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The Information Technology curriculum highlights the critical role of information systems in organizations. Understand the design and development of such systems. Learn how to transform information technology into business applications that deliver sustainable value across the entire organization from some of the world's most intelligent IT management professors.

Information Technology Management Core Course
MGT 6503    Managing Information Resources (1.5 credit hours)
This course illustrates the key challenges in the information technology (IT) industry and the use of IT in organizations. The focus is on critical IT management issues faced by a modern organization and the tools and techniques available to effectively manage the IT function.

Information Technology Management Electives

Courses marked with a * may be counted toward the IT Management concentration.

*MGT 6051    Introduction to Database Management Systems
The role of databases in the modern enterprise. Design and development of database systems. Applications in accounting, marketing, operations, and human resource systems.

*MGT 6056    Electronic Commerce
Searching for customers and suppliers. Serving customers electronically. Handling electronic transactions. Business model innovations in e-commerce. Less focused on the IT side, more on the business side.

*MGT 6057    Business Process Analysis & Design
Explore software infrastructure of the firm. How does that infrastructure support the business' processes? Includes an ERP simulation game. Effective management of technology to gain competitive advantage. Involves use of SAP.

*MGT 6058    IT Practicum
Learn to identify the key issues in a technology management problem. Understand the role of the IT organization within a corporate setting. Apply what you have learned in MIS and other core classes to contemporary information technology management projects. Develop alternative solutions for your project and understand the tradeoffs involved in each solution.

*MGT 6059    Emerging Technologies
Analyze and make decisions around emerging technologies. Apply techniques for scanning the horizon for emerging technologies. Predict which technologies will be successful and why. Describe environments in which technologies emerge.

*MGT 6450    Project Management
Learn project management concepts and understand tools of project selection, planning and tracking. Understand special considerations for managing projects with outsourcing/offshoring settings. Investigate new technologies related to project management. Understand how to use Microsoft Project and other tools to manage projects.

*MGT 6451    Business Intelligence and Analytics
Understand the principles and practical elements of BI and analytics by comparing different approaches and analyzing emerging trends. Build a solid BI and analytics architecture and roadmap. Relate BI and analytics to data warehousing, ERP, CRM, and e-commerce. Understand potential ethical dilemmas related to applications of BI.

*MGT 8803    Big Data Analytics in Business
This course teaches the scientific process of transforming data into insights for making better business decisions. It covers the methodologies, algorithms, issues, and challenges related to analyzing business data. It will illustrate the processes of big data analytics by allowing students to apply business analytics algorithms and methodologies to real-world business datasets from finance, marketing, and operations.

Information Technology Management Concentration

Advances in information technology (IT) have profound effects on how organizations generate value and how entire industries are structured. The Information Technology Management concentration provides a deep understanding of how to manage the opportunities and threats created from the increasing digitization of organizations, markets, and entire industries. The concentration has two over-arching components:

a) strategies and tactics for competing in fast-moving digital environments, and
b) strategies and tactics for managing and analyzing information within and across organizations.

Students pursuing a concentration in IT Management should complete nine credit hours (three courses) from the following electives. The core course may not be counted toward a concentration. See elective classes (above) for course descriptions. Students must complete at least:

a) three courses from Group A, or
b) two from Group A and one from Group B.

GROUP A (choose two or three)

MGT 6051    Introduction to Database Management Systems
MGT 6056    Electronic Commerce
MGT 6057    Business Process Analysis & Design
MGT 6058    IT Practicum
MGT 6059    Emerging Technologies
MGT 6450    Project Management
MGT 6451    Business Intelligence and Analytics
MGT 8803    Big Data Analytics in Business

GROUP B (choose one if only two courses were selected from Group A)

MGT 6042    Auditing and Financial Control Systems (Accounting course)
Insight into auditing: what it is, why it's important, what it entails, and why users of financial statements should care about it. Topics covered include the demand for audits, management fraud, litigation against public accounting firms, and an overview of the audit process.

MGT 6357    Service Operations Management (Operations Management course)
Understand service management thinking and develop awareness of opportunities of IT. Understand dimensions of service management and growth and expansion as they relate to customer satisfaction and domestic/international presence. Understand complexities of implementing change and entrepreneurial opportunities in services.

MGT 6725    Information Security Strategies and Policy (Law and Ethics course)
Information security vulnerabilities and risks; legal, cost, privacy, and technology constraints; derivation of strategies; technical and procedural means of achieving desired ends.

Concentrations are optional. You have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas. Learn more.