Every business relies on technology for their day-to-day operations, and computer systems managers make sure the right technology is in place and performing as it should. Information Systems Management (ISM) directors make sure that information is available and secure for users in the organization. They oversee IT employees, identify and uphold performance standards and manage the implementation of projects.
Project managers in IT also identify requirements, manage budgets and coordinate schedules for projects—overseeing the process from development through implementation. They interact with their organization’s managers, employees, clients, consultants and vendors.
Students preparing for a career in information systems management work on team projects and collaborate with local businesses through internships and research projects. Common courses include: computer science theory and application, software development and programming, systems design, networking and security, database management, English and communications, finance and accounting, business management and marketing.
In addition to the proper academic background, computer systems managers are expected to have professional certification in specific software and technology used on the job, as well as a minimum of several years of computer science and business experience. They should also be good leaders with excellent communication skills.
Database Management, Help Desk Manager, Networking Manager
The following business foundational courses are to be completed with at least a 2.0 GPA before proceeding to disciplinary core requirements.
• EC 1603 Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
• EC 1613 Microeconomics (3 cr.)
• BU 1623 Computer Applications (3 cr.)
• BU 2113 Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
• BU 2123 Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)
• MA 3013 Statistics for Business (or equivalent statistics course) (3 cr.)
• BU 3041 Applied Business Statistics Lab (1 cr.)
• SO 3213 Fundamentals of Leadership (3 cr.)
The following required business disciplinary core courses are to be taken only after successful completion of the above foundational courses.
• BU 3023 Principles of Management (3 cr.)
• BU 3033 Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)
• BU 3043 Principles of Finance (3 cr.)
• BU 3053 Principles of Business Law (3 cr.)
• BU 4963 Strategic Management (3 cr.)
• BU 4993 Senior Seminar (3 cr.)
(The following required courses are in addition to the common core curriculum, business foundational courses and business disciplinary core requirements. Also, student must have earned at least a “C” in Computer Applications. IS courses are cross listed with BU courses).
• IS 2803 Programming I (Visual Basic) (3 cr.)
• IS 2813 Programming II (C++) (3 cr.)
• IS 3173 Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
• IS 3803 Database (3 cr.)
• IS 3813 Website Design (3 cr.)
or IS 4813 Networking
• IS 4803 Systems Analysis and Design (3 cr.)
At St. Gregory’s, you’ll have the opportunity to test your skills and abilities outside of the classroom by creating and executing Enactus projects. Enactus is a non-profit organization that empowers students to empower others by finding free enterprise solutions to today’s problems.
In addition, all SGU business majors are required to compete in the Governor’s Cup Business Plan competition, which requires the completion and approval of a workable business plan for a specific company. Students are given two chances to compete in the Governor’s Cup. Juniors have the opportunity to join the senior teams to build a plan and compete. Then, all seniors are required to create a new business solution to fill a market need.
The SGU business department faculty is dedicated to ensuring you are equipped with the character, knowledge and skills needed to compete in life and work.
We provide a customized education of the whole person. The faculty serves the student by assessing individual needs and creating an environment that is conducive for growth throughout your educational journey.
Bottom line, degrees, such as Information Systems, that are based in the business department offer the practical skills employers in all types of businesses seek on a daily basis.