Bachelor in Computer Information Systems (BSBA)

University of Central Missouri

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Bachelor in Computer Information Systems (BSBA)

University of Central Missouri

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS - AREA 1: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT BSBA

CIS has IT covered!

The 120-hour Major in Computer Information Systems will prepare you to work with information systems and information technology to support businesses and organizations. You will learn how to work with people in identifying business problems and acquire knowledge and skills in systems design, user experience design, software development and database administration used to create technical solutions.

Making a Difference with Information Systems

Organizations and individuals rely on current, accessible information delivered through a variety of devices to navigate everyday life. Information Systems, facilitating information flow, storage and retrieval, are essential. Those with analytical abilities and an interest in computing technologies can make great contributions to organizations and society through CIS.

As a CIS student, you will learn to adapt to constant changes in technology, leading to lifelong learning and workplace success. UCM’s CIS program encompasses not only an in-depth knowledge of information technology, but also an understanding of business processes and policies which dictate the existing, dynamic business environment.

What is Information Systems?

All organizations, large or small, for-profit, non-profit or charitable, multi-national or "Mom and Pop," rely on timely, accurate and useful information to enhance decision making. Everyday organizations fail due to poor decision-making and/or an inability to communicate with their customers, employees or other stakeholders.

Thus, technology and people who understand its capabilities are essential to organizational success. Working with individuals to define their informational needs and then creating applicable, technical solutions is a continually dynamic, challenging and satisfying experience. It is fun to figure out how to make technology work, but it is even more rewarding using that technology to make someone's job easier or more effective. That smile on their face will put a smile on yours.

The CIS Major with an Emphasis on Software Development

As a CIS Major, you will obtain a hands-on foundation in Microsoft Visual C#®, web application development, Java®, Microsoft SQL Server®, local area networking, systems analysis and design, and user experience design. You will extend your studies with Oracle® database and an advanced course in either Java or Visual C#. Elective courses cover advanced web development, software engineering and information security management or you may select other networking courses. Many students complete an internship for course credit to gain additional, real-world experience.

In the senior project course, you will team with other students of software development and systems administration to create a comprehensive solution to a business problem from the ground up.

All classes will require you to apply what you are learning to relevant problems that may occur in a business context. To better understand that business context, CIS majors are required to complete foundational business classes for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

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Relevant Curriculum

You will learn current technologies! Because CIS faculty remain engaged with the information systems workplace and they regularly meet with IT professionals who review the CIS course offerings, you can be sure that the knowledge and skills you obtain are desired by employers.

As a CIS student, you will learn to adapt to constant changes in technology, leading to lifelong learning and workplace success. UCM’s CIS program encompasses not only an in-depth knowledge of information technology, but also an understanding of business processes and policies that dictate the existing dynamic business environment.

Personalized Attention

Our 19-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll receive the personalized attention you deserve. You’ll learn from experienced faculty members who are nationally recognized scholars. They are dedicated to mentoring you and doing all they can to help you succeed.

Accreditation: It Means Quality

Accreditation means an external agency has found that the program meets rigorous standards and has processes in place which will ensure its continued quality. The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies is accredited in Business and Accounting by AACSB International. In addition, the CIS program is accredited in Information Systems by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. Only a dozen IS programs in the United States are so dually accredited.

Resources

Through your CIS classes, you will have access to many information technology resources including:

  • 120+ computers in six dedicated labs
  • a user experience design testing lab
  • numerous Cisco® networking components
  • Wired and wireless access to the campus high-speed Internet
  • Access to software through the Microsoft® Imagine, EMC® Academic Alliance and Oracle Academy programs

CIS Success Stories

  • CIS graduates see success in the industry with 100% placement rate within six months of graduation.
  • UCM CIS students placed 1st in Visual C# Development and obtained Honorable Mention in Security at the 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®

Mission, Objectives and Context

Program Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the program is to offer outcomes-based, assessment driven, academic programs to prepare students for careers in information systems and information technology. The program also serves the community by providing technology-related service courses to fulfill the needs of the 21st-century workforce.

Program Educational Objectives

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Analyze technology-related, business problems and design solutions by applying appropriate processes, methodologies and tools.
  • Design, build, and maintain application software, to be deployed on various devices, using software development methodologies, programming languages, and web development tools commonly adopted by businesses and other organizations.
  • Design, implement, and manage enterprise information systems and networks supporting mobile computing platforms, web-sites, and servers.
  • Identify risks and implement security measures for organizational computing environments.
  • Design, develop, and maintain databases using current database management systems.
  • Design user interaction to facilitate the user's task and experience.
  • Apply project management skills and use project management software when creating a business solution; work collaboratively with others showing leadership, as appropriate.
  • Use productivity software effectively.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form; participate fully in group discussion and activities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical expectations in the workplace.

Student Goals

After graduation, students who complete the B.S.B.A with a major in Computer Information Systems will be:

  • successfully contributing by being in an information systems or information technology position, if desired,
  • pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities, and/or
  • continuing their studies in a graduate program.

CIS Context and Environment

Historical Context:

Ever since the inception of what is now the Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Department, beginning with Data Processing courses offered in the 1960s, the program has been offered through a Business academic unit. Throughout these years, the curriculum has emphasized preparing students to provide technology solutions to business and organizational information needs. Today, the CISA programs continue as a part of the School of Business Administration within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. Students who major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree.

Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment:

The Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment consists of integrating and applying technology and related technical processes with people and business processes to facilitate communication, coordination and decision making by individuals, workgroups and the enterprise in support of the organization’s mission and objectives.

Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment Exposure:

This is achieved by the students gaining a solid understanding of organizational principles and practices, how organizations function and an in-depth knowledge of supporting technologies.

Business Problems: Use of business-oriented examples and problems in all CISA classes

Senior Project Course (CIS 4690): Students from the systems administration and software development tracks form a group which designs and implements a comprehensive information systems solution to a given business problem.

Internships: Many CIS students are able to complete a business internship which is administered through the Harmon College Internship Office within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.

Computer Information Systems Major

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Analyze technology-related, business problems and design solutions by applying appropriate analysis processes, methodologies and tools.
  • Design, develop, and maintain application software, to be deployed on various devices, using suitable software engineering and design methodologies, programming languages, and web-development tools commonly adopted by businesses and other organizations.
  • Design, implement and manage enterprise information technology systems and networks supporting mobile computing platforms, web-sites, and servers.
  • Design, develop, and maintain databases using current database management systems.
  • Design user interaction to facilitate the user's task and experience.
  • Analyze risks and implement security measures for organizational computing environments.
  • Apply project management skills and use project management software when creating a business solution; work collaboratively with others showing leadership, as appropriate.
  • Use productivity software effectively.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 9, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 7, 2019
May 13, 2019
Duration
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4 years
Full time
Price
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451 USD
Missouri Resident: $225.65/per credit hour. Non-Resident: $451.30/per credit hour. Per credit hour rates do not include mandatory fees, housing or textbooks.
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Jan. 7, 2019
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May 13, 2019
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USA - Warrensburg, Missouri
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