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MIS 504 Management Information Systems

Learn how information systems are managed, leveraged, and utilized in business today.

8 weeks

Organizations are the sum of a collection of processes, some simple, some more complex. This course puts you at the intersection of process and information technology. You’ll see how the two merge to provide businesses with information system support that can result in more efficient operations in all facets of an organization, from transaction processing to customer service. In addition, this course explores how information systems are contributing toward a company’s strategic direction and positioning.

Course Overview

Management Information Systems (MIS) can be defined as the development and use of information systems that help organizations accomplish their goals. These systems are prevalent in the 21st century, when most businesses and organizations use information and communication technologies to increase productivity, improve the quality of products and services, and ensure overall effectiveness of organizational operations. Through the textbook and external readings, you’ll explore the relationships between information systems, organizational strategy, and competitive advantage.

You’ll learn how information systems and related functions such as application development and security are managed. In this age of globalization, you’ll see the risks and benefits of outsourcing system development. The effects of information systems on supply chain management and other interorganizational processes will be explored.

In any organization, managers at different levels make different types of decisions, both structured and unstructured. Gain insight into these decisions and see how information systems are used to aid the decision-making process. You’ll focus on the responsibilities of an organization’s chief information officer (CIO) and information technology (IT) department to gain an understanding of how better to communicate with IT professionals.

As e-commerce and social media become more entrenched in the business world, you’ll review their impacts and examine the risks and benefits of user-generated content and how popular tools such as Facebook and Twitter can impact your social capital.

Your Flex Fit

Where does this course fall in your Flex curriculum?
MIS 504 is one of two courses you can choose from to fulfill your Operations and Information Management core requirement.

Sample Course Topics

  • Business Processes and Information Systems
  • Strategy, Information Systems and Knowledge Management
  • Enterprise Systems and Remote Systems
  • E-Commerce and Social Networking
  • Information Systems for Decision Making
  • Information Systems Development
  • Interorganizational and International Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Security Management

What You’ll Learn

MIS 504 emphasizes the importance of information systems in managing for-profit and non-profit organizations.

  • Understand information technologies and their role in the management of organizations.
  • Be familiar with information systems concepts, terminology, and technologies related to the changing needs of organizations.
  • Learn how to plan, organize, and manage information systems resources in small to global level organizations to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Appreciate the relationship between information systems and business processes
  • Recognize that information systems should be developed and used to support organizational strategies.
  • Know the different types of information systems and how they are rapidly evolving
  • See the impact of E-commerce, social networking, and information security on organizations.

Learn More

Using information systems for more than bookkeeping and data processing gives companies a leading edge. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Business Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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