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Study the core technical concepts of information systems security as well as their legal and social implications. Learn to analyze security and privacy issues in real-world cases, and select appropriate techniques to minimize risks and respond to security breaches.

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Curriculum

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (45 cr.)*
    • Business core courses (31 cr.)
    • Computer information systems core courses (30 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Click here for required general education courses by program.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

BUSINESS CORE COURSES

LDRS 1001

Personal and Organizational Leadership

Personal goals, values, and purpose represent the foundations of effective personal leadership. In this introductory course, students explore this concept of personal leadership in their own work and community roles. Through the application of self-assessment tools, students can gain insights into their leadership strengths as well as those areas representing opportunities for improvement. The roles of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are introduced to provide a more comprehensive model of personal leadership. Students also investigate the alignment of Walden's mission of social change with broader societal issues in the workplace, including the relationship between personal and organizational leadership.

(6 cr.)
BUSI 1002

Introduction to Management

The roles, functions, and styles of managers, specifically principles and procedures for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations, are addressed in this introductory course. Emphasized is the practical application of theory to reality. Students focus on the techniques, tools, and methods of managerial decision making and employee motivation, as well as consider the effects of ethical leadership and management practices on an organization. This course is structured so that students have the opportunity to see the interrelationships among the functions, components, and disciplines that comprise the field of management and thereby gain a comprehensive perspective as a foundation for the further study of management.

(5 cr.)
ACCT 1004

Fundamentals of Accounting

Students 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 in this course. 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. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002 AND MATH 1030 or MATH 1040.)

(5 cr.)
BUSI 3010

Operations Management

An overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of business operations management is provided to students in this course. Students focus on operations, the supply chain, and the process of transforming resources into products and services. They explore the responsibility of operations managers to make cost-effective and cross-functional decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing and service organizations. Students examine product flow processes and product-process strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness within organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn the process of planning, implementing, and monitoring operations to ensure the continuous improvement and quality standards of goods and services. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)

(5 cr.)
ISYS 3001

Information Systems in Enterprise

All businesses rely on systems to process, collect, share, and store important information. The most effective way to help an organization achieve its goals is to understand how to leverage information systems and emerging technology. In this course, students have 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. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)

(5 cr.)
STAT 3001

Statistical Methods and Applications

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.  

(5 cr.)

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS CORE COURSES

CMIS 2001

Internet Computing

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.   (Prerequisite(s): CMIS 1002 or ITEC 1010.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 1005

The Profession and Practice of Information Technology

This course provides students a foundation for successful study and professional practice in information technology (IT). Students explore a variety of IT careers and develop a foundational understanding of the components of information systems. Students develop key skills for academic and professional success with communications, analysis, and social responsibility.

(5 cr.)
ITEC 2040

Systems Analysis

There are many roles involved in creating and managing an organization's information system, including the systems analyst. The analyst helps to ensure 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 systems analysis process students learn about the identification of stakeholders, techniques for requirement elicitation, representation, and life cycles. Students sharpen their communication and practical skills by working on an information system development project. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 1015 or ITEC 1010 or CMIS 1002.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 2050

Systems Design

This course provides an introduction to Agile system development and various methodologies that support Agile development. Students explore the discipline of implementing system requirements and developing structural and functional designs that model organizational information technology solutions. They examine conceptual modeling and application frameworks. Students learn the basics of modeling, design representations, and the use of design tools. The course also examines planning and implementation issues. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2040 or CMIS 3003.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 2060

Database Management Systems

All businesses rely on computerized 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. They focus on the representation and manipulation of information in relational database management systems and learn how to map real-world data to relational representations and how to manipulate data through relational queries to implement data-intensive applications. Students 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. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2055 or ITEC 3040 or CMIS 3004.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 2055

Technical Problem-Solving and Project Management

The process of creation, from conception through completion, is complicated and requires a diverse set of management skills. This course combines the fundamental skills in problem-solving with project management skills. Students are introduced 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. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2050 or CMIS 3004.)

(5 cr.)

CONCENTRATION COURSES

CMIS 1004

Object-Oriented Programming Concepts

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 facilitate this by presenting information systems as classes and objects that represent complex system contexts in a manner directly transferable to programming specifications. In this course, students learn 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. (Prerequisite(s): MATH 1040.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 3020

Information Assurance and Security

Insecure security systems can cause major risks and vulnerabilities for companies. Breaches in personal employee information, financial information, or company secrets can elicit the downfall of an organization. In this course, students learn the importance of such concerns as well as key concepts of computer and information security, including technical, privacy, organizational, social, and policy issues. They examine fundamental notions of authentication, authorization, and encryption. Students learn about economic and human impact issues through the analysis of case studies of security and privacy breaches. Through discussions and assignments, students also examine risk management, informal system security methods, and corporate governance.  (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 2055 or ITEC 3040 or CMIS 1002.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 3101

Systems Software Security

The job of an information security specialist is to oversee enterprise operations that follow industry best practices for security and data integrity to ensure that systems are free from external threats and risks that may jeopardize or harm the organization. Students in this course investigate the responsibilities of the security specialist, including the security of operating systems and other system software, such as database management systems. Through a variety of assignments, including hands-on lab work, students explore components of a networked operating system, architectural designs for secure usage, system administration tasks, and tools for security. Students examine the real effects that security threats have on systems. They address such threats through exercises in administrative tasks using tools vital for implementing security policies on Linux and Windows systems.   (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 3020 OR CMIS 4101.)

(5 cr.)
ITEC 4101

Network Security

Technological innovation has led us to store all types of information on the web, such as medical records, financial data, and personal communications. We rely on this information to be safe from external attacks. Preventing such threats is a vital role in the field of information technology. Students in this course have an overview of network security defense techniques and countermeasures. Students sharpen their communication and analytical skills through the discussion and debate of a variety of topics, such as cryptanalysis and attacks, safety of wireless connections, intrusion detection methods, and access control. They engage in assignments designed to provide them with practical applications of content, such as the design and configuration of firewalls, traffic analysis and filtering, intrusion detection, statistical anomaly detection, and wireless security. [ITEC 3020 and ITEC 4010] or [ITEC 4010 and CMIS 4102].) 

(5 cr.)
ITEC 2030

Platform Technologies and Operating Systems

There are many important benefits from studying the different types of operating systems, such as administering computers efficiently and structuring code more effectively, which lend to best practices in writing code. This course provides students with an overview of the concepts of computer operating systems, including the main functions, similarities, and differences. They explore a variety of topics, including configuration, file systems, security, administration, interfacing, multitasking, and performance analysis. Students contextualize their learning experience through hands-on activities, such as performing basic administrative tasks on different operating systems, including configuring networking parameters, administering user accounts and groups, setting access and application permissions, and locating and analyzing log files. (Prerequisite(s): ITEC 1015 or ITEC 1010 or CMIS 1002.)

(5 cr.)

CAPSTONE

CMIS 4999

IS Capstone Project

In this capstone project course, students complete an integrative information systems project that combines multiple aspects of their information systems program. The project requires collaboration with a team of students to manage, analyze, design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based information system. The system development process is initiated with a case study included within the course structure. Students will develop a project charter that will guide them through the discovery of system requirements, the creation of a system design, and the development and testing of a functional computer application. Students will develop a management presentation to describe the project design and justify the continuation of the project.  Students will also examine their professional goals in the context of their education and develop plans for continued learning and career development based on their personal objectives and priorities.

(5 cr.)

ELECTIVE COURSES

Choose 9 courses from general education, BS in Computer Information Systems, other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate into Master’s (AIM) courses. Elective credits should total 45 to meet program requirements (at least 20 credits must be 3000 level or higher). Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours $325 per quarter hour $58,825
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $2,560


TOTAL $61,385


Transfer up to 135 credits $45,795


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $15,590

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
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