Business Information Systems Major

Business Information Systems, B.S.
Dr. Steve Glynn (Senior User Experience Engineer from Timex)
Speaking about Human Computer Interfaces and Information Systems
Spring 2015 - BIS Senior Seminar with Dr. Petkov
BIS 461 - Seminar in Information Systems and Business Strategy (Section 2)
Fall 2015 - BIS Senior Seminar with Dr. Petkov
BIS 461 - Seminar in Information Systems and Business Strategy
AITP - 1st Place Award
National Database Driven Website Competition
Cigna Information Session
Representatives Speak to Students about Career & Internship Opportunities
(AITP) Assosiation of Information Technology Professionals
Work Session - National Database Driven Website Project Team
Association of IT Professionals - 2015
3rd Place at National Database Driven Website Competition in Omaha, Nebraska
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
National Honor Society in Computing Science


Eastern Connecticut State University introduced in August 2003 an undergraduate program in Business Information Systems (BIS). This program will address a surging demand for applied business information systems graduates with broad business and liberal arts backgrounds and a thorough understanding of information systems and applied technologies.

The Business Information Systems major goes beyond the usual study of management information systems to emphasize E-business, enterprise resource planning, data analysis and transaction processing, using web technology. It focuses on an understanding of how information systems should be administered and how they can be used to improve the performance of organizations. The BIS program incorporates the fundamentals of organizational management, business concepts, data analysis and of information technologies. The principal theme of the BIS major is the development of business and organizational strategies, and interpersonal communication structures that truly reflect the revolution in telecommunications and integration of organizational information systems. The underlying objective is to provide a basis for life-long learning in a diverse world and effective understandings of social and technological change.

The BIS program prepares students for a wide range of career paths in both business management as well as specialized information systems and technology positions. The BIS core, required of all students, includes a comprehensive set of basic business and information technology requirements. Beyond that, it includes the study of organization behaviour in the presence of the new technologies, effectively leveraging business structures and information systems, and a capstone seminar on information systems and business strategies.

Business Information Systems Major Declaration
Students can apply for admission to the Business Information Systems major at anytime by completing the Change of Major Form

Minimum GPA
The minimum GPA Required to declare a major in Business Information Systems is 2.5. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program.

Business Information Systems Major Capstone Course
The Capstone Course within the Business Information Systems Major is BIS 461 – Seminar on IS and Business Strategies. Before enrolling in BIS 461, students must successfully complete BIS 370 – Systems Analysis & Design in addition to being Senior Standing (90+ Credits).

The LAC Tier-3 Course within the Business Information Systems Major is BIS 377 – Organizational Website & Database Management. Before enrolling in BIS 377, students must successfully complete BUS 201 – Principles of Management and BUS 225 – Principles of Marketing. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students complete BIS 370 – Systems Anlysis and Design before registering for BIS 377.

Transfer Students
The Department of Business Administration and the Business Information Systems Program faculty extend a warm welcome to transfer students from within Connecticut, from other states, and from countries around the world. Please speak with one of our BIS faculty advisors on all transfer questions related to this major. Students must take at least 24 credits of courses in the BIS Major Program at Eastern to earn a degree in Business Information Systems at ECSU.

CT Community College Transfers
Transfer Requirements
Transfer Credit Course Equivalencies Tool


The following list of courses is the recommended course sequence for students seeking a bachelor of science in business information systems. It’s recommended that students speak with their BIS faculty adviser to establish a course sequence which provides ample time for additional courses, professional work experiences and ensures a timely graduation. In addition to courses within the business information systems major, Eastern requires the completion of various Liberal Arts Core (LAC) foundational courses. Transfer Students with more than 30 credits should consult with the BIS Program Coordinator as early as possible.

2015 – 2016 Business Information Systems Major Advisment Sheet

Recommended Plan of Study
First Year
LAC T1M Mathematics (First year Foundational) 3
LAC T1W College Writing (First year Foundational) 3
LAC T1HW Health & Wellness (First year Foundational) 2
LAC T1FY First Year Experience (First year Foundational) 3
BUS 201 Principles of Management 3
LAC T1SS Social Sciences 3
LAC T2IS Principles of Microeconomics 0-3
BUS 205 Information Management 0-3
LAC Other Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories 6-9
MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis 0-3
or
ECO 215 Statistics for Business and Economics 0-3
Total 30
Second Year
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 0-3
MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis 0-3
or
ECO 215 Statistics for Business and Economics 0-3
BUS 205 Information Management 0-3
BUS 201 Principles of Management (if not taken in first year) 3
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 225 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 245 Business Finance 3
BUS 260 Operations Management 0-3
BUS 361 Business Information Systems 6
Minor Courses and LAC – Other LAC Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories 9-15
Total 30
Third Year
BUS 245 Business Finance 3
BUS 260 Operations Management 0-3
BIS 361 Business Information System 3
BIS 370 Systems Analysis & Design 3
BIS 375 Electronic Commerce 3
BIS 377 Organizational Website & Database Management 3
CSC 249 Visual Basic 3
or
CSC 251 Net Centric Computing 3
BIS BIS Major Electives 3-6
LAC LAC – Other LAC Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories 9-15
Minor Courses or Electives 3-6
Total 30
Fourth Year
BIS 430 Enterprise Resource Planning and E-Business 3
BIS 461 Seminar on Information Systems & Business Strategies 3
BIS 490 Business Information Systems Internship 3
BIS Advanced BIS Electives 6-9
Minor Courses or other Electives 9-15
Total 30


BIS Tutoring
James Bronowiki is the current undergraduate BIS Tutor for the program. For assistance with major or minor academic work or for extra help in understanding Business Information Systems concepts, please see the hours listed below and schedule an appointment. For additional hours or to ask questions via email, please email James Bronowiki.

Sunday: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Internships and Co-ops in Business Information Systems
Intensive field work experience in Management Information Systems. Assignments in private, nonprofit and public institutions, involving supporting activities specifically focused on MIS development, implementation and management.
Learn More about Internships and Co-ops in BIS!

(AITP) Association of Information Technology Professionals
AITP Student Chapter’s mission is to provide students taking courses in Business Information Systems and Computer Systems an opportunity to gain information on developments in the Information Systems and Technology fields, high growth career areas, and facilitate professional networking by attending conferences, visiting companies, and inviting guest speakers on new systems and technologies.
Learn More about AITP and Get Involved!


To graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Science in BIS a total of 61 credits are required in the major, consisting of 52 credits of common BIS core requirements and 9 credits of electives. A minimum of 24 semester hours of the BIS program must be completed in residence at Eastern.

Required courses are listed below.

Business Information Systems, B.S. Requirements
I. Three Required Courses (9 cr.) Credits
CSC 110 Introduction to Computers and Problem Solving 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis 3
OR
ECO 215 Statistics For Business And Economics
Total 9
II. Six Business Component Courses (18 cr.) Credits
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting 3
BUS 201 Principles of Management 3
BUS 205 Information Management 3
BUS 225 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 245 Business Finance 3
BUS 260 Operations Management 3
Total 18
III. Eight Systems Component Courses (25 cr.) Credits
BIS 361 Business Information Systems 3
BIS 370 Systems Analysis and Design 3
BIS 375 Electronic Commerce 3
CSC 249 Visual BASIC 3
BIS 377 Organizational Website & Database Management 4
BIS 430 Enterprise Resource Planning & E-Business 3
BIS 461 Seminar on Information Systems and Business Strategies 3
BIS 490 Internship in BIS 3
Total 25
IV. Three Advanced Elective Courses (9 cr.) Credits
BIS 340 Business Data Communications & eNetworks 3
BIS 362 Healthcare Informatics 3
BIS 364 Intro to Social Informatics 3
BIS 365 Emerging Technologies and Business Applications 3
BIS 367 Human-Computer Interface Health-IS 3
BIS 368 Interorganizational Health Information Systems 3
ACC 420 Accounting Information Technology 3
BIS 441 Business Continuity and Security 3
BIS 442 Information Technologie Project Management 3
BIS 447 Business Intelligence and Data Solutions 3
BIS 467 Seminar in Operations and Systems 3
BIS 480 Independent Study in BIS 3
Total 9
MAT 216 – Statistical Data Analysis

Multidisciplinary, data-driven course in applied statistics. Topics selected from exploratory data analysis (tables, graphs, central tendency and variation), correlation and regression, probability and statistical inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing). Emphasis placed on interpretation and analysis of real-data sets. Use of statistical computing software is integral to the course.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M or GER student with IIIA or SAT 550+

OR
ECO 215 – Statistics for Business and Economics

A practical course in statistics with applications to economics, business and science. Emphasis placed on probability, probability distributions, statistical inference, correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

ECO 201 – Principles of Microeconomics

Study of individuals and firms as economic decision-makers, the social institutions that influence choice, and introduces economic way of thinking. Course emphasizes the use of microeconomic theory to analyze its role and applications in our daily lives including current issues such as the distribution of income, labor issues, international trade, the role of government, welfare economics, and the environment.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

ECO 215 – Statistics for Business and Economics

A practical course in statistics with applications to economics, business and science. Emphasis placed on probability, probability distributions, statistical inference, correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

CSC 110 – Problem Solving with Pascal

This course seeks to build a foundation in computer science through the study of such topics as computer design, computer programming, information processing, and algorithmic solutions to problems. It provides the basis for today’s computer applications as well as the foundations for tomorrow’s applications, and will serve as a basis for beginning computer science students and others seeking an introduction to computer science and how it is applied to problem solving.

Prerequisite: MAT 101 or Equivalent. Not open to students who have passed CSC 210

ACC 201 – Principles of Accounting

An introduction to the fundamental accounting concepts and generally accepted accounting principles. Emphasis is placed on understanding accounting as it is applied in serving the needs of business and society, the evolution of accounting, the basic accounting structure, and the preparation and interpretation of financial statements.

BUS 201 – Principles of Management

This course provides and introduction to the foundations of management. Instruction emphasizes the history of management; the practical use of theories, frameworks and models; integrating functional areas of business; and other special topics including: corporate culture, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship; and international, public, and nonprofit management.

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 100P, 200, or HON 200

BUS 205 – Information Management

The course introduces the use of information technology for ethical problem solving and decision-making across all major functions of organizations. Particular attention is given to the critical analysis, organization, communication and presentation of information for organizational planning and control, with critical reflection on project work.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

BUS 225 – Principles of Marketing

An introduction to the field of marketing. This course is designed to expose students to the elements of the marketing mix and processes involved in market planning and control. Concepts associated with buyer behavior, marketing information systems and product planning are discussed.

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 100P, 200, or HON 200

BUS 245 – Business Finance

Basic financial concepts of risk and return, time value of money, criteria for investment decisions, financial markets and securities, financing decisions, forecasting, asset management and dividend policy.

Prerequisite: ACC 201 and MAT 101 or Equivalent

BUS 260 – Operations Management

Fundamentals of production planning and control, quality control and facilities management. Focuses on management systems for greater competitiveness in manufacturing and the service sector.

Prerequisite: MAT 216 Or Equivalent Statistical Course

BIS 361 – Business Information Systems

This course provides an overview of Business Information Systems and related concepts in information technology. It includes transaction processing, enterprise resource planning, management information systems and electronic commerce. It describes the hardware, software, networks and telecommunications employed by these systems.

Prerequisite: BUS 205 Recommended

OR
BUS 361 – Systems And Operations

This course provides an overview of the application of information systems in management operations for enabling better decision making. It incorporates related aspects of management theory and information technologies as well as practical uses of Organizational and Management Information and web technologies.

Prerequisite: None

BUS 361 – Systems And Operations

This course provides an overview of the application of information systems in management operations for enabling better decision making. It incorporates related aspects of management theory and information technologies as well as practical uses of Organizational and Management Information and web technologies.

Prerequisite: None

BIS 364 – Intro To Social Informatics

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the field of social informatics. Emphasis will be on developing a comprehensive ability to use technology and analyze the role of IT in broader social context. It has a hands-on component in a computer laboratory as well.

Prerequisite: BUS 205

BIS 370 – Systems Analysis and Design

Provides basic techniques for systems design and development focusing on the links between BIS systems and their users. Explores the roles of systems analysts and project managers, and the modeling and design tasks that they face. Includes implementation of application packages and enterprise resource planning.

Prerequisite: BUS 205, BIS 361 Recommended

BIS 375 – Electronic Commerce

This course provides a basic overview course of electronic commerce uses of the worldwide web with primary attention given to business uses of the Internet – both business-to- consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B). The course focuses on three stages of business Internet presence and customer contact: corporate presence, interactions and transactions highlighting common and unique aspects of both B2C and B2B contexts. Special emphasis is given to competitive market strategy implications of e-commerce integrating customer/client data and electronic business processes, which facilitate purchasing, selecting suppliers, ordering goods and services, customer relationship management, payment processing, and supply-chain partnering.

Prerequisite: BIS 361

CSC 249 – Visual Basic .NET

This course introduces the student to the exciting world of Windows, Internet and WWW scripting environment with the new Visual Studio and .NET platform. The students will also investigate Visual Basic as an event-drive, object-oriented computer scripting means for distributed processing. In this hands-on activity based course students will gain problem solving experiences by exploring Visual Basic.net as a computer aided tool and eventually develop skills required to be an efficient problem solver in their future professional life by using appropriate Information Technology. The experience gained by completing the laboratory experiments and assignments will enhance their critical thinking ability to create innovative solutions to real world problems.

Prerequisite: CSC 110, BIS 361 Recommended

***Students may substitute CSC 251 – Net Centric Computing with Coordinator and Department Chair approval***

CSC 251 – Net Centric Computer

An introduction to the structure, implementation, and theoretical underpinnings of computer networking and the application that have been enabled by that technology. Topics include communication protocols, networking, client-server computing, Web-based technologies, data compression, network management, wireless and mobile computing.

Prerequisite: CSC 210

CSC 251 – Net Centric Computer

An introduction to the structure, implementation, and theoretical underpinnings of computer networking and the application that have been enabled by that technology. Topics include communication protocols, networking, client-server computing, Web-based technologies, data compression, network management, wireless and mobile computing.

Prerequisite: CSC 210

BIS 377 – Organizational Website & Database Management

Provide students an opportunity to acquire and integrate multiple skill sets and knowledge in 1) creating and managing effective databases for business and other organizations; and in 2) developing and managing database driven websites that meet the needs of modern business and community organizations in the Internet Age.

Prerequisite: BUS 201, BUS 225 & LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student

Pre or Co-Requisite: BIS 370

BUS 201 – Principles of Management

This course introduces the student to accounting information technology and business solutions. It also provides an overview of the concepts, objectives, and importance of properly designed systems. Students learn to design, create, update, query and maintain accounting databases. The hands-on portion of the course reinforces the lecture material with examples from real applications.

Prerequisite: ACC 301, ACC 302, ACC 310, Consent of Instructor

BIS 430 – Enterprise Resource Planning & E-Business

An exploration of the strategic opportunities provided by electronic technologies for restructuring businesses and implementing enterprise resource planning, to improve productivity and performance in the marketplace.

Prerequisite: BIS 370

BIS 440 – Business Data Communications & eNetworks

Presents the fundamental concepts of data communications, networking, distributed applications, network management and security in a way that relates specifically to the business environment and business management. Includes network structure and flow control.

BIS 461 – Seminar on Information Systems and Business Strategies

Capstone course in business information systems open only to seniors. Focuses on the entrepreneurial and administrative tasks of a general manager who must formulate and implement strategy for a new or established business. Involves strategies for developing or modifying a firm’s business model in light of the capabilities of information systems and the remaking of markets and management processes.

Prerequisite: BIS 370, BUS 201, BUS 225 and senior standing.

BIS 490 – Internship in Business Information Systems

Intensive field work experience in Business Information Systems. Assignments in private, nonprofit and public institutions, involving supporting activities specifically focused on BIS development, implementation and management. Students should schedule the equivalent of at least one full day per week.

Prerequisite: GPA of 2.5 or better. Open only to BIS seniors by application. Written approval from Department Chairperson, Instructor, and Dean.

BIS 364 – Intro to Social Informatics

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the field of social informatics. Emphasis will be on developing a comprehensive ability to use technology and analyze the role of IT in broader social context. It has a hands-on component in a computer laboratory as well.

Prerequisite: BUS 205

BIS 365 – Emerging Technologies and Business Applications

Novel integrations of new technology innovations in a variety of business environments are radically affecting business information systems, organizations, careers, and lives around the globe. This course examines a number of new information technologies and focuses on developing skills necessary for serving on technology advisory or project committees and for evaluating and strategizing potential innovative business applications.

Prerequisite: BUS 205

BIS 367 – Human Computer Interface

BIS 467 – Seminar in Operations and Systems

Prerequisite: BUS 260 and Advisor/Department Chair Approval

BIS 368 – Interorganizational Healthcare Information Systems

This course examines the complex issues of inter-organizational health information management including access, control, ownership and transfer between health institutions and groups within health organizations. The role of interdependencies and healthcare management challenges, inter-organizational decision support systems, privacy, regulation, and information sharing for monitoring disease prevention, analyzing treatment effectiveness and in medical research studies will be examined in the course along with the competing needs and perspectives of patients, healthcare providers, health delivery institutions, community/public health care delivery support networks and payers. Effective change management and technical strategies for overseeing information transfer and integration will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: BIS 362 or BIS 370 or Permission of Instructor

BIS 441 – Business Continuity and Security

BIS 442 – Information Technology Project Management

This course focuses on the management of information technology projects. The body of knowledge of project management including terms, tools, and techniques will be covered as well as how it specifically applies to information technology projects. The course will also use case studies of successful and unsuccessful information technology projects to illustrate key factors that contribute to project success or failure.

Prerequisite: BIS 361; BIS 370 Recommended

BIS 447 – Business Intelligence and Data Solutions

The course focuses on utilizing data management and analysis techniques used in organizational decision support and business intelligence systems. This is done by introducing a variety of business-data management techniques and tools including decision modeling utilizing spreadsheets, decision analysis tables, advanced Structured Query Language, online analytical processing, business objects, business data mining for business intelligence, as well as business data warehouse management. Common business decision making and support problems and tasks found in the healthcare and public services sectors such as client management, determining employee skill needs, and relevant general organizational decision support problems in accounting, finance and operations will be used as examples.

Prerequisite: BIS 377 or Permission of Instructor

BIS 362 – Healthcare Informatics

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the principles of healthcare informatics and a comprehensive understanding of the use of information systems in health care. Topics include health care data, information and knowledge, unification of health care terminology and coding systems, decision analysis in health care, electronic patient records, health care information systems implementation, security management, disaster recovery and ethical principles in health care informatics.

Prerequisite: Any LAC Tier II Applied Technology Course or equivalent.

BIS 480 – Indendent Study in BIS

Independent research under the guidance of a faculty member on an approved, specified topic or subject area. A written project is required.

Prerequisite: Instructor Consent


faculty Dr. Alex Citurs PHD – Case Western Reserve University
Business Information Systems Program Coordinator
office Webb Hall – Office 337
phone number (860) 465-0077
fax number (860) 465-4469

faculty Dr. Sukeshini Grandhi PHD – New Jersey Institute of Technology
Professor in Business Information Systems
office Webb Hall – Office 441
phone number (860) 465-3791
fax number (860) 465-4469

faculty Dr. Kim Kunene PHD – Virginia Commonwealth University
Assistant Professor in Business Information Systems
office Webb Hall – Office 341
phone number (860) 465-0647
fax number (860) 465-4469

faculty Dr. Doncho Petkov PHD – University of National and World Economy
Professor in Business Information Systems
office Webb Hall – Office 336
phone number (860) 465-0264
fax number (860) 465-4469