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Choose 11 courses from general education, B.S. in Computer Information Systems, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements (at least 15 credits must be UL). You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Individual course prerequisites apply.
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use.
The role and functions of managers, specifically principles and procedures for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations, are addressed in this introductory course. The practical application of theory to reality is emphasized. This course is structured so that students have the opportunity to see the interrelationships among the functions, components, and disciplines that compose the field of management and thereby gain a comprehensive perspective as a foundation for the further study of management.
An introduction to accounting, students in this course take a top-down approach to understanding introductory accounting documents and procedures by exploring a business’s financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. Students explore the practical uses for information that can be gleaned from these statements, individually and as a whole, through a detailed examination of the properties and characteristics of each statement. Students engage in application assignments and discussions on a variety of topics, such as regulations that should be followed when preparing financial statements as promulgated by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Students examine the U.S. use of GAAP in comparison to the use of International Financial Reporting Standards.
An overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of business operations management is provided to students in this course. Students can learn about operations as related to the process of transforming resources into products and services. They explore the responsibility of operations managers to make sound, cost-effective decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing and service organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn the process of planning, implementing, and monitoring operations to ensure the continuous improvement of goods and services.
All businesses rely on systems to process, collect, share, and store important information. The most effective way to help an organization achieve their goals is to understand how to leverage information systems and emerging technology. This course provides students the opportunity to gain skills needed to employ such leverage in the professional arena. Students examine the characteristics of information systems and their role in organizations. They also assess and discuss the impact that information systems have on the enterprise as a whole, in addition to their current architectures, enabling tools, and project cycles. (Prerequisites: BUSI 1002.)
Students in this course gain a foundation in statistical methodology as well as ways to use critical judgment in analyzing data sets. Through technology applications and hands-on lab work, students learn concepts of descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-test, one-way analysis of variance, correlation, and non-parametric methods (e.g., chi-square tests). Students gain the knowledge and skill to be able to analyze and apply statistics to research problems and everyday life situations. (Prerequisites: COMM 1001.)
Information systems rely on underlying programs that respond to users and process information. An information systems specialist must understand the structure and purpose of programs and be able to work with programmers to ensure designs that meet system requirements. Object-oriented programming (OOP) and design facilitates this by presenting information systems as classes and objects that represent complex system contexts in a manner directly transferrable to programming specifications. This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of computer programming in an object-oriented language. Students learn about key concepts, including real-world objects and methods in an information systems context. They engage in hands-on practice in designing, creating, and running programs and discuss programming and design topics to share ideas and obtain different perspectives. This concept focus enables students to relate programming to information systems and provides a foundation for learning specific programming languages and skills in the future. (Prerequisites: MATH 1040.)
Information technology (IT) is essential to the function and success of nearly all businesses. Businesses whose systems are lacking or experience failure are at risk of significant loss; therefore, there will always be a need for IT support and innovation. This course introduces fundamental concepts of the IT infrastructure to prepare students for a role in the field of IT. Students learn about the structure and purpose of hardware components (computers, networks, and interface devices) and software components (operating systems, middleware, applications, and system software). They examine key issues of capacity, performance, reliability, scale, and obsolescence through the evaluation of IT’s role in supporting business and individuals. Students take a practical approach to understanding how IT infrastructure can relate to personal goals as they examine the various career options within the field. (Prerequisites: COMM 1001.)
The Internet stitches together many disparate devices and software components into a flexible fabric that supports an enormous variety of uses. Students in this course learn about the functions of these components through a comprehensive evaluation of internet computing. They examine the design of the Internet protocol stack, the structure and function of some of the most important Internet services and applications, and Internet governance. Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience through the application of concepts, such as performance, scale, and reliability, in the design of information systems. (Prerequisites: CMIS 1002.)
There are many roles involved in creating and managing an organization’s information system, including the systems analyst. The analyst helps to ensure that the software development process is successful by understanding its purpose, scope, and resource requirements. This course provides students with the prospect of understanding the field from the perspective of a systems analyst. Students focus on the definition and examination of system requirements, both functional and nonfunctional, for an information system (IS) project. Through the review of videos, case, studies, and supplemental websites, they learn about the identification of stakeholders and techniques for requirement elicitation, representation, and life cycles. Students sharpen their communication and practical skills through group projects during which they apply concepts learned in the course to an actual information system. (Prerequisites: ITEC 1010.)
This course is an introduction to the approaches used to specify details during the design phase of a systems development life cycle (SDLC). Students explore the discipline of reducing requirements to the structural and functional design of organizational information technology solutions. They examine conceptual modeling, design patterns, and application frameworks. Students learn the basics of modeling, design representations, and the use of design tools. Through discussion with their peers, students confer and debate over the different approaches to systems design, security aspects of interfaces, and documentation. Students work toward gaining collaborative and critical-thinking skills through group projects focusing on the specifics of system design, including planning and implementation. (Prerequisites: ITEC 2040.)
All types of businesses rely on systems to manage their data and to keep that data secure, accurate, and reliable. A database is a system designed to do just this as well as to simplify the processes of data entry, search, and retrieval. In this course, students learn about database management through the examination of the life cycle of a database. Students focus on the representation and manipulation of information in relational database management systems. They learn how to map real-world concepts onto relational representations and how to manipulate them through relational queries to implement data-intensive applications. They also discuss related issues, such as database storage, data validation, sorting, grouping, and nesting data. Students learn to use a core subset of the Structured Query Language (SQL) as well as the fundamentals of database administration. (Prerequisites: ITEC 2050.)
The process of creation, from conception through completion, is complicated and requires a diverse set of management skills. This course introduces students to the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to successfully manage information technology (IT) projects throughout a project life cycle. Students in this course focus on the IT project management process and development of the project team as key to the successful achievement of IT projects. Students analyze the role of the project manager as an integral administrator overseeing the execution, progress, and interaction of all parties involved. Students learn the intricacies of managing projects and programs that may span multiple organizations. They engage in coursework through which they examine the project management cycle, sourcing strategy, third-party provider selection, and management of third-party providers. (Prerequisites: ITEC 2050.)
What determines patients’ plan of care and what role does technology play in their diagnosis and treatment? Through this course, students have the opportunity to answer questions such as these as well as to gain a broad understanding of healthcare as a complex business system. Students examine the main elements of the healthcare industry in the United States and elsewhere, analyzing the interests and information needs of healthcare professionals, provider organizations, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies, regulators, insurers, individuals, and others. They examine classic literature and current articles in the field to gain an appreciation of the trends toward and obstacles to information exchange. Though this course, students also have the opportunity to survey the various professional careers available in healthcare and consider their goals and interests in relation to these opportunities. (Prerequisites: BUSI 1001 or BUSI 1002.)
As in most industries, healthcare relies heavily on information technology to provide the infrastructure for healthcare delivery in the global marketplace. Through this course, students have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to understand the complexities of healthcare information systems components. Students examine the trends in the development of standardized patient records for a variety of health-related applications. They use requisite skills in requirements analysis and design to address the challenges in the field and engage in coursework on topics including privacy, confidentiality, and standardization. Students assess and discuss a variety of topics, such as medical devices, guidelines, and standards as well as the differences among electronic health records, electronic medical records, and personal health records. (Prerequisites: CMIS 4301 and CMIS 4101 OR HLTH 1005 [for B.S. in Health Studies or B.S. in Public Health students]).
The cost of delivering healthcare in the United States continues to grow exponentially; therefore, the industry is in need of ways to optimize the financial components associated with delivery while focusing on better quality of care. Through this course, students learn about healthcare information systems applications designed to add value to the delivery of healthcare from a financial and clinical outcomes-based perspective. Students examine some of the most important classes of healthcare information systems, ranging from patient care management to epidemiology to billing to research data analysis. Case studies provide students with a practical opportunity to exercise their information systems design and analysis skills as well as to consider social and ethical issues related to the field. (Prerequisites: CMIS 4302.)
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