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Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
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  • 1. Management Information Systems A Career Perspective
  • 2. MIS Graduates …
    • Are considered Information Technology Professionals
    • Unique combination
      • Understanding of Business
      • Understanding of Information Technology
      • Able to combine these to gain competitive advantage for the organization
  • 3. MIS Graduates
    • Develop and maintain information systems as solutions to business problems
    • Work with other IT professionals in a team environment
    • Often serve team/project leadership roles
    • Come from a accredited business program (AACSB)
  • 4. MIS Courses Stress Real World
    • Students learn cutting-edge technologies and practice their understanding
    • Project assignments reflect actual work assignments
    • Teams often work with campus and community organizations to develop information systems
    • “ My job is my MIS 420 course” – MIS graduate
  • 5. MIS Career Tracks
    • Based on solid feedback from industry via corporate advisory board
    • Employers expect MIS grads to have solid communication, analytical, and managerial skills
    • Generally pursue applied problem-solving
    • Prepare for future project leadership/managerial roles within the firm
  • 6. Entry Level MIS Career Tracks
    • Systems Analyst ~ premier position for MIS
      • Investigates business processes: key is understanding the business needs
      • Determine user needs related to information-based problems
      • Output is a detailed set of system specifications for a new or improved system
      • Often works in team environment
  • 7. Entry Level MIS Career Tracks
    • Programmer
      • Write business computer programs according to specifications prepared by systems analyst
      • May work individually or in teams
      • Web development has become popular especially in e-commerce environment
      • Most companies plan to train the new hire in their programming environment
  • 8. Entry Level MIS Career Tracks
    • Programmer/Analyst
      • Combines systems analysis and programming
        • Serves first as systems analyst to determine needs
        • Then modifies programs as needed
      • Communication skills are crucial: must work with user base and with IT
      • This has been the most frequent 1 st job area for ISU grads
  • 9. Entry Level MIS Career Tracks
    • Database Administrator
      • Responsible for designing, implementing, and maintain database systems
      • Establish policies and procedures for security, management, and maintenance
      • Works with end users and with IS programmers and system administrators
  • 10. Entry Level MIS Career Tracks
    • Network/LAN Administrator
      • Designs network architecture
      • Wires network ports
      • Installs and configures file/web servers
      • Maintains user names and passwords, permissions
      • Troubleshoots networking problems
  • 11. Entry Level MIS Career Tracks
    • Consultant/Business Analyst
      • Combines highest business understanding with technical expertise to solve problems
      • May work for a consulting company and be assigned to different client companies
      • Frequently serve as trainers, user support specialists, technical support specialists, or project group experts
  • 12. MIS Curriculum
    • Business Core (44 credit hours)
      • So: Economics I/II, Accounting I/II, Statistics I/II, BLaw
      • Jr/Sr: Management, Marketing, MIS, Finance, Operations, Business Report Writing
      • Sr: Business Strategy
    • Every business major takes same core
  • 13. MIS Major Curriculum (Present)
    • Required MIS Courses (21 hours)
      • 310: COBOL I
      • 376: Business Computer Systems (Project)
      • 300: Systems Analysis (Project)
      • 430: Data Communications/Networking (Project)
      • 420: Database Management (Project)
      • 476: Management of Information Systems
      • Additional communications course (215 or 305)
  • 14. MIS Major Curriculum (Present)
    • Electives (pick any 9 hours)
      • COBOL II (employers want same* language)
      • E-Commerce Programming (Project)
      • Business Web Development
      • Advanced Web Development
      • Managing LANs I (Windows 2000 Hands-on)
      • Decision Support Systems/Oracle (Project)
      • C++ Programming (CS 256 or MIS 355)
      • MIS Internship (MIS 339)
      • Accounting Systems (Acct 313)
  • 15. MIS Minor Curriculum
    • Required Courses (9 hours)
      • MIS 310: COBOL I
      • MIS 376: Business Computer Systems
      • MIS 300: Systems Analysis
    • Electives (pick 6 hours from MIS courses)
  • 16. MIS Curriculum (Proposed)
    • Business Core (44 hours)
    • MIS Required (18 hours)
      • Intro to Programming Concepts, Systems Analysis, COBOL I, Knowledge Management, Project Management, MIS Capstone
    • MIS Electives (3 or 6 hours)
      • Pick from existing list
      • We recommend that students take more electives
  • 17. MIS Facilities
    • School of Business Computer Labs
      • SB 403 Software Lab
      • SB 304 Server Lab (students build Windows 2000 servers)
      • SB 807 Production Servers (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux)
    • Microsoft Academic Alliance member: free latest systems software for staff/students
  • 18. Student Organizations - Key
    • MISA – Management Information Systems Association
      • Active membership with biweekly meetings
      • Guest speakers, field trips and tours
      • Networking opportunities, service learning, fun
      • http://misnt.indstate.edu/misa
  • 19. Student Organizations - Key
    • AIM – Alpha Iota Mu
      • National MIS honor society
      • Founded at ISU as the Alpha chapter
      • Selected based on academic record and character
      • http://misnt.indstate.edu/aim .
  • 20. Corporate Advisory Board
    • More than a dozen companies to provide advice, sponsor internships, hire students, support the MIS program at ISU
    • Meets on campus twice a year
    • Most of the companies are our primary partners for recruiting: win-win-win!
  • 21. MIS Faculty
    • Dr. Jeff Harper – PhD Auburn; program coord.
    • Dr. Ayman Abuhamdieh – PhD Rutgers
    • Dr. Dennis Bialaszewski – PhD SUNY
    • Dr. Jim Buffington – PhD Nebraska
    • Dr. Joe Harder – PhD Southern Illinois
    • Dr. Billy Moates – PhD Alabama
    • Dr. Bruce McLaren – PhD Purdue; dept chair
    • Andy Cooper – MS
    • Mike Frame – MS
  • 22. For More Information …
    • School of Business Web Site www.indstate.edu/schbus
    • MIS Web Site http://misnt.indstate.edu/mis
    • Program Coordinator: Jeff Harper
      • 237-2279
      • [email_address]
    • This file http://misnt.indstate.edu/bjm/careers.ppt

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