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Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) — Major Information Systems (30 credits)

Offered by: Management     Degree: Bachelor of Commerce

Program Requirements

This 30-credit Major prepares students for the multitude of IT-related career opportunities available in industry. It employs a blend of theoretical concepts, hands-on tools, and actual case studies to train students to identify business problems and opportunities, analyze business processes, and develop and implement information systems to support them. The IS Major covers a variety of topics including strategic planning and investment in information technologies, analysis, design, and deployment of information systems, understanding the opportunities and challenges of web-based businesses, and managing resistance to IT-initiated changes in organizations.

Graduates of this program may expect to find employment as business or systems analysts, consultants, IS quality assurance specialists, and project managers in diverse industries, including banking, insurance, manufacturing, retailing, and consulting.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • 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 2015, Winter 2016

    Instructors: Emmanuelle Vaast (Fall) Emmanuelle Vaast (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • 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 2015, Winter 2016

    Instructors: Kunsoo Han (Fall) Kunsoo Han (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 2015

    Instructors: Animesh Animesh (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • 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 2015

    Instructors: Yeona Jang (Fall)

    • 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 2016

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
    • Management: students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible in their program.
  • 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 2015

    Instructors: Larry Tansey (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

Selected from the following:

  • BUSA 499 Case Analysis and Presentation (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Business Admin : Integration of core knowledge and practice for preparing and presenting case studies, including professor coaching, preparation and presentation feedback, presentation skills, leadership skills, team building skills, analytical skills, logical thinking, debating, persuasive communications and cross discipline work.

    Terms: Fall 2015, Winter 2016

    Instructors: Richard George Donovan (Fall) Richard George Donovan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: BCom Core and 3.0 CGPA or better.
  • 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 2015-2016 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2015-2016 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 2016

    Instructors: Yeona Jang (Winter)

    • 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 2015-2016 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2015-2016 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: Fall 2015

    Instructors: Liette Lapointe (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
    • Prerequisite-Continuing Studies: CCCS 300, INSY 333, INSY 437
  • 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 2016

    Instructors: Jui Ramaprasad (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331
  • 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 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • 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: Fall 2015, Winter 2016

    Instructors: Genevieve Bassellier (Fall) 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 2015

    Instructors: Samer Faraj (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 2015-2016 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2015-2016 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 2016

    Instructors: Emmanuelle Vaast, Jeroen Struben (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open only to U2 and U3 students.

* Students wishing to take BUSA 499 or a course substitution as a complementary course must seek prior approval from the IS Area Coordinator.

Desautels Faculty of Management—2015-2016 (last updated May. 28, 2015) (disclaimer)