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Information Technology Management Concentration

  • Credits:
    16

Concentration Description

Students in the Information Technology Management concentration will understand core information systems principles and the role of the systems professional and IT within an organization. Students get an overview of hardware, software, file/database concepts, systems analysis and design methodologies. They will acquire basic project management skills.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the broad management skills and current practices gained from the degree program, students will:

  • Understand how information technology may be used efficiently and effectively in the business environment
  • Be able to manage IT projects
  • Acquire the tools needed to manage IT departments
  • Be able to utilize technology to more efficiently manage functional areas within an organization
  • Understand how to align technology and business needs

Careers

Graduates are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in business, non-profit and government organizations. Graduates will be able to move into jobs involving information technology in a variety of organizations.

Career opportunities include jobs in:

  • IT Management
  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Systems Analysis

Curriculum


Required Courses
12
Credits
Information Systems in the Organization
MMG 522 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of computer information systems. Students will be presented with the core information systems principles, offered an overview of the information systems discipline and will learn about the changing role of the information systems professional. This course will enable students, regardless of their field, to understand and use fundamental information systems principles so that they can function more efficiently and effectively as workers, managers, decision makers and organizational leaders.
Management of Information Technology
MMG 715 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG 522. This course provides an understanding of how information technology may be efficiently and effectively used in the business environment. Students get an overview of hardware, software, file/database concepts, systems analysis and design methodologies. The complex integration of hardware, software, data, procedures and personnel that is required for managing information systems is addressed. The impact of constantly changing information technology upon the organization and the management of the firm is discussed.
Project Management Concepts and Practices
MMG 710 3 credit(s)
In this course, students will learn how to use the concepts, tools and techniques of project management in order to successfully manage system development projects. System development project failures are generally failures of management, not failures of technology. Good management, along with an understanding of the appropriate use of technology, is therefore essential. Students will learn, in particular, how to apply the concepts, tools and techniques of project management in today's dynamic, digital business environment, where projects must be brought to completion under increasingly compressed timeframes and where decisions must be made under conditions of uncertainty.
Systems Analysis & Design
MMG 717 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG522. Systems analysis and design is a critical competency for information technology. This course focuses on techniques for designing information systems more effectively and efficiently, by linking the information system, business mission and purpose and technology. Students learn the core skills required by systems analysts: from gathering requirements and modeling business needs, to creating blueprints for how the system should be built and implemented in a particular organization. The course provides a concise, yet informative theory of the systems development life cycle, and touches on project management, infrastructure management, system development and system implementation with examples from a variety of industries.
Elective Course - choose one
3
Credits
Data Management
MMG 714 3 credit(s)

Prerequisites: MMG522, working knowledge of MS Excel. Today most enterprises rely heavily on data and technology to make strategic decisions to keep their organizations competitive, profitable and innovative. The technological revolution has ushered in the era of big data and as a result, the field of data management has grown exponentially. This course offers the student the fundamentals of data management and helps prepare the interested student for future certification and professional development in the field.

Advanced Project Management
MMG 795A 3 credit(s)
The objective of this class is two-fold: 1) first, to build on the basic project management of MMG710 with advanced concepts such as earned value, agile, vendor management, etc. b) second, to prepare students for the CAPM and/or PMP exams. Each week, students will study one chapter of the MPBOK® Guide and complete CertWise online material for the chapter before class. By the end of the course, students will have written a project charter, created an MS project plan, and written selected sections of a project management plan, in addition to study and exercises for the CAPM/PMP exam. Prerequisite: Completion of MMG710 Project Management Concepts & Practices or equivalent or 1+ years experience managing projects. Please note: Although this class will help students prepare for the CAPM or PMP exam, it does not guarantee that students will pass the test.
IT Service Management
MMG 700 3 credit(s)

Prerequisite: MMG522. In an age of cloud computing, on-demand services, virtualization, mobile devices, outsourcing and rapidly changing business delivery strategies, the role of IT is moving toward a focus on service integration. This course provides an introduction to the concepts, tools and techniques of IT service management. Students will lean how to define and build a comprehensive IT service management solution that incorporates process, technology, organization and governance and become familiar with standard frameworks that provide industry best practices for aligning IT with business needs.

Directed Study
1
Credits
Statistical Analysis Using Spreadsheets
DMG 621 1 credit(s)
Previous experience with Windows and spreadsheets preferred. This course helps students use spreadsheets to develop complete analysis and presentations. Using Microsoft Excel, this course reviews the fundamentals of spreadsheet design, creation and formatting. Students learn how to create graphs and charts, and how to perform a variety of time-series, financial and statistical calculations. They learn to perform “what if” analyses and use spreadsheets for simple descriptive statistics and regression analysis.