D.Sc. IS Specializations

Doctoral-level Research Specialization

The doctoral-level research specializations each include 3 required courses (9 credits) and 4 elective courses (12 credits) plus 6 seminar courses (6 credits, a 1 credit seminar course that is taken each semester in which the student is enrolled). The required and elective courses within each specialization are intended to provide a coherent body of knowledge in support of the student's research agenda/career plans. The research seminars are intended to acquaint students with contemporary information systems research issues(27 credit hours).

Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management

INFS 830 Decision Support Systems (3 credit hours)
The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, techniques and applications of computer-based decision support systems. The course covers issues pertaining to the design, history, theory, practice, methods and techniques, new developments, and applications of computing technologies to support decision processes and decision-making by individuals, groups and organizations.

INFS 834 Knowledge Management (3 credit hours)
Knowledge management is an emerging discipline of how to effectively deploy organizational practices, processes, and technology to increase the return on knowledge capital. Knowledge capital includes everything from new drugs designed from research into the human genome to better processes for responding to customer service complaints. This course will examine knowledge management from a general manager's perspective, both as knowledge workers themselves and as those responsible for an organization's overall knowledge effectiveness.

INFS 838 Decision Support and Knowledge Management Research (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on research issues pertaining to decision support systems and knowledge management. During this seminar course, students will examine and evaluate the research literature from a wide variety of sources, both academic and applied. Students will also identify various research frontiers associated with decision support systems and knowledge management.

Choose 4 elective courses from the electives list.

Six hours of seminar courses (1 credit seminar course taken each fall and spring). 

Information Assurance and Computer Security

INFA 701 Principles of Information Assurance
(3 credit hours)
This course covers key bodies of knowledge and specializations in security, privacy, and compliance associated with enterprise information systems. The course explores defense-in-depth techniques of layering people, process and technology controls to secure the enterprise. Topics include information security law, ethics, security concepts and mechanisms; security technologies; authentication mechanisms; mandatory and discretionary controls; basic cryptography and its applications; digital forensics, biometrics database security, intrusion detection and prevention, anonymity and privacy issues for information systems. Emerging frameworks and tools are explored to complete the students foundational understanding of information assurance.

INFA 713 Managing Security Risks (3 credit hours)
Information technology holds the potential to create strategic, operational, financial, and reputational issues for an organization. Information technology risk management science provides decision-makers with the information needed to determine information security risk so decisions can be made regarding risk mitigation. This course is a study of the existing risk management frameworks, models, processes and tools to equip students with the theory, science and practical knowledge to operationalize risk management in an organization or government agency. Topics include outsourcing and off-shoring risks, and their mitigation through third party risk management programs. Students will examine cutting-edge risk management science to understand the future of information technology risk management.

INFS 848 Information Assurance and Computer Security Research (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on research issues pertaining to information assurance and computer security. During this seminar course, students will examine and evaluate the research literature from a wide variety of sources, both academic and applied. Students will also identify various research frontiers associated with information assurance and computer security.

Choose 4 elective courses from the electives list.

Six hours of seminar courses (1 credit seminar course taken each fall and spring). 

Healthcare Information Systems

INFS 744 Healthcare Informatioin Analysis (3 credit hours)
Survey of clinical computing applications and their integration to support health care delivery. The evaluation of such systems in regard to clinical decision making, clinical quality assessment, and healthcare research support. Prerequisite: INFS 701.

INFS 820 Current Issues in Health Informatics
(3 credit hours)
Current trends and issues in health informatics and recent research, theory and developments in health informatics.

INFS 868 Health Informatics Research (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on research issues pertaining to health informatics research. During this seminar course, students will examine and evaluate the research literature from a wide variety of sources, both academic and applied. Students will also identify various research frontiers associated with health informatics research.

Choose 4 elective courses from the electives list.

Six hours of seminar courses (1 credit seminar course taken each fall and spring). 

 


Last Updated: 6/11/13