Career Skills Module: Information Technology

Part I

  • ORG 100: Exploring Business & Management (3 credits): This course examines fundamental issues in the world of business and the practice of management. It is designed to be an interactive and lively experience that provides students with a theoretical background of how organizations work and the role of management in organizations. Some of the areas and issues that will be covered include: the role of managers, the history of managerial thought, planning and problem-solving, individual responsibility, and the ever-changing world of business in a global environment. Students will be challenged to apply theoretical learning to their own experiences in business and organizations, and to look at organizations as integrated and dynamic systems.

 

  • CMPT 130: Information Technology and Systems Concepts (3 credits): This course establishes a foundation for the understanding of information systems in organizations. Applications and technologies are studied in relation to organization objectives. The student studies different types of systems such as MIS, DSS, EIS and basic applications such as Manufacturing, Finance, and Marketing. The student studies an overview of technology including hardware, software, Internet, World Wide Web, e-Commerce, database, and objects.

 

  • CMPT 309: Project Management (3 credits): A fundamental comprehension of managing technical projects being necessary for today’s modern IT professionals, this course examines the project management discipline with a focus on technical, information based, and computer programming related project topics. Students will learn project management techniques and how to create usable project documentation. They will practice oral presentation skills used for providing stakeholders with status updates, collaboration skills for use in team settings, and perform project management tasks with a model project. Topics will also include the study of risk identification, management, and mitigation, critical thinking and problem solving. Students who complete the class will understand project management tools and their use, project management certifications that are available to be attained, and comprehend the role project management plays in the IT/IS industry.

 

Part II

(Prerequisite: Information Technology Management Career Skills Module: Part I)

  • CMPT 300: Management Information Systems (3 credits): This course establishes a foundation for the understanding of information systems in organizations. An identification and basic explanation of the systems point of view, the organization of a system, information flows, and the nature of information systems in organizations. The relationship between systems and information to organizational objectives is examined. Applications and technologies are studied in relation to organization objectives. The student studies different types of systems such as Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Executive Information Systems, and Artificial Intelligence. Basic applications such as Manufacturing, Finance, and Marketing are also studied. Electronic Commerce, Internet business models, e-business, and the management of organizational transformations, driving the move toward digital firms, is examined. Team exercises and multiple case problems are used.

 

  • ORG 301: Managing Human Resources (3 credits): This course gives the student an overview of the broad subject of human resources management and an in-depth exposure to the key areas of this critical function. The most successful organizations know that human resources must operate at the strategic level, along with finance and law, the other core staff functions. The meaning of a strategic approach is explored in depth, providing a solid grounding in what management of human resources requires in today’s diverse, litigious, downsizing-prone, tough, often controversial world of organizational life.

 

  • ORG 322: Leadership in the Global Workplace (Prerequisite: ORG 100 or ORG 101 or ORG 301 or ORG 302; 3 credits): A leader’s ability to approach diversity from a perspective that can use individual differences to empower followers is becoming increasingly important in the global workplace. This course introduces students to the changing role of leadership within multicultural and multinational organizations while identifying the leadership skills necessary for preparing organizations for success in globally diverse environments.
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