Using tools such as Google Analytics you will learn to measure, redesign and improve websites to attract visitors. The course will delve into different metrics used to evaluate effectiveness of websites. You will also learn to collect and analyze data from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and Foursquare so that these sites can be used effectively by businesses. Specifically you will learn to build, visualize, and analyze graphs and networks using different kinds of datasets to understand how to harness social media effectively for business use.

Prerequisite: MIS 531.

Textbook for MIS 587 is Ralph Kimball and Margy Ross, "The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling," 2nd Edition, Wiley Computer Publishing, 2002, ISBN: 0-471-20024-7

MIS 696h - Master's Project Report

MIS Practical courseTheory/Practical - 3 Credit Course

Description: Students will integrate their knowledge from their program of study and apply it to a problem area in MIS. Each student will write a significant report based on the results of his or her work.

Prerequisites: any two MISonline courses that result in 6 credits.

Textbook for MIS696h is: "Franklin Covey Style Guide: For Business and Technical Communication" 5th edition, ISBN-10: 0133090396 | ISBN-13: 978-0133090390

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