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INFORMATION SYSTEMS.

B.S. Degree in Business Administration
(Information Systems Concentration)
Minor in Information Systems

Information Systems Concentration - Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration

Pick the Information Systems concentration if you have a knack for technology and want to focus on the big picture of how a business leverages technology to its competitive advantage.  You will learn about database management, security and networking, and how to effectively research, analyze and test technology for use in a business. You also gain skill in communicating technology ideas to business people with varying levels of tech know-how.  Courses include Application Program Development, Web Technologies and Electronic Commerce, and Information Systems Planning and Design. 

Additionally, new and transfer day students majoring in a Business program at Catawba have the opportunity to be considered for a scholarship


MINOR IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Catawba College offers a minor in Information Systems.


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Catawba's Information Systems majors in the Ketner School of Business have access to the best scholarship, internship, study abroad, and undergraduate research opportunities

Catawba College’s Information Systems degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) which means that the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty are constantly assessing and improving their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.

 

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Outcomes

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CAREERS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS.

Catawba College Information Systems majors are making their mark with the current jobs:

    • Software Support Analyst
    • Information Systems Project Manager
    • Application Programming Specialist
    • Data Analyst
    • Business Analyst
    • Web Support Specialist
    • Web Developer
    • Search Engine Optimization Specialist
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Information Systems majors at Catawba College are attending the following institutions:

    • UNC Charlotte
    • NC State  - Accounting with Information Systems Emphasis
    • UNC Chapel Hill

 


 

 

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PARTICIPATE.

Prepare for your foray into the business world by developing leadership skills through joining the Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization, the world’s largest collegiate business career student organization; the Business Honor Society; the American Marketing Association; the International Club; or Catawba’s own Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).

Information Systems Faculty

Dr. Pamela Thompson

Dr. Pamela Thompson, Associate Professor of Information Systems, teaches Applications Programming, Networks and Telecommunications, and Website Design. She serves as a systems designer and consultant.  She serves as faculty advisor for Catawba’s Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) and delights in the success of Catawba’s business majors who compete at state, regional and national conferences of this organization.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Information Systems Concentration
Required Courses for Information Systems Concentration

ACC 1901, 1902 Principles of Accounting I,II

6

ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics

6

ECON 2101 Business and Economic Statistics                     
OR 
MGT 1902 Business Data Analytics

3

FIN 2535 Managerial Finance

3

IS 2501 Management Information Systems

3

MGT 2453 or 2454 Business Law I or II

3

MGT 2501 Principles of Management

3

MGT 2563 Operations Management

3

MGT 2566 Business Ethics

3

MGT 3990 Strategic Management

3

MGT 4401 Experiential Business Learning

3

MKT 2501 Principles of Marketing

3

INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONCENTRATION               
IS 2505 Application Program Development 
IS 2550 Object-Oriented Design and Programming OR IS 2528 Advanced 
Application Program Development 
IS 3510 Introduction to Databases 
IS 3512 Computer Networking and Security 
IS 3514 Web Technologies and Electronic Commerce 
IS 3502 Information Systems Planning and Design 
IS elective 2000 level or above

18

 

Total:

60

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

For Business Administration Majors:

IS 1503 Introduction to Data and Programming Structures

3

IS 2501 Management Information Systems

3

IS 2505 Application Program Development 
OR 
IS 2550 Object-Oriented Design and Programming

3

IS 3510 Database Development

3

IS 3514 Electronic Commerce

3

IS electives 2000 or above

3

 

Total:

18

For Non-Business Majors:

IS 1503 Introduction to Data and Programming Structures

3

IS 2501 Management Information Systems

3

IS 2505 Application Program Development 
OR 
IS 2550 Object-Oriented Design and Programming

3

IS 3510 Introduction to Databases

3

IS 3514 Web Technologies and Electronic Commerce

3

IS electives 2000 or above

3

 

Total:

18

 

 

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1503 INTRODUCTION TO DATA AND PROGRAMMING STRUCTURES (3 hours)
A study of specific data structures (including arrays, records, stacks, queues, and trees) incorporated into ADTs used in creating IS applications, so students will gain an understanding of defining and measuring events that produce both simple and complex data, and principles, concepts and practices of successful, structured software development.

2300 PRODUCTIVITY WITH IS TECHNOLOGY(3 hours)
A practical study of effective and efficient use of packaged software with emphasis on productivity concepts and how to achieve them through functions and features in computer software.

IS 2501 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 hours)
A comparison of various sources and uses of information and their interaction: merging of data processing, word processing, and communications for optimal management decision making.

2505 APPLICATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT(3 hours)
A study of the design, programming, testing and implementation of information system applications using structured and object-oriented design principles. Programming logic is covered. Same as CS 2505.

2512 HARDWARE AND SYSTEMS SOFTWARE (3 hours)
Acomparison of various sources and uses of information and their A study of hardware/software technology, including tradeoffs in computer architecture for effective use in a business environment, installation and configuration of system architecture for single, central and networked computing systems, as well as single and multiuser operating systems. Same as CS 2512.

2528 ADVANCED APPLICATIONS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT(3 hours)
A study of advanced principles of structured and object-oriented programming designed to build an interactive and user-friendly business information system, with a focus on advanced use of a programming language for project development and implementation. Prerequisite: IS 2505.

2550 OBJECT-ORIENTED DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING(4 hours) 
A study of object-oriented application development, covering object-oriented analysis, design, and programming using a specific object-oriented language(s) for application development. Mobile application and web development topics are included. Prerequisite: IS 2505. Same as CS 2550.

3502 INFORMATION SYSTEMS PLANNING(3 hours)
Development of a systematic plan for determining a company’s technology needs; the planning cycle, available hardware and software, acquisition considerations, and the selection and implementation of the system. Project management topics are included. Prerequisite: IS 2501.

3510 INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES (3 hours)
This course covers database design, development and the use of database management systems for applications. Data mining and data warehousing topics are introduced. Same as CS 3510.

3512 COMPUTER NETWORKING AND SECURITY (3 hours)
Fundamental principles of networking, including such topics as network analysis, design, implementation, security and management. Prerequisite: IS 2501 OR IS 2505 OR IS 3510 OR MATH 2602. Same as CS 3512.

3514 ELECTRONIC COMMERCE(3 hours)
A study of web technologies including cloud computing, social media, web site development, and search engine optimization for ecommerce and other applications. Students learn to use development tools and languages for web development. Prerequisites: IS 2501 OR CA 2901 OR IS 2505.

4101 INFORMATION SYSTEMS SEMINAR(1-3 hours)
Reading, discussion, and projects on a topic in Information Systems selected by the department. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing. Same as CS 4101.

4201 PRACTICUM IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS(1-6 hours)
An application of theory and methods of specific areas of information systems in a supervised field experience. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS(1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of Department Chair.