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Information Systems Studies

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The goal of the Information Systems Studies concentration is to prepare individuals for positions that use information technology to develop computer-based systems that support organizations. These positions involve the use of information technology to acquire, organize and communicate data, coordinate processes, and make decisions. Our graduates will be broadly educated and able to address business, technical, societal and ethical dimensions of information systems and should have an awareness of the importance of professional and personal integrity, cultural awareness and ethical behavior in their careers. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Introduction to Information Systems3Intro. to Information Systems* or Introduction to Information Technology*
Logic*3Programming Logic, Philosophical Logic, Digital Logic, Mathematical Logic
Introductory Statistics*3Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics
Database Management and Design3Database Management and Design
Systems Analysis and Design3Systems Analysis and Design
Two of the examples in the 3rd column6Computer Organization, Computer Networking, Software Engineering
One or more of the following business or organizational related courses3 or moreAccounting, management, Marketing, Finance, Strategic Processes
Electives in Information Systems3-9 
Capstone3ITE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)

*Will not satisfy part of the upper level requirements in the concentration. If there is a 2-course sequence required, the second one will count towards the concentration, the first one is an elective.

Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration. A maximum of 6 credits obtained from any certification, as approved by Charter Oak State College, may be used in the concentration. The 15 upper-division credits in a computer-related concentration, including the individualized studies concentration, must be less than seven (7) years old at the time of matriculation unless the student is employed in the computer field or has been actively pursuing formal or informal studies in the computer field. However, older courses may be used as free electives in the overall degree program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Information Systems Studies will be able to:
  1. collect, analyze and interpret information which includes:
    1. being able to use current software applications of the computer; and
    2. collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting numerical and graphical data;
  2. design and implement computer information systems programs;
  3. know the theoretical and logical understanding of computer architecture and operation, and be able
    1. to evaluate and select appropriate computing and related telecommunication technologies to satisfy needs and solve problems in a global economy; and
    2. to acquire technological competencies for future developments;
  4. understand and apply the functions and operations of an organization, including accounting, management, marketing, finance, and other related faculty-approved business or organizational content;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the historical development, current status and future trends of computing to enable students to adapt easily to rapid changes in computer technology;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the social, psychological, ethical, political, economic and environmental impacts of computing technology;
  7. work effectively with others on teams; and
  8. explain how information technology supports a global economy by helping to overcome cultural, national and diversity issues.