MSIS Specializations

The specialization courses build upon the core courses and should be taken after the majority of core courses have been completed. Students must select a specialization of three courses (9 credit hours). Specializations include Data Management, Application Development, Network Administration and Security, Healthcare Information Systems, or General. The General specialization entails taking the first course from the Data Management, Application Development, and the Network Administration and Security specializations. Students may choose to take additional electives and more than one specialization.

Data Management

INFS 762 Data Warehousing and Data Mining (3 credit hours)

The main concepts, components, and various architectures of Data Warehouse. Advanced data analysis and optimization of Data Warehouse Design. Data Warehousing and OLAP tools. Applying data mining algorithms to retrieve highly specialized information or knowledge about the data stored in the Data Warehouse.

Prerequisites:

INFS 605 (or equivalent programming) and INFS 760.

INFS 764 Information Retrieval (3 credit hours)

Provides hands-on experience with procedural extensions to the SQL language for retrieval and manipulation of data. Topics include data control languages, control structures, looping and branching, local and global variables, exception handling, stored procedures and database triggers, cursors and cursor processing.

Prerequisites:

INFS 605 (or equivalent programming) and INFS 760.

INFS 766 Advanced Database (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to give the student a strong foundation in the theoretical underpinnings of current database systems. Emphasis will be placed on database theory and will cover such issues as distributed databases, concurrency control, security, optimization, and specialized data models. It will also explore emerging database methodologies and their impact on current practices.

Prerequisite:

INFS 760.

Application Development

INFS 732 Emerging Technologies & Issues (3 credit hours)

The course provides an understanding of both technical and managerial issues, as well as strategic implications of emerging technologies and issues.

Prerequisites:

INFS 612 or permission of instructor and INFS 730.

INFS 734 Multi-tiered & Service-Oriented Architectures (3 credit hours)

An advanced application development course that focuses on developing enterprise dynamic data-driven applications using multi-tiered and service-oriented architectures. Students will be exposed to contemporary software platforms and tools for enterprise application development.

Prerequisites:

INFS 612 or permission of instructor and INFS 730.

INFS 736 Technology for Mobile Devices (3 credit hours)

This course introduces web pages and style sheets for mobile devices and then focuses on developing applications for various Smartphones, Tablets, and other mobile devices.

Prerequisite:

INFS 730.

Network Administration and Security

INFS 752 Advanced Network Technology and Management (3 credit hours)

A study of the configuration, administration, and troubleshooting of a model network environment. Network management strategies including file access, group policies, storage, and security will be examined. This course uses a virtual environment to prepare the student to manage network environments.

Prerequisite:

INFS 750.

INFS 754 Network Security and Intrusion Detection (3 credit hours)

Provides a comprehensive overview of network security and intrusion detection. Topics include security overview, authentication, attacks and malicious code, communication security, Web security, network security topologies, intrusion detection, firewalls and VPNs, security baselines, security algorithms, physical security, disaster recovery, forensics overview, and other state-of-the-art developments.

Prerequisite:

INFS 750.

INFS 756 Cloud Computing and Network Services (3 credit hours)

This course will introduce the use of virtual systems and servers to study a new delivery paradigm for the delivery of information technology services. A thorough examination of virtualization technologies will provide students with the foundation to plan, manage, and configure business application models. These network services will be configured on university servers and provide hands-on experiences.

Prerequisite:

INFS 750.

Healthcare Information Systems

INFS 701 Introduction to Healthcare Information (3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of healthcare information infrastructure in the United States.  Emphasis is placed on health record content and how it relates to such issues as reimbursement, quality improvement, risk management, accreditation standards, related federal laws, secondary data issues, and other topics that are associated with each subject matter.  Electronic health record implementation, management, components, and required standards will be introduced.

INFS 742 Healthcare Information Infrastructure (3 credit hours)


A study of the healthcare information infrastructure in the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Examination of issues related to healthcare information systems, healthcare information policy development, uses and users of healthcare information, healthcare informational privacy, and clinical data standards. Electronic health record systems will be investigated.

Prerequisite:

INFS 701.

INFS 744 Healthcare Information Analysis (3 credit hours)


A 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.

General

First course from the Data Management, Application Development and the Network Administration & Security specializations (INFS 732, INFS 752, INFS 762).

 

Last Updated: 4/28/14