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Information Systems Courses (ISYS) Carroll School of Management


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
ISYS 1021 Digital Technologies: Strategy and Use Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This class was formerly known as Computers in Management. Digital technologies play a vital and varying role in management. In this course we approach the subject in two ways. In one module students learn to use technology as a tool for problem solving by developing increasingly sophisticated models in Excel. The other module provides an introduction to management viewed through the lens of technology. Students examine the role of technology in promoting innovation and organizational competitiveness across a variety of functional areas of the firm (e.g., marketing, finance, operations).


Instructor(s): Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is required for all CSOM students and should be taken in their first year at BC.

ISYS 1031 Computers in Management: Honors Fall 3
Course Description

Information systems play a vital and varying role in management. In this course we approach the subject in two ways. In one module students learn to use technology as a tool for problem solving by developing increasingly sophisticated models in Excel. The other module provides an introduction to management viewed through the lens of technology. Students examine the role of technology in organizational competitiveness and across a variety of functional areas of the firm (e.g., marketing, finance, operations).


Instructor(s): Prof. James Gips

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: CSCI1031

Comments: CSOM Honors Program version of ISYS1021.

ISYS 2157 Programming for Management and Analytics Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An introductory programming course based on Python for students interested in (1) learning how to think about problem solving in an orderly, thorough, organized and analytical way, (2) the process of designing software applications for business and analytics, and (3) creating a custom application program. Students who have taken CSCI 1101 (Computer Science I) may not take this course.


Instructor(s): George Wyner
James Gips
Peter Sterpe

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is required for Information Systems concentrators.

ISYS 2255 Managing Projects Spring 3
Course Description

This course takes a holistic approach to planning, organizing, and controlling projects. It looks at how projects are uniquely suited to support an organization's strategy in a fast-paced business environment. Topics include project life cycle, algorithms and statistical concepts underlying network planning models, managing risk and resource allocation. Microsoft Project will be used as to support the planning and monitoring phases of project management. The conceptual part of this course is framed with an eye to the behavioral realities a manager faces and the psychology of managing project teams.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: OPER2255

Comments:

ISYS 2267 Technology and Culture Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This interdisciplinary course will first investigate the social, political, psychological, ethical, and spiritual aspects of the Western cultural development with a special emphasis on scientific and technological metaphors and narratives. We will then focus on the contemporary world, examining the impact of our various technological creations on cultural directions, democratic process, the world of work, quality of life, and especially on the emergent meanings for the terms "citizen" and "ethics" in contemporary society. Students will explore technologies in four broad and interrelated domains: (1) computer, media, communications, and information technologies, (2) biotechnology, (3) globalization, and (4) environmental issues.


Instructor(s): William Griffith

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: CSCI2267

Comments: Satisfies Computer Science Requirement. Satisfies CSOM Computer Science Concentration Requirement and CSOM Information Systems Concentration Requirement.

ISYS 3161 Customer Relationship Management Spring 3
Course Description

A fundamental shift has occurred in marketing from managing and marketing products to understanding and managing customers. This necessitates an understanding of the customer management process and the ability to develop and grow profitable customer relationships. In this course, students will learn the critical tools needed for successful customer management. It teaches strategic and analytic skills relating to customer selection and acquisition, customer management, customer retention, and customer lifetime value. As firms seek to make their marketing investments financially accountable, it also provides students with an understanding of the link between marketing and finance.


Instructor(s): Kay Lemon

Prerequisites: MKTG1021. With permission of the Instructor. MKTG1021 or MKTG1031, and MKTG2153 or Strong Statistical Coursework with permission of instructor.

Cross listed with: MKTG3161

Comments:

ISYS 3205 TechTrek West -Undergrad Spring 3
Course Description

TechTrek West is a 3-credit, field-study course combining class work the weeks prior to and one week after spring break with a week-long field-study to Silicon Valley. During spring break, students will travel to Silicon Valley to meet with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists in technology industry firms. While focusing on the tech industry, TechTrek is designed to appeal to all majors. Course work and visits will have a managerial focus, highlighting executive, marketing, finance, operations, and R&D functions.


Instructor(s): John Gallaugher

Prerequisites: With permission of the Instructor. Permission of instructor.

Cross listed with: MKTG3205

Comments: Enrollment is limited. Admission is competitive, and participation requires the additional cost of travel. Interested students should contact the instructor for application details.

ISYS 3206 TechTrek East Fall 3
Course Description

The Shea Center presents TechTrek East, a 3-credit, field-study course combining class work with a weekend field study in New York City and several local Boston trips. During the trips students will meet with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists in technology industry firms. While focusing on the tech industry, TechTrek is designed to appeal to all majors. Course work and visits will have a managerial focus, highlighting executive, marketing, finance, operations, and R&D functions.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 3215 Special Topics:Technology and Economic Development Spring 3
Course Description

Sometimes referred to as TechTrek Ghana, this is a competitively admitted, interdisciplinary course that combines classroom learning examining trends in technology in emerging markets with a week-long filed study to Accra, Ghana. The class will study how technology is fostering growth and entrepreneurship in the developing world, as well as the challenges for those wishing to harness the promise of these advances. The classroom component will include lecture, seminar-style learning, and lectures from visiting experts, and is held the second half of the spring semester. The field study is planned for the third week in May, following spring exams. The course is open as an elective to all Boston College undergraduate students, and should have broad appeal to students studying technology, as well as those students interested in international business, economics, and global development.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Bagnani
John Gallaugher

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 3253 Digital Commerce Fall 3
Course Description

Electronic commerce lies at the forefront of modern marketing and strategic management, altering the competitive landscape for large and small corporations alike. The Internet and new media are reshaping industries, creating new opportunities, and challenging existing commercial models and relationships. Managers will need to understand the underpinnings of electronic commerce in order to make informed decisions about the future their firms and industries. Using a managerial perspective, this course focuses on key issues related to e-commerce industry, including strategy development, competitive advantage, current and emerging technologies, pricing, distribution channels, promotion, and advertising.


Instructor(s): Mary Cronin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: MKTG3253 OPER3253

Comments:

ISYS 3257 Database Systems and Applications Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides in-depth coverage of database systems and their uses. Topics include database architecture, design strategies, SQL queries, security, performance, and using database tools and scripting languages to create sophisticated forms and applications, including web applications. The goal of the course is to give students the knowledge and skills to use databases effectively in any business situation.


Instructor(s): John Spang

Prerequisites: ISYS2157. ISYS2157/CSCI1157 or CSCI1101.

Cross listed with: CSCI2257

Comments: This course is required for Information Systems concentrators.

ISYS 3315 Special Topics: Managing Digital Innovation Fall 3
Course Description

The steady march of Moore’s Law has accelerated the introduction of new products, processes, and business models enabled by digital technology. These digital innovations are transforming how we live and work, how companies compete, and the structure of entire industries. This course will provide students with the concepts and frameworks they will need to: (1) understand the nature of digital innovations and the factors affecting their emergence and diffusion, (2) identify and evaluate digital innovation opportunities (and threats), (3) manage the digital innovation process in organizations, and (4) evaluate the effects of digital innovation on business and society.


Instructor(s): Robert Fichman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 3345 Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Managing for social impact in the 21st century is a multi-faceted challenge. This course will provide students with an interdisciplinary framework for exploring how corporations engage with social impact issues that are outside the conventional definitions of shareholder value and wealth creation. Through a combination of research, reading, class discussion, group projects and case studies, students will examine and debate the boundaries of corporate social and ethical responsibility for public good. They will learn about the various frameworks and metrics that are in widespread use to measure global and local impacts of large enterprises, including impact investing, public benefit corporations, the Triple and Quadruple Bottom Lines and the Global Reporting Initiative.


Instructor(s): Mary Cronin
Robert Fichman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Course topics include corporate impacts on sustainability and the environment, economic development and resource allocation, employees and customers, as well as the extended impact of supply chain vendors and partners, impact investing, and the use of technology and social media to manage corporate image and engage with various stakeholder communities. As part of a semester-long team project, students will work together to conduct in-depth research on the multiple social impacts of a selected global enterprise with a Boston-area presence.

ISYS 4258 Systems Analysis and Design Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The course studies information systems (IS) development including requirements, analysis, design and implementation phases and workflows. We investigate the roles of systems analysts; serving as intermediaries between users, managers, and implementers; and helping each to understand the needs and problems of others. The student will learn about major methods and tools used in the systems development process. Please note that Database Systems and Applications (ISYS3257/CSCI1157) must be completed prior to taking this course.


Instructor(s): George Wyner

Prerequisites: ISYS1021. ISYS1021/CSCI1021, ISYS2157/CSCI1157 and ISYS3257/CSCI2257. CSCI1101 may substitute for ISYS2157/CSCI1157.

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is required for Information Systems concentrators.

ISYS 4901 Readings and Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Extensive reading under the direction of a faculty member.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 4911 Independent Study Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The student works under the direction of an individual professor.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: With permission of the Department. Permission of department chairperson.

Cross listed with:

Comments: By arrangement.

ISYS 4921 Advanced Independent Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Investigation of a topic under the direction of a faculty member. Student develops a paper with publication potential.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: With permission of the Department. Permission of the department chairperson.

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 6618 Accounting Information Systems Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

This course will review the strategies, goals, and methodologies for designing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate internal controls and audit trails in integrated accounting systems. This course also examines the effect the Internet has had on business and its financial implications with regard to accounting information systems.


Instructor(s): Frank Nemia

Prerequisites: ACCT1021 or ACCT1031 and CSCI1021 or CSCI1031 or ISYS1021 or ISYS1031.

Cross listed with: ACCT6618

Comments:

ISYS 6620 Marketing Information Analytics Spring 3
Course Description

Firms rely increasingly on vast amounts of data to inform marketing decisions. Coming from many sources, the data offer a myriad of opportunities for analysis, insight, experimentation, intervention and innovation. In this course, students will develop key skill sets at the intersection of Marketing and IT that will equip them for positions such as marketing analyst, database marketer, market analytics specialist, ecommerce strategist, social media specialist or media planner. Students will engage in hands-on statistical analysis of real company and customer data, and use the insights to develop marketing strategies and to measure the success of marketing strategies.


Instructor(s): Alexander Bleier

Prerequisites: MKTG1021. MKTG1021, MKTG1031, MKTG7700, or MKTG7720, and MKTG2153 or MKTG 8001.

Cross listed with: MKTG6620

Comments:

ISYS 6621 Social Media, Emerging Technologies, and Digital Business Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The past few years have witnessed the rapid rise of a number of new types of information technologies, such as social media, so-called “sharing economy” platforms, artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, just to name a few. These new tools both present immense opportunities and pose considerable threats for businesses of all sizes and across industries. This course explores the impact that these tools are having on the competitive environment, as well as the characteristics that companies, leaders, and employees will need to possess in order to thrive in this new environment increasingly defined by digital tools. Additionally, this course both learns about and learns with these information technologies in novel ways.


Instructor(s): Gerald Kane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: MKTG6621

Comments:

ISYS 6635 New Media Industries Spring 3
Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the changing business models of new media (video game, music, movies, print, advertising, and television) industries. This is achieved by examining in detail the technology enablers and disruptive forces in both the U.S. and worldwide, consumer behaviors and attitudes, and legal and regulatory concerns. A special emphasis will also be placed on media companies whose business models have been heavily influenced or altered by digital distribution.


Instructor(s): Paul-Jon McNealy

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: MKTG6635

Comments:

ISYS 6640 Analytics and Business Intelligence Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Modern systems generate massive volumes of data; organizations everywhere struggle to aggregate, analyze, and monetize this growing deluge. Business Analytics combines statistical and quantitative analysis with explanatory and predictive modeling. Managers now must explore patterns, predict future trends, and develop data-driven decisions. This course provides students with a pragmatic familiarity with the capabilities and limitations of emerging analytics techniques, an introduction to the R statistical computing language, an overview of methods and tools, and a core understanding required to be an intelligent manager, designer, and consumer of analytics models. Section numbers 1 and 2 of this course (when offered) will be delivered on-campus and section numbers 11 and 12 (when offered) will be delivered online. Please see http://bit.ly/CSOM1 for details about online sections.


Instructor(s): Sam Ransbotham

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: MKTG6640

Comments: Students enrolled in the full-time MBA program may not enroll in this course.

ISYS 6641 Special Topics: Cybersecurity Strategy and Management Spring 3
Course Description

The challenges and issues of cybersecurity are everywhere, and today, these are not just technical issues, but critically important business issues for all levels of management. The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of cybersecurity principles, procedures, tools and technology from a managerial perspective. The first part of this course is a discussion of why cybersecurity is a difficult and pervasive problem. We then learn about the different types of threats and study the tools and techniques that society, organizations, and individuals have to mitigate them, with a focus on risk management and internal controls. We will also explore a number of new areas of work including cryptocurrency and the security requirements for the Internet of Things (IoT). An important part of the course will be team projects at the end of the term, where students apply the concepts and techniques we have studied to a real-world management problem or challenge.


Instructor(s): Leonard Evenchik
Samuel Ransbotham

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ACCT6641

Comments:

ISYS 6645 Data Visualization Spring 3
Course Description

This course covers foundations of data visualization and best practices to help students effectively analyze data and present their insights clearly in a way that will engage their audience. The course provides discussions and presentations on topics such as visual perception, the various chart types and when to use them, the effective use of colors, typography, maps, and other visualization techniques for incorporating analytics and storytelling, and teaches through many examples of compare and contrast. The conceptual discussions will be integrated with hands-on experience using two popular visualization tools.


Instructor(s): Burcu Bulgurcu

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 7700 Data Analytics 2: Management and Data Skills Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Information Technology (IT) systems permeate the strategy, structure, and operations of modern enterprises. IT has become a major generator of business value, especially for organizations that have the right set of resources and capabilities to exploit it. It is essential that managers become fluent with IT so that they can promote innovative strategic initiatives that are increasingly IT dependent. In this course, students will obtain a broad overview of IT fundamentals, key emerging technologies, and IT managerial frameworks. Students will develop their ability to identify new opportunities presented by IT. Section numbers 1 and 2 of this course (when offered) will be delivered on-campus and section numbers 11 and 12 (when offered) will be delivered online. Please see the link http://bit.ly/CSOM1 for details about the online sections.


Instructor(s): Leonard Evenchik

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 7705 Data Analytics 3: In Practice Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Modern information systems now generate massive volumes of data. Organizations everywhere struggle to aggregate, analyze, and monetize the growing deluge of data. Business Analytics capitalizes on this data by combining statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive modeling, and fact-based management. Managers can explore patterns, predict future trends and develop proactive, knowledge-driven decisions that affect all parts of modern organizations. This course provides students with a pragmatic familiarity with the capabilities and limitations of emerging analytics techniques, an introduction to the R statistical computing software, an overview of methods and tools, and a core understanding required to be an intelligent manager, designer and consumer of analytics models.


Instructor(s): Marios Kokkodis
Sam Ransbotham

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 7720 Data Analytics 2: Management and Data Skills Fall 2
Course Description

Data has become an ever more powerful source of competitive advantage for modern enterprises. New technologies and business practices have led to an “orders of magnitude” change in the amount of data available for analysis, as well as to techniques, often referred to as analytics or business intelligence, which are now available to derive meaning from that data. It is essential that managers develop a deep understanding of how data can be structured, captured, and queried in order to support operations, decision-making, and strategic insight. This course provides students with a deeper understanding of data by exploring the methods by which data is modeled, databases are designed, and data is queried from those databases, and by developing an understanding of how this capability can be integrated into an organization to obtain a competitive advantage. Topics include entity relationship diagramming, the relational database model, and in depth coverage of SQL, as well as a consideration of managerial best practice as exemplified in current business examples.


Instructor(s): George Wyner

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is intended for full-time M.B.A. students.

ISYS 7725 Data Analytics 3: Using Databases Fall 1
Course Description

This course provides students with a deeper understanding of data by exploring the methods by which data is modeled, databases are designed, and data is queried from those databases. Topics include entity relationship diagramming, the relational database model, and in depth coverage of SQL.


Instructor(s): George Wyner

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 7730 Data Analytics 3: In Practice Spring 2
Course Description

Modern information systems now generate massive volumes of data. Organizations everywhere struggle to aggregate, analyze, and monetize the growing deluge of data. Business Analytics capitalizes on this data by combining statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive modeling, and fact-based management. Managers can explore patterns, predict future trends and develop proactive, knowledge-driven decisions that affect all parts of modern organizations. This course provides students with a pragmatic familiarity with the capabilities and limitations of emerging analytics techniques, an introduction to the R statistical computing software, an overview of methods and tools, and a core understanding required to be an intelligent manager, designer and consumer of analytics models.


Instructor(s): Sam Ransbotham

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 8005 TechTrek West-Graduate Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Graduate TechTrek West is a 3-credit field study to Silicon Valley and Seattle scheduled over spring break. Preparatory course work will occur during the first half of the spring semester. While focusing on the tech industry, TechTrek is designed to appeal to all majors. Visits will have a managerial focus, highlighting executive, marketing, finance, operations, and R&D functions.


Instructor(s): John Gallaugher

Prerequisites: With permission of the Instructor. Permission of instructor.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Enrollment is limited, admission is competitive, and participation requires the additional cost of travel. Interested students should contact Prof. Gallaugher for application details.

ISYS 8011 Customer Relationship Management Fall 3
Course Description

A fundamental shift has occurred in marketing from managing and marketing products to understanding and managing customers. This necessitates an understanding of the customer management process and the ability to develop and grow profitable customer relationships. In this course, students will learn the critical tools needed for successful customer management. It teaches strategic and analytic skills relating to customer selection and acquisition, customer management, customer retention, and customer lifetime value. As firms seek to make their marketing investments financially accountable, it also provides students with an understanding of the link between marketing and finance.


Instructor(s): Kay Lemon

Prerequisites: MKTG7700. With permission of the Instructor. MKTG7700 or MKTG7720 and MKTG8001 or Strong Statistical Coursework with permission of instructor.

Cross listed with: MKTG8011

Comments:

ISYS 8015 Management of Technology and Innovation Spring 3
Course Description

Examines the strategic role of technology and innovation in the survival and success of firms. Students will learn how to: define a technology strategy, identify promising technical opportunities, evaluate and select among competing technologies, nurture the innovative capabilities of the firm, and manage new product development and R&D. Case examples will focus primarily on high technology and service industries.


Instructor(s): Robert Fichman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: OPER8015

Comments:

ISYS 8025 Special Topics: Databases: Concepts, Design and Use Spring 3
Course Description

Data play an increasingly important role in decision-making in modern organizations. This course begins by discussing the importance of data management, and continues with a hands-on approach to SQL, the most widely used data manipulation language. Topics covered will also include data warehousing, data quality and NoSQL. The goal of the course is to give students the knowledge and skills to use databases effectively in any business situation.


Instructor(s): Rohit Singla

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 8053 Digital Commerce Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides a management perspective on Digital Commerce technologies, emerging trends, business models and strategies. Topics include internet and wireless infrastructure, policies, challenges of security and privacy and the impact of Digital Commerce on the competitive landscape of retail and other industry sectors. Students will learn the key aspects of internet and wireless technology that drove the proliferation of dot.com start ups, innovative digital business models, Hype Cycles, industry disruption, and global growth. We will analyze best practices in online retail and discuss opportunities and barriers to global growth for today’s leading companies. The course will conclude with a look at future industry disruption and competition as global Digital Commerce migrates to smartphones, wearable devices, and the Internet of Things. Digital Commerce is a hybrid course. In spring 2018, the course will be divided between online, self-paced modules and real time Monday evening class sessions, with on-campus class meetings in Fulton 423 from 7pm to 9:30pm and real time Monday evening webinars on Zoom. Students must participate in all the real time class meetings, which will take place on the following dates: -January 28 (at BC) -February 25(Zoom) -March 25 (Zoom) -April 8 (at BC) -April 29 (Zoom)


Instructor(s): Mary Cronin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: OPER8053

Comments:

ISYS 8497 Readings and Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Extensive reading under the direction of a faculty member.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: With permission of the Department. Permission of the Department Chairperson.

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 8498 Independent Study Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Investigation of a topic under the direction of a faculty member.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: With permission of the Department. Permission of the Department Chairperson.

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ISYS 8499 Advanced Independent Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Investigation of a topic under the direction of a faculty member. Student develops a paper with publication potential.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: With permission of the Department. Permission of the Department Chairperson.

Cross listed with:

Comments: