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Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) — Concentration in Information Systems (15 credits)

Offered by: Management     Degree: Bachelor of Commerce

Program Requirements

Mentors: Please consult the Bachelor of Commerce website at: http://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/programs/bcom/academics/courseinfo

The Information Systems (IS) concentration is flexible and represents an ideal complement to the majors and concentrations of other areas, as information technology (IT) has the capacity to transform and improve all functions of organizations in every economic sector. This concentration emphasizes the importance of the interrelationships across technology, management, and strategy. The objective is to prepare students to be effective planners, users, and managers of IT in the digital economy. It provides students with assets that award them a unique competitive advantage.

Students with an IS concentration are well positioned to participate in IT-driven changes that continue to affect knowledge work, business processes, organizational design, and the operation of markets and industries. Former graduates have secured jobs in consulting, IT management, business analysis, etc. in various industries, e.g., banking, healthcare, finance, education, government, etc.

Required Course (3 credits)

  • INSY 333 Systems Analysis and Modeling (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : First two phases of the software development life cycle. Techniques used to conduct system requirement analysis, practical application of the analyst role in identifying operational problems, defining information system requirements, working with technical and non-technical staff, and making recommendations for system improvement.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Kunsoo Han (Fall) Kunsoo Han (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

Selected from the following:

  • INSY 331 Managing Information Technology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Tools and concepts necessary to manage information systems in an organization: hardware/software/telecom administration, knowledge discovery/management, web-technologies, and computer security. Focuses on both mechanical aspects of IT and conceptual understanding with regard to impact on business organizations.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Emmanuelle Vaast (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 332 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Accounting cycles and information flows and the systems that manage those flows. Principals of systems development and data management as relates to accounting information. Relationship between accounting applications and transaction processing systems. Practical experience with accounting packages.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: MGCR 331 and MGCR 211
    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CGA, CMA and the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • INSY 339 IT Consulting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Examination of the full "life-cycle" from initial contact to project termination. How an IT consultant manages their practice.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Yeona Jang (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 341 Developing Business Applications (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Fundamental programming techniques, concepts, and data structures. Discusses modularization and maintainability. Emphasis on facilitating communication and understanding between systems analysts and programmers to support decision-making.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Giorgio Benetti (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 430 IT in Financial Markets (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : How IT has impacted various parts of the financial services sector including stock markets, brokerage houses, retail banking and insurance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 431 IT Implementation Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Exposure to a variety of real-life strategic and operational issues that arise when implementing IT. It may involve the selection process of an information technology, its introduction, implementation, management and/or improvement.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Liette Lapointe (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
    • Prerequisite-Continuing Studies: CCCS 300, INSY 333, INSY 437
  • INSY 432 IT in Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Discusses the role of the information systems department within an organization, information systems resource management, staff organization and leadership, strategic systems, planning, and end-user computing. Focuses on key IT trends in industries such as banking, insurance, manufacturing, retailing & distribution, and health.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Yeona Jang (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 434 Topics in Information Systems 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Current topics in the area of information systems.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Genevieve Bassellier (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 437 Managing Data & Databases (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Management of organizational data, implementation of database management systems, and the roles and responsibilities of data management personnel. Explores different models of data representation with an emphasis on the relational model; simple and complex SQL queries.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
    • Management: students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible in their program.
  • INSY 440 E-Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Build the knowledge base and skills needed to face today's electronic business challenges, opportunities, and issues. Explore important concepts, models, tools and applications related to e-business.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Pano Mark Xinos (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 442 Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Introduction to the methods and tools for analyzing business data to improve business decision-making, focusing on extracting business intelligence by analyzing data and online content for various business applications.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Genevieve Bassellier (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: MGCR 271, MGCR 331
    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken INSY 434 when the topic was ‘Business Intelligence’. Only open to U2 and U3 students.
  • INSY 444 Online Communities and Open Innovation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : This course is intended to help students learn about and analyze the phenomena of online communities and open innovation. The potential of OI to revolutionize markets and businesses will be a core part of the course.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Samer Faraj (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 450 Information Systems Project Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Practical principles of project management essential to successful IS development projects or other complex undertakings within an organization; includes methods for defining, planning, and scheduling activities and resources. Discusses managerial and behavioural issues.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Larry Tansey (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • INSY 454 Technological Foundation for E-Commerce (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Technology trends and vocabulary pertaining to current technology developments in E-Commerce. Practical IT skills in web application design, including ASP, XML, etc. Discusses business issues affected by the introduction of e-technologies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
    • Restriction: A basic understanding of HTML is necessary.
  • INSY 455 Technology and Innovation for Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : The role of information and other technologies in the size and nature of an organization’s environmental ‘footprint’. Achieving sustainability through strategic innovation, such as digitization, recycling, reuse of materials, sustainable design, LEED certifications, smart grids and energy metrics. Analyzing the environmental benefits and hidden costs of novel technologies.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Emmanuelle Vaast, Jeroen Struben (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open only to U2 and U3 students.
Desautels Faculty of Management—2014-2015 (last updated Feb. 18, 2014) (disclaimer)