College of Business Administration

Department Chair: Kuang-Wei Wen

339C Wimberly Hall, 608-785-6658




Information Systems (College of Business Administration) — 24 credits, including C-S 120, 220, 222 or 224, 364; I-S 401, 411 and two elective courses from the following: I-S 320, 330, 400, 451, 499; MGT 370, 395.




I-S           220                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Information Systems for Business Management

A study of the use of information systems to assist management in planning, directing, and controlling the activities of an organization. The use of computer resources in providing useful information for each of the functional areas of business is explored. Primary emphasis is placed on the analysis, design, and implementation of systems used to generate information for managerial purposes. A term project involving computer applications is required of each student. Prerequisite: C-S 101 or 120.



The 300/400 level information system courses are open only to those students who have been admitted to the business program. Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the College of Business Administration dean.



I-S           320                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Computer-based Decision Support Systems for Management

An examination of how various software application packages such as spreadsheets, database management systems, and other software tools, are employed to support decision making in business environments. Topic areas include modeling, decision-support systems, data warehouses, on-line analytical processing, and data mining. Prerequisites: C-S 120, MTH 175, I-S 220 and BUS 230. Offered Sem. I.


I-S           330                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Business Choices and Telecommunications Decisions

An examination of the business and organizational role of telecommunications. The course will not address the theoretical foundations of telecommunications, but rather focus on using telecommunications to support and achieve business strategies. Course topics will include how businesses are being reshaped by advances in telecommunications; how businesses plan, deploy and manage telecommunications resources; and how businesses are utilizing and administrating local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) technology to achieve business objectives. Prerequisites: I-S 220 and MGT 308.


I-S           400                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Information Systems Seminar

Emphasis will be on examination and study of current issues in information systems. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: I-S majors with at least junior standing. Special prerequisites vary with topics introduced.


I-S           401                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Management Information Systems: Analysis and Design

This is the first course in a two-course sequence that covers the development process for computer-based management information systems. This course emphasizes information analysis and the logical design of management information systems. Prerequisites: C-S 220 and I-S 220. Offered Sem. I.


I-S           411                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Management Information Systems: Design and Implementation

This is the capstone course in a sequence that covers the development process for a computer-based management information system. This course emphasizes physical design and implementation of the system. Students will implement an information system in a client-server environment, using a programming language capable of calling functions in a database management system. Prerequisites: C-S 364 and I-S 401. Offered Sem. II.


I-S           451                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-6

College of Business Administration Management Information Systems Internship

The internship program as conceived and implemented is an unusual program designed to provide an opportunity for students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to participate in an approved program with a cooperating business, governmental or civic organization for usually 15 weeks of their undergraduate work. All management information systems (MIS) internships must be approved and supervised by an I-S faculty member. For additional information, see internship description under the College of Business Administration heading. Repeatable for credit. Pass/Fail grading.


I-S           499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Independent Study

Individual reading or research under the guidance of a staff member. Open to selected advance students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with the consent of the student’s regular adviser, the instructor and the department chairperson. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Pass/Fail grading.