Department of Information and Decision Sciences

Dr. Charles P. Bilbrey, Head

Professors

Bauman, Bilbrey, Forcht, Pierson, F. Teer

Associate Professors

Brookshire, Musselman, S. Palocsay, G. Smith, S. Stevens

Assistant Professors

Busing, Chari, Kannan, Markham, Wang

Instructors

Budd, Wood

Course Descriptions: Information and Decision Sciences

The Department of Information and Decision Sciences offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in computer information systems and a major in operations management

Students with majors in this department are strongly encouraged to purchase their own personal computers. Information on suggested hardware is available through the department office.

Computer information systems prepares students for a career in designing, managing and re-engineering of information systems. The field of CIS centers on significant problems in organizing, representing and manipulating data, information and knowledge using the latest computer-based technology. Students majoring in CIS will have the opportunity to study a variety of programming languages, artificial intelligence, object-oriented concepts, database design, computer security, networking, telecommunications, simulation and modeling. The course work focuses on business applications and case analyses. Students are offered the opportunity to gain practical technical experience through internships and the co-op program.

The operations management major is an interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates for entry-level supervisory or specialist positions in manufacturing and service industries. Electives within the major permit students to pursue interests in topics such as total quality management, computer-integrated manufacturing and management of technology. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain practical experience through the OM internship program. Students are exposed to operations through a student chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

The department offers students the opportunity to pursue a cooperative education concentration. Qualified students majoring in CIS or OM have the opportunity to participate in a six-month professional experience with well-recognized industry leaders in information technology and operations.

The computer information systems and operations management majors conform to the general structure of the B.B.A. degree programs set forth on page 124. The credit-hour requirements for each of the program components are as follows:

Credit
Hours
Core requirements -- B.B.A. 42
Liberal studies courses 44
Other courses required for the major 1 25
Nonbusiness electives 9
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General information on the IDS curriculum and faculty members are provided in the department homepage ­ http://www.jmu.edu/ids/home.htm.

Graduating seniors are expected to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist faculty in modifying curricula.

Major in Computer Information Systems (B.B.A. Degree)

First Two Years

During the first two years, students planning to major in computer information systems will complete the lower-level business course requirements and will follow the uniform course schedule set forth on page 125.

Third and Fourth Years

Students are required to take three courses in computer programming ­ two introductory-level courses and one advanced course in one of the introductory languages chosen. One of the introductory-level courses must be IDS 324, COBOL.

Computer information systems majors should follow the course schedule below to complete the final two years of their program. It is possible to deviate from this schedule but care must be taken to ensure that all course prerequisites are met.

Junior Year Credit
First Semester Hours
FIN 345. Managerial Finance 3
IDS 304. Intermediate Information Systems 1 3
Language I: Choose one of the following: 1 3
IDS 324. COBOL Programming Language 1
IDS 334. Symbolic Programming Concepts and
Applications
IDS 344. C Programming Language
MGT 300. Management Principles 3
Liberal studies course 3
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
IDS 301. Information Technology Tools 1
and Methods1
IDS 360. Production and Operations Management 3
Language II: Choose one of the following:1 3
IDS 364. Expert Systems in Business (follows
IDS 334)
IDS 374. Advanced COBOL 1 (follows IDS 324)
IDS 384. Object-Oriented Programming (follows
IDS 344)
MGT 311. Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
Information and decision sciences elective 1 3
16
Senior Year Credit
First Semester Hours
IDS 474. Data Base Design and Application 1 3
Second language: Choose one of the following: 1 3
IDS 314. Business Applications in BASIC
IDS 334. Symbolic Programming Concepts
and Applications
IDS 344. C Programming Language
MGT 487. Business Policy 3
Information and decision sciences elective 3
Liberal studies course 3
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
IDS 454. Systems Analysis and Design 1 3
Free liberal studies elective 3
Nonbusiness electives 9
15

IDS Electives 2

IDS 314. Business Applications in BASIC
IDS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing
IDS 363. Simulation
IDS 364. Expert Systems in Business
IDS 370. Total Quality Management
IDS 386. Forecasting for Business and Economics
IDS 391. Operations Research
IDS 393. Data Analysis and Experimental Design
in Business Applications
IDS 404. Advanced Computer Information Systems
IDS 420. Computer-Based Networking
IDS 424. Computer Security Management
IDS 470. Computer Information Systems Auditing
IDS 483. Strategic Decision Making
IDS 496. Internship in IDS
IDS 498. Special Topics in IDS

2 The offering of electives is subject to the availability of instructional resources. Electives will be offered to ensure that every computer information systems major can meet graduation requirements but every elective may not be offered every semester.

Major in Operations Management (B.B.A. Degree)

First Two Years

During the first two years, students planning to major in operations management will complete the lower-level business course requirements and will follow the uniform course schedule set forth on page 125.

Third and Fourth Years

Operations management majors should follow the course schedule below to complete the final two years of their program. It is possible to deviate from this schedule but care must be taken to ensure that all course prerequisites are met.

Junior Year Credit
First Semester Hours
FIN 345. Managerial Finance 3
IDS 304. Intermediate Information Systems 1 3
IDS 360. Production and Operations 3
Management1
MGT 300. Management Principles 3
Liberal studies course 3
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
IDS 370. Total Quality Management 1 3
Choose one of the following: 1 3
IDS 363. Simulation
MKTG 410. Logistics and Channel
Management
MGT 311. Organizational Behavior 3
Nonbusiness elective 6
15
Senior Year Credit
First Semester Hours
Choose one of the following: 1 3
IDS 425. Computer Integrated
Manufacturing Systems
IDS 481. Topics in Operations Management
MGT 484. Planning Quality and Productivity 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
Nonbusiness electives 6
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
IDS 450. Problems in Operations Management 1 3
Choose one of the following 1: 3
IDS 496. Internship in IDS
MGT 487. Business Policy
Information and decision sciences elective 1 3
Nonbusiness elective 3
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Cooperative Education Concentration in CIS and OM

Dr. Donald L. Musselman, Coordinator

The Cooperative Education Concentration in CIS and OM offers highly qualified undergraduate CIS and OM majors the opportunity to participate in a six- to eight-month professional experience with well-recognized industry leaders in information technology and operations. Students will be awarded 12 hours of academic credit which will substitute for two elective courses in the CIS or OM curriculum and for six credits of internship (IDS 496). Substitutions for the two specific courses will be made based on the structure and context of the co-op experience and in cooperation with the co-op firm. Students must demonstrate competency via examination in the two elective courses selected in order to receive credit for those courses. Students who have at least a 3.0 GPA, are majors in CIS or OM, and have fulfilled all of their COB core requirements are eligible to apply on a competitive basis through the IDS department.

Students who want to participate in a co-op program must apply both to the IDS department and the participating firm at least three months in advance of the start of the co-op. Co-ops typically begin in January or May and last six to eight months. Course substitutions must be approved in conjunction with the co-op coordinator in the IDS department and the co-op coordinator with the firm. A Program of Study must be placed on file for each student who is accepted for a co-op prior to beginning the co-op experience. Students may participate in a co-op in their junior or senior years, but they are limited to one co-op. Students who wish to participate in a co-op as post-graduates may do so as special students. These students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the co-op experience. Prerequisite: CIS or OM majors with junior standing and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Minor in Computer Information Systems

Dr. Donald L. Musselman, Coordinator

The minor in CIS is a general information systems minor designed to meet the needs and interests of non-CIS majors. The minor consists of 12 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of elective course work selected from those regularly offered by the IDS department.

Required Courses Credit
Hours
IDS 104. Microcomputer Applications 1
IDS 204. Computer Information Systems 2
IDS 304. Intermediate Information Systems 3
IDS 324. COBOL Programming Language 3
IDS 454. Systems Analysis and Design 3
IDS electives 6
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Minor in Management Science

Dr. Scott P. Stevens, Coordinator

The minor in management science is a general quantitative methods in business minor designed to meet the needs and interests of non-CIS majors with an interest in applied quantitative approaches to improving decision making in a business environment. The minor consists of 10 credit hours of required course work and nine credit hours of elective course work selected from those regularly offered by the IDS department.

Credit
Required Courses Hours
IDS 191. Business and Economic Statistics 3
IDS 291. Quantitative Methods for Business 3
IDS 301. Information Technology Tools and 1
Methods (Problem Solving Approaches)
Choose one of the following: 3
IDS 314. Business Application in BASIC
IDS 334. Symbolic Programming Concepts
and Applications
IDS 344. C Programming Language
Electives (choose three of the following): 9
IDS 363. Simulation
IDS 386. Forecasting for Business and Economics
IDS 391. Selected Topics in Operations Research
IDS 393. Data Analysis and Experimental Design
in Business Applications
IDS 483. Strategic Decision Making
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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
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James Madison University