MS/MBA in Management Information Systems

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been designed to provide the appropriate academic preparation for individuals to hold professional careers in either the private or the public sector. It is a comprehensive program directed to equip students with the theoretical basis complemented with necessary tools, techniques, skills, and applications to cope with the complexities and demands of the internal and external business environments, and to make better decisions.

The program builds on and develops fundamental knowledge in the area of management information systems. Students are guided and mentored as to the appropriate pedagogical methodologies necessary to the acquisition of critical analytical skills and research capabilities. The individual course of study follows a personalized, interdisciplinary curriculum developed in conjunction with the graduate advisor. The program is a 39 credit-hour, self-contained program. The length of the program for a full-time student is normally two years, but the degree may be earned in less time by attending summer session courses.  

The program is committed to providing its students with targeted education and managerial skills and competencies focused around the appropriate use of Information Technology (IT) as a key enabler of business success. The curriculum is designed to integrate IT with business and management concepts, and to provide a balance between technical skills and knowledge of business functions and processes. The program develops technology leaders with strong management skills and a broad knowledge of emerging technologies.

The MIS Program prepares students to continue their post-graduate studies as well as to enhance their professional careers by pursuing technical advanced certificates and diplomas, for example, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (39 credits)
CORE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ECO 500 Business Economics Placement Test
3
FIN 500 Financial Management Placement Test
3
MGT 500 Contemporary Management Placement Test
3
MGT 501 Adv. Quantitative Methods in Business Placement Test
3
MGT 502 Research Methods in Business Placement Test
3
MKT 500 Marketing Management Placement Test
3
EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (12 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
MIS 500 Managing Information Technology/Systems Placement Test
3
MIS 520 Advanced Mgmt. of Information Systems Placement Test
3
MIS 530 Forecasting MGT 501
3
MIS 540 System Analysis & Design MIS 500
3
MIS 542 Project Planning in I.T. MIS 500
3
MIS 545 Database Management Systems MIS 500
3
MIS 547 IT for Qlty & Competitive Mgmnt MIS 500
3
MIS 549 Computer Networks for Management MIS 500
3
MIS 550 Object Oriented Information Systems MIS 500
3
MIS 555 Geographic Information Systems Consent of Advisor
3
MIS 560 Data Structures and Algorithms MIS 500
3
MIS 565 Expert Systems MIS 500
3
MIS 570 Seminar in Management Information Syst. Consent of Advisor
3
MIS 575 Advances in Information Technology Applications MIS 520
3
MIS 582 Readings & Applications in IT Governance MGT 500 & MIS 500
3
MIS 585 Applications in e-Business MIS 500
3
MIS 586 Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning MIS 500
3
MIS 590 Special Topics in MIS Consent of Advisor
3
MIS 592 Group Support Systems MIS 520
3
ELECTIVES (9 credits)
The electives are to be chosen from other concentration courses with the consent of the advisor, and may include the following courses
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
MIS 598 Research Project in MIS Consent of Advisor
3
MIS 599 Research Thesis in MIS Consent of Advisor
6
Course Descriptions
ECO 500
Business Economics
Students are presented with advanced concepts and analytical tools of microeconomic theory: demand, supply and equilibrium; opportunity cost; efficiency; perfect and imperfect competition; oligopoly and game theory; risk and uncertainty; economics of information; investment; public goods and externalities. Applications and case studies in managerial decision-making. Furthermore, this course shall emphasize to students the mutual relationship between the macroeconomic environment and business, including how fiscal, monetary, foreign exchange, and other policies of the government interact to help shape the macroeconomic environment. Causes and consequences of inflation and unemployment. Economic growth and technological progress. Open economy, international flow of goods and capital, exchange rates.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
FIN 500
Financial Management
Concepts and theories applicable to the financial administration of a firm. Cases, problems, and readings to illustrate various financial problems and techniques for solving such problems. Topics include valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, financial analysis and planning, and working capital management.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 500
Contemporary Management
Students are coached to build on the different management theory approaches so that they are capable to integrate appropriate skills for better decision-making, to acquire an understanding of the practices related to leadership and organizational behaviour of the business constituents to manage structure and change affecting business strategies and to develop an understanding of the recent trends in management theory.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 501
Adv. Quantitative Methods in Business
Examination of important quantitative approaches to management decision-making. Application of various analytical methods, models, and theories to a variety of management decision areas. Use of tools such as decision theory, simulation, PERT/CPM and linear programming to minimize risk and uncertainty in management activities. Quantitative controls and decision support as applied to the operations of business. Advanced applications in business analysis, decision support, and development of decision support system. Introduction to econometric techniques used in business: Simple and multiple regressions.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 502
Research Methods in Business
Applications of research methods to facilitate business enterprise decision-making. Topics include review of the different research methods used (qualitative and quantitative), business environment analysis and problem definition, secondary literature review, data collection methodology as tied to hypotheses defined, questionnaires design, sampling techniques, statistical validation and results interpretation. Several cause-effect techniques studied. Students are to work on a research topic to experiment with these topics.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MKT 500
Marketing Management
Controllable and uncontrollable marketing variables in today's business environment. Topics include factors affecting consumer demand and methods of satisfying it, market structure, and product-mix selection, distribution, promotion, pricing, and market research. The course structure, projects, and cases are designed to develop the students' ability to generate effective marketing strategies in the face of uncertainty in group and competitive setting. Marketing planning, marketing research, designing, and marketing policies will be implemented.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MIS 500
Managing Information Technology/Systems
This course provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical guide to IT/IS management practices, trends, techniques, and issues. Students will be encouraged to use real life case analysis to assess, learn, manage, and apply IT/IS management practices and skills to solve actual business problems and situations.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MIS 520
Advanced Mgmt. of Information Systems
Mathematical models for business problems and opportunities. Use of readily available optimization analysis tools that are standard portions of most spreadsheet packages (such as linear and non-linear programming). A Comprehensive study of all phases from long-range or strategic management information systems planning to development and operation (maintenance) will be addressed from a management point of view. Team effort will be applied to implement management skills on a live project assignment.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MIS 530
Forecasting
The major approaches to forecasting sales or customer volume in business applications will be examined. The forecasting activity is an essential prelude to decisions involving capacity planning, staffing, scheduling, inventory management, and financial projections in both service sector and production organizations. Topics include time series methods, causal methods, treatment of seasonal effects, trend effects, the business cycle, and combinations of forecasts.
Prerequisite: MGT 501
MIS 540
System Analysis & Design
Recent approaches to the analysis and design of computer-based information systems, including hands-on use of Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools for real-world problem solving. The changing role of the systems analyst in today's organizations is examined. Systems development methodologies, including life cycle, prototyping, evolutionary, and participative models. Effective diagramming and notational techniques now available to define and document functional requirements. Current methods used to test and evaluate the accuracy, completeness and usability of documented requirements and convert them into efficient system design. The course will discuss the concept of quality as applied to information systems as well as the role of information systems in managing quality within the organization.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 542
Project Planning in I.T.
A course designed to examine and review contemporary and developing issues of IT projects and introduces the student to a variety of project management techniques that can be applied in an IT project context. This course covers the Project Management Body of Knowledge in all its requirements such as: managing scope, time, cost, and quality. The course will also cover management issues associated with packaged software implementation (e.g., ERP systems), in-house developed systems, and outsourced projects. This course adds value by exposing students to real life cases that have to be critically reviewed.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 545
Database Management Systems
Integrated databases in today's competitive world and data as a resource for total quality management. Database modeling techniques and design methods will be examined, the nature of database management software will be reviewed. Data analysis techniques and supporting modeling tools are applied in individual and group projects. Database management systems are used extensively in both mainframe and microcomputer environments. Topics include data analysis, database models, database management systems, Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools for data modeling, storage allocation, and transaction design.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 547
IT for Qlty & Competitive Mgmnt
Information technology (IT) has collapsed time and distance and is an indispensable element in global and competitive business environments. This course is directed towards the goal of teaching managers to make better use of this technology. A focus on creating a managerial understanding of the technological and social issues involved with computer and communication technology and using this understanding to attain competitive advantages for the organization. The course is organized around several inter-related modules. These modules relate to the use of IT in providing innovative products and services, its effects on changing business practices in areas such as the retailing, securities, automotive and publishing industries, and the use of IT in managing for quality. Planning methodologies in these areas, as adopted by major consulting companies, will be discussed.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 549
Computer Networks for Management
Communication networks are changing the way businesses are organized in areas such as the retailing, brokerage, automotive, and banking industries. The rapidly evolving technology in the areas of data, video, and voice communication will be discussed. Managerial issues relating to the use and management of advanced technology. The application of technology for business purposes such as producing innovative services, improving quality, reducing cost, and providing real-time customer service will be reviewed. To help develop an ability to manage the new technologies such as ISDN, advanced intelligent networks, multimedia, fiber optics, and virtual networks towards goals such as growth and portability.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 550
Object Oriented Information Systems
Reviews systems development principles with an object orientation as they relate to the analysis and design of database applications, knowledge base systems, and object-oriented programming. The C++ Programming language is used extensively to illustrate the characteristic properties of current object oriented Programming techniques: encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 555
Geographic Information Systems
GIS course provides students with a conceptual base and technical skills using ArcView Software. Students are challenged with real life applications in GIS, of one of the fastest growing high tech fields. Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete an applied final project to solve real-world problems in the Lebanese industry.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MIS 560
Data Structures and Algorithms
Examines the design, implemenation, and analysis of data structures. Topics include stacks, queues, lists, trees, and graphs. Also different search and analysis algorithms for important Information Systems applications, including knowledge discovery, databases, Internet search, and data mining. Projects will be used involving C, C++ or Java programming.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 565
Expert Systems
This course sims at providing students with concepts, techniques, and tools of expert systems technology for business. The course discusses the identification of expert system projects, knowledge acquisition, architectures of expert systems, inference, database and procedural considerations, verification and validation of expert systems. Provides hands-on experience in developing expert systems using an expert system programming language.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 570
Seminar in Management Information Syst.
A course designed to examine and review IS/IT trends and developments that impact efficiencies and quality of decision making resources in organizations.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MIS 575
Advances in Information Technology Applications
This course provides students with a broad perspective of essential principles, practices in information technology applications. Theoretical approaches are reviewed and later applied to the study of contemporary IT applications. Students are trained to critically evaluate existent contemporary technologies and review the techniques behind their use. Students shall be exposed to real case studies and shall work on an application project.
Prerequisite: MIS 520
MIS 582
Readings & Applications in IT Governance
Prerequisite: MGT 500 & MIS 500
MIS 585
Applications in e-Business
This course introduces students to various aspects and models for e-business. Topics include: Definitions, categories, the Whiteley's Model, development of e-business, business models, the job market, work patterns, skills required and continuous learning, privacy and security issues, information and knowledge, IT/IS enablers, electronic markets, Internet commerce, current and future global trends, social media (Web 2.0 / Web 3.0), and the future e-business/information society?
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 586
Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning
This course offers students an in-depth overview of enterprise systems, their evolution, risks and benefits, fundamental technology, and issues to be considered in the planning, design, and implementation of cross functional integrated ERP systems. Students will be acquainted with ERP software solutions, small, medium, and large enterprise vendor solutions, Business Process Reengineering, Business Engineering and best Business practices, and Business Process Management. Strong emphasis is put on understanding the roles of ERP modules including, Accounting and Finance, Materials and Production Management, Sales and Marketing, and Customer Relationship Management. Extensive use of real life case studies is to accompany existing software applications to acquaint students not only with the theoretical fundamentals but with the practical applications of ERP systems.
Prerequisite: MIS 500
MIS 590
Special Topics in MIS
Introducing new trends and developments in MIS. A multiple set of one credit courses based on case studies and projects.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MIS 592
Group Support Systems
This course aims to provide students with working knowledge to understand, explain, and make effective use of capabilities needed for groupware applications. Students are introduced to the most updated survey of computer-based technologies designed to support group activities and the group dynamics involved in the use of those technologies. The class will be designed to accommodate a wide variety of levels of computer knowledge; although basic computer and information literacy will be beneficial, it is not mandatory.
Prerequisite: MIS 520
MIS 598
Research Project in MIS
Students aim to apply theoretical and practical concepts into a selected field of MIS. The final work is a review of secondary literature or building a case study to reveal a trend or a specific behavior characteristic of the working environment. This research may reveal some originality.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MIS 599
Research Thesis in MIS
Students conduct a full-fledge research using a specific research methodology to investigate in depth an issue related to MIS practices. Original research results should be obtained.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor

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